The Skateboarding revolution in Afghanistan
They call themselves Skateistan - I didn't know much about them even after I saw the image above. I saved that image (from theChive.com) because it grabbed me. I'm not much of a Skateboarder myself, I tried when I was 6 yrs old, I fell, a lot, and then my Dad drove over my skateboard in the garage, and even though we fixed it somehow, I took it as a sign that this was not for me... Surfing on the other hand I have also tried - and I like that... although surf boards can be pricy.
Anyway, enough about me. these young girls, yes girls, look to be skating in some place that is very dangerous, (because of the height, not the country) but the key above all is quite simply the smiles.
I can't imagine living in Afghanistan, but I think its safe to presume there's little to cheer about, so an initiative was started, an NGO project targeting children between the ages of 5 and 15. It is a non-profit and independent initiative that has since expanded from Kabul to Cambodia and includes access to education.
The reason for the focus on the girls is simple - Afghanistan is notorious for being one of the worst countries for women to live in. According to their website 40% of students in Skateistan are female, many of them having joined against the wishes of their family, their fathers in particular.
(Former Project Officer)
They receive a number of sponsorships as well as backing from several European embassies and at least one Foreign office.
The Skateistan project was started by Percovich in 2007 after visiting the country early that year (bringing along his skateboards). The NGO has become something of a global affair since then and continues to grow and inspire.
If you're interested to donate to organization, or just want to know more about them, I implore you to visit the website at www.skateistan.org, it's guaranteed to open your eyes. I was privileged enough to see a short documentary on this project... Kids are kids, they want to explore, to play, to learn.
Stories like this remind me that there is hope yet for humanity...