MLA came to Janwaar

By Asha Gond On June 7, 2021. I had a phone call from Nipendra bhaiya. He said that the MLA of our district wants to meet us. I said ok but I’m not well yet because I had a problem with my stomach. He said OK, then we will come tomorrow morning. They arrived a […]

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#YuvaAage toh #CoronaBhaage

#WhenYouthIsAtTheForefront then #CoronaRunsAway For HINDI click here. Together with Lucy Pepper and Rijul Kataria we’ve pulled together the Covid Awareness Campaign: WhenYouthIsAtTheForefront then #CoronaRunsAway Our target group is the youth in rural India – therefore we’ve chosen comics. You ALL can/should use these comics! They are optimized for mobile screens. Download your package NOW. It’s […]

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TRC_Deck_120

Together with the Decathlon headquarter in Lille, France, and the photographer Matjaž Tančič we developped over the last couple of months the Rural Changemaker’s Skateboarding Decks. We are very, very, very proud and happy!!! A skateboarder would probably say “I am stoked!” 🙂 Thank you Jean-Philippe and your entire team – the boards rock and […]

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Timeline “SKATER GIRL”

Netflix announcement May 13, 2021 – Release on Netflix: June 12, 2021 The “team” below came several times to Janwaar: Manjari Makijani, filmdirector based in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA Emmanuel Pappas, husband of Manjari Makijani and producer Vinati Makijani, sister of Manjari Makijani, based in Mumbai, MH, India The release of the above trailer caused […]

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Asha’s take on Covid

What do you know about Covid?I know Covid is a very serious disease which is spreading rapidly. Many people are dying because of it on a daily basis. That’s why it is a serious illness. Does anyone in the village has Covid?It is difficult for me to say if anyone in the village has Covid […]

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From the NorthEast

Yesterday I received an email from Bidhan Acharya, a motorbiker from the Northeast of India. He connected with me via our homepage, asking for a homestay. I passed him on to the kids in the village and I never heard back – until yesterday. Yesterday I found this in my inbox:  “So I went to […]

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The Girls Rocked the Championships

If there is one BIG EVENT every year for the kids, it’s certainly the Indian Skateboarding Championships. This year it took place in Chandigarh, Punjab. Nine of the Janwaar kids qualifed on Madhya Pradesh state level – five boys and four girls. As usual we extended the team and we invited 14 kids for the […]

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New waterfilters

Two weeks ago TYPHOID was diagnosed in Janwaar. A few kids had fever and were down with chill. Unfortunately the doctor the first kid went out, prescribed BANNED medicine and this made things even worth. Once we found out, we immediately stopped the medicine and got the right one – yet especially Arun was suffering. […]

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Sustainability

On April 8th Ulrike was invited to give a talk at the HS Pforzheim. The topic was: How to drive longlasting (social) change (=sustainalbility). 80 students were watching online the Q&A – Benjamin Fritz, who has been to Janwaar for six weeks in 2019/2020, was asking the questions – it was fun! At the end […]

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Monthly Report March 2021

When I came back to Janwaar in March, I felt more connected with the kids. They were more comfortable in sharing their feelings. Some of them were angry because I didn’t meet them before leaving and they didn’t know I’d left. Some were really happy I was back 🙂   My focus in March was: Open […]

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