by Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 2 February 2014

Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.

Skateistan was founded by Aussie skateboarder Oliver Percovich and it began as a grassroots ‘Sports for Development’ project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and ‘is now an award-winning international NGO with projects in Afghanistan as well as Cambodia.

Skateistan runs one-hour skateboarding lessons every day for boys and girls, back-to-school programs and cultural exchanges.

Via Skateistan