Skateboarding in Uganda is in its infancy. Existing in the country for just over a decade, the scene is growing and evolving by the day with the help of social media, crowd funding and skate-missionaries from the Ugandan Skateboarding Community (USC, sometimes also known as the Uganda Skateboarding Federation).
Through crowd funding, the USC built a DIY skate park in the district of Mukono (clips of which you can see below) and are now trying to do the same in Masaka, a large town that was once devastated by AIDS in the early 90s, creating a lot of orphans, widows and widowers.
Surveys from 2016/2017 show that poverty has risen in the country from 19.7% to 27% living in poverty. That means there are around 10million people in Uganda living below the poverty line.
The USC are supporting the poor and homeless skateboarding communities in Uganda by raising money to build parks, raising awareness and appealing for donations of skateboards and skate gear. Since stumbling across the USC’s Instagram and Facebook pages, I have been captivated by the beautiful photo’s and videos, how young the skaters are and the sheer excitement around the country’s new sport.