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.
The Skateistan facility in Kabul has a three faced, 6x9 meter climbing wall which has proved immensely popular amongst the students and staff at Skateistan. It was built in late 2010 with the volunteer assistance of German carpenters and the participation of our staff from start to finish. The Skateistan climbing wall is the only facility of its kind for youth in Afghanistan.
Teaching trust, teamwork, confidence and problem-solving, climbing fits in perfectly with Skateistan's overall philosophy of trust-building, creativity, and empowerment for Afghan girls and boys.