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Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey

by El Desafio Foundation
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey
Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey

“If you do it alone, you’ll make it faster, if you do it as a team, you’ll do it better” this was the conclusion from one participant after they had the challenge of doing some laps all together at the same rythm. 

Becoming a team is a process, with it logical ups and downs, and when facing rough times, which happens inevitably is when the true spirit of the team comes to light. 

So, while playing a match against another team, one of the participants, Julia,  was having a really off day, and was struggling to stop the ball and continue with the passes, her teammates quickly realized the situation and gave constant support to her, however- at some point, one of them, Nadia,  lost her temper and shouted angrily at her. This was a great teaching and reflecting moment, as Nadia realized her shouting did nothing to help solve the problem Julia was facing, on the contrary it only made her more nervous and insecure.  Definitely a lesson learnt to think before reacting. 

On a general note, early september, we had our first ever “Sports for development -S4D- Academy” a week of traning for eight coaches from the country on S4D , delivered by our team and two international friends and coaches, Paula Korsakas from Brazil and Bongiwe Nhleko from South Africa. The graduation for the academy members was to prepare a training session for our participants. It was a great day of training, learning and fun!

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A brand new team started training, and as we often say – hockey is just the excuse- what we really focus on is on girls developing key life skills that will make a big difference in their future. 

Growing their self steem by acknowledgingthey can improve, learn new drills and feel as a part of a team is key for girls empowerment, so that is where all of our efforts are focused.

During this period, at the begining it was all about creating the team, making each individual feel important and part, then developing their love for the game by teaching new drills and train harder each day, lastly work on the development of life skills such as effective communication and frustration management, developing their grit. 

The team,  also had some challenges when playing again other teams, putting all their efforts into test, but mainly how they worked as a team, this moments where great opportunities for “teaching moments” as many difficulties where faced. 

As always, thanks for your support, and please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram

As we start to say goodbye to the summer vibes, and kids start a new school year, we get ready to receive a new group of participants in our Field Hockey program. 

During this time, we made a recap of all our learning during 2018 and made a new plan for this year to be even more fun and filled with experiences for the girls, and we made a whole book filled with exercises so that every training session is the best possible. 

Activities will start next week with participants, and to make sure that every girl in the area had a chance to participate, we visited every school in the area (over 20) and talked in every class room to invite girls to join our team, and gave them a cool brochure with all the info for them to participate. 

As always, thanks for your support, and please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram

A new year has finished and the girls had lots of reasons to celebrate their year’s achievements. That is why they decided to team up outside the field and cook empanadas – traditional Argentinian meal- to sell them and raise money to travel all together, and not only did all of our staff joined forces, but also the girls families as they joined us during the cooking day.

 

Camping for two days outside the city, facing new challenges all together, having fun and celebrating was the goal for the team. It surpassed expectations and despite the heavy rain, nothing could cloud the happiness of celebrating a year full of learnings and life long lasting friendships. 

 

With lots of extra activities, programing, deep conversations and a great team of friends a new year has finished, it is time to make a balance and plan for a fresh start to empower a new  team out of poverty during 2019. We count on you to help us make it a reality. 

 

On a general note, we celebrated the end of the year with all our programs participants and their families in a carnival-like activity in the community park with lots of games. It was a day packed with fun where we could see the results of everything we worked for during the year. 

 

Thanks for your support during 2018, please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram 

It may sound crazy that we don’t want girls to compete when we are referring to sports. However, hockey is just as a game, it is an opportunity to develop long lasting bonds between the team mates.

 

During the time spent at the field, girls get to know each other, but sometimes they forget that they are the same team, and compete with each other, this is why, as soon as we noticed this was happening between two girls, the coach changed strategy and forced them to collaborate with each other and to be on the “same team” during all exercises while training. It only took a while for them to understand that they were better together.

 

To re-enforce this concept, they also had a cooking day to prepare their own pizzas from scratch as a team and shared it later, and had the visit from a more experienced team to share their story. 

 

Of course this lessons are a work in progress, but this girls sure are taking every advantage to be more empowered and lift each other up. 

 

Thanks to your support we can keep on providing high level sports program!

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El Desafio Foundation

Location: Rotterdam, Zuid Holland - Netherlands
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Twitter: @eldesafio
Project Leader:
Luz Amuchastegui
Youth Development Director
Rotterdam, Zuid Holland Netherlands
$7,883 raised of $51,500 goal
 
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