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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Janwaar Castle Library Project

Janwaar Castle Library Project

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog, Learning Experience | No Comments

  Janwaar Castle is on its way to create a library for its kids. We have started a campaign called “Janwaar Castle Library Project” to crowdfund 3 kits of Pratham books in one month. With more than one year since its start, Janwaar kids have grown exponentially. At a tender age of 12, most of […]