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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)
Saving Forests Creates Financial Gains

Dudhai village in Uttarakhand, India, is setting trends by being the first to get financial reward for protecting the biodiversity. =

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 24, 2017)
Weaving Threads of Change

After Sidiqui joined an SHG enabled by Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana in In Jamagaon, Uttar Pradesh, took a loan of Rs 5,000 and bought 50 kgs of waste yarn and spun into rope that sells for 4 times the cost of yarn. She also taught spinning to 20 women from all castes and communities in her neighbourhood.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 17, 2017)
Bend it Like Bamboo

After much struggle, Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula, of Bamboo House India are spreading the idea of eco-friendly houses entirely made out of bamboo. An eco-friendly bamboo house costs just 2.5 lakhs and provides livelihood, too.

( Source: The News Minute, Posted: May 10, 2017)
Why a Filmmaker Left Behind the Glitz & Glam of the Industry to Take up Farming in a Village

Seven years ago a filmmaker, Saraswati bought a little plot of land in a village 70 km from Hyderabad and became a farmer to encourage the youth to stick to their roots by becoming a role model for them.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 3, 2017)
Protectors of the Niyamgiri Hills

An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, Prafulla Samantara led a historic 12 year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, aluminum ore mine.

( Source: http://www.goldmanprize.org, Posted: Apr 25, 2017)
Acting Beyond the Call of Duty, This Railway Sub-Inspector Has Rescued Over 400 Runaway Children

434 children would have slipped through the cracks in the city to unknown, dark corners, if not for Mishra, who is known for her careful handling of these young souls and for ensuring that no harm comes to any of them, even after they have left her care.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 18, 2017)
Helping People Get Closer to Nature

A retired plantation officer in Nashik, Maharashtra, 60 year old Kusum has made it her mission to inspire people to save and plant trees, and live as close to nature as possible.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Apr 11, 2017)
This Dubai-Based Indian Businessman Has Helped Free 5,500 Prisoners Jailed for Petty Crimes

Firoz Merchant is a Dubai-based Indian jeweller who believes in giving people second chances and has spent 20 crore to help free 5,500 prisoners jailed in UAE for petty crimes.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 5, 2017)
Parents 'Come Out' In Support Of Their LGBTQ Children And Make History In The Process!

The first formal parent gathering to offer support to the parents of India's LGBTQ members was recently held in Mumbai.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 29, 2017)
Anandlok: Low-cost High-quality Medical Care

Following an oath he took, Deo Kumar Saraf has gone on to give a fresh lease of life to many thousands of people by building Anandalok, a chain of hospitals to offer quality medical care to the poor at the lowest possible costs.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Mar 28, 2017)
Traditional Cotton Gives a Lease of New Life

With the help of Sarvodaya in Warrangal, Pushpa harvested 1,800 kilos of organic cotton from one acre of land in a drought year. Some 100 kilos of lentils, maize, vegetables and castor as inter crops proved to be the bonus for her hard work.

( Source: Scroll, Posted: Mar 22, 2017)
The Mother of Orphans

Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as the Mother of Orphans is an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for her work in raising orphaned children in India.

( Source: Wikipedia, Posted: Mar 14, 2017)
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