Mazar-e-Sharif is Afghanistan’s third largest city, and in a country where poverty is already extreme, the urban poor are becoming poorer. Joining Skateistan is often the first opportunity Afghan girls and boys have to access sport and education, providing an identity beyond their socio-economic status and hope for the future.

In 2013 we opened our second, and biggest, Afghan Skate School in Mazar-e-Sharif. Three times the size of the Kabul Skate School, it features indoor and outdoor skateparks, classrooms and a separate sports hall complete with a climbing wall. Programs are run here, as well as at orphanages and in partnership with local organizations. Students living with disabilities participate in skateboarding, sports and arts-education sessions at the Skate School every week. We provide specific girls-only days, with transportation provided in the Skateistan bus.


Nooria *
Age: 8
Program: Skate and Create
My classmates from the Swedish Committee of Afghanistan came to Skateistan first and they told me about lessons and skateboarding, then I joined them. I do skateboarding and football at Skateistan. I feel brave when I am skateboarding. I love skateboarding and planting the flowers around the garden. My family are happy that I go to Skateistan, as they feel happy when I say about the skills I am learning here. I learned many lessons like life skills and sport. When I grow up I want to be the president of Afghanistan!
$240 can provide two months’ worth of creative supplies, so girls like Nooria can learn through play in Afghanistan.

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