WORLD RECORD FOOTBALL ATTEMPT TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN INDIA
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Our aim is to raise £30 000 minimum. Please help us – all donations welcome. Please watch the video below if you would like to see a video about this cause.
As of 12 June, we have raised £45,510.48 – a truly marvellous achievement that will enable RED International to progress the building of another school to serve the Dalit community in India. After costs, this translates to a total of £42,203.70 that will be used to build the school.
The majority of them live on less than 50p per day. Those who suffer worst are the women and the children, who are considered worthless, and although ‘untouchable’, they are often sexually and physically abused and exploited by the upper castes.
For years, establishments in India have served drinks to Dalits in clay cups which would then be immediately destroyed after use to prevent so-called contamination from Dalit uncleanliness.
In recent years the Dalits have begun to take a stand for themselves – turning away from the religion that held them down.
In 2001, Dalit leadership made the broad invitation for committed partners to give their children an English-based education, based on a worldview of human dignity and self-worth.
So why are we doing this?
Dalits insist that the only way to change lives and escape the oppression is ‘empowerment through education’.
RED International is one of the organisations dedicated to the construction and development of Dalit Education Centres (schools used for teaching children and to support the broader community).
In 2008 Cambray Baptist Church gave money to build a school in Kalayarkovil which is now well established and home to around 450 pupils.
At the 2009 Cambray FC AGM, the players discussed how they could further sustain this support for the Dalit people and agreed to find ways to raise enough money to build another school.
It seemed only natural that any event should involve football and so plans are well under way to try to break the Guinness World Record for the longest football match ever played, and in doing so to raise in excess of £30 000 to build a school. But more money would also mean we could equip the school and make it useable more quickly.
Please support us and give generously to help provide the means for education for the Dalit children.
When and where is it?
Time: 6pm start on Friday
Location: Bishops Cleeve Football Club, Kayte Lane, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3PD
Cost: Free – please just turn up anytime over the weekend and support us. We would love you make a donation to the charity..