Updated Jul 05, 2018
Capoeira4Refugees uses the sport, music and play of capoeira to provide psychosocial support and informal education to vulnerable girls and women in conflict-affected communities throughout the Middle East and beyond.http://capoeira4refugees.org/
Ummul ChoudhurySend Message
Extracurricular or Out-of School Activities, Emotional Development and Peace and Resilience
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Arab female refugees face issues that are compounded by sexism and ideas of honour and shame; ideas that are often internalized. Girls need opportunities to access safe spaces and networks that allow them to challenge norms, and enable them to deal with traumatic experiences. Psychosocial support is essential to empowering girls to become actors of change for themselves.
A competitive process to award grassroots community Changemakers with a 2-year support and training package, including mentoring, to scale change themselves. We will also tap them into an international network that can support their projects. We have based our innovation on grassroots capoeira projects working with women_s safe houses, girls prisons, and refugees starting a decade ago. We trained up local trainers who were able to reach into their communities to access more girl students, and create a network of support for their students. These trainers went on to run their own initiatives, and benefit from a cloud based network. We are piloting a decentralized network via the trainers themselves i.e. working with projects and fledgling initiatives that are already in place. We aim to expand the Award out of the Middle East context to Western Europe and then potentially to other contexts using different forms of art and culture. A girl_s journey can begin when she learns of activities through a cousin who is singing songs or practicing movements. She can take her mother to the class. Trainers involve community leaders, speak to parents and use their networks to create trust and allow access. Classes can happen in someone_s home, a school or community centre. The girls have a safe space, a role model and figure of trust, a network through which to access other resources, they feel more confident and able to concentrate better, and take instruction.