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Project Bantu Fundação Cultural Internacional

Project

Project Bantu Fundação Cultural Internacional

Location

Sydney, Australia

Target

Project Bantu is a therapeutic intervention that introduces Capoeira Angola to young people from Aboriginal or refugee backgrounds. The project combines the healing potential of musical and physical expression to produce a range of social and learning outcomes. Mestre Roxinho believes that his program “helps the kids to understand themselves, their lives, where they come from, to have an opportunity to put their heads up and face the challenge of day to day life.

Impact

Young people from Aboriginal and refugee backgrounds have often experienced high levels of trauma. Many have witnessed violence directly or indirectly through the experience of dispossession, conflict, living in refugee camps or coming from dislocated families and fragmented communities. Trauma affects a young person’s ability to concentrate and build trusting relationships with peers and people in authority, such as teachers. Compounded with often high levels of energy and physicality, serious behavioural issues can arise in the school and at home. Disrupted or limited education means that for many young people, the school environment is fraught with challenges.

The program originated in Brazil for homeless youth and young people in Juvenile Justice Centres and has been adapted to fit the needs of the young people at risk living in Australia. Young people who participated in the project in Brazil showed considerable improvement in their behavioural and social competence. Teachers observed an increase in both classroom cooperation and individual self-esteem. Young people were also found to be less likely to use illicit drugs or engage in criminal actions after participating in the project.Through the process of learning about all aspects of this enigmatic art, a dialogue is created whereby the student is able to develop a more positive, self-controlled and holistic sense of self.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development
Refugee

Contact

Website: http://projectbantu.org/
E-mail: projectbantu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectbantu/?fref=ts

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ABADA CAPOEIRA LA PAZ

Project

Abada Capoeira La Paz

Location

La Paz, Bolivia

Target

Provide access to the knowledge and benefits of capoeira and use this as an inclusion / training tool for good citizens, which in the future will be leaders and community leaders.

Impact

It was established in Bolivia in 2009 by initiating work with the CEIFMA “Centro Educativo Integral Félix Méndez Arcos” as an activity for children and adolescents who, due to their vulnerability and exclusion from society, had psychological problems of low self-esteem that reflected their low school performance reaching desertion or school dropout, apart from always being involved in fights between their peers. The arrival of capoeira to CEIFMA had a very positive response and great acceptance in a short time. Rules and rules of conduct were implemented to be a participant in the classes in which we saw:

• Academic performance at school
• Personal hygiene
• Behavior with the community
• Performance in training

Thanks to that intervention today we have young scholars in the music conservatory, also the case of a young man who plays in the Corintias football team in Sao Paulo in a minor division and continues to train capoeira. Many of the young people of the 2009-generation are parents already, some attend classes depending on their possibilities, they have achieved more than stable life.

Topics

Free4Kids

Marginalised communities

Contact

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/abadacapoeira.bolivia
Facebook page 2: https://www.facebook.com/abada.bolivia/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/abadabolivia/videos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abada_bolivia/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABADABOL

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FICA Capoeira Angola Stockholm

Project

FICA Capoeira Angola Stockholm

Location

Stockholm, Sweden

Target

A majority immigrant community in Stockholm

Impact

Asa has been practicing Capoeira and training students in Capoeira for over 30 years in Sweden. She has spent significant time in Brazil practicing and learning Capoeira. There, she trained street children and children at the academy in the countryside of Brazil where she was living.

In Tensta, a suburb of Stockholm with a majority conservative, immigrant community (mainly Syrians and Somalis), she teaches Capoeira classes to the kids there with less opportunities than native Swedes. As she participated in a government-funded Stockholm Leaders Education program, she brought two Capoeira students (one Eritrean-born and one Sweden-born of Gambian descent) to Brazil on a field trip to teach them about the roots of Capoeira.

Topics

Marginalised communities
Free4Kids

Contact

Åsa Gustavii
E-mail: ficasweden@yahoo.se

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Capoerê by the Association Filhos de Bimba

Project

Capoerê by the Association Filhos de Bimba

Location

Beirut, Lebanon

Target

Underprivileged young Lebanon people, girls living in an orphanage

Timeline/milestones

Where we are now

Association Filhos de Bimba – Lebanon is working jointly with Fight For Peace (UK) on the organization’s strategic plan. So far they have done the following:

1- SWOT Analysis

2- Theory of Change

3- Association’s Pillars/Values

4- Development and design of new activities

Additionally, they have become members of Trust Law which will allow them to get advice on governance and organizational issues when needed.

They are also running classes in an orphanage attaining 40 young girls between the ages of 10 and 16. They applied to a grant by the Australian Embassy and submitted their project to two education Centres (1 in Beirut and 1 in the Bekaa area). If successful, the project will attain a total of 200 young Children.

What do we want to achieve

Sustainability in the programmes they offer. Down the line they would like to run capoeira classes in Underprivileged areas in Lebanon and open 1 capoeira centre in a community as well as form capoeira professors from the young people we will be working with.

What is the timeline for doing so?

Year 1: finalize theory of change, association’s pillars/values, programmes, short, medium, and long

Term objectives, and identify projects, opportunities, and donors.

Year 2-3: Develop the programme “Form a Capoeira Professor” (not final name), look for opportunities, develop the staff’s capacity, and identify the needs of the project based on the assessments. Identify a community where the centre can be based. Look into the social enterprise model and what it takes to move towards it.

Year 4-5: build the centre.

History/Impact

Association Filhos de Bimba – Lebanon has been working with young people in social projects since 2009, and since then has used Capoeira to work with over 500 underprivileged young children between the ages of 8 and 15 coming from Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

In 2012 they were selected to be part of Fight for Peace’s Global Alumni programme (GAP web address), and are now part of a global network of 135 organisations who are all using boxing and martial arts to work with young people affected by violence. In 2016, the association received a 2 years funding from Himaya and UNICEF to work with more than 300 young people in refugee camps all over Lebanon. Unfortunately, the funding by UNICEF was cut before the end of the year and they could not complete the project.

They believe that young people need supportive spaces in which to explore their emotions and reactions, while learning how to interact with others. In our work, we use the art of Capoeira to create opportunities for young people to come together to:

  • Work towards a shared goal;
  • show respect for others;
  • Share space and equipment.

By creating a free happy environment in which young people can work on their ability to interact with others in a positive manner, they have seen dramatic changes in young people’s behaviours and attitudes, often after short periods of starting to practice capoeira with us. For example:

  • One of the students shared a “new feeling” she started to get after joining the capoeira sessions: “I felt happiness that is something I never felt before.”
  • One of the 13-year-old students used to hit her head in the wall whenever she got angry. This behaviour stopped after the sessions of Capoeira.
  • One of the students once surprised them with his demonstration of leadership skills and initiative, by bringing his friend to class and by proudly stating he has been teaching him Capoeira outside of class hours for months.

Topics

  • Free4Kids
  • Marginalised communities
  • Refugees

Capacity

  • Staff: 3 people (2 trainers / 1 assistant and administrator)
  • They do not have a venues, currently they work in schools, centres, or Camps

Contact

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capoeiralebanon/
Instagram: @fbeclebano

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Capoeira Raízes do Brasil – Ensinando com o Berimbau

Project

Capoeira Raízes do Brasil – Ensinando com o Berimbau

Location

Brazil

Target

Social integration of the children in Vargem Bonita community

Impact

The project has created a community where older students take care of the younger ones, helping them with capoeira moves, but also with school work and personal issues. Since to participate in the project, the students need to not have any problems in the school, it is figh

ting for education and against school dropout.

As they keep gender equality in the center of their work, Capoeira Raízes do Brasil also fights against sexism.

Topics

Free4Kids
Marginalised communities

Contact

https://www.facebook.com/RaizesDoBrasilDf/

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Capoeira Auroville

Project

Capoeira Auroville

Location

India, Auroville

Target

The main goal of auroville capoeira is to broaden its scope of action, which involves educating as many villagers as possible, encouraging them to graduate as coaches or teachers, promote the outstanding Auroville Capoeira’s economic model alongside its values and virtues, and expand the ripple in neighbouring villages.

Impact

Broadening the well-working economic model of Auroville and giving free classes to children.

Topics

Free4Kids

Contact

E-mail: capoeira@auroville.org.in

Home page: https://capoeira.auroville.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Auroville.Capoeira/