Khelaun Khelaun is Play for Change's three year long volleyball and badminton programme in Nepal.
The second Khelaun Khelaun tournament, which was hosted on 26th May, brought together over 190 children from across the mountainous region of the Lamjung District. The tournament was a great success, featuring various volleyball and badminton matches led by members of the community.
Play for Change, through rebuilding playgrounds and providing equipment, has given children in Nepal the opportunity to play sports in safe environments. Furthermore, the tournament was unique in its ability to bring girls and boys together in mixed teams, an uncommon occurrence in Nepal.
The innovative nature of Khelaun Khelaun has attracted interest and enthusiasm from official local leaders. Guman Sing Aryal, Mayor of Besisahar, attended the event, noting that:
"This programme creates the history that is boys and girls playing together on the same team. Girls will learn a lot of techniques from participating in the the sports team, besides building life skills."
PFC and Global Action Nepal's Khelaun Khelaun programme has successfully launched two tournaments, and began to tackle gender inequalities, while working alongside the members of the local communities.
The programme is in the Lamjung District of Nepal, a landlocked region of marginalized communities, which provides access to sports for 5,993 children, half of which are girls, from 37 schools across the country. The project trains local community members to be coaches, offering access to coaching qualifications from FIVB and BWF. Additionally, the project develops sports and learning facilities, and offers life skills classes which address social issues such as gender. So far, 49 coaches have been employed, 7 school playgrounds have been rebuilt, and women empowerment groups have been established.
Read more about Khelaun Khelaun, and what it's like being a coach, here!