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The Good Doctor of Kota

A barefoot village boy who only owned a pair of clothes translated hardship into hard work to become an eye surgeon, and today runs a 30-bed Suvi Eye Care which offers free surgeries to needy patients.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Sep 19, 2017)
 
Sikh Volunteers Feed Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Langar in Bangladesh!

The Rohingya Crisis is at its peak, as thousands of refugees struggle for a place to lay their head and a meal a day to feed their kids. Deemed the “most persecuted minority group in the world”, by the United Nations, the Rohingyas are a stateless group of people in western Myanmar, who have faced […]

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 10, 2017)
 
Laxman Singh: Wizard with Water

Laporiya in Rajasthan these days bears no resemblance to the dying village it once was. It is as though a wizard has been at work.

( Source: Civilsocietyonline, Posted: Sep 3, 2017)
 
Filling Potholes of Kochi

A Kochi auto rickshaw driver has taken it upon himself to fill whichever pothole he comes across on the city’s roads.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 28, 2017)
 
Medicine Baba: When a Man Becomes a Movement

In the aftermath of a building collapse in East Delhi, India, that left some dead and more suffering, Omkar Nath Sharma felt helpless. Before his very eyes, people in pain, some dying, needed medicine but had no money. And the local hospital could not help. Then it struck him: maybe people had medicine in their homes that they no longer needed. Though he was 80 years old, he could walk, he could talk, he could collect medicine for the needy. So he started calling out to people in their homes from the street, "Do you have any medicines that are not of use to you?" And he collected castoffs to give to those who needed the medicine. Then, the movement grew. This short video tells the story of Medicine Baba, whose successful operation with humble beginnings has saved countless lives.

( Posted: Aug 26, 2017)
 
Best From Waste: How Tamil Nadu Schoolkids Used Innovation to Help Their Aged Sweeper!

When students at the Panchayat Union Middle School, Konerikuppa in Tamil Nadu noticed the plight of the lone, aged sweeper at their school, they decided to take matters in their own hands. The students noticed that she was struggling to keep the school area clean, especially considering her age. They interviewed the woman to get […]

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 24, 2017)
 
Dr Ruth Pfau: A Candle of Hope

Dr Ruth arrived as a young woman of 31 in Karachi from Germany in 1960. It was chance that took her to the Lepers Colony on McLeod Road. Within three years, she had set up a proper leprosy clinic, now an eight-storey hospital on Shahrah-i-Liaquat, and the hub of 157 leprosy centres all over the country.

( Source: The Dawn, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
15 year Old Slow Entrepreneur

This is the story of a 15-year-old boy from Bengaluru who found his calling in carpentry and is making a niche in a field that doesn’t fall under conventional vocations.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
Fifty Years of Bbuilding Peace in Nagaland

Natwarbhai Thakkar and the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram established by him in Chuchuyimlang village of Mokokchung district have worked unceasingly to integrate Naga society with the national mainstream.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
CSR Initiative Brings Water to a Parched Village

While Velha block of Pune receives an annual average rainfall of 20 cm to 25 cm during the monsoon, March, April, May and June are months of drudgery and a familiar scene of long trudge for village women and girls to fetch drinking water.

( Source: scroll.in, Posted: Jul 31, 2017)
 
Educate Girls Gets $75,000 Funding From Goldman Sachs

Educate Girls is a Mumbai-based non-profit organisation that works towards improving enrolment, retention and learning outcomes for girls in some of the most rural and marginalised communities in India.

( Source: NDTV.com, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
Vinayak's Parivar - One Life One Mission

Vinayak's life is a lesson for every youth of the country that one can lead a life more meaningfully, using the education and expertise we earn, for the benefit of the society and mankind.

( Source: Youthensnews.com, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
Divya Nayan: A Text to Speech Device for Visually Impaired

Chandigarh based Central Scientific Instruments Organization has developed a reading machine for the visually impaired which can scan a given text and read it aloud for the user. The device is standalone, portable (410gms), completely wireless and uses open source hardware and software.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
IIT Kanpur to Develop Sustainable Villages Along Ganges

Supported by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the initiative aims at developing model Ganga Grams.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Waste-Free in 2 Years. Town Shows the Way

By installing a comprehensive waste segregation and management system with the help of NGO Hand in Hand, the temple town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu has managed to go waste-free in just two years.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
Eid Iftar at Udupi Krishna Mutt

In a first in the long history of the famous Udupi Krishna temple mutt, a gathering of Muslims broke their Ramzan fast and participated in harmony breakfast meet. The event was mooted by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
FreshBox: A Solar Powered Cold Storage from Africa

Half of all the staple food in Africa is lost in the post-harvest stage or before they hit the market.

( Source: qz.com, Posted: Jun 20, 2017)
 
Ani Choying Drolma: The Singing Nun of Kathmandu

With several albums and a series of concerts around the globe under her belt, the singing nun of Kathmandu uses the resources to run Arya Tara, a school for novice nuns.

( Source: BBC, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
Preserving Biodiversity of North East India

Founded in 2012, NESFAS is an organization based in Shillong that promotes greater understanding of culture and practices of the bygone days which were more sustainable and environment friendly.

( Source: nesfas.in, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
NGO, IT professionals join hands to raise funds for debt-laden farmers

They are targeting a sum of Rs 1 crore for developing production techniques, market farm produce and assist farmers with government schemes.

( Source: MoneyControl, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
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