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.

Small stories, big dreams

Small stories, big dreams

Little by little, we have come a long way in Janwaar. While some stories of our kids went viral, there are many others, budding slowly and steady, unnoticed and away from the limelight.  Here are a few stories of these silent transformers of Janwaar – enjoy the read! Vikram He was one of the spoiled […]

Where water and skateboarding meet

Where water and skateboarding meet

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Blog, Social Impact | No Comments

The rainfall at Janwaar has been erratic for years now. This year we saw a major drought, leading to some human deaths while also killing livestock, which spells heavy financial losses for the villagers. After natural wells were filled up and water hand pumps were installed by some corrupt government officials in the village, Janwaar […]

A visit to India

A visit to India

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog, Talks/Interviews | No Comments

The news of Nyjah Huston visiting Janwaar Castle went viral among the skateboarding community in India. For it isn’t everyday that a five-time Street League Skateboarding and six-time X-Games champion comes visiting. When Nyjah rolled out on the park for the first time, it’s probably the only time the kids took a backseat. There were […]

What’s harder than skateboarding? Judging it!

What’s harder than skateboarding? Judging it!

There was one thing which was more difficult than the tricks the champions were attempting at the 1st Janwaar Skateboarding Challenge – judging them. The jury comprised Julian Dykmans of Belgium, Graham Sinclair from Canada and Samuel Silva from Brazil, who were left scratching their heads at times, unable to take a call. The champions were […]

It’s time for the ace – here comes Nyjah!

It’s time for the ace – here comes Nyjah!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | No Comments

Role models are an inspiration for what they do. It’s always a dream to meet one and we at Janwaar Castle believe, Nothing Impossible! So when we first connected with Nyjah Huston, we did hope for the day when he would skate amid our midst. And after months of working with Nyjah and his team, […]

Calcutta was here :-)

Calcutta was here :-)

Our Journey to the heart of Incredible India and inside Janwaar Caste was quite incredible indeed. The experience of the Kolkata Skateboarding crew at the Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Challenge was immensely fun, inspiring and challenging all at once. Memorably fun for everyone due to amazing time we all had at the event. A tad bit […]

Champions roar at 1st Janwaar Skateboarding Challenge

Champions roar at 1st Janwaar Skateboarding Challenge

The 1st Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Challenge was meant to be a contest that pits some of the most talented kids, rightly called champions during the contest, in the country against each other. What unfolded over November 12-14 was anything but that. While rolling out on the skatepark, the freedom of expression took centerstage. As usual, […]

Soon to be the first passport holder in the village – Part 2

Soon to be the first passport holder in the village – Part 2

We came back on Saturday morning from Bhopal and I was back at the tehsil office Monday morning. They told me that the village secretary might do it if you give them an affidavit. The secretary is a nice guy. He said he’ll get it done and I could collect it on Tuesday. And surpringly […]

Soon to be the first passport holder in the village – Part 1

Soon to be the first passport holder in the village – Part 1

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

It took eight months until Asha’s parents finally agreed to let her go to England – but now they are all for. In words and in action! And this is beautiful! The news regarding Asha’s interview at the passport office in Bhopal – which is 430 km and an overnight journey away – came in […]

Loved by All

Loved by All

Shivraj’s first part of the scholarship is coming to an end. For the past six months, he had been attending Prakriti School in Noida where he was brushing up on the basic skills of English, Hindi and math.  Shivraj at the reception area of Prakriti School The family he was staying with during this course […]