This Berlin-Based NGO Empowers and Educates Youth Through Skateboarding

March 27, 2018 - skateboarding

“I consider skateboarding can be a force for amicable change since skateboarding is an extraordinary approach to harmonize people,” says Oliver Percovich. And while many people competence share this same belief, Percovich truly lives his truth.

In 2007, while on a outing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Percovich beheld how enchanted a internal girl seemed by his elite mode of transportation, i.e. his skateboard. Percovich took a time to speak with those who would rivet with him and eventually satisfied that not usually had many of them never seen a skateboard, though that skateboarding could even be a approach for them to rivet in a whole new slew of amicable interactions and activities over their normal day-to-day lives.

“There [were] no women pushing cars, no women roving bicycles [in Afghanistan], though since skateboarding was so new it was a loophole and there [were] no manners about women not being means to skateboard,” Percovich remembers. “We managed to get a propagandize built with a skatepark. The girls were so ardent about skateboarding, that we couldn’t let them down.” And with that, Skateistan was born.

Skateistan is an award-winning tellurian classification that aims to commission and teach girl by skateboarding. Headquartered in Berlin, Skateistan is helmed by a tiny organisation of ‘citizens’ who work and coordinate with opposite staff all over a universe to work their several facilities. “Working in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa, Skateistan is some-more than only giving kids skateboards or a skatepark, we run programs mixing preparation and skating,” explains Skateistan Communications Manager Hannah Bailey. “Globally, we consider we have over 100 kids vital with disabilities [in a program]. It unequivocally goes to uncover that skateboarding is permitted to everybody,” says Skateistan MEL Manager Lauren Della Marta.


Skateistan’s many new endeavour was their launch eventuality for a new skatepark in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated in a artistic heart of Factory Phnom Pen, a trickery already has over 200 students full with a 500 block scale skatepark, a classroom, library, office, and vast immature space. Being over 5,000 miles divided from a plcae it was indispensable for Percovich and Bailey to be means to promulgate frequently with their group on a belligerent during a launch. Thankfully for Skateistan, there’s Dropbox Paper.

“For a new movement propagandize launch in Cambodia, we used Dropbox Paper and it was a unequivocally profitable tool,” says Bailey. “I was collaborating with a internal staff before we even arrived to classify a one million and one things we indispensable to do to make it a unequivocally successful event. We are perpetually relying on photos and videos to tell a story of what Skateistan is doing. Dropbox allows us to send that calm and to unequivocally move those stories to life.”

With large name cosigns by a likes of Tony Hawk, Jamie Thomas, and Anthrax’s Scott Ian, it seems like others are holding note of a intensity of skateboarding to emanate a certain change. “Creative ideas and artistic appetite are a ways a economy is going to grow in a future,” explains Percovich. “[Skateistan] wouldn’t be probable but all of a people around a universe who have corroborated this totally crazy thought and continue to behind it, permitting it to grow.”

For Bailey, one of a biggest takeaways of Skateistan is a unifying effect. “Everyone’s got their singular story with skateboarding and it’s a same with a countries Skateistan works in and how they’ve taken skateboarding culture, creation it their own,” says Bailey. “That’s what’s so special about it.”

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