Touching Lives

Adopting healthy habits at an individual level
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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 a...

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

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 an...

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The Story of Grit and Perseverance
HEALTH

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 ha...

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Wonder Woman Chetnaben
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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 s...

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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....

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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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