Yesterday we ran across this amazing video and initiative happening in Madhya Pradesh, a small village in India, where surprisingly the largest skateboarding park of the country is located: The Janwaar Castle. The purpose of the Janwaar Castle Community Organization is to uplift the lives of the villagers in Janwaar, especially those of the Janwaar children through skateboarding.
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 Janwar, Madhya Pradesh in February 2015, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations inspired by Skateistan.
The region to which the village belongs is notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Ulrike and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.
With the simple rule “Girls first” they are promoting gender equality in a region where this is not a popular thing.
We love seeing more and more initiatives like this. Skateboarding is changing lives for the better around the world in regions where they don’t even have concrete. We can always do something. Get involved in your local community or create something from scratch. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for!
To get involved or find out how you can help Janwaar Castle click HERE. They need us!
Always wondering how you can help and make a real impact in the lives of the ones who are in a tough situation? This is it. Here’s how you can make a difference and contribute in a movement that is changing the lives of thousands of girls and boys in Afghanistan, South Africa and Cambodia through skateboarding. Become a Citizen of Skateistan!
Before we start, if you still don’t know what Skateistan is we suggest you click HERE. Watch the video and find out how through skateboarding they have built one of the biggest movements to help kids in need and provide them with education, self-esteem and of course, skateboard fun.
New board review by BTFL Longboards! This time the dancers and freestylers Debby & Goldy.
BTFL is a brand of boards designed in Germany by some of the best female riders in Europe, shape & graphic, having women’s needs in minds. Check them out!
Meet LGC USA rider Calleigh! We just run into her story and are committed to help her achieve her goal.
Calleigh was born a man and in the past two years has transitioned to her true self as a woman. Her path has been extremely hard as she explains in the video bellow and skateboarding has been a key element to survive the whole process. Now, she has set herself the goal of crossing America on her skateboard… As she says “it’s an investment in procuring the future I’ve been aiming for”.
Watch the video to understand where she’s coming from and how hard it has been -and still is- for transgender people to build a balanced, fulfilled life and how skateboarding is helping in the process.
Calleigh, we’re so much with you!
Please check out her GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN and support if you can. Sharing her story helps as well!
We’re beyond stoked on this one. Seeing your friends and shred sisters star in the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers video is next level stoke. Watch Amanda Powell, Amanda (Panda) Caloia & Carmen Sutra rip under Olivia Wilde’s Direction. Yes, that Olivia Wilde.
Is everybody as stoked as we are on where is female longboarding and the exposure we’re getting? More to come. Keep supporting your girl gang!