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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Far from the tree

Arun’s involvement with the skatepark started only a while after the skatepark was built. This certinly has to do with the fact that it were the Yadav who dominated the first days of the park. It was surprising to see how he simultaneously developed both at school and at the skatepark where the kids saw […]

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Hi, my name is Ramkesh!

Ramkesh is one of the rural changemakers who is on our Europe trip – he is only 10 years old and he is like a Ninja on the skateboard. His first day in Europe was quite challenging, because he thought he would die because of the food – he simply didn’t like German food. Meanwhile […]

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The Barefoot Skateboarders Tour Europe

The home of the Barefoot Skateboarders is Janwaar Castle – the first skatepark in rural India. Located in the village of Janwaar, it’s become a beacon for change through skateboarding the whole world over. Last November, Janwaar Castle hosted its first Skateboarding Challenge for kids (4-16 years old) from all over India. Arun won the […]

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Ajay’s home away from home : Vigyan Ashram

Ajay graduated from 8th grade this year. He is a very active, smart kit but sitting in a classroom is certainly not his strengths. He missed school quite often, Instead, he preferred to roam around in the village and to hang out with the wrong people. He was easily tempted to chewing tobacco, smoking and […]

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Suman – A flower Blooms In The Guwahati Rains

Suman, a ten-year-old Adivasi girl, was never seen talking to anyone. Many kids at the skatepark didn’t even know her name. They pointed at her and told me that she had started to skateboard. She always looked a bit shabby and lost in this new environment. Nevertheless I felt challenged so I asked her if […]

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1200 km From Home

For 15 days I traveled with seven Janwaar kids 1200 km – more than 100 hours on trains and on the road. We went via Varanasi all the way to Guwahati in Assam. Many people asked how I alone could take care of them and my simple answer was: “At Janwaar Castle kids learn to […]

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Asha in the United Kingdom

By Sylwia Korsak Asha means “hope”. We feel truly privileged to have hosted Asha at our home, here in UK. Since her first day in Oxfordshire, Asha lived up to the meaning of her name: she was open, excited, happy, taking everything in and responding with a smile. She was really resilient to challenges of […]

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