A trip to Brazil for six from Bangalore's slums

Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:49 administrator
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Graduates from the Dream Life skills programmeA team of six young people to represent India at FIFA Football for Hope Festival.

 

Bangalore. Dream A Dream, an NGO that develops life skills amongst young people from Bangalore’s slum communities, has been chosen by FIFA to represent India at the FIFA Football for Hope Festival 2014 to be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 2nd to 10th, 2014, parallel to the Football World Cup.

The FFH Festival 2014 will bring together 32 teams from across the globe for a very special event. The highlight of the event will be a public tournament on the last four days of the Festival. Dream A Dream representing India to the world will be made up of six players (three boys and three girls), a young leader, team manager and coach. The festival will witness intercultural exchange, opportunity to share best practices and showcase the work of Dream A Dream.

Vishal Talreja, Cofounder & CEO, Dream A Dream remarked “We are delighted that these young people have got an opportunity of a life time and it will change their outlook towards life forever. It (also) reimposes our faith in our work that life skills learned through football go beyond and enables young people to prepare and respond creatively to this frantic pace of change in the world.”

The Festival is also about encouraging exchange and dialogue by meeting on the football pitch in the spirit of fair play, sharing best practice and celebrating cultural diversity through an exciting programme of sporting, artistic and musical a activities.

Bhaskar, an 18 year old participant representing Dream A Dream in the FIFA football for hope, says “It is like a dream come true for me. Playing football has taught me many things, it shaped me into the person I am now. Knowing how to react to varieties of situations is the biggest learning and I want to spread this message.”