Skateistan Cambodia began operations in March 2011, building the country's first skatepark in Phnom Penh. Since then the NGO has been teaching skateboarding and creative arts classes with marginalized and streetworking Khmer youth six days a week. This sport and educational NGO works with around 300 Cambodian youth (ages 5-18) each week. Half of our students are girls, with most coming from low income backgrounds.
By building a safe and covered Skateistan facility in Phnom Pehn, Skateistan provides year-round opportunities for youth to engage in recreational activities that encourages girls and boys of all backgrounds to build relationships with one another, while increasing their self-confidence and leadership skills. The facility will also have classroom spaces providing creative arts and multimedia activities for the students.
Partnering with local, best-practice NGOs in Cambodia, such as Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE), Friends Intl., and Tiny Toones, Skateistan Cambodia aims to use skateboarding as a tool to create a bridge between at-risk youth and the quality support services already existing in Phnom Penh.
At the beginning of 2019 our new library was completed and introduced to students. Over 100 books were ordered and four computers were set up in this new learning space.
Help us grow this grassroots project and create a safe space for all Cambodian youth to be a part of!