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.

The Barefoot Skateboarders Tour Europe

The Barefoot Skateboarders Tour Europe

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

Skateboarding is Olympic and we want to go! The home of the Barefoot Skateboarders is Janwaar Castle – the first skatepark in rural India. Located in the village of Janwaar, it’s become a beacon for change through skateboarding the whole world over. Last November, Janwaar Castle hosted its first Skateboarding Challenge for kids (4-16 years […]

Ajay’s home away from home : Vigyan Ashram

Ajay’s home away from home : Vigyan Ashram

Ajay graduated from 8th grade this year. He is a very active, smart kit but sitting in a classroom is certainly not his strengths. He missed school quite often, Instead he preferred to roam around in the village and to hang out with the wrong people. He was easily tempted to chewing tobacco, smoking and […]

Suman – A flower Blooms In The Guwahati Rains

Suman – A flower Blooms In The Guwahati Rains

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories | No Comments

By Mannan Gupta 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 […]

Janwaar Castle paw#2

Janwaar Castle paw#2

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories, Social Impact | No Comments

This is our second edition of Janwaar Castle paw#2 – the newspaper of the first skatepark in rural India.

Asha in the United Kingdom

Asha in the United Kingdom

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories, Learning Experience | No Comments

By Sylwia Korsak Asha means “hope”. We feel truly privileged to have hosted Asha at our home, here in UK. Since her first day in Oxfordshire, Asha lived up to the meaning of her name: she was open, excited, happy, taking everything in and responding with a smile. She was really resilient to challenges of […]

1200 km From Home

1200 km From Home

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog, Kids stories | No Comments

By Mannan Gupta For 15 days I traveled with seven Janwaar kids 1200 km – more than 100 hours on trains and on the road. We went via Varanasi all the way to Guwahati in Assam. Many people asked how I alone could take care of them and my simple answer was: “At Janwaar Castle […]

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 […]