running their way out of poverty
There are many inherent strengths in communities based on their origins and demography. We identify communities segmented as socially and economically backward with an inherent inclination, attributes or interest in athletics. Few of these communities are based in Uttra Kannada district of Karnataka, where we are building pathways out of poverty for children and youth through athletics.
The Siddis are an Indo-African community who migrated to India over 400 years ago living mostly in Karnataka and scattered across Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Facing racism and being neglected since 400 years and since independence, they have confined themselves into forest areas in the coastal belt of India. There are over 40,000 Siddis residing in Karnataka alone. Here is a video to know more : https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=863127830726015
Athletics has economically and socially benefitted the Kalenjin people of Kenya. We have visited Kenya, and learned how running has created pathways for people from economically weaker sections. We are working to create similar ecosystem in Uttra Kannada district of Karnataka. An ecosystem similar to Iten, Kenya where 25% of its population are athletes.