Let It Flow Foundation Ethiopia 2015 trip
Let it flow
In late January, the "World of X Games" brought a select group of skateboarders to Ethiopia to rebuild wells in support of Nyjah Huston's Let It Flow Foundation. Together with Nyjah's mother Kelle, Let It Flow aims to bring flowing, safe water and sanitation to people in need. Not only did the trip to Ethiopia involve well repair, it provided training to the locals to learn to maintain their wells. Here's an inside look at the trip to Africa, featuring Nyjah Huston, Tony Hawk, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki and more. The full show, Being Volume 2, airs at 2 p.m. ET July 11 on ABC.
"It is estimated that there are currently over 800,000 broken wells in the world, this is not okay," says Kelle Huston. "Giving someone the tools and the know how to fix their own wells is priceless." Through Let It Flow, skateboarding has helped repair wells throughout Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Chad.
"It was an inspiring trip filled with hope, laughter, and gnarly skating," said skate veteran Tony Hawk, who joined in on the trip.
Aaron "Jaws" Homoki
"I've never felt such good vibes from humans as I did in Ethiopia," said Aaron "Jaws" Homoki about his experiences in Africa.
Nyjah Huston in Addis Ababa
Not only did the team help repair wells, they traveled to Addis Ababa to build the first permanent halfpipe in the area.
Children in Addis Ababa
Children in Addis Ababa pose for the camera as they eagerly await a skate demo featuring Tony Hawk.
"When properly maintained, a well can last indefinitely. But they require regular maintenance just as a car does. Many wells breakdown simply because they are not properly maintained," says Kelle Huston. Here, Tony Hawk learns proper well maintenance.
Along with projects throughout Africa, Nyjah Huston and the Let It Flow Foundation has traveled to India and Haiti to help repair wells.
The Let It Flow Foundation successfully repairs a well.
The well runs again
Local children bathe their heads in water pumped from the freshly repaired well.
Child on a skateboard
After fixing two water wells which brought clean water to over 500 people, the crew traveled to Addis Ababa, where they teamed up with Israel Dejene of Megabi Skate and California Skateparks to build the first ever permanent halfpipe in the area.
Tony Hawk demo
"There is nothing better than combining the gift of water and the love of skateboarding. Ethiopia was a life-changing experience for the entire Let It Flow and Asphalt Yacht Club crew," says Kelle Huston. Here, Tony Hawk skates the new permanent halfpipe in Addis Ababa.
"I feel honored to be able to go to a place like Ethiopia and help out such positive loving people," said Nyjah Huston. "This was one of the best trips I've ever been on and an amazing life experience." Look for the show to air on the "World of X Games" later this year on ABC.