In 2020, Sunny, who is now over 20 years old, dropped out of the Salaam Balaak Trust’s books. He is too old. After training as a soccer coach in 2016, it was his dream to become a sports teacher. There were many hurdles for the young “untouchable”—who is not in possession of the correct papers—to overcome in order to pursue this career.
In 2021, we can make his dream come true. Agnes Fernandes, Director in Mumbai, says: “The Salaam Balaak Trust has had such good experiences with the ‘Berlinger Project’ that we want to extend it to all three children’s homes in Mumbai.”
During Andrea's visit to Mumbai in January 2020, we decided to invest in Sunny’s training. The plan: In 2021 he is to be able to teach sports in the two boys’ homes and in the girls’ home. Incidentally, even the City of Mumbai has got involved in the project. It is providing a soccer field for free, where the children can train. This is a major success considering the small meadow where it all started.
The girls’ home has not benefited from sports lessons to date. However, we are equally passionate about supporting young girls. Accordingly, in 2021 money will also go into equipping the first girls’ soccer team.
Our commitment to this project continues to be supported by the private charity “Helping Hands” run by Natasha and Tatjana Pathare and Adrian Weiss. We are motivated by the progress that has been made—never would we have thought we would come so far! Thanks also to our customers!