Touching Lives

The story of durgamma
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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 fa...

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Women taking IRS “indoors”
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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 ...

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Preparing students for the future
EDUCATION

Preparing students for the future

“He doesn’t understand anything - neither at home nor at school,” explains Monish’s sister, both concerned and resigned at the same time. She watches as her brother, a student of Grade 6 at the Government Higher Primary School in Thindlu v...

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Empowering waste pickers
LIVELIHOOD

Empowering waste pickers

Swatcha Self Help Group and Sri. Chowdeshwari Self Help Group have been formed in Dry Waste Collection Centre, Bellandur, consisting of 9 and 10 members each. Initially formation of those groups was a bit challenging as the Community Resource Persons (CRP) immediately did not get cooperation from...

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The mobilizing power of males in family planning
HEALTH

The mobilizing power of males in family planning

“Think about it, I have one child and I spent Rs.40 – Rs 50 on his needs daily. If I have five children, I will still have Rs 40-50 to spend on them. The children will have to snatch and fight over food. How does it make sense?” says Aakash, a participant of ZLPP pilot. The heal...

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Disease doesn’t dampen the spirit The story of a young Kala Azar survivor
HEALTH

Disease doesn’t dampen the spirit The story of a young Kala Azar survivor

Born into adversity Troubled times are no stranger to young Dilip Sahani, aged12 years, and his family. His father Tapan and relatives migrated to Baishai village in Manjha Block of Goplaganj district after their native village Majhariya was irrevocably affected by floods. Without a fi...

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Farmers saviour community seed bank
LIVELIHOOD

Farmers saviour community seed bank

An initiative to provide sustainable livelihoods to Indian farmers Nearly 58% of the Indian population are dependent on agriculture and farming for their livelihood. There are farmers who farm less than 2 hectares of land , and therefore cannot maintain adequate yield and quality of the cr...

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The social influencers of Bodhul
HEALTH

The social influencers of Bodhul

Dasrath Manjhi, popularly known as the Mountain Man, testifies the fact that sustained efforts move mighty obstacles. Known for his heroic mission of single-handedly carving out a path through a huge mountain that obstructed the mobility of his village, he made a long- lasting impact on the lives of...

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A Brim-full Asha
HEALTH

A Brim-full Asha

Asha Devi has diligently worked as an ASHA for village Ushari in Siwan district since 2005. Today, the position she enjoys of a well-loved, knowledgable, caring figure in the village. The travails of a migrant wife A native of Delhi, Asha Devi moved to the village in 2005 post m...

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Overcoming Limitation, Cultivating Transformation
HEALTH

Overcoming Limitation, Cultivating Transformation

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose”. Vijesh Ram is a thriving example of Victor Frankl’s famous quote. In spite of him being specially-abled, he cheerfully moves around his village, finding new ways and opportunities to enrich it. The f...

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Every cloud has a silver lining
LIVELIHOOD

Every cloud has a silver lining

With a small piece of land that did not produce enough to feed the family of seven, Tapaswini Majhi and her husband, Rohit Manjhi, were forced to work as a daily wage laborers in one of the most socially and economically backward districts of Odisha. For them, life was dependent on the daily wage th...

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Inspiring community leadership
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Inspiring community leadership

Former teacher, Sudha Manirathanam chose to leave her plush job to make a difference in her Nattarmangalam panchayat in Kattumanarkoil block. She has worked for her village as a ‘model panchayat’ when it comes to women’s rights and the survival of daughters. Under her guidance, her village wo...

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