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Irbid host community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project

Irbid host community

Location 

Irbid, Jordan

Target

This program targets the Syrian refugee community in Irbid, an area in North Jordan close to the Syrian border, and to Dara’a, where many of these refugees came from. Irbid hosts 136,000 Syrian refugees, according to the UNHCR. Around 85% of Syrian refugees live in host communities rather than formal refugee camps, with most living below the poverty line.

This program uses social capoeira as a form of psychosocial support for Syrian refugee youth. Around 25 male and female youth attend these classes regularly.

Impact

The girls learn basic capoeira movements, play games and dance, building a community among themselves. They are so passionate about the music that they research new songs to learn at home, and have started leading songs by themselves.

The young men are advancing in their capoeira movements and physical abilities. Social capoeira training helps them to release stress, focus and play in a space where they are free to be themselves

Topics

#Free4Kids
#Marginalised Communities
#Outreach to host communities

Contact

hello@capoeira4refugees.org

 

 

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Meet Abed, Changemakers Fellow; Palestine




Despite military occupation and rising social tensions in Palestine, Abed defies the odds to find space for music, sport & play.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resulted in  unequal educational opportunities for many young people in the occupied areas. Unicef recently reported that nearly one in four children growing up in conflict zones around the world are out of school. Children who lack accesses to formal education opportunities have even less access to sports and extra-curricular activities. In light of these challenges, Abed decided to do something to support the youth in his community.

Abed’s social capoeira project started in May of 2014 when he was still working with Bidna Capoeira (now Capoeira4Refugees) in Bethany.

Residents of Bethany, one of the three Israeli-controlled administrative divisions in the West Bank, receive limited access to basic services. With support from a few donors, Abed started teaching capoeira to fill in the gap. Although funding for the project through Bidna Capoeira ended in August of 2015, Abed continues to devote his personal time and resources to keep the group going.

“In Palestine, we are still living under occupation. Bethany is surrounded by the wall. we overlook the wall at the centre Where we train. Many young kids can’t go out, and they are frustrated all the time. These challenges make them into troublemakers. But through capoeira, my students have finally found something that makes them active. Capoeira Helps them to become more confident. When you are confident, you are discipline and calm.” -Abed 

Working in Bethany has not been easy. According to a UN report, nearly 300,000 Palestinians are living in the area, and tensions have been high since last autumn due to disputes over access and land. As a result, Palestinian children lack a safe space to play.

“A lot of the time, no space is available, so we train in the street or on my house rooftop, “

Abed says.

Despite these challenges, Abed continues to fight to get a more permanent space for his students to practice capoeira.

“In my opinion, Capoeira is perfect for the kids in marginalized communities in Palestine,” Abed says. “It’s a group activity, which teaches them many life skills and values, including how to resolve conflict and accept differences.”

Abed also constantly strives to promote gender inclusivity in his classes. In the past, he has taught many girls classes in some of the most conservative areas in Palestine (such as Sur Baher Village, Bethany Girls Orphanage, and Shufat Refugee Camp). He is one of few male trainers allowed to work with girls, having earned the trust of many families. Abed has made it his personal mission to promote gender equality through music, sport and play. He has inspired and equipped his assistant, Amer (picture above second from the left), to start a boys and girls capoeira class in his own neighborhood.

Abed’s students huddle together for a cheer before ending capoeira class. This energy within the classroom allows them to momentarily escape from the stresses of occupation and keeps them going for the rest of the week. For Abed, becoming a Capoeira Changemakers Fellow means being able to offer children and youth continuous access to activities that they otherwise would not have access to.

One of Abed’s older students,

Paleto 18, says “capoeira is a sport that helps me to get away from drugs. There’s a major drug issue in this country. Before capoeira, I used to get angry and crash and break things. Now instead of doing that, I turn to capoeira. Capoeira is big enough and it frees me. We are under occupation and capoeira frees me.”

Abed explains: “I’m excited to use the programme to get my projects back up and running and to see the local children completely engaged in Capoeira, games and activities that teach peace, conflict resolution, selfesteem and more. Capoeira is perfect for the kids in marginalized  communities in Palestine. It’s a group activity, which teaches them many life skills and values, including how to resolve conflict and accept differences.”

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Gingando No Mar in Bahia, Brazil

Project

Gingando No Mar

Location

Ilha de Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil

Target

Project Gingando no Mar provides ground-breaking education and training for young people and their families. There are only limited spaces within the local school so many children find themselves turned away. Experiences of drug abuse, petty crime, violence, teenage pregnancies and the breakdown of family life are common in this area.

Gingando no Mar offers activities to build confidence, skills for employment and assist in developing community cohesion. Project Gingando no Mar also provides access to basic facilities such as IT equipment, health advice and learning materials.

Impact

Gingando no Mar offers activities to build confidence, skills for employment and assistance in developing community cohesion. Project Gingando no Mar also provides access to basic facilities such as IT equipment, health advice and learning materials.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

Website: http://www.angoleirosdomar.com/gingando/

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Capo4Kids

Project

Capo4Kids

Location

Chicago, IL, USA

Target

Capoeira for kids (CAPO4KIDS©) is a cultural and comprehensive enrichment program, designed to promote a sense of wellbeing in children of all ages. Capo4Kids defines wellbeing as a state of wellness (being in good physical and mental/emotional health) infused with a sense of social and environmental responsibility.

Impact

CAPO4KIDS© gives rise to children’s sense of self-worth (a belief of their worthiness and about how they deserve to be treated) and self-esteem (a belief of how capable, competent and valued they are) through connection learning. Connecting to children’s emotional needs is as important as connecting to their physical needs. And one of children’s most basic emotional needs is to be treated with respect. Social interactions rooted in respect for oneself and others are an immanent part of Capoeira Angola since Capoeira cannot be played alone.

Topics

#Marginalised Communities

Contact

Website: http://www.capo4kids.org/
Email: info@quilombocenter.org

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Nukanti: Jugando por la Libertad

Project

Nukanti: Jugando por la Libertad

Location

Ciudad Bolívar, Bogotá, Colombia

Target

Playing for Freedom is an award-winning capoeira program aimed at providing psychosocial support to children and youth affected by extreme poverty, violence and forced displacement in Colombia, using capoeira as a tool.

Impact

Currently, the program is active in Ciudad Bolívar, one of the most populated slums on the outskirts of Bogotá, where the majority of the population is internally displaced people (IDPs). Since its beginning in 2008 the program has benefitted nearly 300 children and youth from vulnerable sectors.

Topics

#Marginalised Communities
#Free4Kids

Contact

Website: http://www.nukantifoundation.org/playing-for-freedom-1/
Email: info@nukantifoundation.org

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NukantiFoundation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nukanti

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Capoeira Ibeca: Projeto: FORMIGUINHA

Project

Capoeira Ibeca: Projeto: Forminguinha

Location

Vila Unão, São Paolo, Brazil

Target

CAPOEIRA IBECA has set up a social project for children from less affluent families. The aim of this project is to get children off the streets and avoid contact with drugs and crime. What started as a community project, is now visited by children from the entire region. Through the support of parents, schools and neighbourhood associations, Projeto Formiguinha promotes the positive development of children.

Impact

The project offers various activities such Capoeira-, craft, music and dance classes, presentations and parties to bring the inhabitants of the region closer together.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

Website:
http://capoeiraibeca.com/over-ons/sociale-projecten/?lang=nl
E-mail:
formigacapoeira@gmail.com

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/CapoeiraIbeca/?fref=ts