What Are Things That Underprivileged Children Need The Most?

Bringing up underprivileged children in rural communities means educating them about equality, especially for girls. Often, it’s not just the children, but rather their family that has trouble accepting the fact that you must educate a child, whatever the gender. Along with education, of course, comes extracurriculars and sports. The following story about two underprivileged children in Guwahati, and how they rose to become national champions is inspiring and shows just how you help when you donate online for their betterment.

A one and a half-kilometer walk, a ten-kilometer ride on a local bus, a little more walking, and hours of rigorous training – this is what it took 17-year-old Richa and 19-year-old Prithima, from an underprivileged family in Guwahati, to become national-level Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do champions. More than anything, ‘self-defense champions.’ As underprivileged children in a rural village, it was extremely important for them to be able to defend themselves. When we donate online to help educate a child, all these aspects are also covered.
Five years ago, Purobi, the mother of these two girls, was busy stitching clothes on her tailoring machine. Her thin, wrinkled fingers quickly ran a piece of cloth through the machine, and the only thought on her mind was to earn a few extra bucks to help feed her family. Just then, World Vision India’s Community Development Facilitator, Anjan, called out her name from the entrance of their home. “We’re having a 12-day camp to train young girls in self-defence. Would you like to send your daughters?” he said. A blissful glee spread across Purobi’s face as she quickly nodded yes to Anjan. When you donate online and educate a child, their happiness truly knows no bounds.
When the trainers saw the talent in these two girls, they invited them to train in Tang Soo Do (another Korean martial art) for the next year at the Assam Tang Soo Do Sports Association. In July 2015, Richa and Prithimatraveled for about 15 kilometres to be trained in the sport. Despite harsh difficulties, the girls managed to keep their studies afloat and learn self-defence simultaneously. In time, their vehement chase to ace the sport was fruitful. Despite being underprivileged children, their rigour was commendable.
Sooner than expected, both the sisters were selected for a district-level tournament and won bronze medals. This was their opening to national-level games. In January 2016 and 2017, they played at national-level tournaments and secured silver and bronze medals. Richa not only won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals but also received the title of the ‘Best fighter of the tournament at a National Tang Soo Do tournament in Goa in October 2017. Prithima also won three gold medals, a silver and three bronze medals in the same tournament. Ever since, the girls have participated in over five district, state and national level games and have proven victorious. Today, both Richa and Prithima hold green belts in Tang Soo Do. Prithima, who has been practising Tae Kwon Do since 2017, holds a red belt in Tae Kwon Do.
World Vision India has run self-defence training in various parts of the country where crime rates against women have been on a rise. Thousands of girls from vulnerable communities are trained in self-defence, who have become fearless of those who mistreat and attack them. This year, even the Indian government has asked all states in the country to avail funding for Self-Defence training as an Integrated Scheme for School Education. Self Defence training will be imparted to girls from classes 6 to 12 studying in government schools. For girls from underprivileged families, this move brings hope to dream big just like Richa and Prithima. Helping underprivileged children come up, encouraging parents to educate a child, these are things we wish to achieve throughout India. Donate online and help us and these children realise this dream!

Learning self-defence helped the two sisters – pursue higher education, become sports champions and, above all, become confident and fearless. Purobi notes that girls from their community have all become bold. She says with pride, “I see my daughters as equal to men, they are no less!” Donate online towards World Vision India and make a difference. Educate a child and help them progress towards a better future.

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