Lions Clubs International and Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust

Mission Inclusion : Bharat Youth Activation 2020

Special Olympics Bharat  hosted a Youth Activation event on 24 and 25 January 2020 celebrating the successes of Mission Inclusion: Bharat since its launch in 2017, while also inviting the LEOs from all over India to join the Special Olympics Youth leaders with and without Intellectual Disabilities in their endeavors of promoting Inclusion. 

The Opening Ceremony was held in the morning of 24 January 2020 at the Auditorium, PHD Chamber New Delhi. A Youth Activation Workshop followed  at the same venue , led by the proactive Special Olympics Youth leaders, introducing the LEOs to the movement while engaging them in group activities and interactive sessions.

The next day the venue shifted to the YMCA Tourist Hostel , 1 Jaisingh Road New Delhi, and the workshop continued there. The program wrapped up in the afternoon of 25 January 2019 with an hour of a Unified Basketball engagement, joined by the leaders of SOI and various Colleges & Universities and organizations.  EVENT REPORT 

Mission Inclusion : Bharat was launched in August 2017 in the presence of 150 Special Olympics Athletes, Coaches, Family Members, dignitaries from Lions Clubs International, esteemed Govt officials and representatives of Special Olympics Inc and Special Olympics Bharat.

The launch highlighted a historic commitment made by Mrs. Aruna Oswal, through the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust, to create an expanded inclusive development platform across India to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities, their families and their communities.   As Founder of the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust, and as the then International Director of Lions Clubs International, Mrs. Aruna Oswal’s commitment also provides increased opportunities for Lions Clubs volunteers and their youth network, Leos, to serve under marginalized communities throughout the country.  For meaningful execution of this Mission SO Bharat received USD 1 Million creating expanded programming over an initial 3-year term. 

The launch serves as a national extension of the global Special Olympics- Lions Clubs International global partnership, titled “Mission: Inclusion”, which brings service, support and inclusive programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities as part of a multilateral commitment to forge full social inclusion. Under the national partnership, Special Olympics Bharat, Lions Clubs International and the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust will implement grass-roots programs in the areas of global health, inclusive sports, family education, early childhood development, and much more. 

Through the support from the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International celebrate a renewed focus towards mobilizing volunteers and local communities nationwide to support Special Olympics athletes- both on and off the field of play 

Report Year 1– October 2017-November 2018