What happens when you teach a street child to skateboard? Instantaneously, you see joy, curiosity, and inspiration. As they become more involved, you see increasing levels of energy, confidence, positive risk-taking behaviors, creativity, self-expression, companionship, and so much more. When you teach a street child to skateboard, behind their big smiles, you see hope and enormous potential.
Currently 600,000 children live and work on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are physically, mentally, and emotionally mistreated by mainstream society. The current services that are being offered by existing NGOs in Bangladesh are very basic and most schools will not grant them admission because they are “working children”. BSKA is “reaching the unreachable” by offering children that are at-risk of never attending school more creative opportunities that will help nurture their desire to learn. Outlets provided by BSKA such as skateboarding, art, and music give the children we serve the confidence to overcome life's obstacles, unleash their latent dreams, and realize their potential.
Our skateboarding programs allow street children in Bangladesh to build their confidence and reconnect with their communities in a positive way
We connect children with schools they have easy access to, stay in touch with their teachers, and provide any school fees, uniforms, and supplies to ensure their success.
Being successful in school and having enough energy to engage in organized sports requires proper nutrition. We provide hot meals for our kids, and groceries for those whose families are faced with extreme poverty.
Our mentorship programs provide the support and education needed for our kids to cease repeated drug abuse of extremely harmful inhalants. Our sports programs keep our kids active and healthy.
Throughout our years working with street children, we have witnessed the powerful effect of art on the focus, calmness, confidence, and creative expression of our kids.
We offer life saving medical treatment whenever we find any of our kids in desperate situations. Even while waiting to see a doctor, we keep our BSKA kids mentally stimulated and surrounded by people who care in order to instill a positive attitude no matter what life throws at them.
Check out our BSKA Documentary "Latent Dream" - Created by Aysha Monica and her team at Facecard Productions in Bangladesh
We are a nonprofit organization focused on providing educational, sports, and creative arts opportunities for the marginalized children of Bangladesh.
Whether you are a teacher, skateboarder, artist, musician, environmentalist, media professional, Yoga instructor, or just an awesome human being, BSKA has a place for you to get involved and inspire the youth and communities we serve!
Whether you help through skateboarding equipment or monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.