The main motivation for us as a youth organisation to host this project was the chance for a complex problem-solving. As we are working with youth, we aim to make the lives of the young people better. We often see in our work how young people with dysfunctional backgrounds are suffering from a number of issues. Young people with behaviour disorders or coming from disadvantaged families are often insecure and self-doubting. Therefore, they are at risk of social marginalisation and face increased social barriers.
About 650 thousand people (23%) in Lithuania live below the poverty threshold. The biggest risk to live in poverty is experienced by households with one adult and supported children (41,9%). Obviously, these youngsters need not only financial but emotional and therapeutical support as well. One of the ways to help these troubled youngsters feel more confident is through capoeira.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates game, music and dance. It can be used as a therapeutic activity that brings members of a community closer together. “Combating the Differences” seeks to encourage people to engage with their own cultural heritage and to discover all forms of it around the world.
The project’s aim was to train the youth workers (primarily those who already have experience with physical activities, e.g. dancing), working with youth who have disadvantaged backgrounds to include capoeira therapy sessions in their work with youngsters. Capoeira therapy is superior to other types of therapy in the sense that it develops musical, motoric and social skills all at the same time.