Skateboarding provides a valuable platform of expression, creativity and self-development for children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Using skateboarding as a tool for youth development, young people are able to have fun and engage positively with one another.

Skateistan runs skateboard lessons for girls and boys each day, with peer skate instructors and student volunteers leading the instruction of students. All skateboard lessons are paired with a 1-hour Arts-Based Education workshop to further build on the confidence and friendships realized in the skatepark.

The novelty of skateboarding in both Afghanistan and Cambodia is hugely successful at engaging with youth of all backgrounds, and appeals particularly to girls, who are often socially excluded from participating in traditional sports like football.

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.

Skateistan Cambodia Kep Skate Jam 2013

Srey Pich doesn't mess around.

Last weekend Skateistan Cambodia packed up 11 girls and 7 boys, all our staff, plus a whole car full of speakers, luggage, DJ equipment, and enough boards and gear for everyone and made the trek down to the coastal town of Kep to skate a now-infamous bowl in the middle of the Cambodian Jungle.

This was the second of what we hope to be annual Skateistan competitions at Jasmine Valley Eco Resort, and we were blown away by the amount that everyone has progressed since this time last year.

Opening our 2nd Facility in Afghanistan!

​In 2007 the Skateistan project began in the streets of Kabul, introducing skateboarding to girls and boys in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, Skateistan has offered skateboarding lessons paired with educational programs to thousands of Afghan children. On May 23, Skateistan will open the doors of its second facility in Afghanistan, giving up to 1000 children in Mazar-e-Sharif the chance to play and learn in a state-of-the-art sport and education facility, nearly three times the size of Skateistan Kabul.

Making Afghanistan's 1st Skateboards

Noorzai smooths out his skateboard deck

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.

Navid Returns to Skateistan

We were all very happy to welcome back our longtime student Navid (4th from right). He was in our Kabul skatepark last week skating with his friends for the 1st time since September 8, when he was injured in a tragic suicide attack. It's great to see Navid back on his board!

Skateistan at TEDxKabul 2012

On Thursday October 11th 2012 the first ever TEDx event was organised in Kabul, Afghanistan. The day long event, hosted by the French Cultural Center, included speakers from a large range of social, cultural and entrepreneurial projects across the country.

During the morning and lunchtime breaks Skateistan was invited to give a skateboarding demonstration. Ten of our students and skateboard instructors came along to showcase their skills.

Skateistan Cambodia Facility Officially Opens

For over a year, Skateistan Cambodia has held mobile sessions in Phnom Penh, travelling around the city to skate with our partner NGOs or in public areas. We have been working towards opening a space of our own where we can include more children and provide a higher quality of programming for some time now. We have finally done it, and our new facility is officially open!

Help Skateistan Cambodia Build its Skatepark

Some ramps for the new Cambodia skatepark on the move!

Donate to your favorite ramp and give the gift of skating to girls and boys in Phnom Penh!

Skateistan Cambodia is building a new skatepark in Phnom Penh to be able to reach more kids and expand its programming. We now have a location for our very own skatepark and a roof is being built, but we need your support to fund the construction of the skateboard ramps.

Simply pick your favorite ramp and make a small donation of €1 or more here! We have four different ramps that we need donations to finish: kicker ramps, a quarterpipe, a pyramid fun box and a bank.

So far the Skateistan Cambodia project has been teaching in the streets of Phnom Penh and at other NGO locations. Now we want to provide a safe, covered skatepark facility that Cambodian youth of all backgrounds can use, rain or shine. The facility will not only allow youth of all backgrounds to come together, but classroom spaces will let us provide education, training workshops and more to our students!