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Capoeira Onda

Project

Capoeira Onda

Location

Santa Fe, Argentina

Target

The main objective of the project is to develop a practice of capoeira’s art that contributes to the inclusion of social classes, genders / sexualities, ages, abilities / disabilities, ethnicities / races.

Impact

The focus of our project exceeds capoeira as a mere sport practice. From a cultural and social approach in a broad sense, we encourage the development of collaborative, horizontal and non-competitive practices. Through integral education and education understood as an instance of collective and not individualistic development, we encourage the formation of trainers to spread this non-profit art in our city.

 

Topics

Free4Kids
Marginalised communities

 

Contact

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capoeiraondasantafe/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/110588523218101846426?hl=es

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Peru Capoeira

Project

Peru Capoeira

 

Location

Lima, Peru

 

Target

Collaborating to professionalize the concept of Capoeira to society, focusing on a gradual process that begins with the help and inclusion of at-risk youth (vulnerable areas, schools and juvenile centers)

 

Impact

Using the multiple aspects of Capoeira to carry out sustainable social projects that accompany adolescents until their insertion to society.

 

Topics

Free4Kids
Marginalised communities

 

Contact

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PeruCapoeiraPro

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeruCapoeiraPro

Website: http://www.perucapoeira.org/

 

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Meet Amar, Changemaker fellow, from Pakistan to Peru

Capoeira for communities with limited access to education

Amar has always been a humanitarian. From his experience living and growing up in Pakistan and his recent experience living and working in Peru, he has been focused on showing the positive impact that capoeira can have on women and children. In Pakistan though, it has been a difficult endeavour given all the cultural barriers. Even so, Amar says:

“Capoeira is a transformational art of self-expression. It teaches positive living through inclusion in community as well as physical and mental creativity and agility. It becomes particularly relevant to developing personal and social skills in vulnerable children with no access to such education.”

Nonetheless, Amar says that things are slowly changing for the better as education becomes more accessible to all and with renewed efforts, there will be more girls and women playing and teaching Capoeira in Pakistan as time goes by.

“I am sure that Peruvian and Brazilian female Capoeira teachers will be instrumental in helping to address this shortfall in conjunction with Pakistani female student Capoeira teachers.”

How Capoeira and Pakistan fell in love

Amar first introduced Capoeira to Pakistan in 2007 as the pioneering teacher of this art, back when no one had any idea what it was. There was no cultural frame of reference beyond the acrobatics, music or references to a Tekken character available to connect to this ritual for most Pakistanis. “Children and adolescents from the nearby slums or other impoverished areas who saw what I was doing seemed to intuitively understand the nature of the game. They would join in with myself and my students having fun, jumping and playing, making cartwheels and music and singing exuberantly. It was an amazing experience!”

This inspiring experience though underscored the harsh reality of children forced to grow old before their time so they could survive harsh conditions of living.

“It was for this reason that I became convinced that the need that this art and ritual could play a pivotal and positive role in their lives. Capoeira calls out to its own. Those who speak its language even though they have not been taught by any mentor. They have learnt Capoeira’s lessons themselves through life’s harsh experience.”

What does Capoeira mean for oppressed communities?

Above all, Amar believes that Capoeira is about liberation from the slavery and helplessness of poverty, from physical, mental and social limits, from discrimination and from lack of opportunity. It teaches profound life lessons through creative and spontaneous play in a collective and collaborative effort. It is a fight but is “played” to music and thus becomes cooperative as well as competitive. It is very much about staying in the moment and being aware and responsive and yet the songs reference a living heritage that is infinitely varied and yet distinct in its interpretation. Playful and adaptive.

“A wonderful paradox that has kept me deeply curious about Capoeira since I started playing almost 20 years ago. I have seen the same delight as mine on students faces as they discover more about what Capoeira is and what it means to them. A game that offers a respite from their daily struggles where they can recover the spontaneity of childhood games. In so doing they find a chance for an education and inclusion within a safe and encouraging community so they can learn and grow as part of something positive on their way to becoming productive and healthy members of society.”

Since that beginning over a decade ago, Amar has personally ensured that Capoeira in Pakistan grows into the small nascent community of students and student-teachers from all walks of life present today. Orphans, diplomats, refugees, artists, students, business people, street children, professionals, foreigners, musicians, teachers and locals all training and performing together and collectively learning as part of a diverse community that not only accepts differences but knows they are a strength and not a weakness. Readily accepting huge social differences inside and outside the roda, a space where only your ability to have fun and your skills and smile matter. Unity in peaceful community living.

“I have been lucky enough to experience much of the world through Capoeira and I have done all I can to help others progress on their way as good friends and teachers have helped me along this path. Being a Changemaker Fellow will help me to achieve my dream of dedicating myself to utilising the transformational power of Capoeira in changing the lives of those who need and understand it.”

 

Global mission, local action

To the dispossessed and marginalised wherever he may be able to reach out to them through his work. Capoeira is most meaningful and useful to those who suffer prejudice and injustice. The mission is still the same as it ever was, though now Amar is part of a global network that can do so much more then he or his students ever could on their own.

Amar is currently working in Peru and collaborating with other Peruvian Angoleiros who share a common vision of growing an active community of Capoeira Angola engaged with social work. Connecting Brazil, Peru and Pakistan through cultural and educational exchange. After initiating and establishing work in Peru, he looks forward to returning home to Pakistan to expand and fortify the links between and within Latin America and South Asia inside the roda of Capoeira.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done and I’m happy to be able to participate in every way I can with others in a collective effort towards using this art for fortifying vulnerable children and forming resilient, productive and happy young adults. We all need peace in our lives. Capoeira is a creative and relevant social tool to teach and preserve peace culture to all. Axé.”

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Esporte em Açao

Project

Instito Compartilhar

Location

Cidade Jardim – São José dos Pinhais / PR, Brazil

Target

Instito Compartilhar runs Social Sports Programs, composed of three projects in 42 communities, located in 21 cities and spread across six Brazilian states (Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte and São Paulo). The main effort is community building, combining efforts between public and private partners to facilitate the implementation of activities. Currently, 4.2 million children and adolescents between 9 and 15 years old are benefited, mainly students from public schools, including the students in Cidade Jardim. The sports programs teach capoeira and volleyball, and facilitates the coexistence of students from several public schools in the region.

Impact

In December 2016, 130 students from Cidade Jardim and another community called Afonso Pena, came together for an end of the year celebrations called the Serra Verde Express Christmas Train. Students in the volleyball and capoeira programs came together to celebrate and try the famous barreado, a typical dish of Parana.

Topics

#Marginalised Communities

Contact

E-mail: Contato@compartamentos.com.br
Website : http://compartilhar.org.br/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/institutocompartilhar

 

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Projeto Cantigas e Brincadeiras de Roda

Project

Capoeira Cameleão

Location

Pato Branco, Parana, Brazil

Target

In 2014, the group Capoeira Cameleão started the project Projeto Cantigas e Brincadeiras de Roda in the Cristo Rei neighborhood of Pato Branco. The project provides free capoeira class to children between the ages of five and eleven. The project is maintained from a partnership between Capoeira Cameleão Group in Pato Branco and Academia ACCC ad Mercado Econômico.
The classes, which have been taking place three times a week for three years, include recreational activities, folk dances, instrument practice and music, as well as the movement of capoeira. However, learning goes far beyond theory and practice of the art. According to Agnaldo Luiz Rampanelli, coordinator of the project, students are also taught important values, such as discipline and the importance of education.

Impact

The project began with eight children and today has approximately 50 regular participants. According to teacher Diego Drudi Sanches, students who have been participating for even one year have significantly improved their motor skills and flexibility.

Topics

#Marginalised Communities

Contact

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Capoeira-Camale%C3%A3o-715075111859532/

Additional links:
http://www.diariodosudoeste.com.br/noticia/projeto-social-incentiva-criancas-a-pratica-da-capoeira
https://www.diariodosudoeste.com.br/noticia/criancas-sao-batizadas-na-capoeira-em-pato-branco

 

 

 

 

 

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Projeto Sonho de Ferias

Project

Católica de Santa Catarina

Location

Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Target

Every year in March, the Católica de Santa Catarina University in Jaraguá do Sul hosts Projeto Sonho de Ferias, an event promoted by the Jaraguá do Sul Business Association (Acijs).
About 70 students between 8 and 10 years old from the municipal schools Ribeirão Cavalo and Professor Gertrudes Steilein Milbratz, participate in cultural and recreational activities throughout the day. Capoeira workshops, painting with gouache, face painting, collage, games, oral health workshops and storytelling were offered. The programs aim to awaken the vision of patriotism, regional culture, community social development, hygiene, prevention of drug use, and encourage fellowship, solidarity and fraternity. The program is supervised by 27 university students from different courses that participate in the Community Project – a curricular component that provides students with 30 hours of collaboration in social projects.

“In the day-to-day running, we often do not realize the difficulties and needs of people who are out of our conviviality. The project is important to make us look to the next. Besides, spending that time playing with the kids is a lot of fun, “

comments law student Bruna Karina Postai, who participated in Projeto Sonho de Ferias for the second time.
Ana Paula Fliegner dos Santos, the social worker associated with the project, emphasizes that the initiative is an opportunity for learning for both children and students: children get to take advantage of the school holidays in activities that awaken their curiosity of the world, university and community actions; and students who have the opportunity to engage in community action, thus contributing to a better world.

Impact

For participating children, this is a great opportunity to have fun and learn to live in a healthy society, recognize the importance of valuing life and make new friends. Projeto Sonho de Ferias aims to promote integration between children and adults; raise awareness about the importance of preserving the environment and value the importance of schooling through educational and recreational activities. In addition, the program highlights the need and importance of public and private entities to be in tune with the surrounding communities.
Topics

#Marginalised Communities

Contact

Email: proyectocomunitario@catolicasc.org.br
Website :http://www.catolicasc.org.br/jaragua-do-sul/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatolicaSC/
https://www.facebook.com/acijs/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

Additional Links:
http://www.jaraguadosul.sc.gov.br/projeto-sonho-de-ferias
http://www.grupomarista.org.br/noticias/cerca-de-70-criancas-participam-do-projeto-sonho-de-ferias-na-catolica-sc-em-jaragua-do-sul/
http://www.catolicasc.org.br/jaragua-do-sul/2016/07/14/catolica-sc-em-jaragua-do-sul-sera-palco-projeto-sonho-de-ferias-na-proxima-terca-feira-19/
http://acijs.com.br/blog/sonho-de-ferias-diverte-e-ensina-mais-de-70-criancas/