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Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa

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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

Thanks for your interest and support of Boxgirls South Africa over the years.  After working in Khayelitsha and Atlantis since 2009 we have decided to change our model and work further with partners and digitally to help girls’ strengthen their communities.  We are no longer delivering services directly but working with community actors like VPUU to share our approaches to help prove again our slogan: Strong Girls. Safe communities.

We are happy then to announce that as we change BGSA operations in South Africa that our know how and materials have been flowing into a new platform www.girlsinthelead.org.  Through Girls in the Lead and support from the Postcode foundation and others, we will share learnings for better sport programs from our Boxgirls’ work,  but also many others in the sports for social change arena.  Thank you very much to all of our impassioned community leaders, parents and girls! It has been wonderful to work with you and I look forward to taking us into the digital space.

 With Covid we are seeing how important it is for grassroots organizations to learn how to use technology well to reach their community empowerment and development goals.  We look forward to  contributing to this through girls in the lead.  Join us!

Thank you for your support over the years.

Sincerely

Heather Cameron

Founder Boxgirls International

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From October 2019 to February 2020, our project staff and participating girls kept engaging in a variety of activities in order to promote gender equity in South Africa:

 

Summary regular project activties 2019:

In 2019, 130 girls participated in Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs. The afterschool activities are run twice a week in 3 different primary schools in Kahyelitsha (Lulleka P.S. Chumisa P.S. and Vuzamanzi P.S. This year we partnered with another local girl empowering NPO Thope Foundation to join the best of our two programmes. Sessions were held Tuesday to Friday in each school semester combining sports and life skill training (teenage pregnancy,substance abuse prevention, career choices, goal setting,)

16 day of activism:

During the 16 days of activism we joint other NPOs from the community to jointly advocate on womens rights. The 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. It runs until December 10, Human Rights Day. We offered sports and our participants were able to showcase their learnings to community members.

 

Girls in the Lead Workshop:

On November 28th, we hosted a Workshop, funded by the international Network Girls in the Lead, a network that supports organizations working in the field of gender and sport for development. Our workshop was welcoming 10 participants from different organizations to discuss how to create gender awareness among coaches. During the workshop, the role of coaches in regards to gender equity was discussed and the different participating organisations supported each other in regards to tackling gender stereotypes within their target groups and their community. 

 

Ongoing activities in 2020

In 2020, we still run our home work club on a regular basis. Additionally, it is planned to host another workshop in cooperation with the network Girls in the Lead. Within this cooperation a manual for gender equity through sports is currently being produced and shall be published this year.

 

We thank all donors for the ongoing support. Without your help our work would not be possible. Let's keep raising our voices in order to reach gender equity in sports.

 

Thank you!  

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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
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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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Cameron Project Group

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

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