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  • Lalitha Kumaran’s story
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    Lalitha Kumaran’s story

    Mr. Kumaran works as a bus driver in Konnathady Gram Panchayat and lives  in Munnar with his family. It was an ordinary day on 7th January, his daughter Nandana was watching her favourite cartoon show along with her younger brother. The entire family was relaxing and sitting together in the living room. As the children were hungry,  her mother went to the... Read More

  • Between Hardships and humility
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    Between Hardships and humility

    The day started off as a routine one for me. Along with a volunteer and our associate Mr. Rajendran, I reached Devikulam Grama Panchayat. I travelled through bumpy roads enjoying the scenic beauty of Munnar to reach my destination. As part of our damaged well validation exercise, we visited Mr. Sabu’s house. He and his family welcomed us with a warm smile, offered b... Read More

  • Investing in local capacities: Empowering key actors in disaster response
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    Investing in local capacities: Empowering key actors in disaster response

    During the recent floods in Kerala, the state witnessed hundreds of fishermen reaching out to the remotest of areas where flood victims were stuck, utilising their own resources. Over the years, disaster sites across India have seen neighbours, communities and the grassroot NGOs present locally as the first responders with immediate support while the government machin... Read More

  • CARE India & Coca-Cola Bring a Ray of Sunshine to the People of Kerala
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    CARE India & Coca-Cola Bring a Ray of Sunshine to the People of Kerala

    Kerala rains are what people typically aspire to see. In ‘God’s own country,’ it is one time of the year when the greenery explodes, mountains are lush with spices and waterfalls are heavy. This year, however, was different. In the month of August, when most of India was busy celebrating the freedom it won from the British rule on the 72nd Independence Day, n... Read More

  • Rebuilding God’s Own Country
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    Rebuilding God’s Own Country

    The recent floods in Kerala were the worst in living memory. In fact, so distant was the last such event, that people never believed that floods and landslides could be so devastating. Unlike many parts of India, houses are not clustered in one location, but built on hewn out hillsides as a single dwelling, providing households with private spaces and sometimes space ... Read More

  • PACE UP
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    PACE UP

    One evening I received a call and was enquired about my interest in joining a Training of Trainers on Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (PACE). My agreement was followed by the arrival of an over 500-page document about the PACE training programme, communication, problem-solving and decision making, time management, water; sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and f... Read More

  • GBV in emergencies: Alcoholism and violence against women
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    GBV in emergencies: Alcoholism and violence against women

    Case study of Lingamma In the last decade, India has faced many disasters including Tsunami, earthquake, floods cyclones, etc.During emergencies, many uncalled situations come forth. People lose their homes and are forced to relocate. New situations bring new challenges, especially for women and girls. In the year 2009 incessant showers of rain ... Read More

  • GBV in Emergencies : Access to basic amenities for women and girls
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    GBV in Emergencies : Access to basic amenities for women and girls

    Case study of Bismillah India has faced many disasters during the last decade. People have been severely affected due to the chaos that Tsunami, earthquake, floods, cyclones, etc. brought for many in the country.It is a known fact, that whenever an emergency strikes, the most affected of all groups are women and adolescent girls. The vulnerabil... Read More

  • GBV in emergencies: Girls’ access to development opportunities
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    GBV in emergencies: Girls’ access to development opportunities

    Case study of Manisha In the last decade, India has faced many disasters including Tsunami, earthquake, floods cyclones, etc. Whenever emergency strikes, the most affected of all groups is women and adolescent girls whose vulnerability is exacerbated by the chaos of a crisis. When separated from their respective f... Read More

  • Being trained on Disaster Response
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    Being trained on Disaster Response

    I have always been keen on working for marginalised people and I try to never miss on opportunities which can enhance my skillsets in the direction. A couple of days back I registered myself to be a part of the Disaster Management Unit(DMU) emergency roster team. Once I registered myself, I received an email from DMU regarding participation in a 5-day Capacity Buil... Read More

  • Responding to Floods in Assam
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    Responding to Floods in Assam

    Travelling from Guwahati to Morigaon, I was mesmerised by the serene beauty of green hills, rivers, rivulets, and melodious sound of chirping birds. On reaching Jagiroad (highway), I was joined by CARE team members deployed for Assam flood response. We proceeded further to Morigaon to meet our local NGO partner, take stock of progress and plan for relief distribut... Read More

  • Unleashing the power of youth in humanitarian space
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    Unleashing the power of youth in humanitarian space

    Asia is home to more than half of the world’s young people. India is expected to have 34.33% share of youth in total population by 2020 (Central Statistics Office, GoI). There is immense untapped potential in youth to shape the future of the world as a safer place to live in. The National Youth Policy (2014) defines youth as persons in the age group of 15-29 yea... Read More

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