Back in 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich started a revolution in Afghanistan. Roaming the streets with his skateboard, he immediately attracted the attention of children, most of whom spent their time begging on the streets. That’s when he got the idea for his award-winning NGO: ‘Skateistan’.
With many young women in Afghanistan banned to ride bicycles, Skateistan has helped them turn to skateboarding as a form of leisure and empowerment. In fact, these ladies comprise 45% of the organization’s students. The NGO’s educational programs have been so successful that they’ve helped make skateboarding the top sport for women in the country.
Amazed by Skateistan’s efforts, London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson went to Kabul in 2012 to photograph these girls all dressed up in restrictive clothing and skating to their heart’s content. Her photos not only show a group of empowered girls, but also how something as simple as a skateboard can bring happiness to impoverished kids.
You can find out more about Skateistan and the amazing work they do here.
Via This Is Colossal