In this talk, Franz Gastler explains the story of Yuwa and their future plans and then he introduces us to Rinky Kumari, the captain of the Yuwa Football Team. Rinky explains how education is the most important tool to help girls like her fight out of poverty and why she wants to become a divorce lawyer.
Franz Gastler is an American social activist, teacher and football coach who works primarily in India. He is the co-founder and executive director of non-government organisation (NGO) Yuwa. Yuwa uses girls’ team sports as a platform for social development in rural India. Yuwa operates in Jharkhand – one of the poorest, least literate, and most lawless regions of India. Founded in 2009, Yuwa is now one of the largest girls’ football programs in India. As a football club, Yuwa is one of the few teaching life skills, with a focus on positive coaching. As an NGO, Yuwa is the only sports for development organization in India with daily practices for all teams.