Building Bridges

For three days the village was packed! We hosted 33 kids from VITS School in Satna and six of their teachers! They all stayed with us in our homestays and at the Villa Janwaar – this made us very happy! The “city kids” wanted to explore a village and of course they wanted to learn […]

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Girls, not Brides! November 5th was a big day for Asha – she gave her first public talk in English. We’ve been practising for days and when finally D-day was here; she got a bit nervous πŸ™‚ We were invited to speak at the conference “Changing the Game: Sports for Gender Equity and Ending Child […]

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It’s teamwork what counts!

To act as a team and to support each other is probably one of the toughest things to learn for our open school kids. The quote: the team is only as good as its weakest team member is very hard for them to put into practice. Since January 2019 the five kids – Asha, Arun, […]

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Barefoot Skateboarders Organization

As an offshot of the The Rural Changemaker e.V., Berlin, Germany, the Barefoot Skateboarders Organization is an independent section 8 company, registered in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It serves the village of Janwaar. It was founded by the youth of Janwaar – two of the young leaders, Asha Gond and Karan Yadav are directors and have […]

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We become official skateboarders!

Last year 21 of our Janwaar kids participated in the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam, Tamil Nadu. We were very successful and won many medals. This year these championships become even more important as they are a qualifier for international competitions and even the Olympics, where skateboarding will be for the very first time an […]

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The Rainbow Dream Camp

Before I start writing about the camp itself and why our girls went there, I want to thank everyone who made this possible. Thanks to all the friends who donated to make this happen – once again, the support came from all over the world! Thank you! The skatepark has changed a lot in Janwaar. […]

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What skateboarding can do!

A few days ago, Clara from the The Skateroom, which financed parts of our new skatepark, asked us for some quotes. She wanted to know what kind of impact skateboarding has in the village and in the lives of our kids. Here are some of the quotes we got: Jagprasad and Jalsa Bai (Arun’s and […]

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Ramkesh in Noida

Last week Ramkesh came to Noida to visit our Open School kids. Arun did an interview with him. On Saturday 21st September I interviewed Ramkesh Adiwashi. Ramkesh lives in my village, Janwaar, in Madhya Pradesh. He was with me when I made a skateboarding tour in Europe. He is a good skateboarder. He came for […]

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Sachin’s newly found freedom

Since 5 years I am now in Janwaar. I only saw little Sachin running around like this: He was always wearing something around his head to protect the open wounds from dirt, he had pain and was restricted in his movements. One day I asked Vicky Roy, a Delhi-based photographer who frequently came to Janwaar, […]

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A study

GaΓ«tan Depecker, a social work student from Belgium, HoGent, asked us to answer a few questions on skateboarding and social change in India. He is doing a little research about how skateboarding can promote gender equality for his bachelor thesis. He wanted answers from the organisation itself and from one of our skateboarders. Anil took […]

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