India is the seventh largest country in the world and the second most populated. Thousands of years of history have shaped the country, which is incredibly diverse in both culture and religion. While India is considered one of the fastest growing economies in the world—often called "newly industrialized"—large parts of the population suffer from poverty and lack of access to education and healthcare. Due to complicated social structures, many people also face discrimination and rejection.
Play for Peace India is in the 18th year of its journey, which started in 2000 in what was then the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh (now Telangana). Since then, Play for Peace has worked with a variety of organizations that offer a diverse set of local experiences and address different developmental needs. Currently, the India program is the largest In the Play for Peace community. Each club addresses issues based on the community it serves, and major themes addressed include equality, inclusion, interfaith harmony, child and female empowerment, and making schools more equitable and inclusive to keep children in school and attract dropouts.
Requests for Play for Peace in India are constant, and our core values and activities there impact thousands of lives now and will continue in the future.
"No winners, no losers. We get an equal opportunity to play, and it makes us happy. I can get my little sister to come along with me, and my parents feel happy too."
Karol Bagh Peace Club
Karol Bagh, Delhi
Patel Nagar, New Delhi
Taltala, Kolkatta, West Bengal
Disciples for Peace Club
Kolkatta, West Bengal
Pink City Jaipur Club
Khula Aasman Club
Khel se Mel Club
FSL India Club
Peace Game Club
Jammu & Kashmir
Ekta ki Nayi Umang Club
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Now that we’re one week into Level Up: Race for Humanity, we want to introduce some of the amazing mentors from our Play for Peace clubs who are taking part in this month-long event. We’ll be following their journeys over the next few weeks, to share how they are leveling up in their communities.
In Mumbai, the Khula Aasman Club has been creating peace in its region since 2014, developing leadership skills in marginalized youth and children using play and the arts. While COVID-19 has presented new challenges for the club, the group has continued to have a great impact on its community.
Now a global pandemic, Covid-19 has affected almost every country in the world, sickening populations of people and overwhelming healthcare systems. While we all must practice social distancing in order to slow the spread and “flatten the curve,” our club in India is still finding ways to create compassion, connection, and community.