India · 4 Days · 8 Moments · November 2018

India. GA National Festival Rurka Kalan Nov18

15 November 2018

Sonia Rani, GA Ambassador, showed us her school where she delivers F4D sessions every day. Around 70 kids attend and Sonia teaches one group of 15-20 kids per day so that the whole school receives weekly sessions. Sonia used to attend this school and there are only 3 teachers here including the Principal, who she deputises for when the Principal is away.
Gurmangal has invested in grey water filter in a local Dalit village where dirty water gathered at one end of the village, creating health and hygiene problems. With 15k GBP raised by the community and 26k GBP govt grant for solar system, this lake in former stink swell, now has agri quality filtered water pumped across 2km of farmland which supports 20 farmers. This open public park enclosure overlooking the lake is also part of the area re-landscaping.
Dalit village. Land was donated by YFC founder Gurmangal in the 1990’s for 80 houses built by govt (over 250 people). Some houses remain as outhouses. Picture of an established house that has been plastered plus a temple. Road infrastructure and open water implemented by govt - this area fortunately has good access to water. This site is opposite planned GA Centre site. Views of Rurka Kalan and surrounding areas.

14 November 2018

Jamsher nearby is the 1st GA pitch opening in India. named The Generation Amazing pitch, it is situated next to a school who will be responsible for diary, maintenance and a main user of the site. There is fantastic hand painted permanent signage. A school presentation with MLA Padam Singh was made on behalf of SC. Changing rooms have yet to be fitted out but grass very recently laid and will take a few months to bed in. GA Ambassador Baljinder is local to the pitch and will deliver sessions here.

13 November 2018

Kick For Tolerance exhibition was launched as part of the National Festival and included Pakistan partners present on skype. This project promotes relations between young people of Pakistan and India with the aim of cross border peace, acceptance and understanding. GA, as an international project, can draw parallels of promoting cross country relations where typically youth may not integrate ie within Jordan and Lebanon, and through India and Pakistan projects etc.
Opening of the first National Festival “Girls Play Girls Lead” in Rurka Kalan. All Ambassadors represented directly or a replacement from their NGO attendsincluding two Ambassadors that came from Nepal. Football3 Tournament over 3 Days plus Kabbadi Match and cultural events each evening. The event was launched with a 1000 people parade with banners and anthem past the main stage, plus a cool balloon send off.

12 November 2018

Team GA - Rosa plus the sfw guys Hala, Elvira and Julian. GA posters in every high street and market promoting National Festval including tournament, Kabbadi and local Punjabi singer. Meeting with delegates pre Festival and getting banner finished for tomorrow’s parade as well as catching up with the Ambassadors.