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Aluaiê Capoeira: The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute

Project

Aluaiê Capoeira: The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute

Location

London, Essex, Sussex & Kent, U.K.

Target

The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute is a charity based at the heart of London, which objective is to promote and to use Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Arts to improve the life of the members of the community.Their projects include a Children’s Project, Parent & Children Project, Young people’s Project (11 to 17 years old), Special Needs Children’s Project, Vulnerable Adults Integration Project, Partially or totally visually impaired.

Impact

Capoeira Kids Classes at the Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute are open to younger children and their parents. This way, children get a better sense of maintaining closeness, developing family unity, strengthening the degree of trust and bonding between each other, and improving the quality of life of the family as one. Their classes solely for children, aged 3-12, open them to interacting with each other, growing and learning Capoeira in a safe, nurturing and positive environment.

Children have the opportunity to develop their own style, to learn and be challenged by the movements passed on to them. Teachers encourage kids to interact with each other in singing and instrument playing. This course invites children to discover, explore and learn the beauty and mysteries of the Brazilian culture. But most of all, our Capoeira classes are based on having fun, as a mediator for learning.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Email: community@culturalexchange.org.uk
Website: http://culturalexchange.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MestrandoJ

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Capoeira Social Project Baltimore

Project

Capoeira Social Project Baltimore

Location

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Target

The Capoeira Social Project was started in 2008 by Justin “Siriguejo” West with some capoeira students from his group. The activities occur in public buildings like universities or libraries/parks, or private spaces belonging to partner organizations, but it is a goal of the project to have their own space.

The project started after West’s capoeira group was contracted by the International Refugee Committee to teach after-school capoeira classes to African refugees who had been resettled in Baltimore. From the success of this project, the capoeira group decided to form an NGO/NPO.

The organization works with underprivileged children in the Maryland/Washington DC region with a focus on the youth of Baltimore.

Impact

The organization provides demonstrations and workshops for the city of Baltimore during their International Festivals, and has made a recent partnership with Projeto Verbo in Belo Horizonte, MG Brasil.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Justin West
odcbaltimore@gmail.com
www.capoeirasocialproject.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapoeiraSocialProject
twitter: @CapoeiraSocProj

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East London Capoeira: Project Gem

Project

East London Capoeira: Project Gem

Location

London, U.K.

Target

Founded in 2000, Project Gem is a UK registered charity (No. 1090376) that uses arts activities as a means of engaging inner-city children within society. Project Gem primarily works in the UK and Brazil. It first began by using a Brazilian youth project called Grupo de Capoeira Ginga e Malicia (GCGM), as its blueprint. Founded and run by Mestre Marinheiro, GCGM has worked successfully with Capoeira in Salvador, Brazil, for more than 17 years – project Gem has been similarly successful.

Impact

In 2000, Project Gem teamed up with Simon Atkinson (Mestre Fantasma) of East London Capoeira (ELC) to offer free capoeira classes to young people.  In the last 10 years, the influence of capoeira in London has expanded beyond recognition. However, Project Gem and Mestre Fantasma continue to pioneer London capoeira in youth projects.  Project Gem and ELC share a vision of grass-roots capoeira in London, where young people are encouraged to play capoeira with adults from all social backgrounds and nationalities.  This reflects the learning environment of the best capoeira groups in Brazil, which produce some of the most talented and inspiring capoeira players of this generation. They believe that the new projects started today in London will produce some of the next generation’s finest capoeira players, capable of interacting with confidence in a unique and increasingly global community.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Website: http://www.capoeira.co.uk/what-is-project-gem/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastlondoncapoeira/

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Capoeira Refugiado

Project

Capoeira Refugiado

Location

Islamabad, Pakistan

Target

Capoeira Refugiado was started by Mirwais Janbaz, an Afghan refugee who has been living in Pakistan for the last 20 years. As a refugee, it proved extremely difficult for him to get an education in Pakistan, but with much effort he was admitted to a school specifically for refugees. When he finished high school, he started teaching as a volunteer at different refugees school in Pakistan, and has been doing so for the last 8 years.

In 2012, he started playing Capoeira with a man called Amar Latif, who was teaching Capoeira at the Brazil Embassy in Islamabad. In 2015, Janbaz traveled to Brazil for 3 weeks of Capoeira training, and since then, he has been teaching Capoeira for refugees and locals in Pakistan.

Capoeira Refugiado targets local and refugee populations in Pakistan.

Impact

Capoeira Refugiado aims to build confidence in refugee youth, and send a message of peace and humanity. Capoeira Refugiado does not believe there are better forms of capoeira than others, but their goal is to help youth that have faced lots of difficulties throughout their lives.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Mirwais Janbaz: mirwaisjanbaz@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capoeira.for.refugees

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Projeto Regional Beiru

Project

UNICAR München: Projeto Regional Beiru

Location

Munich, Germany & Beiru, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Target

Projeto Regional Beiru reaches children from socially disadvantaged families in Brazil.

Impact

Enabled by the Projeto Regional Beiru, three young capoeiristas from Beiru visited Germany and Austria to get to know another culture and perspective. Project Beiro also gives free capoeira lessons to children from socially disadvantaged families.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development
Intercultural understanding

Contact

Mestre Saguin
E-mail: kontakt@capoeira-muenchen.de
Website: http://www.capoeira-muenchen.de/contact/beiru-bahia-brasilien/?L=1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapoeiraUNICAR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNICARMUC/

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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