A new chapter in Janwaar

To create a social impact with sport is part of Decathlon’s philosopy. We’ve been enjoying a very funny and healthy relationship with the oxelo team in Bangalore and Lille over the last 1.5 years on various occasions. Our common journey started when their entire team reached Janwaar in November 2016 for our first skateboarding competition. […]

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Shameless Photos

It’s been three years since a skatepark was built in an obscure village in central India. Or, if one actually made the long-yet-picturesque trip to Janwaar in Madhya Pradesh, in the middle of nowhere. The facility, called Janwaar Castle, has raised a new generation of rural changemakers, who have left an impression on the rest […]

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Why skateboarding?

Many people ask me why skateboarding? Why not any other sport? What they want to ask is actually can only skateboarding trigger the kind of change we are witnessing in Janwaar or would any other sport do the same? I am tempted to say only skateboarding can. And here is why: Skateboarding culture is very […]

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Pappu and his sandbox

It’s been almost three months Pappu has been working on the playgrounds in Janwaar. Actually, it’s been nine months Pappu has started to create and build various elements in the village. The tree house library was his first shot. A small balcony kind of place in between the branches of a Banyan tree where the […]

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A trip abroad to the “other side”

This year in September/October we’ve taken three young skateboarder from Janwaar and Kovalam, India, to Europe. Ramkesh, 10 years old, Arun 14 years old – both from Janwaar, and Sujin 16 yeras old from Kovalam. We’ve spent five and a half weeks touring Germany, Belgium, France and Spain. Our goal was to interact with the […]

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Ulrike @TEDx : “Finding my own way!”

Early in November 2017 Ulrike, the founder of Janwar Castle and The Rural Changemakers gave a TEDx talk at TEDxWomenFlanders. Her talk is abut how the Internet and the open processes at its core have helped her to live her life and achieve things which she never thought of being capable to achieve. Looking back […]

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Pappu’s journey

Pappu is the latest member of our team in Janwaar, and he definitely is a true rural changemaker. 13 months ago, he quit his job as a bartender at Ken River Lodge. He had no idea where his next meals would come from. Today, he is working hard to design a playground and restore a […]

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Cross Country Biking, Janwaar

The beauty of Madhya Pradesh you find off the main roads into the furthest villages. The small villages. The beautiful hidden lakes. The big and small farmlands with such a variety of crops growing all year long. And finally, the vast vast barren lands that touch the horizon. Yesterday, I was on such a route […]

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Janwaar Comic Power

In November we had a “Comic Workshop” in Janwaar. Sharad and a colleague from World Comics India were with us. First the kids learned what comics are all about. Then they created their own stories and brought drawings and words together …. it was great to see them “work” and getting their stories out. Our […]

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