The Iwa Pele project was set up in 2012 to address issues of social exclusion and marginalisation affecting poor, mainly Afro-descendant communities in Lima, Peru. Voluntary staff work with children in the Municipality of La Victoria, a district affected by high rates of poverty, violence and social exclusion. Through a range of artistic, cultural and educational activities including dance, percussion and drawing, the Iwa Pele project provides a safe and friendly space for vulnerable children from the community to develop personal and social skills to better confront the everyday challenges that they face.
Since 2013 the Iwa Pele project has been offering the children weekly capoeira classes with Profesor Fernando Hurtado from Capoeira Nago-Peru. The classes enable the children to develop important skills such as confidence, self-esteem and discipline providing them with a non-violent approach to challenging the community violence around them. Through learning about the Afro-descendant history and roots of capoeira they are also able to develop greater understanding and connection with their own African roots and identity, giving them a much needed sense of pride in their community’s culture and history.
The money raised from this appeal will be used to purchase capoeira uniforms for the children in time for thier first 'roda' event in the community. This is an important element of capoeira tradition which will be a great source of pride and encouragement for them and integrate them into the Capoeira Nago family around the world. Any additional funds raised will be put towards art supplies, educational materials and instruments to support the projects wider activities.