Touching Lives

March 2022

P.A.C.E. brings out the entrepreneur
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

P.A.C.E. brings out the entrepreneur

“Initially, many women in the village were suspicious of me, taking me for nothing but an ambitious saleswoman. To set their minds at ease, I shared my own experience of using a cloth during menstruation, instead of a sanitary pad and how inconvenient and unhygienic it was for me. This helped build their faith and trust in me.” Kavita Baghel looks serenel... Read More

Securing the basic right to water
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Securing the basic right to water

Pooja Doriya lives in Jamgod village in the Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, which is inhabited by 700 families, a majority from the OBC, ST/SC community. The main sources of water in the village include the community well, hand pumps and borewells installed in some households. However, during the summer season the well dries up and at times, the borewells also fail ... Read More

Individually, a drop. Together, an ocean
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Individually, a drop. Together, an ocean

In the Rajeshwari slum area in Banashankari, Bengaluru resides an unstoppable force called Sushila, who she attended a two-day life skill training organised by CARE India in March 2021. This workshop helped her recognise her creative talents, which she decided to put to better use to earn an additional income. Motivated and enthused, Sushila set out to weave wire bask... Read More

Adopting healthy habits at an individual level
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Adopting healthy habits at an individual level

Manda Rajeram Pal lives in Parda village, in the Wardha district of Maharashtra. She and her family members often fell sick, directing most of their savings towards medical expenses and doctor’s fees. There was one instance when her condition was so serious that she required a blood transfusion and had to stay admitted at a hospital in Nagpur for 15 to 20 days. ... Read More

Acing her career through P. A. C. E.
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Acing her career through P. A. C. E.

“I felt sad seeing my peers go to college, while I went to the farm to work,” recalls Priya Narendra Bhatkar coming from a middle-class family of three sisters, who had to discontinue their education after the 12th standard, due to poor financial conditions. Because their parents were ill and weak, the girls had to take up work at a school-going age to support... Read More

The Story of Grit and Perseverance
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The Story of Grit and Perseverance

Twenty-one-year old Rajni has been a female facilitator trained on the subject of family planning, as part of the Zero and Low Parity Pilot (ZLPP) programme implemented by CARE India from 2018-2020, in Gaya and East Champaran districts of Bihar. It is indeed marvelous that despite the numerous hardships, Rajni has managed to preserve her childlike curiosity and zes... Read More

Wonder Woman Chetnaben
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Wonder Woman Chetnaben

An eighth-class-pass housewife and mother of two sons including one who is differently-abled, Chetnaben Sindha lives in Kamboi village, Jambusar block in Bharuch district, Gujarat. There was a time when she used to help her husband in farming and cattle rearing, using traditional methods. Since she joined the Self-Help Group formed by CARE India, she has started ad... Read More

A shining example of an informed ASHA
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

A shining example of an informed ASHA

The world came crashing down around 24-year-old Rinku Devi when her husband passed away in a fatal accident, leaving behind three sons to care for. He was a daily wage labourer at a construction site in Kolkata, while she lived with her in-laws back in Khesrahi village in Vaishali district of Bihar. When her feeble father-in-law became the sole breadwinner in the fami... Read More

The story of durgamma
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The story of durgamma

Huddled together in a tarpaulin hut less than 100 sq ft in area, lives 27-year-old Durgamma and her family of five - her husband, a BBMP worker and four kids. They live in the Sajjepalaya slums, which is bereft of civic facilities like electricity, water or toilets. Coming from an impoverished family, Durgamma could not study due to financial constraints, and inste... Read More

Women taking IRS “indoors”
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Women taking IRS “indoors”

Bihar and India are at the cusp of achieving the elimination of Kala Azar through concerted efforts of the government, civil society organisations and local volunteers. One of the key strategies used to achieve this has been Indoor Residual Spray (IRS). However, in order to maximise the impact of IRS, it is imperati... Read More

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