With the help of Make Life Skate Life, an NGO that helps build concrete skate parks around the world, young Ethiopians have built themselves the country's first skate park, in Addis Ababa.
There is a small but growing community of skaters in Ethiopia. There are 150 members of collective Ethiopia Skate. Before, skaterboarders used a parking lot in Sarbet, but would have to compete with those playing soccer and parked taxis. There were also issues with street bullies.
Skateboarders of all ages can borrow equipment for free at the new skate park or take their boards to be fixed.
Local crowds gather to watch the team skate. "Ethiopians are very easy people, they are not scared at all," says local skater Yared Aya.
The crew skate across trucks, cars and other high structures in their neighborhood to practice their jumps.
Young skaters hang out outside the new Addis skate park. The local community in Addis Ababa learned from and worked alongside a team of over 60 volunteers from over 20 countries to build the park.
Local kids helped with the construction.
Ethiopia Skate was co-founded by American photographer Sean Stromsoe and local skater Abenezer Temesgen, but has since become a community effort.
Local kids try out new tricks. The park reportedly pulls in kids from more privileged backgrounds as well as those from less well-off neighborhoods.
Yared Aya was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Ethiopia with his family in 2013. He grew up skateboarding and brought his passion back to his homeland. "Africa has really grown and developed and I want to see it change even more in the future. I want more kids to be involved in skate," he says.