Happy Holi from Janwaar!

Happy Holi to all of you!!! We celebrate Holi – with the happiest faces! Anil and Anton, our latest guest from Germany. brought plenty of colours from Jhansi, in the morning all kids met at Villa and we started celebrating Holi.So once again Happy Holi to all of us in Janwaar!!!

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Warm clothes for the Elders

Thanks to a donation from Sheila and Martin Sturrup from London, Anil, Pappu Bhaiya and Asha could go to Panna to buy sweaters and blankets for the old ladies of our village. All Elders are very happy!! You can see their happy faces in the photos.

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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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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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Pre-Diwali preparations!

This years all kids are helping together to make their Villa Janwaar look nice again. It needs a new laywer of mud and of course new paint – well done!!! Today they went in the jungle to get the mud! Asha Gond. Anil Kumar, Skater Arun, Ajeet Yadav, Brijendra Yadav, @Shivraj, @Selen …. and all […]

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Passports For our Janwaar Ladies

There is a saying: “If it takes long enough, it will be all right in the end.” After visiting the Satna passport office multiple times Anil was telling me, that yesterday the passports of my mother (Jalta Bai), Kamla Gond (Asha’s mother) and Siya Bai (Ramkesh’s mother) were in the mail!!! Hooray!!!!! They are really […]

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The Kitchen Garden is “on”

This year the rains have reached Janwaar very late – it wasn’t raining until the third week of July. Soon after the first rains, Pappu and Kamla Gond, Asha’s mother, started to sow vegetables and plant trees. We have lemon, papaya, mango and guave trees along the southern end of the garden. Unfortunately the vegetables […]

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We are getting there …

Jalsai Bai (Anil’s and Arun’s mother), Siya Bai (Ramkesh’s and Durgha’s mother) and Kamla Gond (Asha’s mother) have applied for their passports! It took almost two years to get the papers ready, everytime we thought we had made it something new popped up. It’s quite a process to get a birth certficate, to have your […]

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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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