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Malnutrition - A National Disgrace

Questioning the Indian government move to slash budget for mid-day meals, S Ramamurthy started a petition to raise the funding for mid-day meal scheme.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Oct 6, 2015)
Chalk Walk-2015: A Teachers Movement

By participating in the Chalk Walk -12000 teachers in the movement took an oath to improve learning outcomes of children.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Oct 6, 2015)
From Mountaineering to Rural Tourism

Rural tourism initiative in Sarmoli, Uttarakhand was started by Malika Virdi, 52, a former mountaineer with a masters in social work. Originally from Punjab, Malika was born and brought up in Delhi. Keen on action rather than research, she settled in Munsiyari in 1992 with her husband E. Theophilus, to be a farmer and a mother.

( Source: CivilSSocietyOnline, Posted: Oct 6, 2015)
Green Activist Pokkudan Passes Away

Noted Indian environmentalist Kallen Pokkudan, known for his crusade against destruction of mangroves, died recently. He was 78.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Sep 30, 2015)
Celebrateing the Birth of a Girl Child

Piplantri in Rajasthan has embraced its daughters and created a tradition that benefits both the local people and the planet.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Sep 29, 2015)
Reinventing the Wheel to Deal with Waste

Anu chose the use of old and waste tyre materials, cords made of waste aluminium foil packets and waste fabric chindis and plastic waste cords in her work.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Sep 29, 2015)
NGOs That are Lifitng Spirits Up

Many NGOs and organizations for social change have mushroomed in India in the previous decade but very few have expanded on the basis of scale and the impact on the community.

( Source: trak.in, Posted: Sep 29, 2015)
Transforming Lives through Farming in West Bengal

Landesa is a program in West Bengal, India to provide half a million landless families with micro plots of land.

( Source: landesa.org, Posted: Sep 23, 2015)
Collector Uses Social Media for Connecting with Citizens

Prasanth Nair, the Kozhikode District Collector in Kerala has more than one lakh followers on Facebook and makes sure that residents get a chance to interact with him whenever they want.

( Source: The Better India, Posted: Sep 23, 2015)
Love,Labour and Laundry of Dhobis of Karachi

That was the time when dhobis were employed as the launderers of the royal court in Delhi. After the fall of the Mughal Empire, the service changed to cater to the officers of the British administration.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Sep 22, 2015)
Rural Surgeon of Jhargram

Today, at 80, Dr Sitanath De is one of that unique group of rural surgeons who have kept the flag of modern medicine flying in a part of the country where 70 per cent of the population lives but is miserably underserved by a bare 30 per cent of its doctors.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Sep 22, 2015)
Serving Mountain Communities

Nearly 23 years ago in 1992, Rashmi Bharti and Rajnish Jain moved from Delhi to Kumaon with the idea of working with the mountain communities, understanding their needs and bringing an improvement in the quality of life of people living in these remote areas.

( Source: The Alternative, Posted: Sep 16, 2015)
Nepali Children Look for Share in Constitution

As per government data, there are 1.62 million child labour in the country out of which 620,000 are involved in dangerous jobs.

( Source: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-16/children-look-for-their-share-in-constitution.html, Posted: Sep 16, 2015)
Ladakh in the Throes of Change

In recent past Ladakh has been losing its rich cultural heritage and natural resources, and sadly there has been no sincere concentrated official effort to stop this.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Sep 16, 2015)
Toxic Trail

Moradabad's e-waste dismantling and recycling industry has severely polluted the Ramganga river, finds a new CSE study.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Sep 15, 2015)
Sustainable Development Goals and Disability

Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda of UN for Global Action

( Source: Handiplanet-echanges.info, Posted: Sep 15, 2015)
IFRC Appeals to Support Flood-hit People in Bangladesh

The floods, which began at the end of June, inundated hundreds of villages and left over 200,000 people stranded across the districts of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and Bandarban.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Sep 9, 2015)
Lessons from Tribals on Surviving and Thriving

Lessons from a northeastern tribe to revive culture and population...

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Sep 9, 2015)
Since He Got a Raise, this Traffic Cop has Helped 111 People in a Unique Way

While returning from office on my bike today, suddenly ran out of petrol, stopped exactly in front of this man Mr....

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 9, 2015)
An 80 Year Old Teacher Goes from Park to Park Conducting Classes for Deprived Kids

It's been 20 years now and 80-year-old Vimla still faces her students with the same enthusiasm. Know allĀ about her journey.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 9, 2015)
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