Getting Ready for Winter

Thanks to Decathlon Foundation and private donors we were able to provide blankets, warm clothes and shoes to 100 people in the village. We selected 11 elders, men and women who are living alone and 89 children from the poorest families. It was a big day in the village as you can easily see in […]

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Villa Janwaar Goes Solar

(Written by Arun) Electricity was always an issue in our Village. Due to no electricity we couldn’t attend our online classes and couldn’t complete the homework because our devices were not charged. The problem is solved now, we solved it because we put the solar panels on the roof. Solar energy does NOT need any […]

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A Learning Excursion to Rajasthan – part 2

In March Asha, Anil and Arun – three of our Open Schoolers – went on a learning excursion to Rajasthan. Rachael Hammerlein, US citizen with a deep affection for India and a dear friend of mine, accompanied them. Their first stop was at The Barefoot College in Tilonia and from there they went up north […]

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A Learning Excursion to Rajasthan – part 1

In March Asha, Anil and Arun – three of our Open Schoolers – went on a learning excursion to Rajasthan. Rachael Hammerlein, US citizen with a deep affection for India and a dear friend of mine, accompanied them. Their first stop was at The Barefoot College in Tilonia and from there they went up north […]

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Asha Gond – A Portrait

Asha (19) is part of our Open School Project which we’ve started on January 10, 2019. Here is a portrat of her. Asha was the first person in the village to get a passport and go abroad. This was no easy feat. As an Adivasi (indigenous people) AND a girl – there was nothing like a green […]

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Suman – A flower Blooms In The Guwahati Rains

Suman, a ten-year-old Adivasi girl, was never seen talking to anyone. Many kids at the skatepark didn’t even know her name. They pointed at her and told me that she had started to skateboard. She always looked a bit shabby and lost in this new environment. Nevertheless I felt challenged so I asked her if […]

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From chewing tobacco to writing diaries

In Hindi we have a saying, “Khali dimag shaitan ka ghar hota hai” meaning that a brain that has no work, is a demon’s abode. This – at least I believe – holds true for Ajay. Ajay is a thirteen-year-old Yadav boy in Janwaar. He is pretty good at school, although he doesn’t show up regularly. […]

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