Project site - Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif

great wall of afghanistan at Mazar-e-sharif Skatepark

The Skateistan Mazar-e-Sharif facility is made up of three buildings - the Multi-sports Hall (left), Education Centre (centre) and Skatepark (right).

In the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Skateistan has now opened its new three-part facility: a standalone Skatepark, a Multi-sports Hall, and a prominent three-story Education Centre made out of refurbished shipping containers that have been sourced from within Afghanistan. Upon entry through the front gate, the eye-catching education building takes centre stage, demonstrating that learning is at the heart of all Skateistan activities.

Why Sport Matters for Girls

In a recent newsletter, we featured an interview with Skateistan Cambodia staff member Kov Chansangva (Tin). Tin has been working with Skateistan Cambodia for ten months, and has quickly become an invaluable member of the Skateistan team. Her passion for skateboarding, dance, music, and teaching combined with her can-do attitude and energy make her a fantastic female role model for all the students at Skateistan Cambodia. To our knowledge, Tin was the first Cambodian woman ever to land a kickflip.

While there are numerous barriers to female participation in sport around the world, Tin represents a growing population of female athletes in Cambodia.

Help Keep Skateistan Rolling this Summer!

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.

Celebrating Go Skate Day 2013 in 4 Cities

Every June 21 since 2009, Skateistan celebrates International Go Skateboarding Day, along with millions of other skateboarders around the world. In both Afghanistan and Cambodia, kids and staff have taken to the streets on their skateboards to share their love of skateboarding and common identity with people of all backgrounds.