Thar Foundation in collaboration with Diya Women Football Club launched a 3-day football tournament focused on under-13 females of Sindh. The tournament being organized by the education wing of the Thar Foundation brought together female teams from across 8 districts of Sindh including Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur and Hub. The tournament was won by the underdogs of Thar – the Tharparkar Terminators who defeated Karachi Royals 2-1 on penalty kicks on their home ground in Islamkot Taluqa.
“We never thought we can defeat children from Karachi, it is the biggest city and the children their train regularly. But we had only hoped to win. Our girls are ecstatic. They win the trophy, the money, now they want to play more seriously after this tournament,”
excalimed Zakaullah – the coach for the Tharparkar Terminators.
The event was graced by the Provincial Minister of Women Development Shehla Raza. She celebrated the involvement of Thari girls in such avenues and was appreciative of the efforts of Thar Foundation which is not only focusing on educating the girls but also providing them with avenues which can help them actualize their potential.
“We saw football teams of all the 8 districts in action. It has been a treat to watch them play with such skill and dexterity,”
said Sabeen Shah, Manager Education, Thar Foundation. She further added,
“Thar Foundation is focused in its mission to not only educate the female population of Thar but also provide them with other avenues for their empowerment. Alongside providing them opportunities to develop their skills through sports, the Thar Foundation schools are also providing these girls with access to karate and other life-skills. I truly believe that the growth agenda for the country and Thar is inherently linked to the growth of our women and Thar Foundation is working to further its agenda of removing gender inequalities and providing equal opportunities through its adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.”
Earlier, Thar Foundation with the help of the FIFA-approved Diya Women’s Football Club organized its pilot Inter-School Female Football Tournament in June 2018. Vast majority of individuals claimed to love and appreciate this initiative and said that this tournament was a significant beginning towards woman empowerment and the fact that such avenues and opportunities were being created for the women folk in Tharparkar.