Allez, Les Bleus!
A visit to Bangalore
Durgha wasn’t allowed to participate in the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam – that was the status when she jumped on the bus with 20 other Janwaar kids in the early morning hours on December 20, 2018. She was too young, the organizers said. The seven year old couldn’t care less. Full of joy and […]
Taking part is what really counts.
After 40 hours on the road the four Rural Changemakers made it to the Jugaad Skateboarding Competition 2018 in Bangalore. Under the lead of Arun, Ramkesh, Kesuram and Brijesh went all alone on this trip. They took the auto from Janwaar to Panna, caught a bus to Jhansi (7 hours) where they boarded the train […]
Janwaar meets Skateistan
From the fields of rural India to the shining city of Nanjing in China
– no, not on a skateboard – but with a skateboard under their arms. Asha and Arun, two of our Janwaar kids, have come a long way. It’s only three and a half years since we opened Janwaar Castle, the first skatepark in […]
A trip abroad to the “other side”
A few weeks ago, I flew to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit my sister. I knew that Skateistan is running a skatepark there – so this was my chance to visit a part of the project which had inspired Ulrike to set up Janwaar Castle. Oliver, the founder of Skateistan, introduced me to Kelly Murray, […]
1200 km From Home
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 […]
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 […]