Nukanti Foundation

The Nukanti Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to investing in education, empowerment and leadership skills, and hope for youth in communities affected by conflict and poverty.

We made it! Nukanti´s Capoeira youth takes part in national batizado and tournament

Theodora StankovaComment

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.

Let´s keep playing! Graduation ceremony in Ciudad Bolívar for our Capoeira youth

Theodora StankovaComment

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!

Reading and having fun - workshops with chidren in Cazucá

Theodora StankovaComment

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.

Peace Day 2015 - Because we build peace every day, together!

Theodora StankovaComment

Zumba, pinwheels for peace, hip-hop and more - this is how we celebrated International Peace Day at Nukanti´s community centre in Cazucá, Colombia. On September 20th we gathered for a day full of activities where we could dance, learn, laugh and cook together, and thus really feel it is possible to live in a community, help and inspire each other, share what we know and always learn something new.

United women, stronger communities - yoga and zumba classes in Cazucá

Theodora StankovaComment

Last month Nukanti resumed the free yoga and dance classes in the community centre in Cazucá, on the outskirts of Bogotá, every Friday between 10 a.m. and 12 m. The classes have had big success among women in the community as they offer them an accessible sport activity to help overcome stress in their everyday lives. The group currently consists of about 10 women and girls from the community who learn about yoga and zumba under the tutoring of our volunteer Theodora Stankova.

Nukanti´s fundraiser in Hong Kong was highly successful - a big Thank You to all our supporters!

Theodora StankovaComment

As you know Nukanti is currently holding an extensive fundraising campaign for the Playing for Freedom capoeira program in Bogotá, Colombia, which includes an online crowdfunding campaign as well as various events in different parts of the world. As part of the campaign our founder and executive director Niousha Roshani, who together with fellow capoeirista Cristhian Casallas started the program in 2008, organized an event in Hong Kong on August 21st. The event included dancing, drumming and capoeira among other activities, and was highly successful with an impressive total raised of HK$ 7,300 / US$ 940. A big Thank You to all those who assisted and supported a good cause while having a lot of fun!

Playing for Freedom takes part in female capoeiristas gathering in Bogotá

Theodora StankovaComment

This month eight young women from Nukanti´s flagship program Playing for Freedom took part in the 2nd National Gathering of Female Capoeiristas which was held on August 16 in Bogotá, Colombia. The aim of the gathering was to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of women inclusion in the capoeira circles in the country, and to provide a space for female capoeiristas to exchange practical knowledge and experience.

The Canadian in town - a story by Veronique Allard about her experience with Nukanti's bilingualism program in Risaralda

Theodora Stankova2 Comments

After a month of volunteering with Nukanti in La Celia, a village in Colombia's beautiful coffee region, I'm going at full speed with the bilingualism project and I'm starting to feel grounded with the community. I can hardly walk around without being stopped every few metres. Students always want to say “Hi” and the younger ones like to run after me, asking me to translate various Spanish words in English. Up and down the main street, a stream of “Hello”, “Profe”, “Teacher” or “Veronica” follows me all day long. Although I'm not technically a teacher it feels wonderful to be recognized and appreciated.

Youth Conference for Human Rights: Albinism

Sadie KinnairdComment

Admittedly, albinism is something that I have never given much thought to. I was actually quite surprised when I saw it appear as a workshop title amongst other issues during our week in Valencia discussing Human Rights. Yes, I knew what the condition was, I've even met people with the condition before. However, these people I have met... I'd never considered their lives to be much different to my own. Their skin, hair and general appearance was different, but I could never imagine it hindering their daily lives. 

New Year, New Site - built in 24 hours with #Hack4Good

Charlotte JoyceComment

Based in Southampton (UK), Alliants - a technology solutions company driving better customer experiences for the brands they serve. On the weekend of 7-9 February 2014, it hosted the local meeting for #Hack4Good. Over 48 sleepless hours, the team from Alliants collaborated with two nonprofits, Nukanti and a local charity known as Learning through Landscapes, for whom the team designed apps geared towards motivating kids to go outdoors and get away from their screens.

Farewell Colombia

Charlotte JoyceComment

It’s time for me to go. It’s time for me to say good bye. It’s a sad time!

It doesn’t feel like it’s been almost five months since I first saw the mountains of Colombia and the peaks of Cerro Batero and Gobia guarding the lives of all Quinchienos from above. These five months have been busy with learning, exploring and, in the same time, teaching and sharing experiences. It’s a mutual process. Together with the locals we influenced the life of each other in some ways.

Semana Santa

Theodora StankovaComment

Holiday and festive season in Colombia!

Colombians are religious. I knew this before but Semana Santa still surprised me. This life stopped in Quinchia for a week and religious people spent the days celebrating, praying, and perhaps deepening their beliefs. Also, this week the local secondary school celebrated its 50th anniversary. For these two reasons there were lots of things happening in town and Quinchia was energizing.

New Volunteer, Orsolya, Reflects

Charlotte JoyceComment

‘The only risk is that you stay’ – says the slogan of the official travel guide of Colombia. And after two months in this country I’m realising how true it is. I arrived here with knowing not much else but the general stereotypes of this country – the sea, dancing and the FARC. Since then, my view has taken a 180 degree turn. Colombia is so much more! Amazing nature, rich culture and the kindest people in the world – and also so much to be done socially, economically as well as politically.

Quinchia, my home and workplace in the middle of the coffee region of Colombia, offers great coffee, sunshine most of the days and beautiful tracks to climb on the surrounding mountains. But it also has a large displaced population, high unemployment and declining health rates.  Just a few years ago Quinchia was a conflict zone. Now it’s calm and safe but still dealing with the aftermath of the conflict. The conflict is still in the people’s minds and is in their memories although it is not spoken about every day.