Ensuring every child with disability prospers to success through ‘Right to Play’
Play is the first form of learning for every child. Unfortunately, it is also the first form of exclusion for children with disabilities.
Umoya, loosely translating to ‘Spirit’, strongly rests on that very same philosophy that all children are same and Sports benefits everyone equally, disregarding their gender, (dis)ability, age, race or socio-economic backgrounds.
Play is a powerful tool through which children harness their innate curiosity, develop resilience, enhance communication, collaborate effectively, and hone their problem-solving abilities. It fosters self-awareness and bolsters confidence in their skills and capabilities. In today’s context, play and physical fitness have assumed heightened importance in the holistic growth of children, impacting their physical, mental, and social development. Importantly, play naturally nurtures an inclusive environment.
Sport for development plays a crucial role in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, fostering connections, and creating an environment for inclusivity, growth, and peace.
I will win, but if I cannot win, I will be brave in the attempt – Special Olympics International
Umoya empowers children and individuals with and without Disabilities enabling them to lead an enriched life by equipping them with life skills such as teamwork, confidence, and critical thinking; providing physical and mental well-being; and building an ‘Inclusive Culture’ through Sports and play-based education programs in schools and low-income communities.
children impacted through Umoya’s programs
teachers and parents trained across India
schools partnered for our direct intervention
medals won by our student athletes in various para and special sports events