In the Eastern parts of Sri Lanka, children still face ethnic divisions and stereotypes about what girls can and can’t do.
Thankfully, local girls are breaking down these barriers through cricket, but they can only succeed with your help.
Abisha is 15 and mad about cricket. She has an ambitious goal to play on Sri Lanka’s national cricket team one day. And, thanks to her participation in a UNICEF-funded cricket program, she is well on her way to achieving this!
Abisha’s cricket team have recently won the local Under 15 Cup, though this victory hasn’t come easy. Unlike most boys’ schools in her country, Abisha’s school does not have a cricket team, a coach, or even sporting equipment.
However, with the help of UNICEF’s sport programs in Eastern Sri Lanka, these girls were given the chance to play with their own cricket bats and balls, learning key technical skills from their very own coach. They learnt important team building, conflict management, and leadership skills. They did this while breaking down social divisions, coming together from different regions and ethnic groups to play.