ENVEST India: Day 3 & 4
Center for Sport Leadership Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is currently in India for Phase 2 of ENVEST, a sport-for-development initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through their Sport Diplomacy Division. ENVEST consists of four separate cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Phase 2 programming in Indian is being led by our partner Goals for Girls. Carrie is sharing her experiences through this blog.
The past few days in India have been a whirlwind. This week has been really focused around the American girls (Goals for Girls) and the Indian girls (Slum Soccer) getting to know one another. The Indian girls have played host to the Americans, showing them what it’s like to live in India. They’ve opened their homes to our group (we visited a few of their homes and met their families yesterday) and showed us the communities and schools with which they interact daily.
We were also very lucky to spend our New Year’s celebration a few hours outside of Nagpur with a group called Women in Need who help women who are ill, abandoned, or otherwise in need of care and comfort. Their facility is associated with a leprosy colony, so we were also able to get a very real look at a disease that has impacted so many in this country, but is thankfully not as debilitating now due to medication and treatment. The women with leprosy have lived most of their lives in this facility and were thrilled to share their time and stories with our young, energetic women.
I feel confident saying that the groups of girls have bonded and that our American delegation better understands the similarities and differences they share with their pen pals. We traveled last night to Delhi, where the Leadership Summit will begin tomorrow, so lots more to come!
For more stories and pictures, check out our ENVEST India Facebook page.
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