Foundation for Women Executive Director Deborah Lindholm was on hand at Elwa Skateboard Academy in Monrovia, Liberia on International Go Skate Day to celebrate the amazing progress of program participants. Check out their amazing progress over the past few months going from their flat, basketball court learning area to the open road. Skateboarding in Liberia is providing a fun new focus for kids, building camaraderie between students and introducing a much needed additional mode of transport. From the confident slaloms to the skateboard handstand, some of them look like they've been skating for years already!
–For 60 Helmets Donation
By Omari Jackson for The Daily Observer, Monrovia, Liberia. Read the full article online.
The ELWA Academy Skateboard Club yesterday expressed appreciation to the Tony Hawk Foundation for the donation of 60 helmets to help build interest in the sport. The helmets were presented to the club by the founder and chief executive officer of Foundation for Women, Deborah Lindholm, yesterday during skateboard training at the school’s campus in Monrovia.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Foundation for Women Monrovia, Liberia
I have been back “home” here in Liberia for a week now – and am wondering why I ever leave… Every time I return, I immediately step back into the love of this West African nation; despite the challenging circumstances, love is everywhere. Oretha greets me each morning as I complete my workout in the gym. Karpo and Etta and Claire and Louisa welcome me to breakfast – and James makes my regular scrambled eggs with cheese and tomorrow. Korto and Seema and Princess and Chris and their front desk team offer warm “Good Morning Deborah!” wishes as I leave the RLJ Kendeja – and greet driver Calvin. I regularly tell Calvin that he needs to clone himself as “I need a Calvin in Liberia and a Calvin in America!”
The greeting on the Foundation for Women office door here reads, “WELCOME HOME DEBORAH!! ALWAYS FABULOUS TO HAVE YOU HERE!!!” Love.
Friday, June 2, 2017 Monrovia, Liberia
It has been too long since I have contributed to this blog. For so many unbelievable reasons… Tonight I must write as I am a witness to the political reality in America and its reverberating affect here in Africa. The US, my country of birth but perhaps no longer my country of choice, has joined Syria and Nicaragua in not supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. My heart is broken. I have known my entire life that we are indeed “one human family” – that we are all connected and that we all need each other. The geopolitical boundaries are just that – geopolitical boundaries – not human family boundaries.
A donation of $60 brings another child into the Elwa Academy Skateboarding Club. Help us spread the word about bringing joy to kids who have grown up in the context of poverty, war and even Ebola. This program is incentivizing education for nearly 100 kids now. Help us reach our goal of 500!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 La Jolla, CA
I have not posted a blog for some time. The last four years have been filled with one surprise after another – and I have written my way through them all.
On this Spring Equinox and new beginning in the northern hemisphere, here is a link to a trilogy of books – from the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012 to now. These writings are a deeply personal sharing of my choice to choose gratitude and complete trust. May they contribute to the highest good of all beings…
Thanks to Sector 9 Skateboards, The Tony Hawk Foundation, Awesome Without Borders, Missionlines and individual donors like you, skateboarding has come to Liberia for the first time! Join us in a quick visit to Elwa Academy Skateboard Club to see the kids in their first few days.
Excerpted from The Daily Observer Read the full article online
The ELWA Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia yesterday launched the ELWA Academy Skateboard Club with 72 students from the lower and upper classes. According to the club’s director, Pastor Arthur T. Williams, the launch is meant to offer the students a different form of recreation as “all work without play makes Jack a dull boy.”
“We selected students from the lower and upper classes,” Director Williams said, “to become members of the club. In fact we were interested in students who showed interest in the sport.”
Helping the students with materials for the sport is the non-for-profit organization, Foundation for Women, whose founder and chief executive officer, Madam Deborah Lindholm, donated 18 helmets and 18 skateboards to the club.
We are thrilled to announce that we are the winners of a grant from Awesome Without Borders. The funds are bringing much needed joy to Liberian children - many of whom have known nothing but warfare and Ebola.
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With not much more than a board and four wheels, this nonprofit is skating into Liberia.
On a recent trip to Liberia, Foundation for Women Founder and CEO Deborah Lindholm happened to bring a couple of skateboards along. Lindholm’s foundation is dedicated to supporting women in poverty, and she’s always on the lookout for unexpected, entrepreneurial ideas — and soon enough, she was on a roll with skateboards. Lindholm’s skateboards brought smiles to everyone she encountered. And in a nation devastated by a recent Ebola outbreak and brutal civil war, smiles are sometimes in short supply. Thrilled at the unexpected popularity of the skateboards, Lindholm made it her mission to bring some new fun to Liberia with the simplicity of a board and four wheels.
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.