Punjab

YFC RurkaKalan takes a trip to Jharkhand

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 13, 2017 03:41 PM

JALANDHAR : Between May 2nd and 8th, the YFC Girls Team -  accompanied by coaches Sukhwinder,Mark, Monika and Sarbjeet – took a trip to Ranchi, located in the state of Jharkhand to visit a partner of YFC RurkaKalan, the YUWA Academy.

This trip marked an important event for the participating 17 girls, because it perfectly combined the two meanings of YFC – Youth Football Club on the one hand and Youth for Change on the other.

After YUWA visitedRurkaKalan at the end of March, the girls were very excited for their first ever flight!!! After a long journey, our hosts welcomed us with a traditional Jharkhand dance and made us feel at home right away.

They had prepared a daily program including football practices in the morning as well as  fun-filled visits to the local zoo and to scenic waterfalls. These widespread activities made the experience unforgettable for our girls.

As part of the streetfootballworld exchange program, our girls were able to visit one of the poorest states in India with comparatively high rates of illiteracy and young female marriage. All of these problems are tackled by the founders and employees of YUWA. Through football, they give girls a chance to decide their own fate.

Alongside sport, they provide quality education in English and other subjects to give the participants of the program a better chance to create a meaningful and happy future for themselves.

All of these aspects made YUWA the perfect partner for YFC RurkaKalan to conduct an exchange program, because they follow a similar strategy to YFC – with its two meanings.

The football club brings children from the villages together to engage in physical activity and educate them about health and hygiene issues. But even more importantly, Youth for Change empowers underprivileged children to take matters into their own hands and channelize their energy into creating livelihood opportunities.

The trip followed YFC´s vision to engage in a national and global campaign lifting up today’s youth through education and sports programs. Surely many more exchanges with YUWA Academy will follow in the future….

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