Skateboarding Toward a Better Future in Afghanistan
There's a place in Afghanistan where kids are learning how to ollie, as well as how to build for their country's future. It's called Skateistan and it was started by aid workers wanting to share their love of skateboarding with Afghan children.
"Skateistan builds on the positive interactions that kids experience through skateboarding and we also build in education," says Sharna Nolan, Skateistan's co-founder. "We expose our students to a whole range of new ideas and new subjects that are typically under-resourced in Afghan regular schooling."
Despite the NGO's foreign aid roots, Skateistan doesn't rely on foreign assistance money. It sells logo-branded products, accepts donations, and partners with private organizations, such as the local telecom company that provides Internet service to Skateistan offices. Also, the organization gets a lot of direction from the Afghan kids they work with. As co-founder Oliver Percovich told Fast Company magazine late last year, "It's really important to be consulting with the people you're working with. It's important to ask people what they want."
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