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The first East African skatepark constructed

June 17, 2009

One night this week I stumbled into Yann Gross’s beautiful shots from Kitintale, Uganda, where the kids have crafted the first (and only?) skatepark in East Africa. As Yann’s writeup says: “With no assistance from government or large NGO’s, kids from Uganda took significant steps to overcome boredom and poverty through skateboarding. Built from the bottom up, the grassroots construction of the first skatepark engenders a sense of pride and empowerment in the community of Kitintale…By learning how to skate, the kids developed a sense of belonging to a community and realized a dream. Skateboarding keeps the youth busy and combats the developement of negative habits.”

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