Syria, Damascus

Short profile:

  • Destination:Damascus, Syria
  • Short description:Meaningful leisure activities and pedagogically supervised skateboard workshops
  • Organisation:skate-aid international e.V.
  • Local partner:SOS Children´s Villages Syria
  • Baubeginn:2018

The project

Together with SOS Children's Villages, skate-aid wants to improve the situation of the numerous traumatized children of Damascus. At the skate park, the kids should have the opportunity, in the framework of pedagogically supervised workshops, to let off steam, strengthen their sense of belonging when dealing with others and to overcome traumas.

The park was built in cooperation with SOS Children's Villages Syria in a public square in Quadsaya, a suburb of Damascus. In addition to the kids of SOS Syria, the kids from the school next to the skate park and from the surroundings have access to the skate park too. The skate park is also equipped with a playground and a public green place and thus also serves as a meeting place for all ages.

The kids are offered a meaningful leisure activity beyond categories such as skin color, gender or religious orientation. The boys and girls are introduced to skateboarding by skate-aid volunteers and can regularly participate in skateboarding workshops. skate-aid also provides the necessary skate equipment, such as skateboards, safety gear, helmets and hardware, that the kids can borrow locally.

The project was started by skate-aid e.V. München and at times also supported by skate-aid e.V. Essen. skate-aid international e.V. is carrying out the project since May 2019.