How can the energy of hundreds of young lads in flood-stricken Badin be channelised towards positivity? Simple: by dribbling a basketball.
In a video filmed by Pervaiz Lodhie, a basketball half-court is seen put up in the Deenar Khan Talpur village in district Badin, where most of the land was washed away by floods in 2010 and 2011.
The villagers who had never played or seen basketball before are filmed flaunting their jerseys – grouped in different teams according to their villages.
The video shows them learning basketball tricks and warming up to play “barefoot basketball.” Surrounded by chalk boundaries, the bare-foot players are seen racing towards the basket. The audience roars each time a point is scored by the players and applauds echo in the air.
Point after point, the players seem to understand the game better as the audience remains enthralled.
“Barefoot Basketball” is a joint effort of Pervaiz Lodhie along with different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Small Grants Programme, Larr Environment Awareness Forum (LEAF), Indus Development Foundation (IDF).
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