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Our Programmes

I feel capoeira is like a ‘room of Peace’, you have freedom, friends, sisters. You release
all the bad energy and return happy to your house when you finish the class.
— 15 year old Syrian girl, Za'atari camp

Psychosocial Support

Capoeira al-Shababi delivers ongoing sessions of capoeira for psychosocial support to groups of children for about 3-6 months. These sessions develop life skills, encourage safe spaces and heal stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

Using activities targeting body awareness, expression, creativity, live music, and much more, the children grow in confidence, sociability, tolerance and happiness.

We prioritise project that run for a minimum of 3 months, as it is necessary to develop trust and dialogue to create the positive changes in children’s behaviour and increase social cohesion within their communities.


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Irbid, Sareeh host community

Capoeira al-Shababi delivers psychosocial support and capoeira sessions to around 50 Syrian and Jordanian children in LWF’s community centre in Irbid, Sareeh, a vulnerable host community in the North of Jordan.

6 youth coaches are also being trained in psychosocial support through our ToT project here, in order to ensure long-term care for the community’s youth. This ensures the scalability and sustainability of care for Za’atari’s refugee youth.

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Capoeira al-Shababi provides capoeira PSS activities to Syrian children in LWF's Peace Oasis. This project targets both boys and girls aged between 9 and 19. Our experienced Capoeira Trainers develop the children's life skills and conduct activities that are healing. 

6 youth coaches who have graduated from our ToT programme are now independently running capoeira sessions for around 100 children in Za’atari camp, giving psychosocial support and life skills.

Before I was upset and annoyed. I felt I had negative energy inside me, I was lost, I did not know where to go. I tried writing, but it did not help. Capoeira helped me.
— Female Coach, Za'atari refugee camp
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za'atari camp, makani center, D8

Capoeira al-Shababi conducted capoeira sessions for girls and boys aged 12-16 in Relief International's center in Za'atari refugee Camp. The boys developed their physical abilities and body awareness, learning key life skills of communication and confidence through these activities.

“I used to have a short temper with my friends, anything they would say I would explode, I would just turn against them, but now I am more relaxed.” Female Student


Hashemi Shamali, Amman

As part of Collateral Repair Project’s After-school Club, Capoeira al-Shababi works with around 50 Syrian, Iraqi, Yemeni and Sudanese refugee children who live in East Amman. The children are aged between 8 and 12 years old.

Twice a week these children are given movement, music and play activities that foster well being and social cohesion among the community.

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Noor al-Hussein Foundation

Noor al-Hussein’s Institute for Family Health in Sweileh, Amman, provides a variety of services such as counselling, physiotherapy and basic health to the refugee and host community.

Capoeira al-Shababi delivered capoeira sessions to their Syrian, Jordanian and Yemeni refugees, to support their mental health service provision. 30 children aged 11-17 years old received training in communication, problem-solving and leadership skills through capoeira.

In capoeira mind and body work in synchrony. It feels like your mind expands. This feeling comes from the group when people complete one another.
— Male Coach, Za'atari refugee camp
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Training of Trainers

Capoeira al-Shababi prioritises building the capacity and sustainability of our programs among the local community in Jordan. That is why we focus on Training of Trainers (TOTs) who will learn how to use capoeira as a tool for psychosocial support and wellbeing for children, youth and beyond. We believe that local role models and community support is the best way to achieve and sustain our mission to create spaces for psychological healing, community networks and developing life skills among children and youth.

Our TOT programme enables local members of the community to conduct capoeira PSS activities of their own. Capoeira al-Shababi trains young adults in Capoeira, as well as class and PSS activity management, Child Protection, data management and referrals. This exponentially increases our impact in local communities, as well as increasing local empowerment and sustainability of our projects.

Capoeira session with boys 14-18 in Relief International's Makani Center, Za'atari refugee camp.

Capoeira session with boys 14-18 in Relief International's Makani Center, Za'atari refugee camp.


we also provide

  • Capoeira demonstrations, workshops and 'fun days' for kids, adults, teachers, and field staff - Capoeira demonstrations can be a fun, interactive component of events and workshops for humanitarian workers and others.

  • Staff workshops for team-building - Capoeira al-Shababi have experience using activities to build trust, teamwork, expression and mindfulness that is useful for all kinds of work.

  • Training workshops for Psychosocial Support - Capoeira al-Shababi can provide an active and hands-on training for field workers and teachers dealing with children and youth who would like to increase their capacity to provide psychosocial support through recreational activities.

If you are interested in any of these activities, please get in touch!