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Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa

by Cameron Project Group
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Girls at Holiday Club
Girls at Holiday Club

Another half year with exciting programmes and more strong girls for more safe communities! Once again, following our goal of empowering girls and young women to broaden their current and future opportunities, we offered programmes that focussed on strengthening knowledge of safety and health, developing the self-esteem, violence negotiation skills and social capital of girls.  

 

Girls Go Forward in Afterschool Clubs 

We successfully further implemented the Girls Go Forward project in partnership with the Thope Foundation that continued this October at the Vuzamanzi Primary School, Lulleka Primary School and Chumisa Primary School. Within the afterschool clubs the participating girls were taught in self-esteem, body awareness, violence negotiation skills and social capital by providing life skill training with box exercises and sport games. On the weekends this was complemented with the Boxgirls’ Maths and Sport hubs 

 

Active holidays with the Holiday Club 

Another holiday club took place in October where the alumnae of our Afterschool Clubs and girls from the surrounding communities were offered an intense course of the condensed life skills programs of Thope Foundation and Boxgirls’ sports program. It was great to see how the girls learned how to concentrate on their goals and to gain trust in themselves to reach them. After the Holiday Club they were ready to share their learnings with the community.  

 

Ubuntu – “I am because we are” 

In September we attended the Laureus Sport for Good South Africa Summit 2019 in Cape Town organised by Laureus South Africa. For three days all Laureus partners came together to network, discuss, talk about their work and share their knowledge. During workshops, talks of guest speakers and presentations we felt how this year’s theme “Ubuntu” - the universal bond that connects us all – was more than just a saying but the premise to change the world through sport.   

Girls at Holiday Club
Girls at Holiday Club

Thank you so much for your continued support! You have been making our work to empower strong girls and building safe communities possible.

We have been busy working hard and implementing new activities to better serve our girls, trainers, and the community.

Due to your support, Boxgirls has been able to solidfy key partnerships that will better equip us to serve our girls even better and build confidence for their next steps. 

 

Launching the Girls Go Forward Project

Earlier this year we launched a new project: Girls Go Forward. In partnership with the Thope Foundation and their iSTEAM modules, and principals and sponsors at our schools, we began the Girls Go Forward Afterschool Clubs that was combined with the Boxgirls Maths and Sport Hubs. The girls enjoyed the combination of math, sports and the arts, which made for a dynamic experience.

  

First Holiday Club in Harare

Boxgirls was pleased to collaborate with a 3 primray schools for their first Holiday Club. We expanded on the initial Holiday Club model to include LEGO modules. We were so happy to see how engaged and curious the girls were in the technical side of the activities and share their learnings with others.

 

Standing for girls empowerment on Africa Day with CTV

In June, Boxgirls continued our community involvement on Africa Day. Because of our programming, Boxgirls was able to address a broader range of young people with our coverage on CTV! We were featured on the Ekse Youth Program for many to see and learn about what we do and the impact we have made thus far. 

 

Girls in the Lead Partnership

Boxgirls South Africa is now a proud partner of Girls in the Lead, an international network and e-learning platform that brings together women leaders in the area of girls sports for development to share resources to enhance our programming. Along with organizations in India, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and the USA, we are continuing the global mission of empowering and enabling economically independent and socially resilient girls. You can learn more at www.girlsinthelead.org 

 

Graduating Boxgirls

We would like to extend a congratulations to all the Boxgirls who graduated from the program in June!

 

Our work is far from finished and we are excited for what the future has in store! Keep up with us on Facebook and check us out at www.boxgirls.org.

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2018 what a successful year in the name of girls-empowerment

We look back on a very successful year full of strong girls fighting themselves towards more equality and rights.

We have worked with many old and 220 new faces this year, at the different locations and projects of Boxgirls South Africa.

We are proud of all the girls that participated, enriched and engaged in our Girl-Power Hubs, Math and Sports Hubs, the Girls leadership week in Harare and the After School Clubs. We look proudly back to our girls taking initiative and self organizing girls-rights-events in their schools.

We are happy to have had the opportunity to spread our expertise in the gender sensitive approach and the Boxgirls tools, to facilitators of other sport for development organisaitons.

Our Boxgirls Manual was released and is available for free download for everyone who wants to take part in girls- and women empowerment by using our approach and tools.

Check it on www.boxgirls.org

The last months of the year 2018

Holiday leadership programs

Starting on the 26th of November until the 7th of December we offered our Holiday leadership programmes to girls in Site C and Harare, who are most in need. 

The Holiday leadership program was a full day program with a lot of work as well as fun. We worked with the girls in intense working groups on violence prevention and sexual health. The work sessions were accompanied by sport exercises, that supported the working process by putting theory into action and brought some relaxing fun into the intense discussions on the topics.

The girls finished their programme with an amazing performance, that they prepared especially for their parents, to share their learnings and spread their message throughout the community. 

16 days of activism Event

The last day of our Holiday Club in Harare was dedicated to the 16 days of activism. In joint action with community leaders and organisations, Boxgirls South Africa organised an event to stand up against violence against children.All surrounding community sports clubs, educational and health organisations joined the programme. This was a very exciting moment of mutuality in the fight against gender-based violence and inequality. The girls got to get to know other children engaging in sports and their activism!

In total we estimate about 400 guests that were taking part in the event. Our Boxgirls had the chance to give an insight in their learnings and make a case against violence against children. We are very proud of their achievements and engagement!

 

We are ready for 2019

In January 2019 we prepared for the new school year, to welcome the girls well prepared to our Afterschool Clubs. 

Outlook for the year 2019

Boxgirls Holiday Camps 

We are very happy to announce that our holiday camps have been very successful and will continue throughout  this year as well.

New Cooperation

We build a new cooperation with Thope Foundation. Thope Foundation is a non-profit organisation working to improve the education landscape for young girls in South Africa. We are very happy to have them on board.

International Womens Day

We are looking forward to the International Women’s Day on the 8th of march.

Stay tuned on our Websites (Links below) and celebrate with us the 8th of march!

 

We are very thankful for your support, thanks to you we were able push forward social change and empower women and girls in South Africa!

 

 

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Boxgirls group ready for their event
Boxgirls group ready for their event

… The Boxgirls team has been busy in the last months compiling all our experiences and tools together to create the Boxgirls Manual – Life skills and sports for strong girls and safe communities!

This manual gives a first insight into Boxgirls methodologies developed and revised in the practical implementation of our award-winning programmes internationally. It is directed at practitioners interested in including girls’ empowerment sessions within existing offerings, or for those who want to establish a new initiative to empower girls within their communities. The sessions are designed to foster the self-confidence, stress relief, violence negotiation skills and healthy relationships of girls from nine to thirteen, but can also be adapted for other age groups.

 

Check it out on our newly designed website and download your Boxgirls manual to start an initative to empower girls in your community!

www.boxgirls.org

 

Thanks to your support Boxgirls South Africa has impacted the lives of 110 girls in the last months!

 

Holidays with Boxgirls

“I like that I can come to Boxgirls in my holidays. It is really fun and we learn a lot of things. I liked the treasure hunt the most and to be with my friends.” – Anelisiswe – 12 years

In this year’s winter holidays in South Africa in July we started our next Boxgirls Holiday Club for one week in Khayelitsha Harare with 50 girls. At the holiday Club the girls have the chance to participate in a program combining sports, stress relief and discussions around self-confidence, identity and setting the own borders.

It was a great week of learning and fun!

 

Representing Boxgirls on a panel discussion and in the community

Our Head Coach Thembisa Ngamlana was representing Boxgirls South Africa’s work on the panel discussion of the women’s event hosted by Laureus Sport for Good Foundations South Africa. These events are a great opportunity for us to represent the needs of the girls in Khayelitsha, their dreams and how life skill and sports can make a change in girls life’s.

 

Our Boxgirls organized two events at their schools to promote for strong girls and safe communities. We invited parents and teachers to join them and learn from our Boxgirls how to stand up for yourself and what it means to fight against violence against children and women.

 

Coming up…

This week we start the last school term with our Boxgirls, which means it is exam time and we will focus on learning methods and revising Maths and English. Learning in a group is more fun and to motivate eachother for the exams gives the right spirit to reach out for good grades on years end.

From the 26th of November until the 7th of December we start our two week Holiday Club for 100 girls in Khayelitsha.

Boxgirls Coach Thembisa at panel discussion
Boxgirls Coach Thembisa at panel discussion
Boxgirls presenting
Boxgirls presenting

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Boxgirls showing their skills to community
Boxgirls showing their skills to community

Dear Boxgirls supporters,

 

Enkosi kakhulu to all of you from our Boxgirls in Khayelitsha, South Africa! This means “THANK YOU VERY MUCH” in isiXhosa the mother tongue of most of our girls.

We are grateful to see the group of supporters for our girls grow each month.

 

With the start of the school semester in January 2018 Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs were back in the primary schools. Twice a week our Boxgirls coaches meet the girls at their schools. The first days are always really exciting for both the girls and our coaches. Who will be in the group? How is it going to be learning basics in boxing? From the first session, our coaches are creating an atmosphere of support, respect, encouragement and safety. The girls get to know each other and are quickly becoming a team, a group of friends, who learn from each other and give each other support.

 

“I like Boxgirls because I can be myself.

There is no one questioning you.”

– says Anathi – 12 years

 

In 16 life skill sessions combined with sport exercises the girls learn to value themselves and others, to approach each other with respect knowing how to set their own borders. In role plays they train conflict negotiation and how to keep themselves safe. They learn to stand up and raise their voices, to ask questions and be curious, and to present what they have learned to others.

 

“We want to create a sisterhood and a safe space where the girls feel free to talk openly about issues facing them. We want girls to have a voice. We want these girls to believe in themselves. We need to educate them so that they do not find themselves making decisions that would jeopardise their future. We need to boost their confidence. Girls should never feel inferior or less important. “

- says Boxgirls team member Nwabisa

 

Every Saturday, and during exam time also in the week, we support our girls with Math and English tutoring combined with sport training. Some of our girls are struggling to read and write in English and they are lacking behind. We offer these girls a safe space where they can learn and ask questions they may be shy to ask in the classroom. Teachers are sometimes catering for more than 30 students per class, which makes it a challenge to adjust the pace of learning to meet the needs of everyone. Writing and reading as well as mathematics are the basis of future success for the girls. We need to support them from an early age so that they can achieve the knowledge, education and employment they are aiming towards. Learing together is just so much more fun!

“I like that I learn about Math and English.

Boxgirls taught me how to check my

math answers in my test.”

– Olwethu – 11 years

 

On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, Boxgirls hosted a girls’ rights event to spread our word on the empowerment of girls and thereby the empowerment of the boys around them. Here the girls also have the opportunity to present their learnings to their parents.

 

We were hosting our first gender training to other sport for development organisations and were happy to share our experiences and knowledge on how to create inclusive and gender sensitive programmes with other coaches.

 

Support us so we can continue our work. Every $ makes a difference and provides us with much needed materials and makes it possible for us to run Boxgirls’ Afterschool Clubs, Homework Hubs and Holiday Clubs in Khayelitsha.

 

Be part of the Boxgirls community and advocate for girls most in need!

 

All the best,

Boxgirls South Africa Team

Boxgirls learning as a team
Boxgirls learning as a team
Boxgirls preparing for their exams
Boxgirls preparing for their exams
Becoming friends
Becoming friends

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Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Social enterprise focused on child protection and safe communities.
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