What do you do when your community is filled with over 9000 children who spend the majority of their day wandering the streets? How do you create a space where community members and families from the surrounding informal settlements can get together for fun, recreation, learning, and integration? And most importantly, how do you make sure that this space will empower the youth to learn new skills, mentor younger children and develop youth leadership opportunities allowing them to grow into the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be? You build a skatepark of course!
The Eyethu Skatepark initiative was born from the need to give members of the Hout Bay community and the informal settlements that are part of that community a safe space to come together. With positive development initiatives this skate park will provide after school training programmes that take children off the streets and onto skateboards for an unconventional learning experience.
With the support of the city of Cape Town, the Hout Bay rotary club and Indigo Skate, all the plans are in place for the skatepark to come to life, now all we need are the funds!
We need the public to come together now and donate to our cause. To help us create a Skatepark that will connect, integrate and empower the youth of Hout Bay. With your help, Eyethu could become South Africa’s biggest publicly funded community project. It would also serve as a template for other grassroots initiatives to follow, in their own pursuit of envisioning, funding and creating their own public spaces.
We need YOU to help us change lives through skateboarding by making a donation now.
You can donate on our crowd funding platform https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/eyethu-skatepark-community#/ now – Let’s change some lives together!