From the NorthEast

Yesterday I received an email from Bidhan Acharya, a motorbiker from the Northeast of India. He connected with me via our homepage, asking for a homestay. I passed him on to the kids in the village and I never heard back – until yesterday. Yesterday I found this in my inbox:  “So I went to […]

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The Girls Rocked the Championships

If there is one BIG EVENT every year for the kids, it’s certainly the Indian Skateboarding Championships. This year it took place in Chandigarh, Punjab. Nine of the Janwaar kids qualifed on Amdhya Pradesh state level – five boys and four girls. As usual we extended the team and we invited 14 kids for the […]

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OMG! Yeh Mera India

Next week OMG! Yeh Mera India will shoot in Janwaar. They did an interview with me ahead of the shoot, it was recorded in Luz de Tavira, Portugal, where I am currently. Thank you Michael Sauer, Leading Interactive, for helping out and recording the interview. Here is a slightly polished transcript. OMG! Yeh Mera India […]

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The Barefoot Skateboarders

I wanted to do this for a long time – now it’s finally done: A collection of all the photos we have of our Barefoot Skateboarders in Janwaar. I am sure there are more kids in the village who are skateboarding, we just haven’t captured each and everyone of them on a picture yet – […]

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Asha just received another award

The Divisional President of National Sports Uplift Council, Mr. Yusuf Baig, held a ceremony to honour the athletes of Panna district in late August. It was on the occasion of Major Dhyan Chandra Ji’s birthday and the National Youth Day. Asha was invited. She went there with Kalpana, Anil and her mother. She wanted to […]

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Seglal – Sachin’s father

Sachin, one of our Janwaar kids, is healed from skin TB. After suffering for many years Sachin can now live a happy life. And he does! His healing had also a very positive impact on his father, Seglal. He basically stopped drinking and became more serious with and in his work and even more responsible […]

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The champs are back in town!

After two weeks on the road and more than 3000 km later the champs are back in Janwaar – decorated with five medals from the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam! The parents prepared some nice flowers for their kids … ! Nice to have them all back for the new year !

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Stop over in Dharambhandha

On their way back from the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam our 31 kids made a stop over in Dharambhandha, Orissa, where we‘ve built a skatepark earlier this year. This skatepark is inside a police campus and is meant to connect the locals and the police. The location is inside the Red Belt of India. […]

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They did it again!

30 champions were in Vishakhapatnam at the Indian Skateboarding Championships – and five won medals! 2 x gold 1 x silver 2 x bronze And the girls have taken the lead! Asha and Kalpna (far left) won gold in their age groups, Dilasha (middle) won bronze! Vinay (second left) made it to silver in the […]

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MP State Trials

Now things become more official – skateboarding has become Olympic 🙂 Now the RSFI – Roller Skating Federation of India – has become an important role for the skateboarders in India. Under the RSFI (= national level) there are now on state level qualifiers. And these qualifiers were in Janwaar last week. The qualification was […]

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