skateistan.

Asheesh Bhalla, a friend of mine from college, is in Afghanistan working on public health care education and a skateboarding school for kids. Awesome? I think so. He’s an advisor for Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first co-ed skateboarding school. According to their site, “50% of the Afghan population is under age 16, 75% under the age of 25. This age group is a community that is largely untouched by international aid programs seeking to foster civil society development.” The school provides free classes to children ages 5 through 17 and aims to include girls and poor urban children in order to promote understanding among a diverse group in a fun, positive environment. Established in 2007, the program is run by Afghan and international volunteers and relies on donations. Please donate here if you have the means. Enjoy the photos below; they demonstrate the value of this project more than I can articulate. And it’s always lovely to see photos of people helping and children smiling. Most photos are of the skating project, but there are several of Asheesh distributing vitamin supplements with other healthcare education workers. All photos by Asheesh Bhalla & Jacob Simkin. xo-m

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2 thoughts on “skateistan.

  1. This is an awesome organization, I think I saw a video about the guy who started this organization on NPR. It was so sweet seeing these kids be able to play outdoors and skateboarding, espescially the little girls!

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