Happy New Year!
A hero behind the scenes
To celebrate the new skatepark and the new year, we had a party at our Villa Janwaar. All the villagers and the kids together made the food and at least 5000 pooris😅. And at the skatepark we cut our New Year’s Cake. Gatherings like these can really help the village to grow as a community. […]
TicToc – The Handwashing-Machine
Kamla Gond. For me this lady is one of the bravest and strongest women in Janwaar. She is Asha‘s mother. Her trust in Asha and me paved the way for so many things which have happened in Janwaar. She didn’t shy away from being threatened, mistreated and disdained. She somehow felt, that she had to […]
Father and Son
A few weeks I was at Panchgani and someone showed me a video about a “handwashing machine”. I fell in love with it and I showed it to the kids back in Janwaar. Now Brijendra has taken the lead and built on at Villa Janwaar together with the kids. And it seems that they love […]
Be The Change You Want To See
Another story from a different kind of world. Father and son in the fields around Janwaar. The father was married when he was 12 years old. He was married to the wife of his elder brother when the brother suddenly passed away. Pure economic reasons and to keep the wife out of a life in […]
Sachin’s newly found freedom
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 […]
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, […]
Medical Camp – first step made!
For our new skatepark in Janwaar we’ve build a couple of walls to protect the area from floods during the monsoons. Now after the first rains we see, the work was well done. Lucky us 🙂 Over the last two weeks we started with some “detail” work to make the surrounding area look nice. We’ve […]
Anganwadi is cleaned!
This was long overdue! Finally in early April when the temperatures were still bearable, Dr. Sethi, a retired paediatrician from Gurgaon, and Bharti Batra, chairperson of Prakriti and initiator of the camp, arrived in Janwaar. They brought primary medical care (vitamine E, de-worming medicine, fever, malaria and diarrhea) and educated especially the women how to […]
A visit from Salt Lake City
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 […]
In the last week of February Danny Schmidt, a documentary film maker and skateboarder from Salt Lake City, US, came with his friend Zag for a visit. We’ve been talking for more than a year about this – and finally they came. The two of them stayed in Janwaar Village in our homestays and they […]