Empower Girls Out of Poverty in Argentina - Hockey

by El Desafio Foundation
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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
Happy days of when we could meet face to face
Happy days of when we could meet face to face

There are a lot of problems in the world. And COVID19 is making everything more complex. But looking everything with a negativity bias will hold us back. There is also a lot of good happening and we should not miss it. People are helping each other, giving a hand where they can, offering support and ideas. Of all the species in in the world, we are the only ones with the capacity to take care of all the rest. We humans are capable of amazing things, and we should be kind to ourselves and others if we want to create something better. We should remind us -and others- that we can do great things. All of us.

Of course it's a challenge, but this is a richer way to live. What are we doing to make things better, day to day? In your case, with your donations, you are supporting our amazing team and youngsters to have better opportunities.

 

Speaking of our team, they are working hard for youngsters in Rosario. Facing all imaginable challenges regarding the ongoing lock down since march, however we keep on providing virtual support and programs to our participants and food assistance to the most vulnerable families. Also, we started to work on a transition process looking at 2021 (and beyond), researching innovative ideas to put in place and keep on preparing the next generations of young city makers.

 

And regarding the future, in this case, the near future, #GivingTuesday is around the corner, it is a global movement that encourages people to give to their favorite causes all around the world. This year we want to really make it count, and we are getting help for that. Followers, supporters and fans are organizing their own fundraising campaigns to support our programs, and there are having fun in the process too (not less important)! If you want to join the movement, drop us a message on social media or to info@eldesafio.org and we can help you to plan your own initiative.

 

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Argentina was no exception and Covid-19 forced the government to declare a total lock down- that is still going- after more than 100 days. This situation means crisis in an already critic economic and social system, making inequalities even bigger and affecting those living in poverty even more than anyone else. 

 

Our team worked harder than ever to find creative ways to connect and inspire our participants to navigate through these difficult times, kept in touch with all the families and evaluated their needs in order to step-up and help in ways we never did before by providing food and hygiene products. 

 

Internet accessibility is completely challenging for our participants, very few of them have quality internet connections and devices, most of them share their families cell phones with the network provided by the phone carrier, so we needed to work virtually but adapting the fun activities that we created to the off- line world, so that it was something for the whole family to share. 

 

This global crisis is forcing all of us to continue to be good at uncertainty, be creative and for those of us who are in a good place, help those around us. During this time we lost some permanent donors, but fortunately many other could help a little more, so that we could continue to make a positive impact in the community. 

 

Thank you so much for your continuous support now and always, stay strong, stay safe and take care of your beloved ones and your community.

Please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram

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As many other countries in the world, Argentina is getting ready for the corona virus peak in the coming months. Schools didn't start their classes and restrictions for moving around the city are getting stronger every day. It is more than possible that in the coming days the national government will declare a total lock down.

As you can imagine, this has affected all our activities and put on stand by our programs with the community. However, we are adapting to this situation and developing ideas to get in contact with our participants by phone and digital networks in order to help out were possible and making sure everyone can get the services they need. We are also working with the city goverment and other organizations sharing information, mediating and putting on the spotlight problems that our kids and their families faces. In this crisis one of the most vulnerable group are those living in extreme poverty conditions. But we keep on going, adapting and being resilient in difficult times for the world planet. It is time to put in practice everything we have been preaching and working for years: being good at uncertainty, building trust and condifence we need in societies to go trough this with the less impact possible, realizing that we are all connected and we need each other.

These are times to reflect on what kind of world we want to live in and to value things we took for granted. Let's learn together and create the best version of ourselves. From all species living in planet earth, we are the only one with the capacity to take of all the others (including ourselves), and that's great. Let's be great, then. Thanks for your support in this difficult moment, stay strong and take care of your beloved ones and your community.

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All our hugs and love, Mario Raimondi

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As a new year is coming to an end, girls had the opportunity of traveling to Buenos Aires- the country capital, where they shared a day with a friend organization- Defensores del Chaco, and visited some touristic attractions. 

To make that trip a reality, they fundraised some money by selling empanadas- typical Argentinian dish- and got help from their families during the cooking day. 

Once back in Rosario, they had a year end activity shared with friends and families in the local park, filled with games and lots of fun. No doubts it will be a year to remember for every participant of the 2019 team. 

Before all of this, during september, El Desafío had the 6th Happy Cities Festival, where we discuss how cities help develop youth and for the first time we had a “Sports for development Academy”- a week long intensive training for sports coaches from the country to share our knowledge on how to use sports for develpment. 

It was definitely a year filled with new experiences, lots of knowledge and we are looking forward for an even better 2020.

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

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“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!

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

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El Desafio Foundation

Location: Rotterdam, Zuid Holland - Netherlands
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Project Leader:
Luz Amuchastegui
Youth Development Director
Rotterdam, Zuid Holland Netherlands
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