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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 project participants
Boxgirls project participants

Thanks to your great support we are able to grow and next months we are going to start new clubs in South Africa. Thanks to the funds raised during the New Year's Campaign we will be able to provide equipment to new girls' clubs in small towns around Western Cape, South Africa.

Boxgirls Kenya is one of successful Boxgirls clubs that works in schools in urban slums of Nairobi; in Kariobangi, Korogocho, Kibera, Mathare, Kayole, Huruma and the western part of Kenya. The schools are grouped in zones and each of them is carried by Boxgirls coach. The Boxgirls programme involves more than 600 girls and young women who meet weekly for boxing and self-defence training, self-confidence and self-esteem building and body fitness. 

Currently Boxgirls Kenya works in 15 zones, schools and communities. 1017 girls and young women age 8-23 were enrolled in Boxgirls programme in 2014. Boxgirls reached girls and young women in the marginalized communities of Kenya, the urban slums and in the rural area of Ekambuli. 

Last year Boxgirls managed to start 7 small scale businesses initiated by young mothers as a source of income. 10 girls have been coached to become Boxgirls coaches delivering life skills and boxing training to girls. Over 350 parents and community leader are involved in the programm. Boxgirls works with over 30 young community leaders engaged in the community development and Boxgirls programm.

Boxgirls is owned by the community. Girls, parents and community leaders and schools are all involved in supporting the girls one way or the other. Boxgirls believes that community ownership is the best way of maintaining community engagement in the organization.

Thank you for giving us the chance to reach even more girls with the program!

Boxgirls Kenya
Boxgirls Kenya

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Andiswa. A female role model and local leader.
Andiswa. A female role model and local leader.

Thanks to your support we were able last months and years to help girls and women in Kenya and South Africa through our boxing project. After 10 years of work with local organizations we know how important is the change that Boxgirls programmes bring to the communities and thus we try to bring the Boxgirls programmes to further communities in the world. Young girls who train and learn life skills, become self-confident women and role-models for younger girls.

We are just working to bring Boxgirls programmes to Port Elizabeth in South Africa! Our partners in South Africa will soon start boxing and life skills trainings, but they still need support to get the necessary equipment, boxing gloves, punching bags and trainings materials. We will be very happy about your support to help girls in Port Elizabeth to get started with the trainings.

We will inform you about new boxing girls clubs soon! 

All the best! 

Boxgirls International

Cynthia Coredo from Boxgirls Kenya
Cynthia Coredo from Boxgirls Kenya
Everline helps younger girls, Kenya
Everline helps younger girls, Kenya

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Youth Leadership Camp 2014
Youth Leadership Camp 2014

On August 7th Heather Cameron, fouder of Boxgirls International held a workshop on gender equality and sports at UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Sweden 2014. The UNOSDP YLC takes place several times a year each time in different city. This time young participants from all over the world visited Stockholm. All of them same as our organisation, work hard everyday using sport as a tool to support development of local communities. Young boys and girls from all continents learned to strengthen their leadership skills and exchanged their expieriences as leaders and coaches. Heather Cameron not only held a boxing workshop for creative and active leaders, but also encouraged them to share their great ideas and knowledge about working with communities in form of short videos that will help other leaders to utilize sports to empower their local communities. All interviews and impressions from the YLC you can find on our YouTube channel or our platform Sports and Business for Social Change: www.tools.boxgirls.org

During the workshop youth acquired boxings skills, discussed about gender equality and using sport to empower women and girls to better achieve educational goals, be more self-confident and aware of their strength and power to bring positive change to their communities. They also gave tips on being a good coach, how to inspire and support players to help them become succesful. All interviews you can find on our YouTube channel or the platform http://tools.boxgirls.org.

The participants shared with us their impressions from the boxing workshop and what they learned about boxing.

"Boxing gives you self-confidence and the chance to protect yourself."

"Boxing can give girls self-esteem, improve their mental and physical health."

"Boxing is all about balance, concentarion and bring you power from the feet down to the hands up."

Find out more: https://www.youtube.com/user/wwwBOXGIRLSorg

Boxing workshop during Youth Leadership Camp 2014
Boxing workshop during Youth Leadership Camp 2014
UN Camp Sweden
UN Camp Sweden
Heather Cameron talking about gender equality
Heather Cameron talking about gender equality

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By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.
By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.

"In Nairobi slums, girl boxers learn how to fight for themselves"

Have a look at the article in PBS NEWSHOUR from Victoria Fleischer with the beautiful pictures from Mia Collis.
It gives a great overview of the situation in Nairobi and what has already been achieved by Boxgirls there.

Most of (the girls) come with such low self-esteem and they leave with high self-esteem because they’ve got these peers and mentors and they’ve got this very physical sport which is, chemically I suppose, changing things within their brain … When new girls come in, you can see the confidence in them just change.” Mia Collis

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/nairobi-slums-girl-boxers-learn-fight/#

By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.
By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.
By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.
By Mia Collis, more of them in the article.
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Meeting in Laingsburg about cooperatives
Meeting in Laingsburg about cooperatives

BGI Founder Cameron visited Sout Africa as part of a curriculum development projected funded by the German Development agency the GIZ. The GIZ is investing in leading sport for development programmes and Boxgirls was one of 7 consortiums they chose to fund. Local Boxgirls groups in schools in South Africa are being asked to contribute content for the new website www.tools.boxgirls.org.

Sports for development projects can become more sustainable by creating other income streams than pure fundraising. Arise, a non profit based in South Africa, has helped create a cooperative in the rural area of Laingsburg to make uniforms for school children and municipal workers. Profits are invested back in the cooperative and for the upkeep of local sport facilities.
To learn more about the cooperative and to get some advice to build one, have a look at our case study : http://tools.boxgirls.org/social-business/case-study/

After her visit to the cooperative, Cameron discussed challenges in Khayelitsha with the girls from the Vuzamanzi primary school Boxgirls group and what they want to achieve with Boxgirls: Safe places to train, no abuse and respect for girl children.

Jason, member of the coop
Jason, member of the coop
Boxing session in Khayelitsha
Boxing session in Khayelitsha
"Boxgirls' city" from Zenande-12 years old
"Boxgirls' city" from Zenande-12 years old

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Cameron Project Group

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

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