Short description:Implementation of pedagogically supervised skateboard workshops, further development into a youth center
Organisationskate-aid international e.V.
Local partnerUganda Skateboard Union
Project period:2010 - now
skate-aid is active in Kampala in the township Kitintale, where about 20,000 people live. Some of the biggest problems in Kitintale are educational poverty, unemployment, HIV, AIDS and drug abuse. Our project partner on site is the Uganda Skateboard Union (USU) who built their own small skate park in 2006. The skate park has now become the meeting place for the township youth and for many of them the Uganda Skateboard Union has become their surrogate family. This proves the project is not just about skateboarding, but also about providing a stable social environment that very few kids and teenagers experience at home. Since 2010 we have been working closely together with our partner. Jackson Mubiru, President of USU, now works full time for the project. He takes care of the skate park, manages the kids, maintains contact with sponsors and visits the schools of the participating children. One of the first measures taken was the renovation of the skate park to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, the USU is regularly supplied with new skateboards, safety gear and helmets. In 2017, the expansion of the skate park was financed by our Christmas donation campaign. The work was completed in fall 2018. As to our goals for the future: in 2019 the park is planned to be expanded again and we hope to develop it into a complete youth center in the near future.
This project was started by the Titus Dittman Foundation and then taken over by the skate-aid e.V. München. skate-aid international e.V. has been implementing the project since May 2019.