Going Back To School in Afghanistan

Skateistan x Jean-Michel Basquiat    

With Jean-Michel BASQUIAT

Skateistan is an international award-winning NGO based in Berlin, Germany. The organization was created in 2009 when its founder, Oliver Percovich, traveled to Afghanistan with three skateboards. Noticing an obvious lack of opportunities within a disfavored Afghan youth, Percovich began using skateboarding as a means to engage them and build a spirit of community. Skateistan built its first skate school a few months later, using skateboarding and education as a catalyst to drive positive social change. These two elements became the core of Skateistan’s mission to empower children living in underprivileged circumstances.

Further to its cause, the organization developed and implemented 4 educational programs designed to build skills and confidence within children. Conceived as a cycle, the older students eventually become role models to the younger ones, ensuring long term positive change within the community and a brighter future for themselves.

Skateistan currently runs skate schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa, and benefits the lives of over 2500 children – 51% of these children are girls.

We have donated $50,000+ in support of Skateistan’s Back-To-School program in Kabul and Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Kabul, AF
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Artist Collaboration
“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child. I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day” Jean-Michel BASQUIAT
Our Partner
“The Louis Vuitton Foundation's support has been paramount to achieve our fundraising objective in 2018.” The Skateroom

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