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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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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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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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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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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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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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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