Stories of Hope.

March 2019

  • Disaster Preparedness Saves Lives in Malawi

    Disaster Preparedness Saves Lives in Malawi

    In 2015, Jina Fungo and her family were completely surprised when a raging flood ripped through their village in the southern Malawi with no warning. They escaped in a canoe, managing to find safety upland. Jina’s husband made a desperate attempt to return to their village, Chilanga. “After dropping us off, he paddled back to try and save some of our belongings... Read More

  • Thousands flock to camps as homes are swept away by floods in Malawi

    Thousands flock to camps as homes are swept away by floods in Malawi

    Christina Fachi a mother of five arrived at Bitilinyu two weeks ago after her village in Kasume was flooded. She lost her two huts, a granary and some livestock. “Although I am glad to be alive, I feel empty as I have lost everything that I worked for years,” she says. “My whole life’s work was swept away by the floods. I will have to start again from noth... Read More

  • Women and Girls at Risk of Abuse in Camps

    Women and Girls at Risk of Abuse in Camps

    Mary* (not real name) escaped from floods in her village to seek refuge in a camp 20 kilometres from her village. Life in the camp hasn’t been easy. “I am always afraid to go to sleep,” she says. “Our tents don’t have doors so it’s easy for someone to just slip in and abuse you.” After a three-week dry spell, the heavens opened up with a ste... Read More

  • Spreading Smiles through Improved Cooking Stoves

    Spreading Smiles through Improved Cooking Stoves

    For Santoshi Bande, a smile on the face of her friends while cooking is more important than spending time leisurely. This is the reason she chose to motivate other women in her village to adopt improved cook stoves during her free time. 45 years old Santoshi Bande is a resident of Chitkwain Village of Jashpur district in Chhattisgarh. Her husband is a teacher in a pri... Read More

  • Creating Options and Inspiring Change

    Creating Options and Inspiring Change

    Basanti Tirkey is one of the beneficiaries of CARE India's Where the Rainfalls (WtRF project)and a member of Bharat Mata Self-Help Group (SHG). She along with her husband  is one of the practitioners of climate resilient and organic cultivation. They underwent a training and received exposure on better agricultural practices by local agriculture department. Basant... Read More

  • Information is Power

    Information is Power

    18 year old Gudiya Devi recently got married to Sunil Kumar and lives with her in-laws in Dobhi block, Gaya district, Bihar.   Marriage at a young age followed by an early pregnancy is a common trend in her village. After marriage, the couples do not use any modern method of contraception. Soon after her marriage she witnessed the death of a neighbour during childbi... Read More

  • Battling against all odds

    Battling against all odds

    Ansuiya lives in Surani village, Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh. Two years back her husband passed away all of a sudden. Her husband was the only earning member and Ansuiya had no idea how to manage without him. Life became difficult as she not only had to earn a living for herself but also had to take care of her three young children. She was totally unprepared for s... Read More

  • Learning to Transform

    Learning to Transform

    In order to create awareness about sexual harassment and violence at the workplace, we facilitated 15  group interactions across different locations in Delhi. One of the sessions I attended was at Shankar Camp in Vasant Kunj with domestic workers. I was eagerly looking forward to participating in this session and interacting with the community as it was the first tim... Read More

  • Find a Way or Make One

    Find a Way or Make One

    Anita belongs to Aladakhedi village, Sehore district, Madhya Pradesh. She lives with her husband and three children-two daughters (aged nine and seven) and a five year old son. Her husband is a construction worker and needs to leave very early in the morning to get to work. In case he gets late, he loses the day's wage. As he leaves very early, he is never there to he... Read More

  • Overcoming Barriers

    Overcoming Barriers

    In India Patriarchal family system gives more rights and authority to the men over women in family.  Women are considered inferior and secondary to men.  This is the story of Rajni, who is differently-abled but was expected to fulfill all her duties set as per the society despite her physical challenge. Although Rajni is a BSc. Graduate but her educational achieveme... Read More

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