We become official skateboarders!
Girls, not Brides! November 5th was a big day for Asha – she gave her first public talk in English. We’ve been practising for days and when finally D-day was here; she got a bit nervous 🙂 We were invited to speak at the conference “Changing the Game: Sports for Gender Equity and Ending Child […]
What skateboarding can do!
Last year 21 of our Janwaar kids participated in the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam, Tamil Nadu. We were very successful and won many medals. This year these championships become even more important as they are a qualifier for international competitions and even the Olympics, where skateboarding will be for the very first time an […]
A few days ago, Clara from the The Skateroom, which financed parts of our new skatepark, asked us for some quotes. She wanted to know what kind of impact skateboarding has in the village and in the lives of our kids. Here are some of the quotes we got: Jagprasad and Jalsa Bai (Arun’s and […]
A surprise at Decathlon
Gaëtan Depecker, a social work student from Belgium, HoGent, asked us to answer a few questions on skateboarding and social change in India. He is doing a little research about how skateboarding can promote gender equality for his bachelor thesis. He wanted answers from the organisation itself and from one of our skateboarders. Anil took […]
The Red Square
Last week the kids who are in Delhi for our Open School Project – Asha, Arun and Ajeet – went to Decathlon Noida to pick up some new skateboards and decks! When they reached the skateboarding section at the store they were completely surprised to see “their” story in pictures surrounding the mini space they […]
Asha in China
I think it was three years ago when my phone rang. On the other end was Smit Pamar. He introduced himself with the words: “Madam, I am now in the position to talk to you. I’ve become Superintendent Police (SP) and I want to build a skatepark in one of the villages in my district. […]
Allez, Les Bleus!
Asha represented India at the World Skateboarding Championships in Nanjing, China in 2018. It was her second trip abroad. More about the World Championships you can read here and here. Josh Friedberg, the director of Skateboarding at World Skate did an interview with her!
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 […]
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 […]