It all began in Cuba. Then in Negril, Jamaica and First Nations, Quebec. Since July 2014, we are now in Gulu, Uganda and soon in Agadir, Morocco. Skateboards For Hope thanks all our supporters and skateboard aficionados. Now go skateboarding! ( Let’s try to reach 2000 Likes)


This is a great video of skateboarders just doing their thang! The music is awesome and brings you back to a time when skateboarding was for the cool and rebellious. Skateboards For Hope is always looking for talented skaters to show their style. Reach out to us and meet us in Havana!
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Can an act of kindness of a recylced skateboard translate into hope and stop the cycle of poverty? That is the quest Betty Esperanza is trying to achieve by building sustainable skateboard communities in impoverished territories in Cuba and First Nations.
Watch Betty Esperanza tell her story on TEDxYouth YouTube here: TEDxYouth@Montreal YouTube Video of Betty Esperanza


About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)



Posted: October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized






What`s in a name?.

Cuba Cardboard Challenge- A Global Day of Play

Children of Buena Vista participate in the first global day of play inspired by Caine’s Arcade and Imagination Foundation to foster creativity and entrepreneurship. Check for your city event at

Image  —  Posted: September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Recycle Reuse Revolution

Skaters in Havana built their skate park with recycled materials. All the ramps are metal. Landing is brutal and noisy but the skaters practice taking risks which lead to injuries. The day we shot these photos, Yoan and Hernandez skated for 45 minutes in 40 celcius and fell hard a couple of times. Hernandez even cut his finger on the edge of the metal ramp. The motto shared by these courageous Cubans is “Patina o Muerte”. (Havana, Cuba, September 6, 2012 Photos by Betty Esperanza © 2012)

Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and skeptical young man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinary ideas. First come rejection and suspicion, but also fascination. Fresa y chocolate is the story of a great friendship, that is, a great love between two men, which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. Written by
Diego, a cultivated, apolitical, sceptical young artist living in Havana initiates a friendship with fiercely communist homophobe David with the intention of seducing him. David, knowing this, allows the relationship to build so he can spy on a person he sees as aberrant and dangerous to the communist cause. Despite their conflicting sexualities and political ideologies the two slowly build a relationship out of their differences, proving that camaraderie and friendship can overcome the most divisive superficialities.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío .
Año: 1994
Starring: Jorge  Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz,  Mirta  Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno,Joel Angelino,Marilyn Solaya,Andrés Cortina,Antonio Carmona.

La Habana, 1993.  Dos seres  humanos buscan su verdadera  identidad, David,  estudiante de ciencias sociales en la universidad  de  La Habana,  y Diego, un homoxesual obsesionado de la cultura. El encuentro  entre ambos  da lugar  a  un complejo mundo de relaciones  interpersonales,entre las que se mezclan la amistad y la pasión,que llega a poner en grave riesgo la libertad de ambos.

Ahi na`ma!