Why Sport Matters for Girls


In a recent newsletter, we featured an interview with Skateistan Cambodia staff member Kov Chansangva (Tin). Tin has been working with Skateistan Cambodia for ten months, and has quickly become an invaluable member of the Skateistan team. Her passion for skateboarding, dance, music, and teaching combined with her can-do attitude and energy make her a fantastic female role model for all the students at Skateistan Cambodia. To our knowledge, Tin was the first Cambodian woman ever to land a kickflip.

While there are numerous barriers to female participation in sport around the world, Tin represents a growing population of female athletes in Cambodia.

Help Keep Skateistan Rolling this Summer!



From July 8th-14th, as a part of the Summer 2013 “Keep Skateistan Rolling” drive, we will release two new videos which give you a glimpse into the daily lives of the amazing youth we work with at our project sites in Kabul, Afghanistan and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The video stories also give you an idea of how your donations provide new opportunities and enrich the lives of Skateistan’s students, especially the skater girls in Afghanistan and Cambodia.

Celebrating Go Skate Day 2013 in 4 Cities

Every June 21 since 2009, Skateistan celebrates International Go Skateboarding Day, along with millions of other skateboarders around the world. In both Afghanistan and Cambodia, kids and staff have taken to the streets on their skateboards to share their love of skateboarding and common identity with people of all backgrounds.

Skateistan Break a student production

In spring 2011 Skateistan offered its students a specialized film class. Four of those who chose to sign up didn’t yet realize they had taken the first steps to create the dramatic masterpiece ‘Skateistan Break’ – the first student-produced homage to ‘Prison Break’, possibly ever.

Classes covered a range of fundamental filmmaking techniques, including classical camera techniques, the importance of multiple angles, and how to develop characters and atmosphere through particular shots.
Throughout the 8-week course the students mastered the art of story telling via the medium of film, eventually deciding to create their own film.

From this moment on four students - Sulaiman, Hamdullah, Haroon and Karim embarked on a two year long cinematic adventure. The group developed their plot via storyboards, meticulously planning each scene that would tell the story of 'Skateistan Break'. Once they had finished filming, the team proceeded with the next phase of production – to edit, translate and dub over their film. The product of their journey is 'Skateistan Break', a 10m44s film which is 100% a Skateistan student creation.

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