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 🙂 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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Pappu and his sandbox

It’s been almost three months Pappu has been working on the playgrounds in Janwaar. Actually, it’s been nine months Pappu has started to create and build various elements in the village. The tree house library was his first shot. A small balcony kind of place in between the branches of a Banyan tree where the […]

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Pappu’s journey

Pappu is the latest member of our team in Janwaar, and he definitely is a true rural changemaker. 13 months ago, he quit his job as a bartender at Ken River Lodge. He had no idea where his next meals would come from. Today, he is working hard to design a playground and restore a […]

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Janwaar Comic Power

In November we had a “Comic Workshop” in Janwaar. Sharad and a colleague from World Comics India were with us. First the kids learned what comics are all about. Then they created their own stories and brought drawings and words together …. it was great to see them “work” and getting their stories out. Our […]

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Where passion ends

Abhilasha is 18 years old. She is one of the oldest “kids” we interact with at the skatepark. Abhilasha hardly skateboards but once in a while she is hanging out with us watching what is going on at the park. And she loves it. She and her two younger sister aren’t really allowed to come […]

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