For over a year, we’ve covered the development of Skateistan, a non-profit school and skate park that aims to use skateboarding to bring together Afghani kids from different social classes. When the park opened in 2009, it was the first of its kind in Afghanistan.
Last year, Skateistan added climbing to its program, bringing in German engineers and carpenters to construct Kabul’s first rock wall. The idea came from Max Henninger, Skateistan’s deputy director, who told me in an email that climbing naturally fit with the group’s mission.
“Climbing is a sport that encourages trust, partnership, and self-confidence,” Henninger said. “For example, children and youngsters of different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds learn to rely on each other when climbing and belaying.”
Thanks to Skateistan for these photos of staff members climbing indoors and outdoors around Afghanistan. To see more on Skateistan, check out our preview of last year’s Adventure Film Festival, which included a documentary on the organization.
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