Shinkai and Mariam Run for Skateistan Los Angeles Marathon 2013 wrote -
Shinkai Hakimi and Mariam Atash Nawabi are both Afghan-American women who have decided to run the 2013 LA marathon to raise money and awareness for Skateistan. Shinkai is a pulmonary/critical care physician in Iowa and Mariam Atash-Nawabi is a lawyer in California. Both women are strong advocats for the education and empowerment of women and children in Afghanistan.
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.
Shinkai and Mariam need your help and support to keep Skatistan running in Afghanistan!
Mission of Skateistan US:
- To foster national and international communication and understanding among local and international cultures,
- to build the confidence, leadership, teamwork, and other life skills of vulnerable target beneficiaries and underserved youth worldwide, and
- to provide safe recreational and educational facilities for such youth.
Purpose of Skateistan US:
Skateistan US is a US nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes. The Skateistan US nonprofit is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Skateistan US currently furthers its purposes by making grants to organizations with missions similar to its own. Skateistan US currently supports operations in Afghanistan carried out by the Skateistan Afghan NGO by providing funding and technical assistance pursuant to a sponsorship agreement. Skateistan US provides oversight of expenditures of its grant funds in Afghanistan to ensure funds are properly used.