Girls’ Video Exchange Class

We have recently begun a video exchange class connecting Skateistan students across two countries; Cambodia and Afghanistan. The girls attending our Kabul project on Tuesday afternoons are connecting with girls of Skateistan Cambodia on a weekly basis via Skype video sessions.

Both countries involved in the project are gifted with a rich cultural heritage, which has been threatened by decades of war. Since the purpose of the exchange is to share and celebrate the different aspects of both cultures, the students are not just learning about another culture but also their own as well by delving deeper into what it means to be Afghan or Cambodian.

The exchange began with the students discussing answers to questions such as: interests, hobbies, daily lives and skateboarding skills. Afterwards, students from each Skateistan project were able exchange personal experiences within their country.

The students discussed custom, culture, population, climate, geography and products of each other’s countries. As the class went on they started to discuss more of the social issues that are present in their countries, such as percentage of working women and female inequality.

The girls in Cambodia and Afghanistan have found the exchange uplifting and exciting, giving the students a sense of pride in their cultural identity;

“We are happy to share about what exists in Cambodian culture including food, clothes, dancing, greeting, resorts, as well as the other things since the girls there could not see these things directly, but through pictures, they could understand and know what we have here.” – Skateistan Cambodia’s female students

Skateistan Kabul's 3 year anniversary

Afghan girls and boys over look the climbing demostration
Afghan girls and boys over look the climbing demonstration

On December 15th 2012 Skateistan’s community of students, families, staff, and
 friends came together to celebrate and share the success stories of the past three years of the Skateistan Park in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The crowd of over 300 people was presented with milk and cookies upon their arrival at the facility in Kabul, to enjoy as they made their way through to the main hall of Skateistan. They were greeted with an exhibition of the students’ art work, and accompanying the students’ pieces was a gallery of photographs selected to explore the creative process and celebrate three years of arts education at Skateistan.

Skateistan Book Available Worldwide!

Skateistan girls in Kabul celebrate the release of our first book.
"The Skateistan book covers the entire project in words and pictures. It's a beautiful production and will elevate any bookshelf, and it's a perfect gift for the skateboarder that has everything."- Tony Hawk Foundation

We're very happy to announce that our 320 page color book, Skateistan – The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan, is now available to buy on Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France, and Amazon US, with shipping available to destinations worldwide.

100% of profits will go to Skateistan's programming for youth in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Consider buying our book as a gift for loved ones who want to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Huge Thanks to NYMMT for Continued Support

Despite major setbacks this year, the New York Morelia Marathon Team (NYMMT) has come through for the second year in a row with a substantial donation for Skateistan. In the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the city of New York deemed it necessary to cancel the New York Marathon for the first time in 40 years. The NYMMT did not let this hold them back, and nevertheless managed to raise a remarkable  €8,072 ($10,417) on behalf of Skateistan. This donation comes at a really great time for Skateistan, as we just ran our first ever fundraising campaign, “Keep Skateistan Rolling.”

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Keep Skateistan Rolling Thank you

 

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters for showing so much support for Skateistan during our first ever fundraising drive. After just one week of fundraising Skateistan has managed to raise more than $9730USD. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken the time to donate, share, promote, and show their love for Skateistan. Every little bit helps to  keep Skateistan rolling, and give our students the gifts of skateboarding, creative arts, and personal empowerment.

We hope you enjoyed the series of seven videos that we released during the week, and that you learned some new things about Skateistan and our operations. We are going to keep all of the video stories on our website until the end of December, and our Crowdrise fundraising page will be active until then aswell. That means there is still time to get involved in the Keep Skateistan Rolling drive, and become one of the many people who share our vision of bringing children together through skateboarding!

If you would like to hold a fundraiser for Skateistan by collecting donations at a holiday party, or having a donation made to Skateistan instead of gifts, please feel free to email info@skateistan.org for more information.

To say thank you to our donors, we will be sending out e-cards December 10th to the e-mail address provided with a $10+ donation, and prize photos on December 11th to the postal address provided with the $20+ donation.  

A big thank you again to everyone who participated so far and already made this drive a huge success!

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