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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Ham & Eggs

ArtBoard HAM ’N’ EGGS by Berlin-based artist Axel Pfennigschmidt Axel is a good friend of mine. He knows my project in India right from the beginning and has been a strong supporter ever since. He was one of the artist in our ARTBOARD / SKATEBOARD campaign which we ran to finance the skatepark. 19 artists […]

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Where passion ends

Abhilasha is 18 years old. She is one of the oldest “kids” we interact with at the skatepark. Abhilasha hardly skateboards but once in a while she is hanging out with us watching what is going on at the park. And she loves it. She and her two younger sister aren’t really allowed to come […]

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Tête-à-tête with Ajay

It was Ajay’s first break from his one-year program “Diploma in Rural Technology” at the Vigyan Ashram in Pabal. After 15 weeks he returned back home for his well-deserved Diwali break. He was happy to be back in Janwaar – and proudly and loudly he announced that he won’t go back to the Ashram. But […]

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Janwaar away from Janwaar

I was on a family holiday with my sisters in France, so I’ve had the chance to join the Rural Changemakers Tour Europe. I met the kids on their 6th day in Europe. I came by bus from Paris to Heidelberg, which was the kids’ first stop, where they stayed at Bea’s place – Bea […]

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Rural Changemakers Tour Europe 2017

Together with Ulrike three skateboarders, two from Janwaar – Arun and Ramkesh – and one from Kovalam, Kerala – Sujin – are currently travelling in Europe. Their goal is to become even better changemakers and empower them to take a lead and guide other kids on their ways. “Why them?” many people are asking me. […]

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