Janwaar Castle is a learning camp with a skatepark at its core. It's a social experiment and the goal is to transform the village of Janwaar into a wealthier and more prosperous place.

From chewing tobacco to writing diaries

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. […]

One step towards Tokyo 2020 ?

One step towards Tokyo 2020 ?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog, Olympia 2020 | No Comments

Two days ago we’ve had an interesting visitor at Janwaar Castle: Surinder Paul Singh. He is a senior athletics coach from the Sports Authority of India. He came all the way from Bhopal to see the Janwaar Tigers in action … he scouted our place and is now preparing a report to the central government […]

I believe I can fly!

I believe I can fly!

Asha is a seventeen-year-old Adivasi girl. She left school before completing 11th grade. Most of her time she used to spent helping her mother at home or her father in the fields. The skatepark has turned her life upside down. It all started in June 2015 when we had our first summer camp. Vivek, a […]

When work becomes a children’s story

When work becomes a children’s story

Strolling through the March edition of Tinkle, a friend’s kid saw a story about skateboarding. Tejas, the mother, clicked pictures of the strip and posted it on Facebook tagging Janwaar Castle. Tinkle is one of the most popular children’s magazine very dear to all 90’s kids. It is readily available at all train station book […]

A Castle of Hope

A Castle of Hope

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Blog, Partners | No Comments

This is a blogpost by Rijul Kataria from Yuva Ekta Foundation – they’ve been with us for a week … Thank you Puneeta, Bhanu and Rijul! “It’s hard to catch them on camera” was a common consensus. The speed at which these kids zipped past us made us vulnerable each time we stood in that […]

Janwaar Castle @TEDxGurugram

Janwaar Castle @TEDxGurugram

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Blog, Talks/Interviews | No Comments

In November 2016 Ulrike, our founder, gave a TEDx talk in Gurgaon. She focussed on the impact the skatepark had on the entire village by telling stories from the kids. Enjoy!

The unexpected benefits of our homestays

The unexpected benefits of our homestays

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, Social Impact | One Comment

Who doesn’t want to walk through such an entrance? Welcome to the homestays in Janwaar! Currently we have four homestays at Janwaar – single rooms with a bed or a very comfortable charpie, nice matresses, blankets, white linen and a wonderful pillow to lay your head on 🙂 The villagers charge INR 200 per person […]

Rock and Roll at Janwaar Castle

Rock and Roll at Janwaar Castle

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories | 2 Comments

The last couple of months have been really eventful for us at Janwaar Castle. We’ve seen a lot of media attention with the likes of The Mint Lounge and the Sunday Guardian in print media to 101 India and Discovery Channel coming down and making video documentaries. In November of 2016, we hosted our first […]

How dreams come true

How dreams come true

Janwaar. Five kids. Never gone more than 10 kilometers away from home without elders, confidently boarded a train that would take them 630km away from home, to the Jaipur Literature Festival. All by themselves. No elders accompanied them. They were dropped at the railway station in Khajuraho, boarded the train and knew, that I would pick […]

Does the tiger belong to a caste or a tribe?

Does the tiger belong to a caste or a tribe?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories | 3 Comments

In September 2016 Mannan and I have written our first short story for children for Highlights CHAMPS. Finally in January it was published. This is the original text we’ve sent in: Does the tiger belong to a caste or a tribe? Janwaar is a small village in the eastern bufferzone of the Panna National Tiger […]