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Girl Power Skate Club: Exciting project in Ethiopia


Hi guys, we'd like to tell you about this exciting project in Ethiopia called Girl Power Skate Club. It was created by an organization we already told you about: The Ethiopian Skateboard Park project, "a children's development project group devoted to the development of co-educational learning facilities for street children in Ethiopia built around skateboarding", consisting of "a school built around a skateboard park that provides daily English, IT, General trade, Art, Music and Skateboarding classes".
About the Girl Power Skate Club, team member Wosene Haile says: It is "an exciting new addition to the SKATEWORKS Outreach program in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. A program concentrating on the motivational needs of young girls and using the aspirational and confidence building aspects of Skateboarding. Girlpower skate club is headed up by myself, Wosene Haile and I am an Ethiopian woman living in Addis Ababa. Every week we run regular skate clinics throughout the different areas of Addis Ababa. Some of the distinct areas I like to concentrateon is shyness and general confidance. Girls doing sport in Ethiopia has a longhistory and especially in running as we have just seen in the London Olympics, but apart from that they take a supportive role in the home as they grow up andmature in readiness for the work force and marriage. A young girl's upbringing is centered around the home with many duties of Coffee making, going out to buy bread for breakfast in the early morning and houshold chores. The boys do not get off scott free by any means but most of the domestic tasks fall upon the girls.
GIRL POWER SKATE CLUB concentrates on motivating young women and encouraging them to try new things and stretch them selves to their full potential, Girl Power."
The same organization also publishes the first skate magazine in Eastern Africa (see below for free download). Find them at and check their profile on
Download the first issue for free here.

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Comment by SKATEWORKS PROJECT on November 19, 2012 at 6:18pm

Come see our whole project for Ethiopian Street children in our magazine, choc full of pics and information,


Comment by AFROPUNK on November 16, 2012 at 4:28pm

Hello Blaqvenus, you should get in touch with them directly (see websites in the article).


Comment by blaqvenus on November 16, 2012 at 1:50pm

This is amazing! How can I get involved?!

Comment by Tigrrrl on November 15, 2012 at 4:26pm

This is the most exciting and radical project I've seen in years!  This is really reaching the ones who need something so special. These skills will be useful in many domains of the young girls life. I wanna join/donate/help.....Yippee!

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