I created this fundraiser to specially support Skateistan's Kabul Back-to-School program. Back to School teacher salary makes 5363 Euro/year. This includes safe transport for her in Skateistan's vans to and from Skateistan, where she teaches 40 boys and girls 5 days a week.
Skateistan recently sent 38 internally displaced children (IDP's) back-to-school in Kabul (a 95% success rate--there was originally 40 children), many of which were at the top of their classes in their new Afghan public schools. One girl was elected class president, and another was able to enter a grade ahead of where she should have ended up (she entered the 4th grade at 8 years old instead of 9 years old) after attending the Back-to-School program. The program has had a great impact on many children's lives, and it wouldn't be possible without a female instructor.
I first got in touch with Skateistan while working for GPPT from October 2009 to August 2010 in Kabul. In May 2010 I contacted Oliver and met him at Skateistan to see what he was doing there and to see how we could help. The go skateboaring day 2010 was coming up and material for the event got stuck in Germany. we could arrange that all material arrived in time and over 140 boys and girls skateboarded through the streets of Kabul on go skateboarding day 2010.
Having seen what Skateistan is doing for children begging on the streets and looking into therir face while learning or skating at Skateistan was so impressive, that didn't forget about. Having seen the fundraiser of Shinkai Hakimi and Mariam Atash Nawabi both Afghan-American women who have decided to run the 2013 LA marathon to raise money and awareness for Skateistan I had the idea to do the same myself by creating a fundraiser and running the Münster Marthon 2013 for Stkateistan in atleast 3 h 30 min.
Skateistan is a perfect example of what a positive impact a non profit group can do to a country. It's mission is dedication towards education and empowerment of children. This is most crucial and vital in a country like Afghanistan. It achieves its goals by providing educational programs for the re-assimilation of Afghan street children into the school system, and of course through sports. Introducing skateboarding which is a non traditional sport in Afghanistan has created a surge of excitement and support amongst the Afghans and children.
HOW SKATEISTAN WORKS:
Skateboarding has been key in bringing together Afghan youth of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, and the interaction is further built upon through classroom projects and discussion. The students themselves decide what they want to learn, while Skateistan provides them with the resources they need to develop skills and tell their own stories.
Students spend an hour in the skatepark and an hour in the classroom. Lessons include hands-on activities, theatre, art projects, games, photography and discussions encouraging students to think about their world and how to create positive change within it.
Youth (under 26) account for 70 percent of the country’s population, and so the most worthwhile investment that can be made is to provide a space that encourages tolerance, a civil society built on trust despite differences, and opportunities for education. Furthermore, the absolute novelty of the sport means that there aren’t the social norms attached that prevent girls from taking part in other sports.
WHAT Skatistan NEEDS:
Wondering where your donation dollars go? Here is a list of some of the things your donation to Skateistan will provide.
Shipping of skateboards:
Although Skateistan has sponsors for all of our skateboarding and safety equipment, we must ship it into our project countries, which can be quite costly due to limited secure postal options and customs charges. You donations assist us in keeping our skateparks well-stocked with equipment which is then loaned out to children in classes six days a week.
Student art supplies:
Classes at Skateistan are largely creative arts based. Art supplies are needed for every class. Some examples of art supplies used regularly are photo prints, paints, colored pencils, notebooks, paper and craft supplies such as fabrics, glue, tape, and scissors. Costs are approximately $200 USD per month.
We currently need donations for some of the daily maintenance expenses such as cleaning supplies, our electrical and plumbing systems, the upkeep of appliances, repairing and building new skateboard obstacles, and the maintenance of our new climbing wall and multi-sport area. Monthly costs are around 200 USD.
I need your help and support specially to keep Skateistan's Kabul Back-to-School proram by funding the annual sallary of the teacher as already mentioned above.
As a starter I will donate 50 Euro and run the Münster Marathon 2013, another 50 Euro if I will make it in atleast 3 h 30 min and for every minute faster I will donate 10 more Euro. So please if all of you would do the same, donate for the run, donate again for 3:30 and again for every minute faster even more, this will help to raise the 5363 Euro needed.
Many thanks in advance to all of you who hoepfully will support me already during my preparations with feedback and donations to reach the goals for the Münster Marthon 2013 and Skateistans Kabul Back-to.School program