Skateistan

How charity Skateistan is empowering children through skateboarding.

When Oliver Percovich moved from Australia to Kabul in 2007 he had no idea how much the city would change his life.

In a bid to explore his new surroundings Oliver would skateboard around the city centre. It wasn’t long until the street-working kids started to follow him around asking for rides. That was the lightbulb moment.

In 2008, Oliver founded Skateistan, a grassroots ‘Sport for Development’ project in Kabul. Since then it has won numerous awards and launched around the world. Alice Murray caught up with Oliver to find out more.

Where did the idea for your company come from?
The young girls working on the streets of Kabul. I wanted to connect them to the rest of the world through skateboarding.

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