Asha interviewing her grandfather Maniklal

They speak in Bundeli – here is the translation. Maniklal seems to be in ease with his answers. Regarding “marriage” Asha is saying that he always was the first person in my family who was saying that I have to get marry. But this has now changed as well. Asha: When the skatepark was constructed […]

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#SkaterGirl on #Netflix

I think what we have to do with #SkaterGirl on #Netflix is best described by Sushmita Pathak who did a piece for National Public Radio (npr), India. It’s a clear and complete article in which everyone gets a voice. Good journalistic work – not PR.   Of course we feel it’s fair to say that the Janwaar story […]

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Asha and Kamla Gond

In this interview Asha speaks with her mother about the changes in the behaviour and mindset of her mother over the years. Which obstacles she was facing and what people were telling her when she decided to let her daughter go and live her own life. The interview is in Bundeli, which is very close […]

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Kitchen Garden

The land beside our new skatepark was always meant to become in parts a kitchen garden. We started the project now to be ready to sow the seeds and plant the trees after the first sets in. This will be in the third week of June.  Pappu, our local backbone and Abhishek gathered the information […]

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Corona Awareness Campaign

Thank you Rijul Kataria (Delhi) and Lucy Pepper (Lisbon) for your efforts to make this series of comics become reality in such a short time. This Covid/Corona Awareness Campaign aims to reach the youth of rural India. Anil Kumar and Keshuram made print outs of the posters in Panna and posted them at public places. […]

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Meet the Skateboarding Star From Rural India

Skateboarding became a thing in India in the 2000s. It was, however, confined to cities and centres where people were already ‘in’ on the skateboarding rush. But when a skatepark came to the Indian hinterland of Madhya Pradesh in 2015, it changed things for better, for everyone, and especially for Asha Gond. Today, Asha, who […]

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MLA came to Janwaar

By Asha Gond On June 7, 2021. I had a phone call from Nipendra bhaiya. He said that the MLA of our district wants to meet us. I said ok but I’m not well yet because I had a problem with my stomach. He said OK, then we will come tomorrow morning. They arrived a […]

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#YuvaAage toh #CoronaBhaage

#WhenYouthIsAtTheForefront then #CoronaRunsAway For HINDI click here. Together with Lucy Pepper and Rijul Kataria we’ve pulled together the Covid Awareness Campaign: WhenYouthIsAtTheForefront then #CoronaRunsAway Our target group is the youth in rural India – therefore we’ve chosen comics. You ALL can/should use these comics! They are optimized for mobile screens. Download your package NOW. It’s […]

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TRC_Deck_120

Together with the Decathlon headquarter in Lille, France, and the photographer Matjaž Tančič we developped over the last couple of months the Rural Changemaker’s Skateboarding Decks. We are very, very, very proud and happy!!! A skateboarder would probably say “I am stoked!” 🙂 Thank you Jean-Philippe and your entire team – the boards rock and […]

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Timeline “SKATER GIRL”

Netflix announcement May 13, 2021 – Release on Netflix: June 12, 2021 The “team” below came several times to Janwaar: Manjari Makijani, filmdirector based in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA Emmanuel Pappas, husband of Manjari Makijani and producer Vinati Makijani, sister of Manjari Makijani, based in Mumbai, MH, India The release of the above trailer caused […]

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