FOUR - SKATEISTAN: A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS WHEEL DESIGNED BY LANCE MOUNTAIN WILL GO TO SKATEISTAN TO HELP THEM EMPOWER AND EDUCATE THE YOUTH IN AFGHANISTAN & WORLDWIDE THROUGH SKATEBOARDING.
SKATEISTAN BENEFIT EDITIONS
CLASSIC - 99DU - 53MM
Interview with Hamdullah Hamdard
Skateistan Teacher/ Communications Officer
Video by Skateistan’s Hamdullah Hamdard
How did you get involved with Skateistan? How old were you when you first started?
I joined Skateistan in 2009 when I was 17, when my cousin told me there is a school that teaches public schools subjects, and besides that they teach arts and sport. It also provided transport alongside studies so I joined Skateistan because I thought it would be super helpful to improve my art skills. When I joined Skateistan, the area and the skills inside of it had a type of attack effect on my heart and I was in love with Skateistan, and that’s why I am still here to learn and share.
How long have you been working with Skateistan? What was it that got you interested in working and helping out Skateistan?
I start working with Skateistan in mid-2013 when I completed my contract with a local TV network. It was my love and respect in my heart for Skateistan. I was also thinking of my knowledge and experiences to learn and share. When I came to Skateistan’s door I was faced with hugs and love from my friends and teachers. That’s why I am a member of this lovely family.
What initially got you interested in filming and making videos for Skateistan?
Well it’s my dream and passion to be a big part of the media community and show the beauty of this world - not always news about war. That’s why I am studying journalism and making movies to show how lucky we are that we have a world full of hearts not bombs.
Hamdullah in his element Photo: Chad Foreman
During the filming of this project you had a couple other things going on, what we’re some of the trips and activities you had going on during the project?
Well filming is a part of the job, and besides that there are many other tasks running during the working hours like teaching media skills to kids and youth leaders, communicating with media, facilitating visits, photography and some other things. But I am never doing this alone - I have best friends and colleagues who are always working shoulder to shoulder with me in my job. During the project I also had a trip to Sweden for the United Nations United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) Youth Leadership Camp. It was a bit challenging because I was away from the office which made my to-do list on a pretty tight schedule, but it was a nice opportunity for me to learn and share knowledge between 23 countries and have an awesome time with my new friends from a couple of different countries. Now I am very happy that I came back to my country with new skills and some new education and I hope this helps more young leaders who are joining workshops with me.
What sort of things have changed in your life since starting with Skateistan?
Love, respect and never giving up - these are things I found at Skateistan and they helped me to change my life because every day I get up with a strong moral and knowledge that I am serving youth and building both their future and my own.
Do you have long term goals or aspirations you hope to achieve through your work?
My goal is to work hard and be a part of international reporters for media and also be a good film-maker to show how beautiful this world is.
What is your favorite thing about getting to work with the youth through skateboarding?
Their smiles and happiness is one of those things that pushes me to work, as well as giving more smiles to many others.