Palästina, Bethlehem

Short profile:

  • Destination:Bethlehem, Palestine
  • Short description:Meaningful leisure activities and pedagogically supervised skateboard workshops
  • Organisation:skate-aid e.V. München
  • Local partner:SOS Children´s Villages Bethlehem
  • Project period:2013 - now

The project

skate-aid wants to improve the situation of the traumatized children of Bethlehem together with SOS Children’s Villages. At the skate park, the kids should have the opportunity to let off steam and strengthen their sense of belonging when dealing with others.
The park was built on the outskirts of the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School. This can also ensure the integration of sports activities into a pedagogical framework. While the kids are more interested in skateboarding and physical activity, older teenagers receive special support through social programs and at the same time experience community spirit within the group. 

The SOS Children's Village Bethlehem is located near the historic village of Shepherd's Field in the West Bank. Apart from political instability and the prevailing violence, the area suffers from a high unemployment rate and a high level of poverty. When the skate park was built, the young people actively supported the construction work. As a result, they learned basic crafting techniques and developed a positive relationship with the project right from the start. The project focuses on a close connection between formal and informal education, leisure and sport.

The project was started by skate-aid e.V. München. skate-aid international e.V. has been implementing the project since May 2019.