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Thank you so much for your continued support! You have been making our work to empower strong girls and building safe communities possible.

We have been busy working hard and implementing new activities to better serve our girls, trainers, and the community.

Due to your support, Boxgirls has been able to solidfy key partnerships that will better equip us to serve our girls even better and build confidence for their next steps. 

 

Launching the Girls Go Forward Project

Earlier this year we launched a new project: Girls Go Forward. In partnership with the Thope Foundation and their iSTEAM modules, and principals and sponsors at our schools, we began the Girls Go Forward Afterschool Clubs that was combined with the Boxgirls Maths and Sport Hubs. The girls enjoyed the combination of math, sports and the arts, which made for a dynamic experience.

  

First Holiday Club in Harare

Boxgirls was pleased to collaborate with a 3 primray schools for their first Holiday Club. We expanded on the initial Holiday Club model to include LEGO modules. We were so happy to see how engaged and curious the girls were in the technical side of the activities and share their learnings with others.

 

Standing for girls empowerment on Africa Day with CTV

In June, Boxgirls continued our community involvement on Africa Day. Because of our programming, Boxgirls was able to address a broader range of young people with our coverage on CTV! We were featured on the Ekse Youth Program for many to see and learn about what we do and the impact we have made thus far. 

 

Girls in the Lead Partnership

Boxgirls South Africa is now a proud partner of Girls in the Lead, an international network and e-learning platform that brings together women leaders in the area of girls sports for development to share resources to enhance our programming. Along with organizations in India, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and the USA, we are continuing the global mission of empowering and enabling economically independent and socially resilient girls. You can learn more at www.girlsinthelead.org

 

Graduating Boxgirls

We would like to extend a congratulations to all the Boxgirls who graduated from the program in June!

 

Our work is far from finished and we are excited for what the future has in store! Keep up with us on Facebook and check us out at www.boxgirls.org.

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First of all, we want to thank you so much for your generous donations! Due to your consistent support of Boxgirls International, you made the great accomplishments of this project possible!

Thanks to your support

...greater self-esteem/self-efficacy, such as better communication skills among the girls could be achieved

...social capital, such as greater awareness of local networks and how to access them could be reached

...several events such as Women's Days and awareness campaigns that included important community members in order to multiply content and widespread the message of female empowerment, could be conducted

...increased violence negotiation skills, such as awareness about dangers in the community, knowledge and skills how to handle those dangers could be achieved.

Because of Boxgirls International's versatile success, we started a Boxgirls follow-up project: The Girls' Afterschool Leadership Education which provides several additional benefits. In the last years, Boxgirls focused on strengthening girls and young women living is disadvantaged neighborhoods in South Africa's townships through the facilitation of leadership skills, sports and self-defense training.

The Afterschool Leadership Education builds on these values and further comprises the following activities:

  • leadership development training for girls and young women
  • developing girls' learning skills and academic performance
  • girls’ entrepreneurship clubs to meet women leaders and learn about career opportunities
  • community safety events where girls and community members learn techniques to prevent GBV

Boxgirls starts the new programme dedicated to primary school girls from the communities of Khayelitsha, Nyanga, and Gugulethu. Girls attend Boxgirls Club twice a week for 12 weeks for 90 minutes after school on site at the school to be led by a peer facilitator. Peer facilitators are young women with high integrity from the community, trained and supervised by us, who will facilitate the group of 30 girls through a 12 week biweekly curriculum of games, discussion groups and event preparation and execution. Together with our partner organisations we will also offer Saturday homework support.

The Girls' Afterschool Leadership Education curriculum will cover themes such as:

  • communication skills (active listening, presentation, debating, video making)
  • self-respect and goal setting
  • personal safety
  • community mapping
  • de-escalation strategies
  • solidarity with other girls, understanding girls’ rights
  • awareness of local resources and opportunities for them

Thanks for your support and find more information about the Girls' Afterschool Leadership Education here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/boxgirls-international-start/

For further questions, feel free to contact our organization under oliver@camp-group.org!

Best regards,

Oliver Böck

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Boxgirls' goal is the empowerment of girls & women. Inspiring them to take on an active role in their community and participate in the much needed structural social changes, that not only ensures the basic human rights to all girls and women but also give them a true equal chance for success and happiness all over the world. As women and girls are still challenged by discrimination and gender based violence in far too many places, Boxgirls' started to aim to encourage what we believe the very basis for freedom: the trust, that you deserve to be indepent, free and happy, the trust in yourself.

Over the years we developed our progammes and went from sports to other empowering methods such as presentation and media trainings, first aid and pc skills trainings and from after school gym times to school and social work projects as well as afternoon and weekend trainings in self-defense, boxing, running, fitness and very recently yoga.

Despite all the success we had, we too often found ourselves lost in front of the big challenges these girls and women have to face: What do you do, when one women you know, loses her child because she cannot afford the medicine? How can you compensate, when the girls are all inspired and motivated, but can't afford schooling anymore? We found, that we can always find a way to help individual women, just by investing more of our time, effort and money on top of our regular work. We worked harder, bugged our friends and acqaintances more, got more funders. But we came to know very soon, that there is a basic problem at hand, we just had to find a way to solve, if we will ever want to have a chance to get on top of all this issues.

The basic problem? Money. Money equals independence. So, how do you combine a body based learning programme with a business training? And what could we really provide? Our experience with pc workshops, from which the internet café and learning institute  from Boxgirls Nairobi arose, gave us an idea as well as the girls, who went through our programmes and found a job afterwards, because they could impress their future employers with their clear-headedness and soveregnity despite their lack of formal education.

So we spent 2010 thinking about curriculas and workshops to create a basis, from which Boxgirls can offer workshops in microbusinesses alongside our regular offers.

Prof. Dr. Heather Cameron gave an insight of this project already last September, at the International Conference for Sport and Development at the UWC in Cape Town "Beyond 2010".

In November and March/April, Prof. Cameron spent time in Cape Town again, to bring the last bits together and start the new project, which is set up to train women and girls to become entrepreneurs and get a good economical basis knowledge. Aim is: Only a women who can earn, administer and protect her own money has a chance to be her own women.

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Heather Cameron, founder of Boxgirls International, has been named an Ashoka fellow in Germany. The fellowship will allow Cameron access to more social innovators to grow the Boxgirls projects all over the world.

Creativity, innovation and a good sense for business with a readiness for risktaking - that are the skills an Ashoka fellow needs. All that for one goal: overcoming social problems and creating social change - worldwide, for his/her model is also transferable.


On Wednesday, the 24. November 2010, the Ashoka Foundation presented eight of these changemakers.


One of them was Prof. Dr. Heather Cameron, founder and executive director of Boxgirls International.
Cameron studied Political and Social Thought at the York University in Toronto,  wrote her dissertation about Sigmund Freud und Theodor W. Adorno and now teaches a Assistant Professor for psychology and educational science at the Freien Universität Berlin and Professor Honorarius at the UWC.

As a scholar, she creates new forms of teaching and learning and explores social innovation and participation.  
Her lab is real life itself: In 2005 she founded Boxgirls International in the district of Kreuzberg in Berlin-Germany. Meanwhile an international organisation, Cameron combines theory with practice and supports socially challenged girls to become the strong, independent and participating woman, that every girl has in herself and therefore create a generation of changemakers – in Berlin as well as in Nairobi and since last year also in Cape Town, in the districts of Atlantis and Khayelishta.


Corresponding her theory, that innovative teaching can only be achieved through the principle of participative  inclusion, all her students have the opportunity to become an active part in these urban research facilities for social change.


It is no wonder, that she picked boxing to be the tool for that kind of change: In a Boxgirls training strategy, discipline, willpower and stamina are on the schedule. And the sport is just the door opener: presentation and media trainings are as much part of the Boxgirls programmes as first aid courses and workshops for economic empowerment, being true to the main principle of the organisation that is female empowerment.
To aid the development of these skills, Boxgirls does not wait for the girls to come, but lunches into action. With school outreach programmes and community work, Cameron found a way to meet the girls where they are.  More and more people and institutions see the virtue of this approach and recognise the catalyst effect of the  Boxgirls programmes.


Heather Cameron realised her vision, to bring critical thought and social entrepreneurship together, against all odds. The ever growing success proves her right: The granting of the fellowship is preceded by the nomination as "Professor of the Year 2010" by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers and the winning the competition startsocial with the "special prize of the chancellor" awarded by the German chancellor herself, Dr. Angela Merkel.

Award Ceremony
Award Ceremony

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Boxgirls International hosted a box coaching workshop from July 31st to August 3 in Nairobi, Kenya with young women from Nairobi and Kilifi. The girls reported that: “I now feel more ready to coach kids.”, “I learned a lot about stretching that I did not know”, “I don’t feel so scared saying my opinions”, “I can talk in front of people now and they will listen since I have the knowledge”. The girls from Boxgirls Nairobi and Moving the Goalposts Kilifi learned practical skills of gender sensitive coaching, strength training, tactics and how to teach amateur boxing and self defense to girls in the community. At the end of the course the girls organized and hosted a coaching session with girls and boys from the neighbourhood. The next steps are for the girls to earn money to support themselves and the project by offering afterwork training to professional women in downtown Nairobi in addition to the regular afternoon sessions with local schools.

Check out some of our pictures below of our Boxgirls in the gym and new trainer Lenah showing the girls what she learned at the Boxgirls Coaching Workshop in Kilifi, Kenya

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Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Ania Jankowska
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Berlin, Berlin Germany

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Thanks to 120 donors like you, a total of $7,671 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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