Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan - Skateistan is an non-government funded, non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. Putting all politics, ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds aside, the company strives to use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in young children.
The charity works with many street-working children and young women offering them a chance to develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts. The students themselves decide what they want to learn and the charity connects them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.
To honor the work done by Skateistan, a lovely book has been put together by Jim Fitzpatrick and many guest great contributors, including famous skateboard legend, Stacy Peralta. Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book tells the tale of Skateistan and the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists.
To learn more about Skateistan, to get involved or to buy a book, check out skateistan.org.