Qudsaya skatepark in Syria, built to help heal scars - Skateparks Ep 21

A Damascus suburb once under siege, now has as place for kids to skate.

SOS Children’s Villages Syria and Skate Aid Foundation built a skatepark for the children in Qudsaya. The idea was to give them a place to play, release pent up energy, and begin to heal some of the psychological wounds after years of conflict in the area. Qudsaya was hit bad by the Syrian conflict. Most residents in Qudsaya left their homes for almost a year to escape the daily bombings in the city. When security started to improve in 2016, families returned and new people moved in. However, most of the children in Qudsaya still have no after school activities and no places to play except the destroyed buildings and the streets.

Qudsaya skatepark officially opened on 15 July 2019. The skatepark was built in an abandoned park surrounded by buildings where many displaced families live and close to a public school with more than 2,000 students.

And all this was made possible by Skate Aid Foundation, a German non-governmental organisation that empowers young people through stakeboard projects around the globe. For the Syria project they raised more than €88,000 through an online crowd funding campaign. A voluntary construction team of eight people from different nationalities came to Syria to build the park in coordination with the team from SOS Children’s Villages Syria.

From the moment the volunteers arrived in Qudsaya, many children volunteered to help the construction team. They also asked many questions, the most common being: how can we get skateboards? Skate Aid Foundation responded by promising to ship dozens of skateboards to Syria and volunteers will teach them how to skate. Want to help out with some material? Contact them today.

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