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.

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 […]

The unexpected benefits of our homestays

The unexpected benefits of our homestays

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, Social Impact | One Comment

Who doesn’t want to walk through such an entrance? Welcome to the homestays in Janwaar! Currently we have four homestays at Janwaar – single rooms with a bed or a very comfortable charpie, nice matresses, blankets, white linen and a wonderful pillow to lay your head on 🙂 The villagers charge INR 200 per person […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Karan might have found his passion

Karan might have found his passion

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Blog, Learning Experience, Social Impact | No Comments

Karan is a 16 year old boy in Janwaar. He has finished school in Panna (10th grade) and is now taking care of the family’s buffalos. That would be is future: buffalos and agriculture. He came to the skatepark in the beginning and then somehow he dropped out because we addressed more the smaller kids. […]