Skating into Africa

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
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Dear Supporters,

 

Many would agree that 2020 has not been a great year. COVID-19 truly put spanners in the work and changed the way we lived our lives. Whilst some have been more impacted than others, one of those who have struggled with the side effects are today's youths, especially those who have been unable to attend school, and do not have the means to study online. Lockdown and self-isolation was the reality for many, including Zimbabwe which has proven to contribute to poor mental health.

 

For over six months there has been one focus, protecting our physical health from COVID-19 and ensuring that healthcare services can cope during the pandemic. But perhaps it is time that we realise that physical health should not be our only concern; perhaps it is time that we realise the risk and increase of mental illness. Research shows that one of the largest groups which experienced the worst mental health dip so far were young people. Another correlation further indicated that the mental health status of youth got worse for those with lower income. A lot of youth are no longer receiving the support they used to get from teachers and friends at school, coupled with insecure food sources for those living in poverty has contributed to the increase in mental illnesses since the start of the pandemic. Whether or not it will have long-term effects is still something which is not confirmed but it is well known that lack of access to outdoor spaces, crowded households, food insecurity, violence in the home, addiction, social relations and savings are all linked to mental health.

 

Whilst we cannot solve all issues, we must invest in today's youth to ensure that the poor mental health does not live longer than the pandemic in itself. In Zimbabwe we are currently busy supporting youth in learning how to skateboard. Whilst the skateboarding community is eager to bring the sport to the continent, the project serves as a great space to get youth outside their homes, meet new and old friends and to move and be active. It increases their support network and gives them a chance to breathe from the trouble and stress that is caused by COVID-19. We are extremely grateful for this project and our partners on the ground who are doing what they can to support Zimbabwean youth!

 

Whilst covid-19 is a large set-back for the skating community in Zimbabwe, and more importantly the youth development which was going to run alongside it, it is more important than ever to encourage youth to go out, socialise and exercise. Lockdowns and school closures have resulted in poor mental health for youth across the world and science proves that being outside, meeting new and old friends and moving their bodies have positive effects on mental health. Thank you to everyone who has donated to our skater project in Zimbabwe and we hope that you will continue supporting Zimbabwean youth. 

 

Thank you to our Donors, Fundraisers and Supporters! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Skating into Africa

 

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Dear Supporters,

 

The start of 2020 was a busy time for the skateboarding community in Zimbabwe, a small but passionate community which wants to bring skateboarding to Africa, in particular Zimbabwe which currently has not embraced the sport and not utilised it as a developmental tool to connect with youth and educate the community.

 

Over the past quarter, our partners managed to launch Chimanimani Skate Club and register its first 30 full members. The majority of our members are teen and pre-teen aged males. We have expressed our desire to see greater gender balance and an increase in female uptake of the sport. The logo for Chimanimani Skate Club was designed by one of our skateboarding students, aged 17. Another notable youth, aged 21, has been a great spokesperson for the skate club, rallying community members in the district and some of the youth currently displaced in nearby tented settlements ensuring we are utilising local talents! We have also continued to run skate sessions with the youth members of Chimanimani skate club at a town council designated shed near town centre in Chimanimani East District.

 

In early March, prior to covid-19 being recognised in Zimbabwe, one of our skating partners was selected to participate in the Chimanimani Business Exposition, which was scheduled to take place in the end of March at the Chimanimani Hotel. The expo was authorized by the Chimanimani Rural District Council, organized in partnership with the Chimanimani Business Community (CBC) and essentially was a collection of private and non-governmental organizations, showcasing their operations and expertise to an open group of attendees that were set to include members of the local community, local media and representatives from the government of Zimbabwe.

 

In addition, our partners sent out official invites for the Grand Opening of the Chimanimani Hotel Skatepark that was scheduled for the start of May. Amongst the list of distinguished guests invited was the honourable Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry as well as members of the local media. Thus, due to the covid-19 breakdown a decision was made to postpone the event until we know that it is safe to gather in larger groups, hoping that it will not be too delayed!

 

Whilst covid-19 is a large set-back for the skating community in Zimbabwe, and more importantly the youth development which was going to run alongside it, we are not giving up. The team is optimistic and confident that with our clear vision, we will not only recover the lost time but soar to new heights of advancing the sport of skateboarding in Zimbabwe and beyond our borders. We therefore want to thank everyone out there who has donated, fundraised and supported us through 2020 and we hope that you continue to do so as we want to utilise a sport which does not challenge body contact restrictions and provides for outside practise during a time when we are adapting to the covid-19 lifestyle.

 

Thank you to our Donors, Fundraisers and Supporters! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Skating into Africa

 

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Daniel Sitarenios
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