To empower girls and boys from underserved slum communities in the city of Bhubaneswar in Eastern India to become gender-sensitive, confront harmful gender-based stereotypes and impact gender-perceptions of peers, family members and school teachers, using Table Tennis as an effective medium of learning.
Duration: April 2021 – Ongoing
Youth in India, especially girls, are lacking in their social and emotional development due to inadequacies in their educational experience and structure, as well as a lack of exposure opportunities. The Community Table Tennis project will empower girls and boys between the ages of 10-15 years to become gender-sensitive and take leadership within their schools and communities in order to confront rigid gender norms and positively impact their families, peers, teachers, and others that they may interact with.
The Community Table Tennis project in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Foundation’s Dream Building Fund will be implemented directly to 240 students, with an equal number of girls and boys. These students will come from 4 community-based schools in Bhubaneswar, Odisha where the program is to be implemented through a structured and goal-oriented curriculum utilizing Table Tennis.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in India in 2020, ITTF Foundation collaborated with PSD to support its relief efforts for the children and their families from various slum communities in Bhubaneswar with whom the Community Table Tennis project is being implemented. With this support, PSD provided hygiene kits to 800 participants and their families as well as sanitary kits to 4 partner schools in Bhubaneswar.
Each hygiene kit included facemasks, bars of soap, a pamphlet containing information on COVID-19 and necessary precautions, along with simple home fitness routines for children to engage in physical activity during the lockdown, and sanitary pads (for adolescent girls). A total of 1,600 facemasks, 2,400 soap bars, 800 sets of pamphlets, and 7,160 sanitary pads were distributed to these participants.