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Balarka Brahma

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In 2003, a group called the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee started a residential home for kids from various brothel colonies. Most of these children don’t get any education, many are driven into the sex trade or are trapped in drug rackets. Football was identified as a means to integrate these children back into society. Professional coaches help train these children; the results have been fantastic. The team has become champion of the Indian Football Association’s nursery league and will field a team in the senior division next season. Two boys from the academy were selected by Manchester United to practice with its junior team in Manchester last year.

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