Mercedes-Benz India today reinforced its commitment towards society by using the power of sports to bring about a change amongst the underprivileged children. Fostering its association with Laureus Sport for Good for the second year, Mercedes-Benz India will fund developmental programmes for two new NGOs- Naz Foundation and Slum Soccer. In addition Mercedes-Benz India will continue to fund existing Laureus-supported partners Oscar Foundation and YUWA.Laureus Sport for Good has announced Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh as a Laureus Ambassador. Yuvraj, member of the Indian cricket team, will provide inspiration for a positive change, by helping young people understand the true value of sport. Laureus Sport for Good supports children and young people, using the power of sport to help them overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving sport’s ability to change the world. The global organisation supports more than 100 programmes in 35 countries.The Naz Foundation [India] Trust (Naz) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in New Delhi and Mumbai working to reduce the prevalence of HIV and improve the quality of life of marginalized groups living with HIV diagnosis.The program beneficiaries will be 500 young girls and boys below 16 years of age, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds born in different parts of India. Mercedes-Benz India supported programmes through Slum Soccer (Organisation for social development through team building, acceptance and discipline); Slum Soccer exists to foster sustainable development within otherwise marginalised populations of India. They aim to provide long term solutions to combat homelessness, improve living standards and build self-sufficient communities. The game of football is used as a vehicle to connect individuals, teach life skills and work towards improving overall quality of life. Slum Soccer works to beak this vicious cycle through: Instilling an education focus, developing social and life skills to overcome barriers and make informed choices and building leadership skills and opportunities.advertisement’EduKick’ is an initiative by Slum Soccer which focuses on the promotion of primary education for children living in underprivileged communities. These children are often the most marginalized, unable to attend school or for those fortunate to attend, have extremely poor learning outcomes, supporting improved educational performance. Slum Soccer is proposing to expand this programme to Municipal and Zilla Parishad Schools in Nagpur District in which has more than 50,000 of students in Grade 4th to Grade 5th, of which 40% are girls.OSCAR (Organisation for Social Change Awareness and Responsibility): OSCAR’s principle aim is to deliver life skills training through the medium of sport to girls from economically and socially challenged communities. With the support from Laureus and Mercedes-Benz India, OSCAR proposes to support this aim by upscaling our girls’ football and life skills programme across Mumbai. This project educates girls about key social and community issues through playing football and participating in specially designed interactive games.OSCAR’s flagship programme, ‘Reach your Max’, uses the medium of football to engage marginalised girls from slum communities, providing them with educational and life skills opportunities. The programme has helped more than 1,100 girls to-date from the ages of 7-17, working with both the girls and their families to delay early marriage and provide young girls with options to continue education, pursue vocational training or consider higher education. This programme will use football as a medium to empower girls to identify and challenge the gender disparities which exist in their communities and in-turn aim to reduce the number girls dropping out of school in Mumbai. This programme will work with a total of 500 girls from urban slum communities. 210 girls will be actively engaged in weekly football and life skills sessions (6 sessions/week) over the course of 36 weeks.YUWA: YUWA uses girls’ team sports as a platform for bringing social development in rural India. Utilizing the power of football to teach girls key life skills, YUWA operates in Jharkhand. Through an innovative school and education based methodology, the organization provides key leadership opportunities, which enable the girls to take a responsibility for each other as a group. This in result directly leads to increased attendance at school as well as increased health outcomes. Another key focus of YUWA is to ensure that the girls are not married at an early age, providing the opportunity to continue education and build a bright future for them. Apart from funding infrastructural expenses, Mercedes-Benz India will also enable YUWA to continue providing the vital educational support through the on-site school. This school will ensure that the girls who participate are able to make a better future for themselves.