Just over a year ago, CWDA forged a partnership with Skateistan, an NGO that uses skateboarding as a tool to empower youth in Cambodia. Since then, every Thursday the girls have been going to Skateistan for half a day to learn new skills and also participate in arts and crafts.
Learning a new and exciting skill such as skateboarding not only increases confidence, but also encourages trust, friendship, leadership, community and social capital.
On International Children’s Day (1st June), the CWDA girls participated in a skateboarding competition organized by Skateistan, held at the Jasmine Valley Resort in Kep. The trip was an ideal opportunity to enhance the girls’ understanding of the environment outside of Phnom Penh and provide them with life experience outside of the city. The competition also encouraged the girls to demonstrate their skateboarding abilities after a year of training with Skateistan.
Despite being in a completely alien environment, the girls were not afraid to show off their skills and take part in the competition, which lasted for 2 ½ hours. There were 17 participants from various different organizations, 8 of whom were from CWDA. All of the girls gave a great performance and the competition was a huge success, whilst CWDA’s very own Srey N. came in 3rd place!
Furthermore, Skateistan have offered 17-year-old Srey N. a voluntary work placement over the forthcoming summer holidays. This is a fantastic opportunity and will provide her with invaluable work experience, responsibility and confidence in teaching skills to others.
Skateboarding means the world to the CWDA girls and they look forward to Thursday’s lessons all week, however without the generous support from our donors, the competition, and skateboarding lessons would not be possible. Donations help pay for transport to and from Skateistan and skateboarding events and also pay for appropriate clothing for sporting activities.
‘Skateistan has helped me become more happy and healthy and makes me strong’ - 17 year old Srey N.
‘Skateboarding gives me new skills and makes me happy’ – 13 year old Malen
To donate money to the girls’ safe shelter at CWDA, please follow this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/safe-shelter-cambodia/ to donate in dollars, or http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/safe-shelter-cambodia/ to donate in pounds sterling.