Corona precautions in Janwaar
The kids have repaired the hand washing machine at the Villa Janwaar and they`ve built four news ones around the village. The biggest challenge will be to make the villagers understand that they have to wash their hands with soap and that they have to wash their hands frequently ….
Seglal – Sachin’s father
From Jan. 20-55, 2020 I was in Bombay, India at the MIT India Initiative. I was invited to talk about Re-thinking Education. Here is my talk – I hope there is something in it for you! That’s an audio file of my talk. When I went to school I always felt like an outsider.I never […]
Happy New Year!
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 […]
The champs are back in town!
To celebrate the new skatepark and the new year, we had a party at our Villa Janwaar. All the villagers and the kids together made the food and at least 5000 pooris😅. And at the skatepark we cut our New Year’s Cake. Gatherings like these can really help the village to grow as a community. […]
Stop over in Dharambhandha
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 !
They did it again!
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. […]
A hero behind the scenes
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 […]
TicToc – The Handwashing-Machine
Kamla Gond. For me this lady is one of the bravest and strongest women in Janwaar. She is Asha‘s mother. Her trust in Asha and me paved the way for so many things which have happened in Janwaar. She didn’t shy away from being threatened, mistreated and disdained. She somehow felt, that she had to […]
Father and Son
A few weeks I was at Panchgani and someone showed me a video about a “handwashing machine”. I fell in love with it and I showed it to the kids back in Janwaar. Now Brijendra has taken the lead and built on at Villa Janwaar together with the kids. And it seems that they love […]
Another story from a different kind of world. Father and son in the fields around Janwaar. The father was married when he was 12 years old. He was married to the wife of his elder brother when the brother suddenly passed away. Pure economic reasons and to keep the wife out of a life in […]