This story has been floating around on the internet for a while, but it's only now that I have decided to take a look to see what Skateistan is really all about. It caught my attention when I saw pictures of these (what I think we can all agree on) bad ass girls doing their thing on the skateboards.
Skateistan is an international, non-profit organisation which provides skateboarding and educational programming in Cambodia and Afghanistan. Pretty cool right? They began as a grassroots 'Sport for Development' project in Kabul in 2007 and have now won a load of awards for their, frankly awesome, work. They work with ages 5-18, 50% of their students are street working children and 40% are girls. They provide access to education (focusing especially on girls and working children), develop leadership opportunities and build friendship, trust and social capital. All fantastic things. They've recently brought out a book about Skateistan so go check that out if you want to find out more. Also go like their page on Facebook, it'll be a ray of sunshine on your newsfeed between those selfies and passive aggressive statuses. (which gotta be said I do also love.)
I think we'll all have to accept that we'll never be as cool as these girls. Keep on rolling guys.