Favela Street creates a new generation of role models with the power of street football

WILLEMSTAD – On Saturday May 4, 2019, Favela Street K socialrsou started a two-year social project aimed at social development through sports. Led by Favela Street Foundation founder Rocky Hehakaija and her team, 14 young people will complete the program in July.

By focusing on youth development, they ensure sustainable positive change in the neighborhood. Because they believe in the strength, talent and potential of these young people, they have created a program that supports them towards a positive future. They teach them practical skills, and how they can organize sports activities in their area as a coach. They develop their social (psychological) skills, learn to take responsibility and direct their future, are better able to make conscious and reasonable choices, and are less susceptible to negative influences. They feel like a person and they can do something. In short, a new generation of role models is emerging. This new generation is bringing lasting positive change to the neighborhood.

On Thursday, July 22, young people will organize a special storytelling event at Restaurant de Broeders in Scharloo; Stories favela corso street. Young people have been working on their personal quests and stories for the past 6 months. They did so in collaboration with local inspirations, among other things, during a storytelling camp at the Marriott Beach Resort. This storytelling process is important in shaping their motivations and ambitions.

Roxanne “Rocky” Hhakija, a former Dutch national team player, has gained prominence in women’s soccer in the Netherlands and internationally in the world of street soccer. A serious knee injury ended her career at Orange. Rather than give up, I decided to change course and develop Favela Street. In addition, Rocky is also the winner of the past 21e The season of the popular Dutch TV show “Wie is de Mol?” She donated the profit from this program to her project in Curaçao.

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Created in 2019 as part of the Curaçao government’s emergency program, the project was made possible in part with the support of the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW), the Social Development Sector with the aim of developing the neighborhood. Favela Street Kòrsou also enjoys close cooperation with many neighboring organizations and schools in Curaçao, including Maris Stella VSBO in Montana, Fundashon Un Mihó Opshon, FFK, FDDK and more.

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