It is a good game when everybody wins.
"I feel very enthusiastic and very happy training Capoeira"
- Pancho, child at Orphanage Casa Hogar Adonai
Capoeira was an art form used to free slaves in Brazil after the 16th century. In modern times low self esteem, social skills and physical inactivity enslave children to an invisible cage. In a program of two classes a week with the best local instructor, children were introduced to this ancient Brazilian activity which includes martial arts, music and body tricks.
To complement capoeira, children were driven into the city to take sewing classes with the goal of eventually being self sufficient in making their own clothes or sports uniforms, and have a skill to give them more options in the future.
"The children's attention span is short, I spend much of the class correcting basic manners" -Cruz, Sewing instructor.
With instructors like Cruz making up for parental guidance, these kids have a greater chance of success. Even if the learning objectives take longer to be accomplished.
Nobody said it would be easy, but it is worth it.
Orphanage Casa Hogar Adonai has been a source of love and shelter for local boys and girls for over 10 years in the outskirts of Chihuahua, Mexico. Luis and Cecy are the loving parents of 30-40 children who attend school regularly and are quite active physically- some boys even play American football on a local team!
Children and youth aged 6-18
Capoeira and Sewing classes