Getting Ready for Winter

Thanks to Decathlon Foundation and private donors we were able to provide blankets, warm clothes and shoes to 100 people in the village. We selected 11 elders, men and women who are living alone and 89 children from the poorest families. It was a big day in the village as you can easily see in […]

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A Hackerspace In The Making

(Written by Anil) For my NIOS exams, where I’ve chosen Dater Entry and Computer Studies, I’ve started to explore a new field: hacker spaces. We are planning to open one in Janwaar. Ulrike introduced me to Rajesh Nair in Kuala Lumpur, Ahmedabad, who had visited Janwaar earlier in the year. He is running a program […]

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Villa Janwaar Goes Solar

(Written by Arun) Electricity was always an issue in our Village. Due to no electricity we couldn’t attend our online classes and couldn’t complete the homework because our devices were not charged. The problem is solved now, we solved it because we put the solar panels on the roof. Solar energy does NOT need any […]

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NOW AVAILABLE: Janwaar. Beyond Skateboarding.

We are pretty proud – our new book is NOW available. We just got it from the printer! Janwaar. Beyond Skateboarding. Skate. Educate. Build community. These are the pillars of Janwaar Castle – the greatest skatepark you’ve never heard of. In the small village of Janwaar, India, the skateboard is more than four wheels and […]

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Why a schedule makes sense

Anil is one of our home schoolers who participate in our Open School project. He has been struggling over the past one year to finally make a daily plan for himself whith which he is organising his studies. The plan also includes a wrap-up of the day! Here is what he has wrtten on facebook […]

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A visit from Banda, UP

Ulrike visited Banda, UP, frequently. She was working with farmers there and helped to set uo a Kisan School. During her work she met Raja who runs an NGO close to Banda. Last Sunday he decided to come with his team to Janwaar – his idea is to strat a story of change in his […]

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Asha just received another award

The Divisional President of National Sports Uplift Council, Mr. Yusuf Baig, held a ceremony to honour the athletes of Panna district in late August. It was on the occasion of Major Dhyan Chandra Ji’s birthday and the National Youth Day. Asha was invited. She went there with Kalpana, Anil and her mother. She wanted to […]

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Reverse Mentoring

As we’ve said many times before, Asha has taken the lead in the village when it comes to learning and education. Now even the local government teachers have realized this and have asked Asha to help them in their efforts. We are sure, Asha will show them many new ways of learning …. and proof […]

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A Folk Tale

I am writing this on behalf of Anil, one of our Open School kids. He always wanted to write a story he had heard from his grandfather and father about the lake in Janwaar – and how it has become a little book 🙂 It took some efforts to become a real story and Anil […]

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The Seconds Now Turns First

In this small booklet I tell the story of why Janwaar got its second skatepark and how all happened. It’s illustrated by Nilesh Auti. The book is meant to thank all those who’ve helped us to realize this second park.

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