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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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 Kids Show The Way

Last week Asha, Arun and Anil conducted a puppet show workshop with the smaller children. Ten of them attended: Kalpna, Sachin, Dilasha, Mahdi, Anikesh, Luvkush, David, Aakash, Priyanka and Sandeep. They made puppets out of clay. They brought clay from the fields, soaked it in water and then prepared the clay and formed the puppets! […]

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Sukarti, a grandmother in Janwaar

Sukarti is the grandmother of Priyanka, Lavkush and Keshuram. She is receiving vegetables and fruits through our “Food For Janwaar” campaign 2-3 times a week for her family. “Food for Janwaar” is a program we’ve set up before I left Janwaar in early April. In these days it is essential that we support the villagers […]

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A New School Is Born

Asha and Arun have received a fellowship program at the Connecting Dreams Foundation in cooperation with Ashoka. For six months they are part of the program and their project is to set up a kindergarten and a small school for differently-abled kids in Janwaar. They have to write reports frequently – below you find Asha’s […]

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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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