HOW EVERYTHING STARTED
Concrete Jungle Foundation (CJF) is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission: to build skatepark facilities for the youth in underserved communities. But don’t be fooled, skateboarding is so much more than a fun pastime. By providing children with free access to skateparks, the activity of skateboarding is a powerful vehicle to improving self-esteem; promoting a healthy, active lifestyle; and building positive community relationships.
News of CJF arrived at our office in 2016 when Clement Taquet joined our team as the manager of Incas Expert Travel. He had previously spent 3-months volunteering in Trujillo, Peru, and the experience inspired him to cofound CJF with his friend Harry Gerrard. Their mission resonated with our entire team, so partnering with CJF to complete their first skatepark project in Peru was a natural fit.
About Trujillo Skateboard Project
Concrete Jungle Foundation chose Alto Trujillo as the site for their first skatepark. To get to this impoverished neighborhood of Trujillo, you must follow the streets leading away from the city’s plaza de armas and venture to the outskirts where many families survive on incomes far less than Peru’s minimum wage of 850 soles (about 250 US dollars) per month. Life here is tough and further compounded by the scarcity of clean running water and reliable electricity.
Clement and Harry, worked alongside the residents of Alto Trujillo as volunteers and observed firsthand the hardships that families face on a daily basis. For children, a concrete football court cracked with age was their only outlet for outdoor fun and CJF wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to fill this void in a big and educational way.
The Alto Trujillo Skatepark was built on the grounds of the public school Colegio Simon Lozano Garcia. This decision was an important part of CJF’s holistic approach for making lives of children in Alto Trujillo better by using the loving culture of skateboarding as a motivating tool to improve school attendance of this primary and secondary school’s 450 students. Only students who show up for class are allowed the use the skatepark facility, which is a strict policy enforced by school staff.
Incas Expert Travel is proud to partner with CJF and make Alto Trujillo Skatepark possible. Fundraising, volunteer support, and construction expertise were made possible by CJF to build the Alto Trujillo Skatepark, and then the nonprofit coordinated with the director of Colegio Simon Lozano Garcia to establish policies to regulate use, safety, and general upkeep of the skatepark.
For ongoing volunteer opportunities at the Alto Trujillo Skatepark, check out SKIP - Supporting Kids in Peru