Throughout September, Skateistan's Kabul students created artwork and attended peace workshops in preparation for a festival to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Peace. On September 22nd Skateistan hosted over 400 students, their families, friends, and staff from a variety of Olympic federations and creative organizations, to celebrate the power of sport to unite communities, cultures and people.
On October 11th, two Skateistan staff members, Mariam Shareefy (24) and Madina Saidy (14) gave groundbreaking speeches on the theme of Conflict and Culture at the very first TEDxKabul event. Ten other Skateistan students (5 girls, 5 boys) did a skateboard demo at the event. In October we also were proud to see Benafsha Tasmim, our Education Coordinator since 2010, get a visa to study in the USA. She was granted a Strongheart Fellowship, which will bring her one step closer to her dream of changing the lives of Afghan children and women traumatized by conflict.
Forever in Our Memories
On September 8th, 2012, the lives of a number of young Afghans were lost in Kabul during a tragic and unexpected attack near a military zone frequented by streetworking children. Our team in Kabul and worldwide were extremely sad to learn that Skateistan had lost four well-loved students, volunteers and youth leaders between the ages of 8 and 17.
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