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.
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.