The UN recognises access to sport as the right of every child and also uses it as a tool for fundraising, advocacy and raising public awareness about its objectives. So does the Indian government. Sport is an integral part of strategy to achieve personal and community development objectives. It can bind people like a religion and inspire individuals to outperform themselves.
Stairs is an India-based New Delhi-headquartered organisation which uses sports to transformative the lives of the underprivileged youth. It was founded in 2000 by Siddhartha Upadhyay, a sports enthusiast, brand consultant, philanthropist and social entrepreneur. It uses sports to help the disadvantaged break out of the vicious circle of poverty and promote inclusive social growth in their communities. The organisation was formally registered in 2005.
We provide a platform where youngsters get a chance to showcase their talent and foster it as a mean of livelihood.
We attempt to teach them the importance of character and personality building.
We endeavour to facilitate the journey of upliftment of the destitute youth who have the potential to become the future of the nation.
We extend a helping hand to the youth at the bottom of the pyramid who are often denied access to the increasing opportunities.
We make youth a stakeholder in the inclusive growth of the country and steer them away from falling prey to anti-social elements and self-destructing.
We try to achieve all this by providing deserving kids with scholarships, infrastructure, equipment and training.
We organise educational and health programmes.
We already reach more than a 300,000 children in regular daily activities. Stairs conducts programmes at more than 300 centres spread across seven states in India.
The programmes at our centres are facilitated by local community leaders, volunteers, coaches and managers.
Local community leaders help in identifying the prospective participants.
Thereafter, Stairs first holds counseling and talent identification camps to understand the community.
Coaching camps are the next step.
Senior coaches are players who have either represented their respective state teams in national championship or played for the Indian team at the international level.
Coaches are local players who are trained in programmes designed specially by Stairs. They implement the programmes based on local needs.
We are empowering and preparing leaders as well as good citizens. There is a distinct improvement in attendance in schools, academic performance, increased participation in sports, and better awareness about health and hygiene. Our work with youth and communities is yielding dividend. Stairs is playing its part in bringing about sustainable change in the communities it partners.
The efforts have borne fruit and several awards and accolades have come to STAIRS. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) also recently awarded STAIRS as the Best NGO for Promoting Sports at its India Sports Award 2015.