latest news & events

Arts & Crafts on Thursdays at DUNK are always filled with fun, laughter and, most of all, CREATIVITY. This week children at our center in Nima demonstrated what they want to be in the future. We hope the industries are ready for theses beautiful bubbly nurses, actresses, and more.

Special thanks to Lisa Gibson for running these sessions!

 

This year’s camp was even bigger and better with over 60 participants from our centers in Nima and Jamestown. Activities included swimming, computer literacy, open forum and tree planting as part of the #earthday celebrations. Thanks to Lincoln Community School for being a huge supporter of DUNK; and a very special shouts to Anita Fraser and her team for us hosting again for the second annual educational camps.

Join the Campaign! Strength-In-Numbers! All donations up to 50$ from April 3rd – April 7th will be doubled by our partner Global Giving! Our goal is to raise 3000$ to complete the basketball court for the development-center for youth in Jamestown. Little-by-Little we can make this happen together! Click the link – Donate – Share among friends & families. 
https://www.globalgiving.org/…/sports-and-education-center…/

 

Click here and donate–> starting April 3rd

The following report will present our findings and results after completing one year of operation. The goal is to measure to what extent we are achieving our goals and objectives, the challenges encountered and find solutions to better fulfill our mandate.

Read about the progres of DUNK! and Download the report.

We thank everyone for the big support and we are sure that:

A WORLD WHERE CHILDREN CAN PLAY – IS  A WORLD WHERE WE ALL WIN!

The Jamestown Angels are ready for their 3rd official game! Our sports program allows these at-risk girls to make positive use of their energy while learning some life values through sports.

 

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Only 3 months into our “Sew your future” program and the young-mothers are already able to make simple skirts, dresses and the symbolic “flower of Hope”. Support their journey as they strive to build a better future for themselves and their babies.

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Starting January 14th DUNK is hosting Youth-leaders & experts from Germany, Zambia, SouthAfrica & Ghana. The event allows the NEXT STEP towards a sustainable transcontinental partnership and best practices shared among organizations.
ADMISSIONS AVAILABLE for Youth-leaders & peer educators of ages 18-25 years. Email info@dunkgrassroots.org or visit

www.future-changers.eu

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The project is meant to be the next step towards a sustainable transcontinental partnership and knowledge transfer between the four partners. Through the two-year cooperation new ideas, varied points of views and different experiences will enrich the capability of the social workers in dealing with young adolescents and supporting them in establishing sustainable perspectives for their own future, personal and professional.
Overall objective is to provide and share tested and successful sport based concepts for every participant of the project. Participants of the project will be 24 young leaders, 6 from each organization, and 8 full time employees, two of each organisation.
Against this background the partnership pursues the following specific objectives:

1. To exchange and share good practice for non-formal education assisting disadvantaged youth in the acquisition of key competencies

2. To improve active participation, social inclusion and equal opportunities of the target group by enhancing their communication, social and civic competencies

3. To show good-practice models on how to impart key competencies relevant for the employability of the target group

4. To increase participation of marginalised/disadvantaged youth in lifelong learning by providing attractive programmes that meet their specific social, emotional, cultural and intellectual needs

5. To stimulate a spirit of initiative, fairness, collective thing and fair play within the target group contributing to non-violence, solidarity and mutual respect

6. To improve the professional level of trainers educators working with the target group through transnational encounters and professional exchanges with colleagues from partner countries

7. To improve quality and impact of education programmes with disadvantaged participants through transnational cooperation and future joint programmes

To achieve these objectives the project focuses on strengthening the pedagogues’ capability in dealing with the described target group. During 4 Transnational Workshops (TWSs) the project partners share and exchange their specific approaches and concepts for the target group, including their own methodology and didactics.
The TWSs will be hosted each time by another partner in order to provide authentic insights into the daily work of the partner allowing to fully understand it´s methodology and didactics. Every partner commits itself to provide best planned and prepared workshops for the consortium.

The change to a previous situation will be multi-dimensional. On one side the personal development of participating youth workers will enrich their variety of methods in dealing with socially underprivileged youth. On the other side the participating youth are supposed to be role models in their communities and through their intercultural and working experiences during the two-year project work as representatives of local youth. This project can contribute to a better understanding of social workers what socially underprivileged youth need and how they can be approached in a professional but also youth-oriented way. We hope that this project can help all participants to bridge the gap between youth workers and adolescents and achieve a harmonic working atmosphere between them.

In Jamestown where 40% of girls between ages of 14-16 years have engaged in unhealthy sexual practices, DUNK intervenes using sports as a hook to guide these at-risk girls to be assertive and self resilient while focusing on education.
We are proud to announce our first all-girls team – Jamestown Angels.

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First photo-shoot with our oldest boys basketball team. This is just the beginning of the:

JAMESTOWN BRAVEHEARTS

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This year the Global Goals for Sustainable Development come into effect to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.
We believe if we are to achieve the Global Goals by 2030 we must start by empowering girls and women. We Commit to empower girls & women with free entrepreneurship skills and educational support to raise awareness on sustainable development goals. Get involve @ info@dunkgrassroots.org #SDG‘s #WomenWin #Empoweringwomen #DUNK2016 #dunkgrassrooots2011
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Leadership
We believe the children can influence change in their community.
Teamwork
In any collective sport, players have to work hand in hand to achieve a common goal. The victory depends on the effort of all.
Commitment
Players have to commit themselves to train on specific days & make sacrifices for the benefit of the team.
Respect
Coming from different backgrounds, we learn how to respect individual differences as well as respect the rules established by the team.
Self-esteem
We are teaching the kids to trust in themselves, to stand up for what they believe and resist peer pressure.