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World Capoeira Arts Foundation: Projeto Maculelê

Project

World Capoeira Arts Foundation: Projeto Maculelê

Location

Decatur, Georgia, USA

Target

Projeto Maculelê was created to enrich the lives of at-risk children in poor neighborhoods throughout Brazil and in the USA. Many of these children suffer from malnutrition, lack of appropriate adult attention, and other conditions related to poverty. Without motivation and self-confidence building, these children often fall victim to the world of crime and drugs.

Impact

Maculelê’s projects touch the lives of many children, offering an opportunity for a healthier, better life through personal growth. They aim to create safe learning environments, art and culture workshops, health education, reliable role models, and nutritious snacks.

Through capoeira, they open a dialogue with the children to discover who they are, why are they special, where they come from, and how to find positive solutions to seemingly impossible problems. As they learn capoeira, its music, history and philosophy, they develop physical and emotional strength to solve problems, make friends, and develop their self-esteem.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Website:
http://www.maculele.org/

Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/CapoeiraDecatur/?fref=ts

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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

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Escuela de Capoeira Nago-Peru: Proyecto Educativo IWA PELE

Project

Escuela de Capoeira Nago-Peru:Proyecto Educativo Iwa Pele

Location

Alto da Bela Vista, Itapuã, Brazil

Target

The Iwa Pele project was set up in 2012 to address issues of social exclusion and marginalisation affecting poor, mainly Afro-descendant communities in Lima, Peru. Voluntary staff work with children in the Municipality of La Victoria, a district affected by high rates of poverty, violence and social exclusion. Through a range of artistic, cultural and educational activities including dance, percussion and drawing, the Iwa Pele project provides a safe and friendly space for vulnerable children from the community to develop personal and social skills to better confront the everyday challenges that they face.

Impact

Since 2013 the Iwa Pele project has been offering the children weekly Capoeira classes with Profesor Fernando Hurtado from Capoeira Nago-Peru. The classes enable the children to develop important skills such as confidence, self-esteem and discipline providing them with a non-violent approach to challenging the community violence around them. Through learning about the Afro-descendant history and roots of Capoeira they are also able to develop greater understanding and connection with their own African roots and identity, giving them a much needed sense of pride in their community’s culture and history.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

Website:
http://www.puntosdecultura.pe/puntoscultura/proyecto-educativo-iwa-pele
Email:
milenacarranzav@gmail.com
Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/proyectoeducativoiwapele/?fref=nf
https://www.facebook.com/nagoperu/

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Projeto Kirimurê

Project

Projeto Kirimurê

Location

Alto da Bela Vista, Itapuã, Brazil

Target

The aim of Projeto Kirimurê is to provide the highest quality and lasting experience for Kirimurê participants in proportion to their limited funds. They target younger children in order influence them positively from an earlier age. Older children who have grown in the program are now assisting classes and giving continuity to the program, thus benefitting as well in their new capacities as role models while gaining experiences that will present them with opportunities in the future.

Impact

Projeto Kirimurê provides a safe and nurturing space to minimize the time children spend on the street, as well as provides developmental tools to complement the limited formal education they may get. Through the practice of Capoeira, Projeto Kirimurê opens a dialogue with the children about who they are, why they are special, where they come from, and how to find positive solutions to seemingly impossible problems. As the children learn the game of Capoeira, its music, history and philosophy, they are developing physical and emotional strength, discovering their roots, and building self-esteem and character.

Literacy classes, homework help, psychological attendance, workshops in health and environmental education, traditional arts and crafts, as well as field trips to cultural and educational events are also offered. Moreover, children receive a nutritious daily snack and celebrate many holidays and special occasions together. Families are involved as much as possible, including through the coordination of an active mothers association AMABEL (Associação de Mães de Bela Vista de Itapuã).

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

Website:
http://projetokirimure.org/?lang=en
Email:
info@projetokirimure.org

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

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Casa da Capoeira

Project

Casa da Capoeira

Location

Johannesburg, South Africa

Target

Casa Da Capoeira is continually looking to form lasting and effective partnerships with non-profit organizations and local communities. Contributing to the social wellbeing and uplifting of a community is a core component of Casa da Capoeira’s values.

They currently hold monthly rodas, open to all students from around Johannesburg, and carry an ‘entry fee’ of a minimum of 1kg of non-perishable food. Recently, CDC has formed a working relationship with MaAfrika Tikkun which will ensure that the food collected on a monthly basis will go to those who need it most.

Impact

The non-perishable food that is donated by Casa Da Capoeira has been gratefully received by orphaned and vulnerable children at the MaAfrika Tikkun Diepsloot ‘Wings of Life’, Orange Farm ‘Arekopaneng’ and Alexandra ‘Phuthaditjaba’ Community Centres. The cooks that prepare fresh, healthy food at these Community Centres on a daily basis are grateful for the donations.

Topics

Children and youth development

Contact

Website:
http://www.capoeirasa.co.za/about-capoeira/social-responsibility
E-mail:
paulo@capoeirasa.co.za

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/Casa-Da-Capoeira-UJ-188127801277741/

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Capoeira Feminista

Project

Capoeira Feminista

Location

Recife, Brazil

Target

This group targets the “City of Lost Children”, a community close to Recife, Brazil. It is an underserved community with high levels of poverty and drug trafficking. There is no accessible public health care, libraries, playgrounds, or community centers.

Impact

Former street youth who grew up in the community have developed a peer teaching project that focuses on empowerment through art. On the streets, they teach four classes a week, including Capoeira, hip-hop, visual art, music, circus and skateboarding, reaching over 400 children a month. Thus, their classes create a positive environment for children, building peace amongst rivals, and ensuring that children get healthy snacks.

To create a safe space at all times of day, they hope to install outdoor public lighting and build a cover for the only recreational space: a concrete soccer rectangle. Their future goal is to build an art school/community center for children and youth. It should have a community kitchen to prepare hot lunches for kids and families, a food bank, a library, free internet access with computers, dance/movement/art studio, small cafe and retail store to teach employment skills and generate income and educational courses.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

Website:
https://www.gofundme.com/cityoflostchildren

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/tixacapoeira/