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Inclusive Development through Play

WORD has included sports and games as an activity in all our children related programs. Annually, sports and games are being conducted for the children to equip them physcially and mentally. For the annual sports events, the preparatory programs will also be held. From September 2007, when we join hands with Terre des Hommes, Netherlands we have added the theme in all our ongoing projects entitled “Let them Play” to our policy and campaign activities to emphasis the right of children and women and the community to whom we work with to play, to have time for recreation, to relax and acquire cultural assets. This theme was translated in all our on-going projects adopted the components “sports and games”. Initially, this item focused on children in the supported projects. In due course it was felt that the community at large should be involved and a program “traditional games” was established, to promote physical activity, harmony and strength of mind within and among communities. A variety of traditional sports and games were promoted and invigorated in communities served our organisation. From September 2007 we do conduct in various competitions in sports and games in various forms of physical activities including dance, music, sports, games, performing arts, recreational and fun activities in the communities by organizing as a village festival (Village Mela). And at the same time existing traditional physical activities were identified and encouraged, while new ones were introduced. The objective of conducting physical activities for holistic development of individuals and bringing forth an increased community spirit and the emphasis was directed towards the play elements and the co-operative character of games to promote individual and community health. The purpose of the occasion by conducting the village mela (festival) was to demonstrate various group activities that are undertaken in different communities especially women and children in throughout the community that we work. Sports provides a forum to learn skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership and it teaches the value of effort and how to manage victory, as well as defeat. When these positive aspects of sport are emphasized, sport becomes a powerful vehicle through which we can work towards achieving their goals. The benefit and the success stories: The component of sports has been found to an impact on health and reduces the likelihood of many diseases. Sports programs serve as an effective tool for social mobilization, supporting health activities such as HIV/AIDS education and immunization campaigns. Sport can be significant economic force; providing employment and contributing to local development. It is also a key site and natural draw for volunteer involvement. Furthermore, participation in sport supports the preservation of a clean and healthy environment. The practice of sport is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical and emotional health and building valuable social connections. It offered opportunities for play and self-expression, beneficial especially for those young people with few other opportunities in their lives. Sport also provides healthy alternatives to harmful actions, such as drug abuse and involvement in crime. Sport can cut cross barriers that divide societies, making it a powerful tool to support conflict prevention and peace-building efforts, both symbolically on the global level and very practically within communities. Hence, we experienced that when applied effectively, sports programs promote social integration and foster tolerance, helping to reduce tension and generate dialogue. The convening power of sport makes it additionally compelling as a tool for advocacy and communications. Well-designed sport-based initiatives are practical and cost-effective tools to achieve objectives in development and peace. Sport is a powerful vehicle that should be increasingly considered by all our on-going programs as complementary to existing activities. Hence, we need a multi-faced structure to have sports for the overall development needs of the community through play.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Women's Organisation in Rural Development (WORD). Women's Organisation in Rural Development (WORD) is a voluntary development organisation (NGO) working for the upliftment of rural people especially women and children. WORD was incepted in the year 1985. WORD has got its statuatory recognition in the year 1988. WORD spreads its activities in all spheres and its integrated approach helps the overall development of women, children and the society. All the programs of WORD are people's program and with their fullest participation at every stages. We at WORD strongly believe in the strength of people especially women and children. We implement projects on health, education, environment and development to the marginalised communities in Namakkal, Erode and Salem Districts in Tamiladu, India. http://www.wordorg.net

Where will the project be located?

Namakkal, India

Namakkal district in Tamilnadu, India. Namakkal District is situated at 11o 00' and 12o 00' of the North latitude and 77o 40' and 78o 05' of the East longitude. The altitude of the district is 300 metres above MSL. Namakkal District comes under the North Western Agro climatic zone (Excluding Tiruchengode Taluk) of Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the dividing portion of two watersheds between Cauvery and the Vellar System with the Taluks of Attur, Rasipuram and Namakkal on the East and Salem, Omalur and Mettur on the West. Tiruchengode taluk alone is placed under Western Agro -climatic zone. Besides above two zones, Kollihills in Namakkal and few isolated hills and ridges scattered over Namakkal Rasipuram and Tiruchengode along with the Valleys and rolling topography contributes to the characteristic physiography of the district. Namakkal district in Tamilnadu is amongst the worst affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country both in terms of prevalence and impact. The HIV prevalence rate of 4.4 % (2003) and 2.8% (2004) among the antenatal clinic attendees is among the highest in the state. This is in contrast to the mean of 1% for Tamilnadu. The high prevalence rate among antenatal clinic attendees highlights the extent of vulnerability among women of child-bearing age and general community at large. Key contributing factors to such high prevalence levels include the presence of a large trucking industry in Namakkal which employs roughly 2,00,000 men and adolescent boys in various aspects of the industry and a rig industry with about 5000 rigs, each engaging about 5-7 people who travel as far north as Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to repair and maintain rigs. Over the past few years, however there has been little change in message content, audience composition or a systematic assessment of the process of impact of the entire program on its audience. The efforts for providing prevention as well as care and support services have also been sporadic and highly dispread.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. Yes, The proposed project site needs special constructions to have sports for the overall development ranging from chidren and adults and especially women from socially vulnerable population including HIV/AIDS infected, affected children and adults.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. Yes, to have better utilisation, design structures, quality aspects for sports complexes, we need assistance in architectural design.

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?

Yes. This project would benefit from the local people who engage in the construction works as their daily bread for creating and maintenance of the complex.