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6:30 in the morning and young - almost breathless girls are
squealing with delight. No it’s not a package of dolls or new
computer games that await them but the opportunity to be a part of
YUMA. YUMA - an innovative and courageous centre for young girls
located in one of the poorest places on earth - a tiny village in
the state of Jharkdhand, India. Young girls who are often married
off as child brides or sold off by their families into sex
trafficking rings - illiterate, poor and vulnerable and have little
or no opportunity to learn, to grow, to stop the deafening cycle of
poverty and find the self-esteem and self-worth to change the
monumental cultural world that they are born into.Through the
development of formalized sports programs, coaching skills
development, drill and skills improvement – these young girls learn
to believe that they can be part of something bigger than themselves.
young girls at YUMA learn to read, to write to interact with
one another but find the greatest joy in participating in an
intensive soccer program – competing, driving one another to
be better, to excel. To learn skills of cooperation,
self-reliance and self-belief. Commonwealth Games Canada's
help create the framework for their
transformation – to believe they can be who they
aspire to be.
as sent over 200 Canadian sport leaders - to make a
difference and become different - in 30 Commonwealth countries,
creating or enhancing 300 sport programs, like YUMA, enhancing the
lives of 2 million Commonwealth youth.
"I realized how
universal sport is and the amazing power it has to bring
Ellen Kim, SportWORKS Offcer, Sri Lamka
Sport has the power to change lives!
Years, months, days and endless
re committed for o
ne of the
greatest opportunities of a
lifetime – to compete at the highest levels of sport – to be
tested against the best. The daily struggles, the sore muscles,
the fatigue and sometimes painful losses, the Herculean effort
that drives one to get up every morning and to keep pushing
oneself, overcoming the many obstacles to be part of a bigger
team, to be part of Team Canada
funding Canada’s athletes’ preparation and participation at
the Commonwealth Games is expensive – from travel, to unifor
medical services, equipment, and
many other needs. G
and corporate funding helps but support from donors is
essential to fully fund all of Ca
to the C
Games. Your donation helps
provide a life changing opportunity for all those
associated with it and help o
ur athletes become role models for Canadian youth
to aspire to!
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