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Dasra to empower 30,000 girls through sports

Posted on Jan 27 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Jan 27 : Indian strategic philanthropy foundation Dasra has announced a Rs. 3 crore grant to The Naz Foundation India Trust.

The funding, raised as part of Dasra Giving Circle (DGC) collaborative giving initiative, will provide impetus to Naz Foundation to empower adolescent girls through the Goal Program.

The program has been successfully using netball and life skills education to transform the lives of young underprivileged girls in India, on and off the court.

Naz Foundation, that also works on the HIV issue, was the first to file the litigation against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 2001 to decriminalize homosexuality.

It continues to fight strongly with a review petition against the recent SC order.

Speaking specifically on the DGC funding and Goal program's focus and potential over the next few years, Naz Foundation's Kalyani Subramanyam said, "Through the scaled up roll out of Goal across Delhi and Mumbai we will influence the lives of over 30,000 adolescent girls creating a critical mass of empowered girls and also building a skilled cadre of peer leaders who will act as agents of change."

Speaking about public private partnerships, she said, "This project will help build partnerships with the government and integrate the delivery of life skills through sport into the school curriculum. Naz India will take on the role of an advocate for the use of sport as a tool for development and building capacities of grassroot organizations to design and implement sports based programs".

For 6 months Dasra reviewed over 100 non profit organizations across India to identify and profile the top ten organizations in its research report - Power of Play.

The report, funded by the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP), highlights the role of sports and games alongside formal education and maps high impact interventions and solutions that can create impact at scale.

Dasra Giving Circle (DGC), which brings together individuals and organizations to provide long term funding support of at least three years, enables promising organizations scale.

DGC member and UK based philanthropist, Hemant Patel said, "Victimization is not only a perpetrator problem, tackling all forms of abuse against girls requires them to be empowered. Sport is a wonderful way for girls to build solidarity through teamwork, self esteem through performance, confidence through achievement and ambition through competition."

Dasra will also provide 300 days of intensive hands on support to Naz Foundation to scale the Goal program. Vishal Kapoor, Manager, Dasra Portfolio services added, "The power of sport for development is often under-estimated and unexplored. In a gender-biased country, only sports has the potential to cut across the gender barriers and helps these adolescents step out of their homes, play and learn as equals. Sport can also be crafted in a manner that promotes personal and economic development of these young girls."

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