The kids and the people of Janwaar are the core team. Without them nothing works. Their curiosity, openess and innocence are our main drivers to keep us going and we are sure one day they simply will take over Janwaar Castle and run it on their own. This is how it should be!
Janwaar Castle is currently an independent project at Kabir Foundation.
What started as a private initiative of Ulrike Reinhard and was later joined by Shyamendra Singh, became for a short period of time a not-for-profit company and is now an independent 100% charity project under the umbrella of Kabir Foundation. Ulrike Reinhard volunteers at Janwaar Castle.
Kabir Foundation is registered unter the Madhya Pradesh Society Act, 1973 on 12/05/2010.
With the international group of artists who transformed skateboards into artboards the financial foundation was created and enough money was raised to build the skatepark. Skate-aid, a German NGO and Betonlandschaften, also from Germany, helped us to design the park. And then 12 volunteers from six nations came and with the help of local labour the park was built in 3.5 month. Thank you Baumi Baumsen (Germany), Sourabh Sharma (India), Abhishek Shakenbake (India), Angad Singh (India), Devendra Uniyal (India), Jacob Wiese (Denmark), Finn Re (Germany), Gautham D Kamath (India), Aditya Gupta (India), Atty Ta (India), Donald Everett B (UK), Damian (F), Filip Jedraszak (S).
In our “closer environment” so to speak – we have a few people who are always there to help when needed. There is Bea Gschwend. Bea attended Art College in Mannheim/Schwäbisch-Gmünd/Jerusalem. She graduated from Design School Schwäbisch-Gmünd. Since then she has been working as an artist and freelance in graphic design. Her favorites are corporate design, conceptional magazine and book layouts. Bea designed our logo and she does all our cards, newspapers, stickers – whatever comes up! Then there is Vicky Roy, “our” photographer. He has been documenting Janwaar Castle since its beginnings and made it to one of his personal projects. Vicky’s pictures of Janwaar Castle have been printed in Times of India and other publications.
And then there are our volunteers from all over the world! Without their help we wouldn’t be where we are today! They work with the children, they support us and they continously bring a fresh breeze in everything we are doing! Thanks to all of them!