Touching Lives

July 2015

Improving Front-line Delivery within Government Service Providers
MISCELLANEOUS

Improving Front-line Delivery within Government Service Providers

This blog post was sparked off by an interesting and humorous video from the World Bank that I saw this morning (the picture above is also from the same video) which highlights a familiar problem that we face as we think about government services, particularly in two of the areas in which we work, health and education. T... Read More

A Different Fate for Ektarjahan
EDUCATION

A Different Fate for Ektarjahan

More than 70 percent of the Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh, India lives below the poverty line – including KGBV student Ektarjahan and her family. On my visit to her school, which is supported by Join My Village, I met her mother Jahirul Nisa. Sadly, two of Jahirul’s sons died as teenagers and she carries this sadness with her to this da... Read More

Story of three siblings fighting all odds…
HEALTH

Story of three siblings fighting all odds…

This story is about three young siblings-- Ram, Shyam and Bandana, all of whom were affected by MDR tuberculosis. Ram & Shyam are twins. The disease affected the teenagers one after another in quick succession to justify its contiguous nature.  While the disease spread fast and furiously like fire, the RNTCP team and CARE counselor wer... Read More

Fighting Malnutrition collectively
HEALTH

Fighting Malnutrition collectively

The story from the village is unbelievable. Rajnagar block is situated 50 kms from Chattarpur district headquarters. Khajuraho which is famous worldwide for its history, architecture and natural beauty comes within Rajnagar Block. While Rajnagar enjoys a great recognition for various reasons, Kurela, a village with population of ... Read More

Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home
DISASTER RESPONSE

Nepal earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home

Earthquakes, perhaps more than any other type of disaster, are a shelter disaster. In Nepal this is more the case than any disaster I’ve known – but the effects of the earthquake are far from simple, and the knock-on effects go beyond people just lacking a roof over their heads. During the second major e... Read More

A Counsellor, A Messenger, A Strong Leader
HEALTH

A Counsellor, A Messenger, A Strong Leader

Usha Verma is an Anganwadi worker (AWW) in Fatehpur block of Uttar Pradesh. As an Anganwadi worker, her role is to counsel the villagers and impart important health information on issues such as family planning, warning signs of possible health issues, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Usha also helps provide vaccinations for adolescent girls groups. Rec... Read More

A candle in the darkness
LIVELIHOOD

A candle in the darkness

Usha Karthikeyan of Mutharasankuppam village in Cuddalore, Tamilnadu has been involved in a small scale cashew processing business for the past 10 years. Before she got married, she knew only about raw nuts and had very little knowledge about cashew processing. She and her husband did not have any property except the house they lived in. As the... Read More

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