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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A surprise at Decathlon

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 […]

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The Red Square

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. […]

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Asha in China

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!

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Allez, Les Bleus!

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 […]

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