Skateistan is an organization that works to empower children through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. The organization was started in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2007, by and Australian skateboarder named Oliver Percovich. He was visiting Kabul, where decades of war left Afghan children with limited options for recreation, and he noticed teenagers interested in his skateboards. His idea was born, and soon he was looking for donations to get more skateboards to the Afghan youth. Since that time, Skateistan has worked to build skate parks and schools in three countries, and has to date built five centers where children can find a safe community where they can play and learn, free from discrimination and violence.

Watch more about the organization from this NY Times video:

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