Skateistan has recently released Land of Skate, a 13-minute documentary produced by Ghost Digital Cinema and directed by renowned filmmaker Ty Evans. The film explores how skateboarding has emerged as an unlikely tool to change society. Filmed on location in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, it captures breathtaking shots and an often unseen perspective of these countries. The documentary goes behind the doors of Skateistan’s Skate Schools worldwide for the first time and delves deeper into the inspiring stories of Latifa, Ahmed, Soso and Srey Pich who, despite living in difficult circumstances, have found a path to empowerment through skateboarding and education.
Alongside the documentary, Skateistan has launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of raising $100,000 and growing their global community by December 31st. They intend to empower more girls, create safe spaces in new locations, and change the lives of even more children around the world in 2018.
Please watch Land of Skate above, and share and support their campaign today at skateistan.org.
Spitfire Wheels has released a mini-site and video with Walker Ryan for their all new Spitfire X Skateistan Formula Four benefit editions. A portion of the proceeds from this wheel designed by Lance Mountain will go to Skateistan to help them continue to empower and educate youth in Afghanistan & Worldwide through skateboarding.
Skateistan has recently been highlighted as one of 17 humanitarian activist organizations with compelling stories that will be featured in an upcoming United Nations’ social media campaign. The #ShareHumanity campaign calls on the young and connected to raise awareness surrounding some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
Alongside the U.N., Skateistan would like to urge its supporters to take the time to visit the website www.worldhumanitarianday.org and sign up to allow the World Humanitarian Day #ShareHumanity app to post the Skateistan story to their chosen social media feed for six hours starting Wednesday, August 18th.
Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, actor Ashley Judd, British business icon Richard Branson, and tennis star Maria Sharapova have already signed up. Please show your support for Skateistan and use your social media to share the importance of sport and education programs for vulnerable youth in Afghanistan, South Africa, and Cambodia.
Skateistan is proud to announce that they have raised over $33,040, more than 55% of their $60,000 fundraising goal for December! They would like to thank everyone who has participated so far in the Keep Skateistan Rolling drive. Your support means they can continue to provide educational programs and safe spaces for disadvantaged kids to play and learn.
For the first time ever, the girls and boys of Afghanistan now have an outdoor skateboarding plaza to call their own. Thanks to generous support from the German Federal Foreign Office and a number of individual donors – people just like yourselves – Skateistan was recently able to complete the outdoor skate plaza in the courtyard of its Mazar-e-Sharif facility. Officially opened on October 24th, the outdoor space features pathways with skatepark obstacles, an outdoor classroom, trees for shade, grass areas for outdoor sports, gardens and a greenhouse. This is extremely special in Afghanistan, where opportunities to safely skateboard outside have been rare, especially for Skateistan’s female students.
Be the first to have an inside look at the incredible Skateistan school in Mazar-e-Sharif, built in 2013. This facility is truly unique in Afghanistan, where safe spaces for children are exceptionally rare… And a place – just for kids – with skateparks, classrooms, and a climbing wall? Unthinkable. Until now!