Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan
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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

by Yasha Wallin, Yasha Wallin

February 13, 2013


Skateistan began as a Kabul-based NGO, and now operates projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan, with a second facility opening in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 2013. Skateistan focuses on reaching out to girls and working children, using skateboarding as a tool for developing leadership opportunities, and building friendship, trust, and social capital among its students. While skateboarding is the initial way to get students involved, Skateistan is then able to provide access to education and platforms for self-expression that help break the cycles of poverty and exclusion.

We are excited to announce that the students here at Skateistan have just created the first skateboards ever made in Afghanistan. They were designed, created, and painted by young Afghan skateboarders. The ten skateboards were the result of our recent cultural exchange program known as Connecting Dots.

 The Connecting Dots project linked the young Lakota (Native American) skateboarders from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota with the Skateistan students in Kabul. Throughout the exchange, the groups—separated by continents and oceans—exchanged key aspects of their national heritage.

Once the students had penned their creations, they learned how to use a jigsaw to cut out their design. At first a number of the students were too quick and eager, disregarding the pre-drawn lines and letting their excitement take hold. But through the resulting edges and their resemblance of waves on water, the students began to learn that patience and attention to detail were the keys to a clean and functional shape.



 

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan