Interview with Arun

This is the first time Arun, one of our best skateboarders, he participated in the World Championships in Skateboarding in 2018 in Nanjing China, has done an interview in written English! How did you meet Ulrike for the first time?   When I went to the skatepark for the  first time, I met Ulrike. When the  […]

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The Red Square

I think it was three years ago when my phone rang. On the other end was Smit Pamar. He introduced himself with the words: “Madam, I am now in the position to talk to you. I’ve become Superintendent Police (SP) and I want to build a skatepark in one of the villages in my district. […]

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Medical Camp – first step made!

This was long overdue! Finally in early April when the temperatures were still bearable, Dr. Sethi, a retired paediatrician from Gurgaon, and Bharti Batra, chairperson of Prakriti and initiator of the camp, arrived in Janwaar. They brought primary medical care (vitamine E, de-worming medicine, fever, malaria and diarrhea) and educated especially the women how to […]

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Anganwadi is cleaned!

Each village in India has an Anganwadi. It’s a government institution where especially the small malnourished kids get lunch. Since more than two years we provide fruits for the kids – so in addition to the lunch they get a banana, apple, orange, mango – whatever is in season. On average 35 children come there […]

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Asha in China

Asha represented India at the World Skateboarding Championships in Nanjing, China in 2018. It was her second trip abroad. More about the World Championships you can read here and here. Josh Friedberg, the director of Skateboarding at World Skate did an interview with her!

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Happy Holi!

Every year we celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. And every year it’s extreme fun. All the kids from our Open School Project in Delhi came backhome. They brought organic colors – and, as you can see they were used abundantly. No one could escape! At the end we spontaneously decided to go to the […]

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Beach Party

I live in Madla, 35 km away from Janwaar, right next to Ken River. The kids love this place. Last year we had our first beach party – it was such a huge success that the kids were demanding to make it an annual event. And that’s what we did. On March 23, forty kids […]

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A visit from Salt Lake City

In the last week of February Danny Schmidt, a documentary film maker and skateboarder from Salt Lake City, US, came with his friend Zag for a visit. We’ve been talking for more than a year about this – and finally they came. The two of them stayed in Janwaar Village in our homestays and they […]

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The Skateroom

The Skateroom is a social entreprise that supports independent NGO’s through art and skate. They are based in Brussels Belgium. They partner with huge brands, first class international museums and well-known artits from around the world to produce – what I call – ARTBOARDS. Paul McCarthy, Ai Weiwei, Shepard Fairey and foundations such as the […]

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The Open School Project is on

Together with Prakriti School in Noida we’ve defined a learning experiment for our Janwaar kids because we believe that we need to rethink education for rural villages in India. To receive “good” education in a remote village in India is daunting. The so called “best students”, once they’ve passed 10th or even 12th grade, can […]

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