Be The Change You Want To See
We become official skateboarders!
November 20, 2019 I think will be remembered as a BIG day in Janwaar. Certainly the kids and I will remember – for me, I feel, it was the most important day since I’ve arrived in Janwaar five years ago! The kids broke their silence and spoke up in front of the village community at […]
What skateboarding can do!
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 […]
Sachin’s newly found freedom
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 […]
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, […]
Kyra’s Book Bank
Gaëtan 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 […]
A surprise at Decathlon
Kyra is a teenage girl in Mumbai who really cares a lot about those who are not as fortunate as her. A few years ago she started collection books from friends & family and passing them on to kids in the slums of Mumbai. I’ve met her a few months ago in Mumbai and we […]
Interview with Arun
Last week the kids who are in Delhi for our Open School Project – Asha, Arun and Ajeet – went to Decathlon Noida to pick up some new skateboards and decks! When they reached the skateboarding section at the store they were completely surprised to see “their” story in pictures surrounding the mini space they […]
Anganwadi is cleaned!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]