Friday, May 1, 2015

Skateistan

I have always wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard. I wanted to be one of those cool girls wearing Vans and walking with around school with a skateboard under my arm and then rolling home.

Sadly thanks to my total lack of balance, I never succeeded at learning. Maybe one day.

In Afghanistan girls are not allowed to ride bikes, but they are allowed to ride skateboards. So when Australian skateboarder named Oliver Percovich visited Kabul in 2007 he was surprised at how popular his skateboard was with the local kids and how many kids wanted him to teach them how to skate. This trip would lead Oliver to founding the non-profit organization: "Skateistan."

The purpose of Skateistan is "to use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential change." This program helps to provide access to education to youth who might not have access to it. The focus is on girls and children who work. The program helps to develop leadership skills and opportunities. It also help build friendships and trust.



Although Skateistan started in Afghanistan, programs have been started in Cambodia and South Africa, too. 

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