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Fight for Peace Global Network partner in Mexico turns four

07/03/2017 – TRASO, one of Fight for Peace’s Global Network partners in Mexico, recently commemorated four years of delivering services in one of Mexico City’s most deprived communities. Founded in February 2013, the organisation began as a platform for helping those in need through a diverse range of ad hoc programmes. It has more recently enhanced its impact on young people through its use of boxing combined with education and personal development.

Being accepted on Fight for Peace’s Global Alumni Programme (GAP) heralded a dramatic change in direction for TRASO. “During our first two years, we became a very active and well recognised local organisation but we were shooting in the dark, we didn’t have a consistent programme which could impact in the lives of the communities and just when we were questioning ourselves about it, Fight for Peace arrived, providing us the opportunity to focus our work and have a concrete impact on the lives of families”, explained TRASO Director Margaret Larrinaga.

The potential that TRASO showed saw the organisation accepted on GAP and, after completing training at the Fight for Peace Rio Academy in early 2015, a new sport for development project called CAPAZ, Campones de la Paz (Peace Champions) was created.

TRASO’s location in the same building as a renowned Mexico City boxing gym, whose owner was a long time supporter of the organisation, facilitated the development of this programme – the boxing gym space becoming the project’s delivery base. The project has grown significantly since its early days and now supports 80 young people with the help of seven dedicated full time members of staff.

CAPAZ empowers young people aged 7 to 11 and their families by combining boxing training with psychological group therapy, citizenship classes, human rights and parenting skills training. For CAPAZ Coordinator, Hector Colin, Fight for Peace’s guidance was a key component in allowing the project to succeed in its aims. “If Fight for Peace had not professionalised us we wouldn’t be here. Being part of the Global Alumni Programme allowed us to focus our strategy, create and implement a new methodology, learn about budgeting and monitoring and build new national and international relationships that today mean we are a strong and sustainable organisation”, said Hector.