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Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth

by Youth for Training the Sport of Capoeira
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Trauma Healing for 100's of Syrian Refugee Youth
Irbid host community, North Jordan
Irbid host community, North Jordan

We've reached 183 children and 12 youth in only two months! 

Here are three stories from our students...


Aseel is 12 years old from Dara', South Syria

Aseel was 6 when she left Syria, and settled in Jordan. She saw capoeira on Facebook for the first time, and so she asked her mother if she could come to the centre and try it. The first class was very enjoyable and helpful, she keeps doing movements and songs at home. She says that before capoeira she was sleepy and dizzy in the morning, but now she gets up early and feels active, with positive energy.

Aseel thinks it's important to let people know about capoeira, because capoeira changed her life. People should know about the songs and movements. Aseel is always singing songs at home and her mum asks, what is this? She says it's beautiful and has a beautiful meaning in Portuguese.

Aseel first wanted to travel to Paris but now she knows capoeira she wants to travel to Brazil.


Omar, 17 years old, from Sareeh host community in Northern Jordan

What Omar loves most about school is football. He has always loved sports and even taught himself some gymnastics on his own. 

Omar used to think capoeira is just about songs and music, but he changed his idea when he arrived to the Capoeira al-Shababi classes and started moving around. Omar now loves all parts of capoeira, both the music and movements. He met new people inside capoeira classes, new friends, who he now sees outside on the streets. 

Every day Omar goes home, he trains on the capoeira movements that he learned that day. He used to fight a lot with his brothers but he doesn't anymore. "I learned to be patient and respect others inside the classes", he said. Omar also tells us that one of his friends from capoeira class has also stopped fighting in school and in their neighbourhood. 


Qasim, 15 years old, from Irbid, North Jordan

Qasim (15 years old) came to the programme with a lot of aggression. He has many older brothers and has a lot of authority in his life, but not enough understranding. But this started to change inside capoeira classes.

In capoeira, Qasim is learning rapidly and his attitude has changed. He started to respect what other people say, asking questions and seeking answers in the classes. He arrived as rule-breaker, and is now the right-hand of the teacher in capoeira class. He doesn't just participate but is actually helping to structure and organise the classes, and encouraging his peers to take the sessions seriously and help everyone learn.

International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl
Aseel, 12, from Syria
Aseel, 12, from Syria
Omar, 17, from Sareeh North Jordan
Omar, 17, from Sareeh North Jordan

Some of the 150 students and 6 youth facilitators that Capoeira al-Shababi will be returning to at the end of this month have been taking capoeira sessions for over one year and a half! These students have been training all summer with their local facilitators, developing their passion, growing their capoeira community, and were ecstatic to hear that Capoeira al-Shababi trainers will be returning for the autumn.

Thanks to our generous donors (you!), we are able to keep our projects running, and bringing children and youth in Za'atari refugee camp the support they need to develop their skills, their confidence, their resilience and hope for the future. We will be returning to these students and our Training of Trainers facilitators, three days a week, for three months! 

In addition, your donations have made possible a very exciting experience for these Syrian refugees - in November, contramestre Capacete, a very experienced Brazilian capoeira teacher living in Rome, Italy, will be visiting our capoeira community in Za'atari to give a workshop. This will give the children the opportunity to meet, train with, and learn from a seasoned professional, and to connect with the global capoeira community. This will also give Capoeira al-Shababi the opportunity to spread the visibility of our work and its benefits to capoeira groups elsewhere, and potentially raise even more support for our mission in Jordan. 

The story of Mahmoud

Mahmoud, 13, started capoeira in January 2017. Lacking attention from family and friends who were immersed in their own challenges, Mahmoud was lonely. In the classes he was loud, his reactions violent and his actions defensive. Intolerant of any word spoken to him, whether by peers or those in authority, he seemed to consider everyone a threat. But Mahmoud began to change. In capoeira, rather than disciplining students we provide a relief from expectations and social pressure. Allowing students to discover themselves with unconditional attention and support, he began to let down his walls.

After over a year of capoeira, Mahmoud is now an attentive and focused student who enjoys his time with his friends inside the classes playing games and training on movements. He recently told the capoeira trainers a story that he was proud to share. Another kid in the neighbourhood was trying to provoke him by vandalising his football pitch and caravan. Mahmoud said the days of fights are over. He simply smiled to the kid, thinking “he is not a bad kid”, and moved away. 

Mahmoud loves capoeira and has made many new friends inside the classes. He has built strong relationships with others, and admires and respects the capoeira teachers who became role models for him. Most significantly, he has developed a resilience that makes life that little bit easier in the refugee camp.  

Collateral Repair Project

Thanks to you, Capoeira al-Shababi has been able to start a brand new project in East Amman, with the Collateral Repair Project. We've joined the afterschool project with children aged 9-12 from refugee families in the impoverished neighbourhood of Hashemi Shamali. This projec twill deliver four classes per week from September - December 2018. On the first day of the afterschool project, children are usually nervous  and shy, unfamiliar with the teachers and each other. But we got them moving, laughing, playing capoeira on the first day!



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Youth for Training the Sport of Capoeira

Location: Amman - Jordan
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Project Leader:
Lauren Hales
Amman, Jordan

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