After several months of preparations and fundraising Nukanti´s participants from the Playing for Freedom program finally had the chance to take part in the national graduation event of the Capoeira Nativos group in Colombia. Following the batizado especially organized for our children and youth in their own community of Ciudad Bolívar, some of them could travel to Villavicencio, three hours away from Bogotá, and spend two unforgettable days with other capoeiristas from all over the country. They could take part in various classes with masters from Brazil, several rodas and a tournament, as well as the graduation ceremony, or batizado.
Last week our youth from the Capoeira program Playing for Freedom had the chance to take part in the second batizado, or graduation ceremony, in their own community of Ciudad Bolívar. The ceremony took place i the local school, with guests from the Capoeira Nativos group in Bogotá and under the supervision of Mestre M. Aranha. A total 21 children and youth received cords in different colors corresponding to different levels in Capoeira, and got their efforts recognized by the Brazilian mestre and other cpoeiristas. A big Thank You to all our supporters who helped make this dream come true for our youth by donating online and offline!
One of the activities held at Nukanti´s community center in Cazucá, on the outskirts of Bogotá, is a reading workshop with children from the local school. The reading workshops, implemented in collaboration with local organization Lecturas Compartidas, are held every Tuesday with children from 6 to 12 years old. The goal is to stimulate children´s imagination and creativity through reading and books, and to teach them life values and social skills.
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