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that is exactly why we do it #creatingmagic through capoeira, and really making inroads in terms of life education and skills that girls and entire communities can own and move forward with independently. Something like this is only possible because we are all in it together - thanks Noemie for your awesome support.

In terms of recruitment and dependent on context, roadblocks we've encountered include: working with candidates who may never have applied for anything before in terms of a (formal) recruitment process; who do not have emergency/development sector language or concepts to articulate what they are doing; who may have difficulty uploading/downloading of certain materials because of security issues or lack of access to relevant technology; who may view the Award based on an ‘aid dependency’ mindset; language issues. Our process has to be a design that facilitates Awardees to win the Fellowship; understand what that means on both sides of the relationship, and enable ownership of that Fellowship over the longer term.

We are really excited about tracking our impact through a solution that geo stamps/time stamps data input, is accessible in real time, and the fact that we can roll this out remotely. We partnered with a tech company to develop data collection solutions for the particular contexts that we work in. Such use of remote data collection apps suddenly changes what is possible and allow an innovation like the grassroots fellowship award to be possible. Even so, we have also learned that whilst technology can be an amazing solution provider, it can only ever be a part of a solution. An eco-system of data collection and analysis is needed to truly understand impact. We are also exploring how to use media that is already being used by Fellows, such as social media, as part of formal data collection.


Yes, there is training for psychosocial support integrated into our program curriculum - based on an experiential learning approach. We work with Fellows (trainers who win the Award) to describe and analyse core protection principles; as recognised by the development sector as best practice. The goal is to help Fellows mitigate, prevent, and respond to various conditions and needs in complex emergencies.

Major areas of focus:
-Understand child protection in emergencies & how to strengthen children’s resilience
-Recognize gender-based violence and the gender/societal/cultural expectations that contribute to them
-Create safe spaces that are gender-sensitive
-Recognize, deal with, and prevent abuse/neglect
-Establish referral mechanisms
-Identify and respond to trauma symptoms
-First-aid care

A (random) example: in one conflict context trainers spoke about trauma behaviours such as manipulation and lying (mirroring parents and carers who were too afraid to speak their own opinions anymore in a context of war). In another context, it was extreme clinginess, or neediness. Trainers can learn the whys and how to deal with such behaviours – based on what works in their particular community.

We started our initiative based on a social entrepreneurship approach; and encountered some major conflicts along the way (war in Syria being one) that lead us to refine what is really possible in such unstable contexts. Over the next 2 years we aim to really leverage these learnings as a whole as well as from the current pilot programme to:
- extend the grassroots Fellowship (training program) to conflict impacted communities in different geographical locations. We are already in conversations with projects globally who employ capoeira who are actively engaging and seeking our support.
- invest in our network approach so that it is trainers and their community who own the projects on the ground, and can leverage the network to support their projects
- We are also currently in conversation with different potential partners to extend the reach of our grassroots fellowship program to projects that employ sport and culture (not only capoeira) to support conflict impacted communities; also globally.