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
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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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 Project Group

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

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