9/4/14 A young boy stands holding his skateboard during the practice time with Skateistan organisation that teaches children from Troyville skateboarding and other extra murual activities at the David Webster Park in Troyville,east side Johannesburg CBD. Picture:Paballo Thekiso
Powering a generation of adaptive skateboarders

Skateistan x Van Gogh

With Vincent VAN GOGH

Skateistan is the first international development organization to empower children and youth through education and skateboarding, reaching over 2,500 children weekly its four Skate Schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. They aim to create a safe space and provide educational opportunities to vulnerable children, in particular to girls (aiming for 50% female student intake), children from low-income backgrounds (80%) and children living with disabilities (160+).

Skateistan’s goal is to empower children, to equip them with valuable life skills that go beyond the skatepark and classroom, and to give them the opportunity to become leaders for a better world.

Through The Skateroom’s business model, we have raised over $400,000 in funds to support the organization since 2014. This support has also enabled the NGO to engage with a total of 160 children and youth with disabilities in their Skate Schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

The earmarked proceeds from The Skateroom x Van Gogh Museum collection will be dedicated to Skateistan’s project for adaptive skateboarders, which aims to mobilize children with and without intellectual disabilities. A pilot for this project starts in South Africa in summer 2019.


Adaptive Skateboarders
Van Gogh Museum
Johannesburg, ZA
Artist Collaboration
“I keep on making what I can’t do yet in order to learn to be able to do it.” Vincent VAN GOGH
Our Partner
“We honor the spirit of Van Gogh's perseverance and his brother Theo's endless support and pay it forward through this collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum.” The Skateroom

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