A surprise at Decathlon
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 […]
The Red Square
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 […]
Asha in China
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. […]
Allez, Les Bleus!
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!
A visit to Bangalore
Durgha wasn’t allowed to participate in the Indian Skateboarding Championships in Vishakhapatnam – that was the status when she jumped on the bus with 20 other Janwaar kids in the early morning hours on December 20, 2018. She was too young, the organizers said. The seven year old couldn’t care less. Full of joy and […]
Taking part is what really counts.
After 40 hours on the road the four Rural Changemakers made it to the Jugaad Skateboarding Competition 2018 in Bangalore. Under the lead of Arun, Ramkesh, Kesuram and Brijesh went all alone on this trip. They took the auto from Janwaar to Panna, caught a bus to Jhansi (7 hours) where they boarded the train […]
What Olympia is all about
From the fields of rural India to the shining city of Nanjing in China
– no, not on a skateboard – but with a skateboard under their arms. Asha and Arun, two of our Janwaar kids, have come a long way. It’s only three and a half years since we opened Janwaar Castle, the first skatepark in […]
Arun was one of three atheletes who represented India at the World Skateboarding Championships in Nanjing, China, in October/November 2018. More detailed reports you’ll find here and here. When Arun first heard about the World Skateboarding Championships he didn’t even know what it was. Surprise, surprise. Once he saw his competitors dropping in this deep […]
A new skatepark in Protovillage
The Tony Hawk Foundation is embarking on a new initiative to seek out stories from skatepark communities. They want to hear how skateboarding has affected the life of young skateboarders in a meaningful way and posted three questions: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SKATEBOARDING? HOW HAVE SKATEPARKS OR SKATEBOARDING CHANGED YOUR LIFE? WHAT IS […]
It’s a little more than three years that the skatepark in Janwaar “came into life”. What unfolded in Janwaar is quite remarkable and we can tell some nice stories of change. The community of the kids – we call them The RuralChangemakers – is vibrant and more and more they are coming out of their […]