Skateistan believes that the community-building effects of skateboarding are especially powerful in Afghanistan, which has experienced over 30 years of ongoing conflict and social dislocation. Operating as an Afghan NGO, Skateistan builds trust among youth and develops their confidence, leadership, and life skills. We have two project locations in Afghanistan: Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.

With 68% of the population under the age of 25 (and 50% under the age of 16), it is vital that development efforts in Afghanistan engage with youth immediately. Skateistan works with nearly 400 youth each week, and focuses especially on providing opportunities for Afghan girls and streetworking children.

Citizens of Skateistan: The Educators

In December, we launched the Citizens of Skateistan. Our international community of supporters, skaters, students and staff, who united together to support skateboarding and education around the world. Around 1600 youth come to Skateistan each week, here are the stories of the Educators and Citizens of Skateistan who help make it possible. 

Citizens of Skateistan: Farzad's Story

Skateboarding unites people all over the world, so in honor of that fact, this month's Keep Skateistan Rolling will showcase the faces and stories of the supporters, students, skateboarders and staff who are a part of what we do. As Citizen's of Skateistan, they share a dream of bringing children together through skateboarding and education. Here is Farzad's story...

Skate Girls of Kabul on BBC

Skateistan Skate Girls of Kabul BBC World Service

In 2013 and 2014 British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson visited the Skateistan projects in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. In a video just released by the BBC World Service, she talks to Dan Damon about 'Skate Girls of Kabul'. The first photo ‘Skate Girl’ is shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Watch the video here