The welcome from the local community
We build structures for skateboarding, we give skateboards and shoes, clothes and various material donated to us by companies and people, we organise (pre-Covid) a festival with music, skate, art, circus, dance that involves hundreds of people. We are very different foreigners compared to those who usually enter Gaza, such as NGO officials or diplomats. Everyone wants to share their experience with us, the enthusiasm is massive and this helps us make everyone understand, even the most distrustful ones and the authorities that, at the end of the day, we are doing something positive for everyone. One of the most beautiful things is that, having actively involved many local people in the project's activities, now many of them dream of becoming skate masters, video makers, but also masons specialised in building skateparks, thanks to the experience they gained by our side.
Skateboarding as a bearer of values
Skateboarding is an activity that was born and lives on the street and, in Gaza, the streets are very busy. Receiving a skate means having a key to access moments of aggregation, people with whom to share experiences and moments of freedom. It is a discipline but, above all, a universal language, gestures, routines, recognizability. All elements that break down the barriers of language, gender and age.