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.
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.”
Skateistan would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the New York Morelia Marathon Team (NYMMT) for their continued support of our project. NYMMT was founded in 2006 by a group of students from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Since their 2006 beginnings the team has raised the enormous amount of 80,000 Euros in charity pledges for running marathons, which has gone towards supporting various charities. Skateistan was lucky enough to be chosen as the recipient of their efforts in 2011. The NYMMT donated a staggering €14,000 ($18,514), an extremely significant donation that will go directly towards helping fund operations on the ground at Skateistan project sites. As an NGO operating with a very modest budget, a contribution of this amount can really make a substantial difference for our students and organization. Everyone involved with Skateistan is tremendously appreciative of the support provided by the NYMMT and look forward to working with the team in the future.
We are very excited to share that the four young Skateistan girls injured in the suicide attack this past December have been accepted into a summer program by the medical NGO Solace for the Children, which will be sending them for treatment in the USA for six weeks starting in late May.
Sisters Tamima (12), Fatima (9), Gulmina (8), and their cousin Suhaila (8) will stay with host families in the USA, and receive treatment that is not available in Afghanistan for their injuries. Solace for the Children is a US-based charity that has provided medical and dental care to nearly 150 Afghan children since 2007, and will arrange travel, accomodation, interpreters and medical treatment for all four of the girls. The children will travel in groups of 7-20 and will have a unique immersion experience, along with the treatment donated by medical communities in the US.
Skateistan would like to send a huge thanks to all the people who donated to the Skateistan US PayPal account in December (as well as to Southern Utah University for their support) – together we raised 3000 USD to go towards medical expenses, food and wood/heating for the girls and their large families. A portion of the funds raised will also be used towards organizing passports and visas for the girls, and getting them prepared for their big trip this summer.