Skate Nepal is a non-profit organisation based in England. Their aim is to spread awareness for the social, creative and cultural benefits of skateboarding to both the younger and older generations of Nepal.
In Europe, North America and in much of the western world, skateboarding has integrated itself as part of the culture, thriving in big urban environments in the world’s major cities. Skateboarding is still at its infancy in Nepal. However, there is a thriving scene of skateboarders in towns such as Chitwan, Pokhara and Kathmandu. Skateboarding receives absolutely no support from the government whatsoever. Due to the lack of support and funding, there is a significant lack of facilities for skateboarding in Nepal. Kathmandu, the national’s capital is still without a skatepark.
Located at the base of the Himalayas, the town of Pokhara is home to Nepal’s only skatepark and skate shop. The park was built and entirely funded by a man named Ram C Koirala, he is arguably Nepal’s first skateboarder. Ram has put his whole being into skateboarding, believing it is a positive expression for the kids of Nepal. This mutual understanding of the positive nature of skateboarding gave way for the inception of Skate Nepal.
Thanks to Ram there is a healthy scene of kids skateboarding in Pokhara with numbers growing as days go by. The internet allows us to watch first class skateboarding at our finger tips and to inspire people around the world to pick up skateboards, there is fresh inspiration on a daily basis which fuels people with enthusiasm to push they’re physical, mental and creative sensibilities as well as developing their social skills – to interact and help push each other to learn new things. All of which stems from a mutual love for skateboarding. A testament to the unity that skateboarding can bring. This is exactly what Skate Nepal aims to nurture.
Thankfully the people of Pokhara have a spot to unleash their creativity. Currently the skatepark takes up a small area in a large space, so our current project aims to extend
the park so that the kids have more variety and space to develop their skills.
Pokhara is an example of just how positive skateboarding is for the community and for the younger generations. Skate Nepal aims to nurture this positivity and spread the power of skateboarding across Nepal.
Money raised from donations will go towards building materials i.e. concrete & machinery plus skilled labourers. It will also go towards running events, competitions and jams for the local skate scene as well shipping product so that they have better access to skateboarding equipment.
Skate Nepal thrives purely off of donation so any donations, no matter how small are valued to the highest degree.