PRESS RELEASE Announcing 4 New GrassrootsAward Winners: Jordanian, Palestinian, Syrian

PRESS RELEASE

Announcing 4 New GrassrootsAward Winners: Jordanian, Palestinian, Syrian

The Grassroots Award supports local youth community projects using sport and cultural activities to create positive social change in hard to reach, marginalised and refugee communities. 


Dania Abu Halima, Abed Abu Garbia, Abdullah Berzawi, and Ahmed Shweiki have won an exciting new Award to help them grow local community projects in Palestine Jordan, and Turkey.

Projects include an orphanage and youth community centre in Area C, the West Bank, a centre for refugees in Istanbul Turkey, and a women’s centre in Amman, Jordan.

The Award supports local Changemakers through an education and training programme that caters specifically to the needs of young people living through and impacted by violence, conflict and war.

We work with kids who are likely to do drugs, get caught up in extremist groups, females who live in a culture where being active is a stigma.” Says Founder, Tarek Alsaleh.

The Award also supports with mentoring, real time data collection, a network of support, and funding.

“I would love to open a school in Jordan. If God gives me the strength and the chance, I will go for it. I am looking forward to keep working with C4R and build something better” Dania, Jorda
nian Changmaker

Reaching out to female students is a fundamental part of the Awards vision.

“To have female role models and female engagement is essential if this generation of young people are to grow-up to be the empathetic, emotionally intelligent leaders of tomorrow that the region urgently needs” says CEO, Ummul Choudhury

The Award will be opening up to Changemakers working in Europe in August 2017.

About Capoeira4Refugees

Capoeira4Refugees is an award-winning NGO using sport, music and play to support refugees and conflict impacted young people.  Founded in 2007, it has been running programmes in partnership with the UN, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Brazilian Government.  C4R currently has projects running in Azraq and Zaatari refuge camps, in host communities in Jordan, its Changemaker Programme and its global network of Changemakers. C4R has reached over 60,000 refugees, worked across 20 different refugee camps and 60 communities impacted by war.

 

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Meet Dania, Changemaker Fellow, Jordan

“I will keep on living my dream and continue to work with refugees.”

We are pleased to announce our first female Changemaker, Dania Abu Halima, 24, Amman, Jordan.  Dania was awarded the Capoeira Changemaker Fellowship based on her commitment and passion to supporting women and girls in her community to have the opportunity to be physically active.

Whenever I had free time I would volunteer or train for C4R, even just train on my own whenever I could.”

Dania joined C4R as a student as part of the Ruwwad Project Partnership, a female only capoeira class. She went on to have 1-to-1 training with one of Capoeira4Refugees female trainers, developing the skills necessary to become an assistant trainer.  Dania’s presence as a female trainer in both Azraq Refugee Camp and Zaatari Refugee Camp has been inspirational for young female Syrian refugees.

For women, and girls it is especially important that there are females that are taking a leading role in civic and cultural activities; who can inspire their peers and their communities to seek positive change.

“I’m especially happy to see a female Changemaker in our programme. In the Middle East context, and exacerbated within the refugee context, women do not have anywhere near as much power as men.  To have female role models and female engagement is essential if this generation of young people are to grow-up to be the empathetic, emotionally intelligent leaders of tomorrow that the region urgently needs” Ummul Choudhury, CEO.

Dania is looking forward to growing her own community project. She dreams large, and as a Changemaker, she knows that the future  is hers for the making.

“Never to stop dreaming, this is the new rule! Honestly, I want to become something really big in Capoeira! something huge! Becoming Mestre in Capoeira! [laugh] Still, l have a lot of training to reach this one but C4R is not going anywhere. Then, I would love to open a school in Jordan. If God gives me the strength and the chance, I will go for it. I am looking forward to keep working with C4R and build something better. And even if it was not to happen, I will keep on living my dream and continue to work with refugees.”