Israel Dejene, Founder, Megabiskate:
"By a village situated in the mountains of Addis Ababa, I saw kids sliding down the asphalt with plastic fixed to the underside of their shoes.
As a passionate skater, this inspired me to bring skating to this particularly tough neighbourhood as a way of empowering kids.
As a result “Love in Action” Megabiskate project was born in my heart.
The community includes boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 19 in the Intoto area of Addis Ababa. Many of the kids are hawking in the city day by day and are slipping through the cracks in the system.
Megabiskate uses skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and to be the potential for change.
We hope to grow a sustainable organization that is recognized locally and globally for changing the lives of youth through skateboarding. "
For more information go to megabiskate.com
Film produced by Across the Pond - atp.tv
A Week in Ethiopia - Africa
Discover Ethiopia and our projects
Film made by Clément Ciuro
Camera : 5D Mark II
Lenses : Canon 24-105 Canon
Editing/Grading : After Effects - DaVinci Resolve
Music : Emancipator - Greenland
On July 23, 2011, nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith was killed in a tragic car accident on highway I-90 near Seattle, Washington. After her death, thousands of people all around the world started donating to her mycharity: water fundraising page, and over the course of a month, raised over $1.2 million in Rachel’s honor. That money is now helping 37,770 people get access to clean water.
It's been exactly a year since the accident. In honor of the anniversary, Rachel’s mom, Samantha, and her grandparents, Richard and Roseanne, visit Ethiopia with charity: water and meet some of the people Rachel helped. We’ve documented the entire day on video so we can share it with all of you.
Video by Jamie Pent - @jazzyjamieleigh
Music by Sleeping at Last - @sleepingatlast
This is a short film I shot while in Ethiopia this summer. It is an attempt to portray some of the poverty and injustice in Africa and provide a window into a world unbeknown to most people.
The world is broken. It breaks my heart seeing all the needs and hurts of this world. However, we are responsible for what we have seen. We need to live everyday in awareness of this fact.
The dump in the film is located in Korah, one of the poorest slum areas in all of Addis. It was once considered the outskirts of the city and was the place where all the outcasts (the sick, lepers, homeless, and unwanted) resided. The women and children who are picking trash sell each bag for roughly 3 burr, which is equivalent to 25 cents. Some of them even live in cardboard houses on the dump. Find more info here: help4korah.blogspot.com/
All the men and women who were weaving in the film were in a leprosy hospital. The hospital was funded by an organization called ALERT. ALERT provides one of the only hospitals in Ethiopia that performs surgery for impairments caused by leprosy. They also help develop skills and provide jobs to those affected by leprosy. These people were making rugs and garments to sell at markets.
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