Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters – Kabul 2012 from Skateistan on Vimeo.
Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is now an International non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.
Skateistan aims to always be an innovative social project with quality.
-We work with youth ages 5-18.
-Over 50% of our students are streetworking children.
-Nearly 40% of our students are girls.
From July 8th-14th, as a part of the Summer 2013 “Keep Skateistan Rolling” drive, we will release two new videos which give you a glimpse into the daily lives of the amazing youth we work with at our project sites in Kabul, Afghanistan and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The video stories also give you an idea of how your donations provide new opportunities and enrich the lives of Skateistan’s students, especially the skater girls in Afghanistan and Cambodia.
Through my Eyes – Faranas from Skateistan on Vimeo.
Skateboarding is simply “the hook” for engaging with hard-to-reach young people (ages 5-18). Skateistan’s development aid programs work with growing numbers of marginalized youth through skateboarding, and provide them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs. Skateistan has expanded its activities to include skateboard aid projects and skateparks for Cambodian youth, a grassroots street-level program in Pakistan, and a state-of-the-art learning/skateboarding centre in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.
In Kabul, Skateistan’s participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In our skatepark and classrooms they develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts, exploring topics such as environmental health, culture/traditions, natural resources, and peace. The students themselves decide what they want to learn – we connect them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.
Since Skateistan began in 2007 we’ve found that youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women to lead their communities toward social change and development.
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