Atoot is a 501(c)3 registered charity in the United States of America, as well as a registered charity in Nepal.
Atoot means 'unbreakable' in Nepali language. We took the name as it represents the girls we work with. Our girls are viewed as a burden; a liability. They are beaten down physically, emotionally, and mentally on a daily basis - yet still they rise - before sun up and far past sundown, bearing all the burdens of labour within their families' homes. Simply put, they are unbreakable.
Atoot was founded based on the need for safe and empowering spaces for girls that face inequality, discrimination and injustice in Nepal. Atoot co-founders, Sarah & Mashreeb, worked together in rural India seven years ago and witnessed the grave consequences of being a girl child. They also discovered endless possibilities when you give girls a platform to have a choice and a voice. Combining their 13 years of work experience, they joined their shared passion for empowering girls and women - and thus, Atoot was born!
Atoot believes in the power of sport for the greater good. We believe sport is a tool to help bridge gaps, promote gender equality, build resilience, eradicate discrimination, level the playing field and build character/self-esteem.
Atoot uses Sport and Education to:
48% of Nepali women say that they have experienced some form of gender based violence at some point in their lives, with 15% experiencing sexual violence. (UN Population Fund)
60% of girls in rural areas in Nepal are married as children
(Girls Not Brides).
Girls in Nepal are pulled out of school by grades 4 or 5
Girls are isolated in their communities and are given no decision making powers.
More than 200,000 Nepalese girls are involved in the Indian sex trade.
(Kathmandu School of Law).
*Nepal Census 2011
2x Olympic soccer gold medalist,
6x U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year,
FIFA World Player of the Year (2012),
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year &
FIFA Women's World Cup Champion