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Closed A skateboardpark for traumatized children in Bethlehem

With constructing a skatepark, skate-aid, SOS Kinderdörfer and Post-/DHL projects are trying to improve the current situation in Bethlehem, West Jordan Land. Coming year the skatepark will be built on the ground of the SOS Hermann-Gmeiner-School.

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Starting on the 1st of June 2014 this porject will be supported by "Golf for Charity" ( The aim is to collect 50.000€ for the construction of a skatepark. Thank you very much!

An instable political situation, everlasting warlike conflicts and lack of perspective are shaping children and adolescents in Bethlehem, West Jordan Land. Many of them had to face, how friends and family have been hurt or even killed. There are only a few places and chances, for children to play unburdened. Resulting, the situation has and will be changed in a cooperation of SOS Kinderdörfer, the german Post/DHL-Projects and skate-aid. All together are enabling the construction of a skatepark, which combines and facilitates something that the children in Bethlehem truly need, namely sportive action, letting of steam and interacting in a group.

The skatepark will be built in 2014. Located on the ground of the SOS-Hermann-Gmeiner-School, the park will facilitate an integration of sportive activities in school education; hereby a pedagogical background is given. Focusing on 10-year-old children, bringing fun and joy to them, the already experienced adolescents rather will be integrated in a supporting program, which for example encourages advanced skateboarding practice and group dynamic projects that foster a community-feeling through sports and movement.
The “SOS-Kinderdorf” is located close by the historical place Shepherd’s Field, where the population still suffers, besides warlike conflicts and instable political situation, under a high unemployment rate and a high poverty. Around 46% of the population is living under the governmental poverty level.

When realising the construction of the skateboard park, adolescents are able to support and help with the construction work, which will facilitate a learning effect regarding insights into handicraft and craftsmanship. Additionally it contributes and increases the positive relation towards the project. Those activities not only support self-confidence, moreover it contributes to their job prospects.
Within the progress of the project, a narrow cross-linkage of informal and formal education, apprenticeship, community-feeling, leisure and sports activities will be established.

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