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Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project: “Together We Ride, Divided We Fall”

The Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project projects nothing of a simplistic local business idea that’s mingling being tossed around but rather a dream that truly blossomed into something that classifies modern , successful partnerships. There’s a specific reason why the members of the Community choose to highlight this organization with great purpose. Maybe it’s the way Afro-punk has vibrant contributors from all over the world choosing to engage in one big circle of life together pushing for an overall idea of liberated journalism, or we can just really dig an upcoming and going project dedicated to giving Ethiopian kids a joy worth seeking in skateboarding and education.

Words: Brittani ‘Cheeba’ Austin

There are so many different segments that the Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project can offer to young skateboarders in the making around the globe—there are contributors and head distributions in Australia, the United States, South Africa and Ethiopia, of course. Addis Ababa Ethiopia is the origin of it all, however. Recycledfun is another aspect of this skating group that allows people to donate and re-use skating equipment.

Anthony Parise is the United State’s Distribution Head residing in Atlanta, GA for the Recycledfun branch. New York plays an important role as well. In Brooklyn, around the corner from Afro-punk’s office, is ‘Skateworks Brooklyn Studio’ where Sirak Getaohew leads the show. The goal is to educate kids with academics and music mentorship. Getaohew travels to and from Ethiopia and Brooklyn to assist with the main project at hand—giving children a piece of hope by bridging people together through the art of skateboarding. The project is working on constructing a ‘Café’ to feed the children who skate and their families. The ESPP is always seeking help from those willing to do what they can. Visit their blogsite:

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Tags: Ababa, Addis, Africa, Ethiopia, Ethiopian, Park, Project, Skate, Skateboard


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Comment by Oneisha on March 10, 2012 at 11:45pm

Awesome, im happy for them. 

Comment by Chelsea on March 10, 2012 at 3:25am

This is really great!

Comment by Yank on March 9, 2012 at 10:46pm
My dad grew up in Eritrea playing soccer with a ball made out of old socks wrapped around a rock. I wonder how the kids Without the cash will improvise trucks and wheels over time? Might lead to new board sports. Very cool.

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