YUWA INDIA

When girls know their worth, they're limitless

aka Yuwa   |   Maple Plain, MN   |  yuwa-india.org

Mission

Yuwa uses soccer and education to help girls take their futures into their own hands. Located in the heartland of rural India, our mission is to enable at-risk girls to reach their full potential, developing critical and creative thinking skills, and becoming compassionate, empowered leaders in their communities. When girls know their worth, they're limitless. Join us.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive director

Franz Gastler

Co Principal Officer

Rose Thomson Gastler

Main address

P.O. Box 186

Maple Plain, MN 55359 USA

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EIN

26-4079346

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Sport for empowerment

Yuwa School’s target group is adolescent girls in rural Jharkhand: the Indian state with some of the highest rates of female illiteracy, child marriage, and human trafficking. Here, 6 in 10 girls drop out of school and are forced into child marriage. A girl born here is extremely isolated: she is expected to prioritize house work over her education, marry as a teenager, and move into her husband’s house to have children of her own. Girls are also at risk of being trafficked; poor families are manipulated into sending their daughters to work as domestic servants in distant cities. Once caught in this cycle, the girls are treated as modern day slaves and face sexual exploitation.

IMPACT:

(1) People benefiting directly (90% girls and 10% boys who play on Yuwa football teams and youth coaches): 450

(2) Frontline workers (teachers, child development officer, youth coaches, school principal, executive director, bus driver, bus driver's assistant, etc.): 78

(3) Other people benefiting (parents, close friends, and neighbors of the Yuwa participants who are influenced and challenged by the girls' activities and successes): 4,000

CHANGES:

(1) Short-term changes: When a girl first joins a Yuwa football team, her confidence begins to grow. She learns to articulate her own preferences and speak with her peers and coaches using eye contact and appropriate volume. Because girls are taught to always think of their families first, the simple act of realizing she has her own likes or dislikes is a significant change. She learns how to identify abuse (the difference between a “good touch” and a “bad touch”) and how to take care of her own health and nutrition. Her coach asks everyday whether she has gone to school—before joining Yuwa, most girls only attend school a few times a week ( and some don’t go at all). Through discussions and constant reminders, she begins to understand the importance of education. She learns how to communicate with her friends and work within a group. Together, she and her team learn how to save money and understand the basics of financial literacy. Through a pedagogy of asking questions, girls sharpen their critical thinking skills, creative abilities, and English communication. They gain the confidence to speak in front of a group and begin to take on leadership responsibilities.

(2) Medium-term changes: As years go by, a girl in Yuwa gains greater leadership, organizational, and time management skills. As she enters her mid-teens, she chooses to enter the coaches’ training program in order to become a team leader. A girl who becomes a coach learns self-reflection and practical problem solving. Through workshops and individual mentoring, she forms plans for her future with specific, achievable goals. Parents begin to see their daughter’s education as an investment and may even take pride her accomplishment (good grades, travel through football, spoken English skills). As she gains greater awareness of her own rights and the social problems within her community, the girl starts to report and speak up about incidents of child marriage, trafficking, abuse, and rape in her village. She leads workshops and conversations with younger girls about difficult health and rights topics that would normally be considered taboo. In Yuwa School, she obtains the academic foundations and mentorship necessary for her to pursue quality higher education at a university in India or abroad. Some of her neighbors notice her accomplishments and begin to believe that their daughters too could pursue a different future.

(3) Long-term changes: As the girl becomes a young woman, she enters adulthood with the skills, confidence, and academic foundations necessary to attend a good university and pursue a career. She succeeds in university, graduates, and obtains a job. When she returns to visit her village, she is able to provide financial support for her family. Her neighbors are impressed by and envious of her progress, and some begin to invest in their own daughters’ education. If she chooses to get married, the girl provides for her children’s physical needs and treats her sons and daughters with equal respect. In her community, she continues to speak out against injustices such as child marriage and domestic abuse. She becomes a strong leader and a role model for her community, living proof that a woman can stand on her own two feet.

Yuwa’s long-term impact through our interconnected work is a reduction of poverty, child marriage, trafficking, and violence.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Yuwa School’s target group is adolescent girls in rural Jharkhand, where 6 in 10 girls drop out of school and are forced into child marriage.

Yuwa School provides world-class English language education to 95 girls in standards 1 – 11. Every student in standards 8 – 11 is also a community football coach and youth mentor. Through Yuwa School, these coaches receive intensive leadership training in order to provide quality sport sessions and life-skills workshops to 450 girls in the surrounding communities.

Outcome 1: Girls have aspirations for the future beyond early marriage

Objective 2: Girls have improved educational attainment

Objective 3: Girls have improved leadership skills

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

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YUWA INDIA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Franz Gastler


Board co-chair

Simran Bedi Singh

Simran Singh

Greg Deming

Franz Gastler

Varsha Bhatia

Organizational demographics

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