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.

We’ve got news for you!

We’ve got news for you!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog | 2 Comments

Let me be correct. We’ve got the biggest news in Indian Skateboarding for you! A short while ago, 101India came to Janwaar and produced a heartwarming and right to the point video that clearly showed the social impact Janwaar Castle has triggered in the village. The video reached out to millions and it helped us […]

The Barefoot Skateboarders

The Barefoot Skateboarders

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog, Social Impact | No Comments

101india.com did a very nice documentary on us 🙂 “A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard – a German national – established a skate park in Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh in February 2015, […]

Art for Equality

Art for Equality

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, our CEO Ulrike got offended by a young man in Panna. She took him to the police – but instead of filing the case Ulrike turned the thread into an opportunity for the boy. She asked him to help create a campaign which empowers the boys/men in Panna to respect women. […]

Head Over Wheels

Head Over Wheels

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

The Janwaar kids taught me a lesson in time. I am not late. But I’d say I am running on Indian time.  The tendency to be perpetually late seems to be genetic in India. But the Janwaar kids proved us something that even their elders don’t know. Without a word, they took ownership of a 5 […]

What a Kindle can do!

What a Kindle can do!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog, Learning Experience, Social Impact | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago we started a Kindle program at Janwaar Castle. It was triggered by my dear friend Isaac Mao who instantly donated five Kindles. Some of the kids really fell in love with it – some didn’t. They were actually annoyed that the Kindle doesn’t play videos – so they stuck with their […]

Discovering Lego

Discovering Lego

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog, Learning Experience | No Comments

Vikram, one of the elder skateboarders at Janwaar Castle, went to Delhi to visit his friend Shivraj, who is from Janwaar and lives currently in Delhi. He has got a scholarship there. Vikram came to the capitol for the first time in his life. He was very happy to see his friend again and spent […]

Janwaar goes Olympic :-)

Janwaar goes Olympic :-)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Blog, Olympia 2020 | No Comments

Sepi – one of the Janwaar skateboarders. Photo by Vicky Roy It’s official – skateboarding will become an olympic discipline in the 2020 summer games in Tokyo. While many athlets would be happy to see their “sport” included in the olympic program this vision isn’t always shared in the worldwide skateboarding community. Skateboarders have signed […]

Skateboarding with the tigers

Skateboarding with the tigers

In preparation for our first Janwaar Castle Skateboarding Challenge we will go on a photoshoot with 20 of our Janwaar Castle kids. The Challenge is an annual event which aims to bring skateboarders from all over India together and to scout talent. Just imagine what it would be if kids from this rural part of […]

Update on “No more water!”

Update on “No more water!”

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Beyond Janwar Castle, Blog, Social Impact | No Comments

A few weeks ago we’ve launched our “Fotos for Water” campaign – and we are happy to announce that we’ve almost accomplished the project! A few things remain to be done and as soon as the rains allow us to move on, we will! The point of departure Janwaar was facing a serious drought. 800 […]

We will get passports!

We will get passports!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Blog, Learning Experience, Social Impact | No Comments

Next year we plan to take six of the Janwaar children abroad to explore skateboarding communities around the world. We have different plans for each of them: 1. Goldi and Deepa – The two fabulous girl skateboarders will explore skateboarding in Australia for four weeks. Garry and Isabelle, who volunteered with us in March 2016, […]