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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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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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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Asha’s take on Covid

What do you know about Covid?I know Covid is a very serious disease which is spreading rapidly. Many people are dying because of it on a daily basis. That’s why it is a serious illness. Does anyone in the village has Covid?It is difficult for me to say if anyone in the village has Covid […]

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New waterfilters

Two weeks ago TYPHOID was diagnosed in Janwaar. A few kids had fever and were down with chill. Unfortunately the doctor the first kid went out, prescribed BANNED medicine and this made things even worth. Once we found out, we immediately stopped the medicine and got the right one – yet especially Arun was suffering. […]

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