Where does my gi go?
Right now, we have two locations the donations are being sent to.
1. Lionheart Initiative
Outside of family structure and strong societal values, which sometimes fall short in highly urbanized modern Africa, there is a deficiency of positive character building organizations and clubs in Africa to give young people access to healthy outlets for frustrations and energies. Be it due to corruption, mass urbanization, social malaise, economic stagnation or oppressive systems, generations of Africans are trapped in a cycle of persistent poverty, hopelessness, drugs and crime, and in some cases religious radicalization.
The Lionheart Initiative creates opportunities for athletes in Africa through sustainable martial arts programs powered by volunteers working to grow mixed martial arts and related sports in Africa.
Hyperfly Athlete, Mahamed Aly, experienced first-hand what life in the favelas is like. For many kids, Jiu Jitsu is one of the few paths for a better life. Training Jiu Jitsu gives them a sense of community and belonging. Through Jiu Jitsu, they may have the opportunity to live, train, or compete beyond their neighborhoods. Many gyms do not have permanent mats, so they train on card board or the floor. Having a gi could allow for some kids to get into Jiu Jitsu - something they may not able to do otherwise.
Living and training in the United States now, Mahamed has supported many different projects back in Brazil. He has built mat spaces, sent financial support, and provided gear.
A portion of the gis are sent to the gyms he supports in Brazil.
Do I have to pay for shipping?
We kindly ask that you take charge of shipping the gis to us. By making a donation you are volunteering to support the foundation and the people that benefit from it. Thank you!
What else can I do?
We are always looking for new opportunities to support other causes in the world. If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you!