Our mission. Our passion.
We know that the best way to help is to support young people to help themselves. That’s why we train youth who are experiencing the impact of war, to become their own Changemakers. We know that it’s especially important that girls and women can join in and that’s why we focus on helping both male and female coaches reach out to girls. We know that to rebuild a future after the destruction of war, people need hope. That’s why we use live music, fun and play to create safe spaces for communities to learn, grow and overcome the traumas of conflict.
Capoeira was developed in 16th Century Brazil by Afro-Brazilian slaves. Capoeira consists of live music, sport and play, as well as storytelling and ritual. Slaves used the art form as part of their struggle for freedom. If not of the body, then at least of the mind. The historical context of capoeira today resonates with the struggle of vulnerable communities, in particular refugees, everywhere. It is for this reason especially that capoeira offers a unique approach towards community empowerment.Today, capoeira is one of the most important manifestations of Brazilian culture. Grassroots projects around the world continue to transform the lives of millions.