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Dec 6, 2016

A day of advocacy full of sport, food and fun!

Community and Family members bring local produce
Community and Family members bring local produce

We’ve been busy.

There has been a firestorm of activity happening at our office in Khayelitsha, South Africa. From forming new partnerships to community building with other social impact organizations and networking with some of our old friends, BGSA has been at the forefront of advocacy and action around eliminating violence to girls and women.

The last week of November marks a very special occasion for those of us concerned and active in the fight against gender-based violence. Between 25 November and 10 December women’s rights activists, advocates and politicians unite in honor of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence or, as it’s become known on social media, #16Days.

The 16 Days of Activism is an international call to action sponsored by the United Nations to highlight the the hard work that is being done around the world to end gender-based violence.

On Saturday, November 26th, 100 Boxgirls from 8 different primary schools in Khayelitsha came together with Grassroots Soccer  and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) to honor the beginning of the #16Days advocacy campaign by getting active together. BGSA showed it’s support for the moment of  international solidarity by throwing a free community event and graduation celebration for our Boxgirls, their families and the entire neighborhood!

Our Boxgirls and Boxgirls Alumni showcased their talents through song and dance before breaking out into smaller teams to take on the boys from Grassroots Soccer in different games and sports stations around the event. The partnership between the three organizations is a joint effort to bring more community-based solutions to the violence, poverty and education issues in the township.

Community members contributed to the festive atmosphere by bringing local produce, food and music to celebrate the day of sports for young people and children. The #16Days event also served as a safe space for the girls to get active and to just be kids. As one of the most dangerous townships in Cape Town, Khayelitsha is limited in the number of public events that girls get to fully experience as relatively free of the threat of violence.

Boxgirls is dedicated to providing much-needed safe spaces and advocating for the right of girls everywhere to grow up and flourish in violence-free neighborhoods. This isn’t the first event that we’ve thrown with the community and it, certainly, won’t be our last! Sign up for our newsletter at to stay up to date on how we’re reinventing sport, education and safety for girls in South Africa.

Boxgirls performing on stage
Boxgirls performing on stage
Sep 24, 2016

RespAct: A look toward systemic education reform

We rarely pull back the veil here at RespAct to talk about things other than the work that we do directly with children or schools. While our project does the necessary work of mentoring and educating children and encouraging social participation—we think that it’s time to let you know what else we’ve been up to lately.

This past summer has been one of tremendous growth for RespAct. We held the first ever RespAct summer camp, have participated in 10 different family and community sports events and we’ve officially rolled out our new Multiplication Training Strategy.

RespAct’s Multiplication Strategy recognizes one fundamental truth in our efforts push for more inclusive educational reform: any effort that does not put teachers and educators at the center of its efforts is incomplete.

That’s why RespAct’s multiplication strategy emphasizes the role of teachers in instituting meaningful, systemic change in making Germany’s education system more inclusive of children with diverse backgrounds. We do this by taking our curriculum and teaching it to educators with diverse classrooms on our methods and curriculum to provide an inclusive, high-quality education for all of their students.

In the past three months alone, we’ve participated in two different, high-impact events to pass our methods on to teachers with diverse classrooms. At Kienbaum, an annual, three-day conference for educators, RespAct taught over 80 participants our program curriculum. Our workshop focused on migration and refugee children, a topic of particular importance for many teachers in Berlin. With Teach First Germany, we were able to offer a training to the next generation of German educators who will use our techniques and methods in their classrooms.

The work that we do with teachers allows for us to multiply our impact and reach as many children as possible. Our impact cannot and should not be limited by the physical capacity of our staff. When we open up our tested methodologies and train teachers on how to utalize it for maximum impact and effect in their own classrooms, we are ushering in a new generation of educators who are more equipped to cater to the unique needs of their most diverse students. 

In addition to our efforts with educators, RespAct has also held it's first ever summer camp! 

Our Summer Camp program lasted for 2 weeks and saw more than 80 students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Berlin’s inner-city learning about recycling, upcycling and the environment. You can learn more about our camp by following this link to watch a short video that we've put together!


Sep 12, 2016

Making Girls' Safer--one school at a time

This summer has been one of tremendous growth for Boxgirls South Africa (BGSA). We’re excited to announce that our Afterschool Leadership Club has been expanded, we've formed a new partnership with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation and were named one of the 24 featured projects in the 2016 Advent calendar by the German organization 24guteTaten e.V.


Our girls’ education and protection project in South Africa has reached new and exciting benchmarks. Last year we rolled out our Afterschool Leadership Club, a program that delivers twice-weekly, 90 minute instruction for primary school-aged girls in Khayelitsha, South Africa for 12 weeks. Since then, we’ve expanded the Afterschool Leadership club from operating in 5 schools to covering girls in 20 different Khayelitsha-area schools this fall.


That means that our program will be reaching 600 girls every week.


In their group clusters, girls will learn active listening and public speaking skills, they will build solidarity with other girls while learning about girls’ rights and they will become more aware of local resources and opportunities for them through activities like community mapping and guest speakers. On the weekends we hold Homework clubs that


Our partnership with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation will allow us to grow the impact of our project and to continue to position Boxgirls South Africa as a leader in the fight to protect girls and women from gender-based violence through sport.


Boxgirls South Africa has been featured across a range of media outlets this summer including numerous radio, television, and print sources in both South Africa and Germany, and around the world.


As we transition into the new academic year Boxgirls South Africa would like to send our sincerest thanks for your continued support. Every week, disadvantaged girls in South Africa are encouraged to dream big and given the tools to make those dreams a reality. We take great pride in our work and we look forward to sharing our successes and stories with you.

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