Happy New Year!

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 poorisπŸ˜…. And at the skatepark we cut our New Year’s Cake. Gatherings like these can really help the village to grow as a community. […]

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A hero behind the scenes

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 […]

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Father and Son

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 […]

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Sachin’s newly found freedom

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, […]

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Mosaic Display

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 πŸ™‚ Over the last two weeks we started with some “detail” work to make the surrounding area look nice. We’ve […]

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Medical Camp – first step made!

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 […]

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Anganwadi is cleaned!

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 […]

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A visit from Salt Lake City

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 […]

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