Afewee is Jamaican patois for ‘It’s for us’. The name conveys the strong community ethos of the charity.
Brixton, where the charity is located, is home to one of the largest and most established Afro-Caribbean communities in the UK and rose to international prominence in 1981 following riots which challenged decades of racism in the UK and led to equal opportunities being enshrined in English law.
Brixton’s history and culture provide the inspiration for Afewee’s mission of community service, equal opportunities and social inclusion. Despite the positive legal changes that resulted from the riots, the challenges of growing up in an inner city environment for the young men and women of the area are as great today as they were in the 70s and 80s. Lack of opportunity and frustration continue to drive youngsters into violence and criminality as they did the charity’s founders when they were young men.
A combined passion for sport and for their community provided the motive force that eventually turned around the lives of the Afewee founders, and it is this same passion which drives them to help today’s youngsters avoid making the mistakes that they made.
Sport teaches young people purposeful action, commitment to the task and team work; and rewards them with the experience of progressive self-mastery. It builds confidence and provides a positive outlet for youthful exuberance. It can literally save lives when it offers an alternative to self-destructive and anti-social activities.
It is also an activity which can offer young people clear career pathways and the chance to radically improve their financial circumstances, as well as those of their family and of the wider community. It allows them to become role models to their peers.