Re-thinking what a school could be!

In Janwaar we radically rethink the idea of a “school”. Many of us agree that the existing education system doesn’t meet the needs and knowing that good teachers won’t stay for long in such a remote area – we decided to make our Janwaar kids fit to run their own school. Together with Prakriti school […]

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Skatepark Stories

The Tony Hawk Foundation is embarking on a new initiative to seek out stories from skatepark communities. They want to hear how skateboarding has affected the life of young skateboarders in a meaningful way and posted three questions: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SKATEBOARDING? HOW HAVE SKATEPARKS OR SKATEBOARDING CHANGED YOUR LIFE? WHAT IS […]

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Fragile. Fearless. Free.

Durgha is one of our youngest girl-skaters. The other kids gave her the nickname “kukera” – which means chicken. They say it’s a funny name – all I can see is that Durgha doesn’t like it. And she makes this very clear. She chases anyone who teases her with this name. That’s one of her […]

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The Green Hub was here

In May 2018 I was invited to participate in The Green Hub Festival at University of Tezpur, Assam. We arrived close to midnight at the campus after a 4-hour-drive from Guwahati. And it was amazing. I immediately fell in love with this place – it was still lively, the students roamed around on bicycles – […]

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It’s done! The Rural Changemakers e.V.

Last month we registered The Rural Changemakers e.V. – Verein zur Förderung der Jugend-, Erziehungs- und Entwicklungshilfe – in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the Verein is to raise funds for our activities in Janwaar. This is our official stamp: Andreas Schulten, Axel Pfennigschmidt and myself form the management team. Astrid Ramge, Volker Schönbühler, Kirsten […]

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A new skatepark in Protovillage

It’s a little more than three years that the skatepark in Janwaar “came into life”. What unfolded in Janwaar is quite remarkable and we can tell some nice stories of change. The community of the kids – we call them The RuralChangemakers – is vibrant and more and more they are coming out of their […]

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TEDxBillabong Bhopal

In April 2018 I gave another TEDxTalk in Bhopal. This time I was focussing on what we, as an NGO, do differently. And I made three essential points: First, everything we do we do WITH the community, not FOR them. We don’t pre-define programs. We don’t define any kind of outcome – which doesn’t mean […]

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Building music instruments

In March Priscilla, Nora and Antonia from the Tara Trust in Goa came to Janwaar. In our homestays they lived and worked with us for two weeks. Their mission was to build music instruments with the kids! In early morning and evening sessions they brought together various groups of kids who were all deeply engaged […]

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A new chapter in Janwaar

To create a social impact with sport is part of Decathlon’s philosopy. We’ve been enjoying a very funny and healthy relationship with the oxelo team in Bangalore and Lille over the last 1.5 years on various occasions. Our common journey started when their entire team reached Janwaar in November 2016 for our first skateboarding competition. […]

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