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Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa

by Cameron Project Group
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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
Edgar Davids vs. Onyango Sonko
Edgar Davids vs. Onyango Sonko

What a nice surprise as we saw enter into our boxing gym Edgar Davids! The worldwide football player of Juventus, Milan and Barcelona is also known for its 74 selections in the Dutch national team. Edgar Davids did us the honour to participate in our boxing session, organised for the 9th Youth Leadership Camp of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace.

A striking moment, which will be remembered, was when Edgar Davids boxed against the Kenyan boxing champion Onyango Sonko: impressive sportsman and woman in action!

After kindly let the participants take pictures with him, Edgar Davids give us an inspiring speech about not giving up on our goals in sport as well as in life. Our goal is to reach the 3.070 reminding Euros, can you make it happen?

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On Sunday March 30th, Boxgirls International's Cameron, assisted by Lara from Boxgirls Berlin, hosted over 30 guests from the GIZ, the UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace and young leaders from over 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was the 8th camp led by Boxgirls founder and coach Heather Cameron. Previous camps were held in Qatar, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and Korea.

We learned through small group discussions about gender in the sport for development context and the basics of the Boxgirls curriculum, now available at http://www.tools.boxgirls.org.

This camp has been a real success, thanks to the enthusiasm of all the participants during both the discussions and the boxing. Maclean, basketball player of the national Paralympics team from Ghana, told us with a smile that this was “the only section that made [him] sweat”.  This boxing session contributed above all to change the point of view from participants about boxing. Ovenia from Nigeria confided us: "to be honest I looked at boxing as an aggressive sport, but it’s not aggressive… it’s help to build self-confidence and it’s based on the principles on concentration, focus, and self-esteem".

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In our last update I told you about the new online platform we are building together with the African grassroots organizations Arise, NowsparBoxgirls Kenya and Jambo Bukoba. The platform tools.boxgirls.org is now almost ready for launch.

Boxgirls founder Heather Cameron is on her way to Kenya and South Africa to meet with the partners and review the beta version before we open it to the public. We are very excited about the new tool we have created. It not only gives interested organisations anywhere in the world a first glimpse at what can be achieved with a boxing training for girls and young women. It also informs about income generating tools for community projects and provides several examples from the field. Look forward to reading more about the platform once it has been officially launched.

To get more up-to-date news be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook.

Kind regards,

Carola

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I our quest to bring Boxgirls to more communities around the world we have taken a little ‘detour’ if you will. As mentioned in the last update we were invited to a conference by German Development Corporation GIZ in South Africa. There, together with grassroots organizations Arise, Nowspar, Boxgirls Kenya, Jambo Bukoba we developed the idea of a website, offering much of our curriculum for download. This will allow more community projects to implements the parts of the programs that fit their needs. At the same time, it will also offer a platform for exchange. So that projects can learn not only from our experience but also - more importantly - from each other. We’re hoping to be live in early spring.  

To get more up-to-date news be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook.

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Cameron at UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Doha
Cameron at UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Doha

A few months into the campaign of growing the Boxgirls International network beyond Nairobi, Khayelitsha and Berlin we are working hard to identify and meet local organisations that can adopt the Boxgirls method to strengthen women and girls in challenged neighbourhoods.

We are lucky to have been invited to conduct workshops on gender mainstreaming in sport and boxing for development in the Youth Leadership Camps (YLC) organised by the UN Office for Sport and Development for Peace. These camps are held about every four months at different locations around the globe and bring together youth leaders from Africa, the Middle East and Palestine.  This year we’ve been to Doha, Qatar, and Stockholm, Sweden, and are just now preparing for the camp in Gwangju, South Korea. We are using these workshops not only to identify possible partners but also to work with the youth leaders who know best what’s needed in their communities. And sometimes our coaches from the sites in Kenya and South Africa join us to share their wealth of experience. We are happy to have Cynthia from Nairobi join us in Gwangju next month.

Another important partner in reaching out to local community projects is the German development service GIZ. In May we hosted a group of South African youth sports leaders in our gym in Berlin. Just after the Gwangju YLC Boxgirls founder Heather Cameron will head to Johannesburg to attend a matchmaking conference organized by GIZ and again bringing together grassroots projects and organisations that can provide them with technical support on all levels.

As you can see even during the summer months there is a lot going on driving the project forward. To get more up-to-date news be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook.

GIZ workshop for South Africa youth sports leaders
GIZ workshop for South Africa youth sports leaders

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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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