Prestigious portraitist Jessica Fulford-Dobson took a series of photos of girls in Afghanistan at a facility run by SKATEISTAN, a non-profit organization, which uses skateboarding as a tool for education and empowerment.
Jessica armed with her camera is our modern hero, who goes to places where nobody thinks to set foot, and bring us the winds of hope in Humanity. How touching it is to see those girls learning and, above all, playing?
Through Jessica’s lens we learned about SKATEISTAN which started as a small skateboarding school in Kabul, and now also educates children, teaches leadership and cultural awareness. Afghan girls can’t ride a bike but can ride a skateboard! According to the photographer, “It is here that for a few hours a week they are able to have some semblance of a childhood in a place that is detached from the war and their working life on the streets.”
Skateboarding engages youths because all children deserve the right to play. With those ideas in mind, and in the hope that the skills they learn through skateboarding will be transferable to the wider society SKATEISTAN is changing the scenario for afghan girls. Over 50% of the students are street working children and 40% are girls.