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Maitri Meals: An Example of Alternative Livelihood for Trafficked Women

In 2016, Maitri Meals began its journey to provide alternate livelihood to the trafficked women living in brothels of GB Road, Delhi's largest red light area. Two women took the plunge and decided to live a new life with dignity and respect.

( Source: movedbylove.org, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
 
Bengaluru Oncologist Develops the Best Voice Prosthesis at Rs 50

Dr. U.S. Vishal Rao, 40, developed a voice prosthesis for throat cancer patients that costs less than a dollar and is the cheapest in the market

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Oct 2, 2018)
 
Innovating Against Poverty

Piyush (left) and Vinay started ONergy in 2010 with minimal investment. ONergy Solar received global recognition when, in 2013, the Swedish Government awarded ONergy an Award for Innovations against Poverty.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Sep 22, 2018)
 
Schools of Excellence

The Delhi government has improved the infrastructure in government schools and made them on a par with private schools.Teachers and principals from over 1,000 Delhi government schools have so far been sent for training to Singapore and Finland, countries that are renowned for their pioneering teaching methods.

( Source: theweekendleader.com/, Posted: Sep 11, 2018)
 
Guardians of Kanha

Tribal Women of Kanha Turn Protectors of the Forest and Guide Tourists

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Aug 29, 2018)
 
The Tea Stall that is a Tree Stall

Wherever Chhotu sets up his tea shop, he treats that place as his home, which means he sweeps the area to keep it clean, plants trees all around his shop, and nurtures them till they show significant growth. When he is sure that the trees he planted and the birds flocking to his chinkas will continue to flourish in the care of the other villagers, he moves his tea stall to a different place and starts working his magic all over again.

( Source: TheAlternative, Posted: Jul 24, 2018)
 
Transforming Derelict School Into Model School

Once comprising of a single room for 325 students, the school is now a three storied building with multiple classrooms, labs, RO systems and separate washrooms! More

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 17, 2018)
 
Lighting up Villages Using the Sun

Dr Nachiappan Narayan and his wife Shanti from New Jersey plan next to establish solar smart classes in Tamil Nadu villages.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 11, 2018)
 
Infusing Happiness Into School Curriculum

Ensuring a stress free environment for students, Project Zindagi, Gratitude Walls and the Happiness Program are part of Delhi school curriculum.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 3, 2018)
 
Seeds Man

Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade, the legendary plant breeder who created at least nine varieties of rice passed away recently. He freely shared his seeds and never profited financially from his genius.

( Source: Frontline, Posted: Jun 20, 2018)
 
Turtles Swim on in Temple Tanks

eDNA extraction has confirmed the presence of rare freshwater species in temple ponds in Assam.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jun 13, 2018)
 
Tamil Nadu to Ban Disposable Plastic

The State government on Tuesday announced a ban on manufacture, sales, storage and usage of disposable plastic across State with effective from January 1, 2019.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jun 6, 2018)
 
6200 Innovative Farm Pools Bring Drought Relief

6,000 hectares of land will now be covered under protected irrigation and hopefully result in a better rabi crop for drought prone Yavatmal in Mahrashtra, India.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 29, 2018)
 
Sowing Hope

Sabarmati Tiki is the daughter of Prof Radhamohan who bought degraded land in Nayagarh and despite people calling his mission impossible, decided to regenerate it. Sabarmati and her team grow 314 traditional rice varieties at the farm and distribute the seeds to farmers in Odisha.

( Source: FirstPost, Posted: May 21, 2018)
 
Trafficking Survivors Turn Bakers

Chhattisgarh government has come up with a unique initiative of setting up a bakery unit for survivors of human trafficking, as its pilot project under Beti Zindabad campaign in Jashpur.

( Source: TimesOfIndia, Posted: May 14, 2018)
 
Saving Seeds, Saving our Future

Vanastree is a seed saving cooperative located in the heart of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India. Its main objectives include promoting food security and bio diversity through sustainable farms and home gardens.

( Source: itsorganic.in, Posted: May 7, 2018)
 
Giving an Identity to 100 Million Nomadic Tribals

Large populations of former so called criminal tribes in India continue to remain economically, socially, and politically disenfranchised. Over the last seven years, Mittal Patel has worked in over 1,000 different denotified tribal (DNT) settlements to legitimize them, not just as active citizens accessing land, education and livelihoods, but also as leaders.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Apr 30, 2018)
 
Crusading for Sex Workers

At the age of 40, Jayamma Bhandari works with women sex workers in building a respectable source of income. Through Chaitanya Mahila Mandali, she is taking up skilling and livelihood courses so that these women can step out of the business with dignity and financial help.

( Source: yourstory.com, Posted: Apr 23, 2018)
 
Girls Who Took Over a Village

In Thennamadevi, a village in Tamil Nadu, India, girls have moved from discussions of the challenges they face to taking bold action.

( Source: csmonitor.com, Posted: Apr 17, 2018)
 
A School that Teaches Life

Seth M.R. Jaipuria school in Lucknow,India is encouraging students to tap into their own and others humanity through the practices of gratitude, self compassion, mindfulness, and more, transforming the school.

( Source: DailyGood.org, Posted: Apr 10, 2018)
 
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