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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
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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One of our new Boxgirls during Math& Sport Hub
One of our new Boxgirls during Math& Sport Hub

Dear Boxgirls heroes,

 

We want to send a big THANK YOU to all of you for your on-going support of the Boxgirls in Khayelitsha! Looking back from the time when we started fundraising for the Afterschool Clubs until today we were able to collect 12.000$ for supporting the girls through our afterschool activities.

Since 2015, when we started offering Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs in more than one primary school in Khayelitsha, we reached 1.895 girls in 19 different primary schools.

All these girls experienced learning in a safe space where everyone is valued equally and can find support amongst each other and by the Boxgirls coach. They learned to believe in themselves and their unique talents, to respect and support each other and to raise their voices talking about their ideas, opinions and rights. Most importantly the girls learned where they can turn to if ever they are in the need of help and how they can keep themselves safe.

Every Saturday these girls are coming out to our Maths & Sports Hub, where they get support with their Maths homework and are a source of motivation for each other to focus on their school work. With Boxgirls Maths is fun!

We can see the change in each of our Boxgirls. And we will continue our work. In January this year another 150 Boxgirls joined the Afterschool Clubs.

Help us make our work possible. Every donation makes a change and contributes to

  •  Offering empowering Holiday programmes, tutoring and Boxgirls leadership sessions to most in need girls in Khayelitsha.

This year we will additionally offer workshops on the Boxgirls methodology to other program leaders to make sports more accessible for girls most in need.

 

Latest news:

In the end of November 2017 until the beginning of December girls from our northern and southern sites in Khayelitsha joined the Boxgirls Holiday Program. The girls learned about their own strengths and setting borders. We were reflecting about gender stereotypes and what are important elements of positive and supporting friendships. A nurse from the local clinic came to visit and was there for all the curious questions from our girls about their bodies and the menstruation cycle.

We learned a lot together and on top of that: It was really fun!

The Beautiful News South Africa featured our coach and Boxgirls Alumna Ndivile Mafenuka and helped us spread the word on what we do at Boxgirls. The video was done during the Holiday Club in December 2017, we think it is amazing, you can watch it here:

 https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/ndivile-mafenuka?rq=ndivile

P.S.:

Do you plan to travel to Cape Town and want to experience the Boxgirls community? You can now book a mini Boxgirls workshop via Airbnb experience. Check the link below and spread the word!

https://abnb.me/n501zTMBOK?s=51

Boxgirls helping eachother during training time
Boxgirls helping eachother during training time

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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!

Learn more about our #supportMagic campaign on our Facebook page

www.facebook.com/BoxgirlsInternational

Or on Instagram: @boxgirls_sa

Stay connected to the Boxgirls community! Tell your friends and family about Boxgirls and why you donate to us and help us reach the next stage of our project!

Sign up for our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cQjih5

Share your love for Boxgirls with your Facebook network and support us spreading the word!

THANK YOU, you are Boxgirls Strong!

Boxgirls presenting at community event
Boxgirls presenting at community event
Boxgirl at community event
Boxgirl at community event
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Strong Girls.
Strong Girls.

The Boxgirls community is growing

In June the 1st group of Boxgirls in 2017 graduated from our Boxgirls 16 weeks Afterschool Programme. In total groups of 20 girls from six primary schools in Khayelitsha participated. 

At the graduation event parents, teachers and members of the school community were invited. The girls were given the stage to share what they learned at Boxgirls with the school members in the audience. One group of girls did for example explain the community maps they created in order to map out safe and unsafe places as well as helping points in the community.

We directed a special thank you to the sponsor teachers of the schools for their support for our program. They were proud to see the development of their girls.

 

A special THANK YOU is also directed to YOU! Your donation makes our work possible!

 

Kick off new Boxgirls Holiday Club

As the requests for our programm are growing and the alumnae of our Afterschool Clubs are approaching us regularly asking to continue with Boxgirls we continued working on ways to serve the needs.

These winter holidays we kicked off a new holiday format of our Girls Leadership Programme. 80 alumnae of our Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs from 6 different primary schools in Khayelitsha participated during the 6 days full-day programme. Our new format aims to deepen the life skill training of the Afterschool Clubs in combination with sport exercises, focusing on self-defence.

Freetime activities for girls in Khayelitsha during holidays are limited, which is why holidays can become a time of increased risk, especially for girls.

The Boxgirls Holiday Club offers a safe space to the participating alumnae, where they can deepen their leadership and violence negotiation skills together with girls from different primary schools.

Joint action, please!

To reach Boxgirls vision of a world where women and girls can life dignified lives in safe communities, where they are valued as equals and have control over their sexuality and economic development we are not standing alone. We are continously reaching out to differnt partners to enrich our work and take joint action for shared impact.

We welcomed volunteers from Student Athletes Abroad, who came from the US to spent their time supporting the media work of Boxgirls to spread our word.

Our joint work with the Action Impact Network members continues as well. We are working on a set of pragmatic indicators and data collection tools to measure the collective impact of youth sport-for-development and peace interventions.

After the first testing of the indicators for the organisational survey and surveys directed to the programme staff we are currently testing the survey directed to the participants of our programmes.

We are looking forward to the first testing results and continued joint action for shared impact!

Additionally Boxgirls was invited to the Community of Practice workshop on strengthening the collaboration between NGOs and schools, supported by the Afterschool Game Changer Network and the Learning Trust. It was a great sharing of best-practices from afterschool Programs and school representatives.
Only together we can make a change!

THANK YOU, you are Boxgirls strong!

This year your donation already made a difference to more than 200 girls from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. You are helping our project to grow and being able to give girls most in need the possibility to learn along with other girls in a safe space and build basic leadership and academic skills, which will support them in reaching their future goals.

Strong Girls. Safe Communities.

Stay connected to the Boxgirls community! Tell your friends and family about Boxgirls and why you donate to us and help us reach the next stage of our project!

Sign up for our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cQjih5

Share your love for Boxgirls with your Facebook network and support us spreading the word!

www.facebook.com/BoxgirlsInternational

Or on Instagram: @boxgirls_sa

Boxgirls writing down their superpowers.
Boxgirls writing down their superpowers.
Learning the boxing stance
Learning the boxing stance
Holiday Club - Girls becoming friends
Holiday Club - Girls becoming friends

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Boxgirls making a statement for their rights
Boxgirls making a statement for their rights

Impact evaluation of the Boxgirls project
From January 2016 until March 2017 the impact of the project was evaluated by the German Sport University Cologne partnering with local researchers. They weregathering data on the girls’ development regarding their

  • self-esteem,
  • social capital,
  • violence negotiation skills,
  • school performance and the program’s overall feasibility.

Surveys were handed out to the girls and their teachers, interviews were conducted with the girls and report cards were collected prior to the participation at Boxgirls (Pre-test) and after the participation at Boxgirls (Post-test). The study design follows a randomized controlled trial approach, randomly assigning girls to either control or intervention groups.

The results
And the evaluation’s results are impressive: The conclusion of the report highlights positive significant changes in the girls’ general and academic self-esteem, their violence negotiation skills, their confidence in standing up for themselves against authority and dealing with situations of violence, their academic performance and their awareness of local support networks. Further a high overall satisfaction of the girls with the program activities could be seen.

More strategies for safe neighbourhoods
Furthermore, girls participating in the Boxgirls programme developed more avoidance strategies for dangerous situations as well as greater knowledge of intervention possibilities than the control group. After participation in the program, more girls would talk to someone about their situation and ask for help rather than ignoring it.

We are thrilled to further develop the project and constantly enable more girls access to the positive results of the program. Thanks to your donations we can make a long-lasting difference for girls and young women in South Africa. Support Boxgirls for strong girls and safe communities within the townships: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/boxgirls-international-start/

Lots of thanks and best wishes,

Your Boxgirls team

Boxgirls framing their strategies
Boxgirls framing their strategies
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