NGO- Project KHEL
RAGINI is one of four girls from the slums of Lucknow to have qualified to play for India in the World Junior Ultimate Championship 2020! Help Project KHEL fund their training and travel to Sweden for the meet.
For Ragini, who had expressed a desire to play for her country a year ago, it's a dream come true through sheer hard work. The 16-year-old is up at 6am to train, go to school, work as a domestic help before returning home to do more chores.
This is the life of all four teenagers - Ragini, sisters Manju and Sanju, and Suruli - who will be part of the 22-member junior women's team to participate in the tournament.
WHY CHAMPIONING THE GIRLS MATTER
With just over two years' training in the game and beating all odds, to excel at the international level is a huge achievement. It has made the girls role models to both sexes in their underserved communities. They will train at camps with teammates from other cities, almost all of whom will be from affluent backgrounds. Plus to travel to Sweden, play against and meet teams from across the world is bound to be a life-changing experience for all.
The funds raised will be used to get the four girls tournament ready. In the run up to the Championships in July 2020, the girls will join their teammates at four or five training camps. Each training camp may be at a different city and travel, accommodation and food costs will also have to be borne for the four athletes and one chaperone. Besides, in between camps, equipment and nutritional supplies will also be a cost.
“My girls have done so well, reached these heights in life only because of Project KHEL’s constant support and encouragement and now that they will be representing the country abroad!"
Seema Kushwaha, Sanju & Manju’s mother, Lucknow