Skateistan is looking for a new member to join our Berlin-based team.
Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO, and now operates projects in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan focuses on reaching out to girls and working children, using skateboarding as a tool for developing leadership opportunities, and building friendship, trust, and social capital among its students. Across its programs worldwide, Skateistan works with nearly 600 youth each week, and has registered over 2000 students since 2007.
The Founder and President of Peace and Sport, Mr. Joël Bouzou, addressed the Peace and Sport International Forum in November 2012, to speak of the potential for communities to use sport to create social cohesion and lasting sustainable peace. During his speech Mr. Bouzou discussed some of the extremely negative consequences of armed conflict for youth, and praised the efforts of Skateistan to bring skateboarding to youth with few opportunities to play sports at all.
The students here at Skateistan have just created the first skateboards ever made in Afghanistan. They were designed, created, and painted by young Afghan skateboarders! The ten skateboards were the result of our recent cultural exchange program known as Connecting Dots.
The Connecting Dots project linked the young Lakota (Native American) skateboarders from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota with the Skateistan students in Kabul. Throughout the exchange, the groups – separated by continents and oceans – exchanged key aspects of their national heritage.
We are extremely proud to announce that Skateistan has been named in position 85 of the Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs. Skateistan also featured as one of the most promising new NGOs worldwide.