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 | Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is now an International non-profit charity | They work with youth ages 5-18 | Over 50% of our students are streetworking children | Nearly 40% of our students are girls | Their mission is to use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment, in a place it hasn’t existed before, giving young people a voice, and giving local people agency to shape projects according to need | “Skateboarding as a tool for empowerment.” progressive. equality. respect. trust. meritocratic. practicality. creativity. playfulness. humanity | 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.