Empowering girls with skateboarding

Skateistan is an award-winning international non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Oliver Percovich, to empower children in Kabul, Afghanistan through skateboarding & education programs. Skateistan operates in Cambodia and South Africa, as well as multiple locations in Afghanistan. Skateistan’s innovative programs combine creative, arts-based education with the fun and freedom of skateboarding, giving children the opportunities to become leaders for a better world.

About Skateistan:

  • 2,700+ active students, including 175 children with disabilities
  • 5 locations
  • 150+ students have re-entered the national school curriculum after joining Skateistan’s programs
Mazar-e-Sharif, in Northern Afghanistan, is Skateistan’s third Skate School. Opened in 2013, it is the largest of the five locations Skateistan has built, with a weekly capacity of 1,200 students. Programs in Mazar-e-Sharif include: Back-to-School (for out of school children), Skate and Create (combining skateboarding with creative education), Youth Leadership (for older students) and Dropping In (extra sports and activities).

About Maza-e-Sharif Skate School:

  • 900+ active students (without COVID-19: 1,200+)
  • 43% girls
  • 10 ethnicities represented in student body
  • 97% from low income backgrounds
  • 77 students with disabilities
  • 22 jobs for local people

Our commitment to Skateistan

This project is part of an ongoing and unrestricted funding commitment to Skateistan. We have sealed a formal 3-year partnership committing to support the NGO with $300,000 from 2019 until 2021. We have raised $810,000+ since 2014 to fund Skateistan's projects.