Ashoka Fellowship Report

Asha and Arun participated for a year in a fellowship program which was organised by Ashoka and The Rainbow Foundation. Now they are invited to give an introduction to the next batch of fellows. Here is what they’ve had to say: Asha My name is Asha Gond, I am 22 years old. I live in […]

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Our Kitchen Garden is Flourishing

It makes me happy when I see our kitchen garden in Janwaar. It’s a real process of cooperation and co-creation. Prem Singh adivsed, Pappu and Kamla Gond made it happen and now the kids are watering the garden. With the harvest we can feed the older, lonely women twice a week. What you see in […]

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Online-School

Since May last year we have regular online sessions for all of our kids – they support their activiies at school but also touch areas which aren’t part of the school curriculum. We have Hindi, spoken ENglish, creative sketching and karate for girls – and skateboarding math. The kids love these sessions and attend regularly […]

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Revival of our Hacker Space

More than a year ago we started with the support of SEEED Studio and David Li in China our hacker space at the Villa Janwaar – but then it somehow lost momentum. Now Anil is re-connected with SEEED and is trying to re-start the initiative. He has written a little report on the activities they’ve […]

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Kids teaching kids

Almost four years ago we’ve started our Open School Project – one part of it is “Kids teaching kids” which is mainly supervised by Asha. Here is her brief report of the activities in this week: We did three activities in this week one with Leaves, second with stones, and third with stick and paper. […]

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Reality Check in Satna

Everything will be good at the end. And if it’s not good, it’s not the end. John Lennon John Lennon’ quote hopefully holds true for our Open School project in Satna. These seven young Janwaar scholars left their village last week with great plans and full of curiosity to start a new learning journey at […]

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Diwali Clean-up

The Villa Janwaar is geting nice again. The “inside” work is mainly done by the older kids themselves, the outside area with the mud work was done by Kamla Gond (Asha’s moher) and Jalsai Bai (Anil’s and Arun’s mother).

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MP Championships

Last weekend the qualifications for the Indian National Skateboarding Championship took place in Janwaar. They were at the same time the Madhya Pradesh Championships. It was a gold rush for the Janwaar kids … From what I heard all the gold medals went to Janwaar, and many silver and bronze medals as well. The young […]

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Diwali Celebrations

As every year Diwali celebrations are a BIG thing. I feel it is nice that the Janwaar kids also celebrate among themselves and not only in heir families. They posted photos of their celbrations on Facebook and then the local media picked up and published the article below. When we saw the article we realized […]

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Shoes, shoes, shoes!

The kids are know as the Barefoot Skateboarders – but over he last 2 months 250 pairs of shoes have arrived in Janwaar. Sport shoes, rain boots, sandals …. They were sponsored from three different sources: the first batch arrived from the WARRIOR Shanghai, Amsterdam, Netherlands. My son Tim has arranged this. The second batch […]

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