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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Avadh Dahayat, principal of government school in Janwaar
"The skatepark has really helped the kids - they are clean, follow a routine and are cordial in their behaviour. They now want to be champions of a sport they never heard about one year before. We see a lot of social change with kids moving in and out for competitions in the village. If this continues it will bring change in other nearby villages, block, district and even in the entire province. Kids have a lot of potential here – be it academics, sports or painting. It's just their circumstances that drive them to become labourers. We believe in this approach and would be happy to keep supporting this initiative."
Mehmood Khan, social innovator
“This is the first time that kids themselves change the scope of a rural village in India, in an area – Bundelkhand – which is known for its resistance to change and its tremendous poverty. I’ve never seen a village changing so fast!”
Sonu Singh, Didi of Janwaar's kids
"Ulrike's project has brought a lot of change to the lives of the children in the village of Janwaar. The children who initially whiled away time aimlessly and skipped school and often indulged in chewing tobacco, smoking and drinking and had a lack of respect for each other in general abusing violently, now work together and believe that there is something for them that could shape their future. All the children who skate at Janwaar Castle regularly attend school now and their overall outlook morally has changed immensely. Janwaar Castle is open to the entire community and you see all Adivasi children as well as children from scheduled castes and schedules tribes skate with the other children of the village. Thank you."
"I am supporting Janwaar because of two reasons: Firstly and most importantly I know Ulrike and I know that the funds will be put to good use. And secondly the funds are used for the betterment of people who would not have access to various amenities such as good food, healthcare, clothes etc."
"I was deeply impressed when I saw the smiling faces of these skateboarding kids in a rural area from the video Ulrike shared. Not just because of the smiling faces, but particularly because of the approach Janwar Castle has. It is not only helping the kids to learn and recognise the world, but also about how to achieve individual goals in a more natural and happier way. I do believe the power of education can vanish poverty, and I also believe in the energy of how to be educated in a decent and a passionate way. This is a great job. I am very happy to support and definitely would love to do more."
Indrajeet Dixit, teacher during Janwaar Castle summer camp
"The villagers in Janwar are telling me that they are seeing a change in the children each day. They put their mind on education whilst earlier they did not want to go to school. They now sincerely go to school. This is all because of the skatepark. They are now interested in learning. They do their homework and they also take interest in dance, singing and painting.The children have improved both their physical and metal capacities. They do not find any work difficult. They feel that with hard work they can reap results. There has bee a change in their attitudes. The skateboards have come as a symbol of hope."
"I’ve known Ulrike virtually for many years from her various online activities but it was only a year ago when we finally met up in person in Heidelberg where we both live. I’m very glad to support her Janwar Castle project because I love the way kids have been given an opportunity to combine their learning and playing activities. And I love the fact that Janwar Castle focuses on girls as well. As a former language teacher, I am still pushing for more independent and meaningful ways to learn, and I think Janwar Castle is very much on the right track. I have a deep respect for all the volunteers involved and working for this project and wish them all the best! For me just seeing the happy faces of these kids makes it all worthwhile!"
“When I first heard about Janwar Castle, I was amazed and confused at the same time. I was amazed because I could see that the kids would get to experience the magic of skateboarding as I had, but I was confused because skate parks and skateboarding seemed disconnected from the needs of dusty poverty struck rural Indian villages. Thanks to Ulrike, I understand that skateboarding provides a unique way for the kids to build confidence, which can then help later in important life decisions. Getting out of poverty takes courage, and skateboarding is a great way to facilitate for developing that courage with kids."