Seglal – Sachin’s father

Sachin, one of our Janwaar kids, is healed from skin TB. After suffering for many years Sachin can now live a happy life. And he does! His healing had also a very positive impact on his father, Seglal. He basically stopped drinking and became more serious with and in his work and even more responsible […]

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The champs are back in town!

After two weeks on the road and more than 3000 km later the champs are back in Janwaar – decorated with five medals from the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam! The parents prepared some nice flowers for their kids … ! Nice to have them all back for the new year !

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Stop over in Dharambhandha

On their way back from the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam our 31 kids made a stop over in Dharambhandha, Orissa, where weβ€˜ve built a skatepark earlier this year. This skatepark is inside a police campus and is meant to connect the locals and the police. The location is inside the Red Belt of India. […]

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They did it again!

30 champions were in Vishakhapatnam at the Indian Skateboarding Championships – and five won medals! 2 x gold 1 x silver 2 x bronze And the girls have taken the lead! Asha and Kalpna (far left) won gold in their age groups, Dilasha (middle) won bronze! Vinay (second left) made it to silver in the […]

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MP State Trials

Now things become more official – skateboarding has become Olympic πŸ™‚ Now the RSFI – Roller Skating Federation of India – has become an important role for the skateboarders in India. Under the RSFI (= national level) there are now on state level qualifiers. And these qualifiers were in Janwaar last week. The qualification was […]

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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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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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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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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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