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Nov 27, 2017

Strong Girls and Safe communities

One of our Boxgirls groups graduating
One of our Boxgirls groups graduating

You make our work possible!

In 2017 we impacted 560 girls in total. Together with the girls we held 7 community events throughout the year, where the girls took the lead and shared their learnings on violence prevention and girl empowerment.

 Thank you for every donation, supporting Boxgirls South Africas programmes!

Girl Power coming up

After the great success of our first Boxgirls Holiday Club in July 2017 and the many requests of girls, who want to join our program, Boxgirls will offer a second Holiday Club in the December 2017. In total we provide spaces for 100 girls from Site C, Khayelitsha and 60 kids from Harare, Khayelitsha.

The team is now busy with the last preperations and we cannot wait to finally start with the girls, as the Holiday Club is a highlight for both, our girls and our team.

 

Boxgirls has been busy the last 3 months and advocated on several media platforms for girls rights and against gender-based violence ...

 

Boxgirls fight gender based violence

31.08.2017

Monique Mortlock from Eye Witness News came to join one of our Boxgirls session to experience how Boxgirls is fighting gender-based violence.

“I think it’s important for them to understand their boundaries and also for them, to understand where they can get help. I think it’s important when we are at these sessions, it’s easy for the girls to share rather than to share with a parent.”- says Andiswa Madikane.

The video shows Boxgirls South Africas co-founder Andiswa Madikane leading one of our sessions.

http://ewn.co.za/2017/09/08/watch-boxing-champ-provides-safe-space-for-khayelitsha-girls

http://ewn.co.za/2017/08/31/khayelistha-woman-teaches-girls-boxing-to-fight-gender-violence

 

The Springboks meet Boxgirls

4.10.2017

Mercedes Benz and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation invited 20 of our Boxgirls and their coaches to meet with the National Rugby team of South Africa, the Springboks. First our girls could experience the history and spirit of South African Rugby in the Springbok Museum. After our girls had the chance to meet Jean de Villiers, Morné du Plessis,Chiliboy Ralepelle and the other national team members. They showed us some of their training units and we showed them some basic boxing skills and shared what it is like to be a Boxgirl.

We are proud that we have been invited to the event. It was a great sport- interchange and an inspiration to our girls.

Read more:

Cape Times

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/springboks/videos-pics-springboks-take-a-break-to-meet-their-fans-11490393

eNCA

https://www.enca.com/sport/rugby/springboks-laureus-join-forces-to-educate-youngsters-the-active-way

 

Boxgirls enlightening and inspiring

8.11.2017

Our new Boxgirls experience has been featured in the New York Times travel section!

“It was one of the more enlightening and inspiring things I did in the country, and provided real insight into how most nonwhite South Africans live.”- writes Lucas Peterson.

Lucas Peterson was one of our first guests at our Boxgirls Airbnb experience and we were happy to welcome him to Boxgirls community. All fees paid for the experience will directly flow into the implementation of Boxgirls South Africas projects and support us in reaching even more girls.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/travel/cape-town-budget.html

 

We were sharing our learnings at joint workshops with other organisations...

Let’s Get to Work

18.10.2017

Boxgirls joined the workshop “Workforce Development: Partnerships for improving youth employment opportunities and economic inclusion” supported by Violence Prevention Trhough Urban Upgrading, the Mandela Initiative, the Collage of Cape Town and the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. Together with representatives from government, the universities UCT and UWC, foundations and other Public Benefit Organisations we were discussing ways to improve employment and economic opportunities for young people.

It was a great exchange and networking on a key topic for youth development!

 

Be a game changer!

8.11.2017

Together with our Action Impact Network partners Waves for Change and Grassroot Soccer our South African monitoring and evaluation leader, Nwabisa Qalanto, got the chance to share our experiences on impact assessment with organisations attending the community of practice organised by the Afterschool Game Changer of the Western Cape. It was a good opportunity to share what we learned through the first testing phase of the joint indicators of the Action Impact Network.

The Action Impact Network are eight organisations working towards sport for development joint their forces together as a network. We now established a set of pragmatic indicators and data collection tools to measure the collective impact of youth sport-for-development and peace interventions.

 

Boxgirls trainer @ life skills programme by the City of Cape Town

18.11.2017

Our Boxgirls coach Thembisa Ngamlana was invited as a trainer in the life skill programme run by the City of Cape Town aiming towards boys and girls from Khayelitsha aged 14 to 18 years.

Our main topic was about positive decision making and the power of a positive mindset. It was a great workshop!

 

Festival in Sweden Umea

28.- 29.09.2017

Boxgirls founder Heather Cameron was sharing lessons from Boxgirls in empowering young girls in Germany, Kenya and South Africa on this years Women in Sport and Adventure festival in Sweden.
A great opportunity for exchange for girls in sport organisations!

 

Strong Girls. Safe Communities.

 

Coming up -

Starting on the 28th of November with Giving Tuesday until the 31st of December 2017 we will sent out a 'golden ticket' as honour of your good deed for every donation to Boxgirls South Africa. We want to honour everyone who is supporting the real-life magic during the winter season!

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Boxgirls presenting at community event
Boxgirls presenting at community event
Boxgirl at community event
Boxgirl at community event
Nov 27, 2017

RespAct multiplies its impact

After our successful RespAct summer camp in Berlin districts Kreuzberg and Neukölln, we are in the midst of new RespAct project activities.

RespAct in Berlin welcome classes

We are happy to announce that RespAct will further be implemented in Berlin partner schools – since October 2017 this will be done with a focus on children and adolescents in welcome classes. As many young people with refugee background visit schools in Berlin, the demand for efficient programmes enhancing their participation and integration is growing. The new RespAct program will focus on project weeks in Neukölln schools, especially reaching young people in the classes 6 and 7. Beside the classic RespAct approaches, our work in welcome classes will concentrate on verbal- and non-verbal exercises which increase both children’s self-efficacy and belongingness.

Multiplying RespAct’s impact…in Berlin and Europe

As part of the RespAct Neukölln program, we will also share the RespAct method with teachers, educators and local partners. This ensures that RespAct also spreads its impact after the project weeks and the students can benefit from the modules‘ variety for a longer period.

Strengthening young people’s societal participation is a major need not only in Germany. Therefore, we constantly look out for new opportunities to share RespAct with other people in the world. Our founder, Prof. Heather Cameron, recently held a workshop at the Swedish university of Umeå, presenting RespAct in front of Women in Sport and Adventure. The workshop lined out the variety of contexts in which RespAct can be used when we working with children and adolescents in any sort of pedagogical setting.

We are excited about RespAct’s new outlooks and would like to thank you for your constant support. We need it to spread RespAct and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Best wishes,

Your RespAct team

Aug 28, 2017

RespAct your Neighbourhood 2017

Our RespAct summer camp for children and adolescents in the Berlin districts Kreuzberg and Neukölln was a full success. Between July 24 and August 4, 100 children from socially disadvantaged communities took part in the RespAct program, this year carried out in the Karl-Weise-Grundschule and the intercultural youth center Loyal e.V.

Getting to know your environment…
In a sporty and playful way, the two weeks were devoted to environmental protection in the children’s neighbourhood. Together with Stadtnatur Berlin, the children got to know about animals in the nearby Hasenheide park and learned about their district in an engaging neighbourhood rallye. What became obvious: Kreuzberg and Neukölln both have a lot of beautiful places where the children like to play and have fun, but the young participants also named some problems they face in their environment – e.g. polluted playgrounds, littering and unsafe areas, to name a few.

…and shape it!
Under the slogan “RespAct your Neighbourhood”, the children not only learned to formulate their interests, but also to actively promote them. Therefore, a large part of the summer camp was to consider together how problems such as waste separation and avoidance can be approached. In an upcycling workshop the children created their own bags, made of old t-shirts, separated waste and learned how to recycle its raw materials. In cooperation with BSR, we entered the streets and swung the brooms to make the nearby playgrounds clean and safe again. In addition, we visited the BSR waste collection center to take a closer look at where the whole of the garbage we produce is going to land.

Present your ideas in the Town Hall
At the end of the RespAct summer camp, the participating children visited the Neukölln Town Hall, where they met representatives of various political parties. The children presented what they had learned over the past two weeks and formulated their desires and ideas for their neighborhood. The ideas ranged from additional garbage cans and safer playgrounds to an increasing number of bikeways in their districts.

Afterwards, the RespAct summer camp concluded at a closing ceremony with all participants and their families. And many happy smiles on the children’s faces.

Best wishes,

Your RespAct team

 
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