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Association Capoeira Benin

Project

Association Capoeira Benin

Location

Benin

Target

Association Capoeira’s founder Fassassi believes that Capoeira originates from Benin’s traditional martial arts and was taken to Brazil with people chained from Benin. Mind-building and confidence-strengthening in the local culture is thus the focus of Association Capoeira Benin.

A great number of their students are orphans from a nearby orphanage. Creating opportunities for them is the secondary focus of ACB. The founders are raise their students’ employability.

Impact

After falling in love with capoeira for historical and anthropological reasons, Fassassi started learning capoeira by himself on the internet in 1999. He could get some support from the Brazilian embassy in Benin, and in 2003, he created a group and started teaching capoeira to young fellows.

After realizing how capoeira had helped millions of Brazilians, he endeavoured several capoeira-related social projects, to improve the condition of his young students, and to informally teach them a set of values and virtue.

He figured out that mastering capoeira could allow people in Benin to make a living from it.

Topics

Marginalised communities
Free4Kids
Prisons/Shelters

Contact

http://grupocapoeirabenin.blogspot.fr/

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Int Union of Capoeira Angola Peru-Pakistan (IUCAPP)

Project

International Union of Capoeira Angola Peru-Pakistan

Location

Peru and Pakistan

Target

Vulnerable populations and youth

Impact

Since December 2016, Amar Latif, fellow in the 2017 Changemakers programme, has been organizing IUCAPP’s activities and plans.

 

The project is focused on two closely connected objectives: 1.) catalysing a Capoeira Angola community in Peru and Pakistan and 2.) provision of a high-quality education in the various elements of the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Capoeira Angola and related professional creative and organisational areas. These objectives and activities are centred on humanist and inclusive principles of providing a diverse and holistic education within the context of safe and shared communal space provided for children at risk from the numerous problems of impoverished and violent living environments.

Topics

Marginalised groups
Free4Kids

Contact

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/IUCAPP/about/

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Capoeira Terranossa

Project

Capoeira Terranossa: Proyecto Social Primavera

Location

Bogota, Colombia

Target

Development of youth and children that are in vulnerable condition that live in the peripheral areas of Bogota.

Impact

The use of capoeira as an empowerment tool, starting with their own body and then reaching collective empowerment.

Terranosa is a group that has been working for around 6 years in Colombia. Their work focuses on developing social processes in vulnerable and high-risk areas for children and young people, managing spaces with other community processes for the development of classes.

The social work that Terranossa develops is very important for the peripheral communities of the city, because they provide an opportunity for children and young people to develop their collective capacities, at the same time that they combat the social inequalities that appear in their territory and the negative values as egoism, individualism, disrespect and asocial thoughts. In this way, capoeira is used as a space for everyone to meet, share experiences, fears and challenges and build communities based on equity, love and peace.

The Terranosa group focuses on generating processes of empowerment, such as the appropriation of the body and treats it as a sacred territory that needs to be cultivated with respect and good habits. After presenting this concept, they are extended to the recognition of colleagues and to the exchange to build a community based on respect and communication.

Topics

Free4Kids

Marginalised communities

Contact

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

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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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Makani ‘My Space’ Zaatri Camp

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Project
Makani ‘My Space’

Location

Makani Center, Za’atari Refugee Camp, District 8

Target

The Makani Center in Za’atari refugee camp holds one of Relief International’s Innovation Labs, that aims to leverage the potential of youth in these uncertain and transitional circumstances. A selected group of 25 young males are encouraged to use social innovation within the camp environment to solve social issues, using Relief International’s resources.

These students are given a social capoeira class weekly that aims to foster a strong community of trust and teamwork. Using physical activity, games and capoeira conventions, this program encourages a safe space where these students can think for themselves and engage in a productive dialogue.

Impact

This two month project will begin to open students minds to new methods of critical thinking and to the connection between physical well-being and mental well-being. Using games, play, movements and music, these classes foster a positive energy that helps release stress, allow the students to focus on bodily movement and therefore reduce the impact of social expectations and pressures.

These students have quickly obtained a passion for capoeira, seeing it as a new way of thinking and recognising its benefits for self-confidence and teamwork.

Topics

#Free4Kids
#Refugee Camps

Contact

hello@capoeira4refugees.org