It was in 2019 that the Toofaan Games story started, as the then-head of Nanhi Kali operations, Rohini Mukherjee, decided it was time to introduce sports to the girls. "Classrooms cannot teach you certain fundamental life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and facing failure," the speaker stated. Sports entered the picture at this point. Approximately 1,90,000 girls who sign up for this program receive at least ten years of education, as well as an introduction to sports.
These days the Toofaan Games are a yearly sporting event with four competitions. The girls under their tutelage are participating in the current edition, which began in August 2023, almost from the village level to the nationals, which are organized by the trust.Together, Lisa Murawsky and Rohini (who is currently the Head of Global Partnerships and Strategy) developed the foundation's "Sports for Life" initiative, which gave rise to these games. It is important to note that women are in complete control of the initiative—from coaching to outcomes. The movement has quickly gained momentum thanks to the Nanhi Kali program's existing infrastructure at Naandi. The young lady running the "Nanhi Kali after-school tuition centers" lives in the same neighborhood as the girls. These tutors were supposed to conduct the weekly sports drills and practices when sports were introduced.
About Sports for Life Program:
Every young girl now gets to attend one sports class per week, where they learn about menstrual health management, body movement, and nutrition in addition to playing sports. All the girls willingly participate in this enjoyable program.Another crucial lesson these girls learn is the importance of inclusivity and sportsmanship while playing. "It doesn't matter if they are good or bad at the sport; every girl learns to include everyone else," Rohini says.Overseeing the program in the Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh, Poornima Singh collaborates with 271 sports allies and 7,856 girls. She found that the girls' desire to participate in sports was self-existent. She states, "They are ready to go to the playground and play 24 hours a day."
Passionate Souls Coming Together for Making Sports Work for Women:
The program's overarching goal will always be 'Sports for all,' prioritizing the participation and lifelong engagement of girls and women in sports, rather than solely promoting sporting excellence.