Considering the country’s recent political history — not to mention its longstanding social barriers — Skateistan believes that the community-building effects of skateboarding are especially powerful in Afghanistan. Operating as an Afghan NGO, Skateistan builds cross-cultural understanding and develops youth confidence, leadership, and life skills.
With 68% of the population under the age of 25 (and 50% under the age of 16), it is vital that development efforts in Afghanistan engage with youth immediately, especially providing opportunities for young Afghan girls.

Skate Girls of Kabul on BBC

Skateistan Skate Girls of Kabul BBC World Service

In 2013 and 2014 British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson visited the Skateistan projects in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. In a video just released by the BBC World Service, she talks to Dan Damon about 'Skate Girls of Kabul'. The first photo ‘Skate Girl’ is shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Watch the video here


The New Face of Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif

The Climbing wall construction team

Skateistan’s newest project in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan received a huge facelift recently: Afghanistan’s biggest (and newest) rock climbing wall!

 German volunteers and climbing experts Martin Walch, Martina Messner and Elias Hitthaler spent nearly two weeks in Mazar-e-Sharif, overseeing and assisting in the building of the new wall.