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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.

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Photo by Vicky Roy, Janwaar Village

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!

9 Comments

  1. rajesh k verma
    February 28, 2013

    hey! i am excited by the idea, can it be replicated?

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    • ulrike
      March 1, 2013

      Yes, it can be replicated.

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  2. bea
    August 26, 2015

    I’m proud to be a part of it! Thanks to everybody in it – let’s make it work!

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  3. Waqas Ali
    September 2, 2015

    Very well done Ulrike and team We_the_School. Loved this note by Peter Kruse on you and dynamic networks.

    Cheering for you all the way from California and Pakistan! Best.

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  4. Neelesh
    September 4, 2015

    Just came to know about your endeavor and understanding of Indian hinterland from M2. Very interesting a way to live life to fullest. Would like to meet you.
    Neelesh Jain

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  5. Pradeep
    November 11, 2015

    M2 always talks loud about this Project (of course being his childhood friend, i know hardly you find him low in any endeavor he wishes to take up 🙂 ). And he talks proudly about this project as he believes from his core that, he along with this team are doing something great, something for the betterment of the society. Keep up the good work…wishing u all ….All the best

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    • ulrike
      November 11, 2015

      Maybe because M2 is only “little” involved it flies 🙂
      No seriously I hear what you say and I am very happy that he is aupporting me / us. Makes sometimes things a lot easier.

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  6. Vishal Sancheti
    April 1, 2016

    Love to work with you

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  7. Divye Karde
    December 25, 2016

    Massive respect for you Ma’am. Building a Skatepark in a country where even roads are not good enough and complementing the skate learning with the academic learning to encourage proper Education. You are making the world a better place to live in. Not only will this encourage kids to go to school everyday but also but also elicit the skaters in them. Thanks a lot! :’)

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