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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ramkesh – A boy loves to skateboard

Ramkesh – A boy loves to skateboard

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Blog, Faces of Janwaar | One Comment

Text and photos by Mannan Gupta. A young boy loves to skateboard. Like a ninja, he swings, swivers, drops and effortlessly glides from tall walls and curves. There are only a handful of kids in India who are as skilled as him. So what are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you read […]

The Red Frock

The Red Frock

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Blog, Faces of Janwaar | No Comments

Shail Desai, a freelance journalist based in Bombay, was with us at Janwaar Castle for a few days and he has written a beautiful story about it. Now he followed up with an even more beautiful portrait of one of our youngsters, Ballou. Balloo sat in one corner of the skatepark and watched the boys […]

More than a smile

More than a smile

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, Faces of Janwaar | 2 Comments

Anveer Mehta from Goa was with us for a few weeks – and he really engaged with the kids. I am happy he shared this story! Thanks Anveer! In the October of 2015, I had realized that I had just made one of the best decisions of my life by going to the village of […]