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Domestic Help Rescues Stray Animals, Provides Shelter in Her Own Hut in Mumbai

Uma Shetty of Mumbai, who lives in a small hut and works as a domestic help, has been caring for and sheltering stray animals for the last six years. Recently, Uma rescued seven puppies, packed in a sack and thrown in a trashcan near JJ Hospital.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 19, 2016)
 
Converting Barren Land into Lake

The residents of Ramsar village in Rajasthan worked very hard for five months and converted 52 acres of barren land in their village into a lake to conserve water.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 12, 2016)
 
Using Traditional Skills to Overcome Natural Disaster

In 1999. When the super cyclone hit Odisha, the women of Jagatsinghpur district decided to get back on their feet by weaving artefacts from kaincha, the local wild grass.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 5, 2016)
 
Lending a Hand in Bringing up Special Children.

ndeed, at the rehabilitation centres run by Tamahar Trust, the brainchild of occupational therapist Vaishali Pai, nearly 100 children with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, chromosomal disorders, intellectual impairment and epileptic disorders.

( Source: thweeekendleader.com, Posted: Jun 28, 2016)
 
Class 7 Students Raises Funds to Clean Up Village

Their journey was hard, but they stood firm in their belief to bring about a change in society.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 22, 2016)
 
Speaking up for Snow Leopards of Pakistan

Dr. Nawaz Ali received the Whitely Fund for Nature award, known as the Green Oscar, for his work with the Snow Leopard Foundation.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Jun 21, 2016)
 
Caring for the Children of Convicts

It all began in 2003, when the Odisha government was implementing a reforms programme in prisons across the state. Social activist Nirajalaxmi Mohapatra, who was a part of this effort, used to regularly visit jails to counsel women inmates.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Jun 15, 2016)
 
Dr.Muthukakshmi Reddy: A Journey of Inspiration

From being the first woman medical graduate of India to becoming the first woman member of a Legislative Council, the journey of Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy is nothing short of inspiring.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 5, 2016)
 
Belgian Techie Strives to Keep Chennai Clean

A one-year project is what brought Peter to the shores of Marina beach. And soon, he took the broom and started cleaning up.

( Source: Manorama Online, Posted: May 31, 2016)
 
Natabar Sarangi Sows Seeds of Success

Organic farming techniques of Natabar Sarangi, a noted farmer and seed collector of Cuttack, have found place in Class IX curriculum of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India.

( Source: IndianExpress, Posted: May 23, 2016)
 
Taking Care of Donkeys and Mules

The income of donkey-owning families is usually so meagre that they can barely make ends meet. As a result, these animals are often left to fend for themselves for food and shelter.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 17, 2016)
 
Children of a Security Guard, Auto Driver and Grocer Crack UPSC, Write Their Own Destiny

The announcement of the UPSC results this week brought great cheer to more than a 1,000 candidates and their families across the country. Read the stories!

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 11, 2016)
 
A University of Bio-Diversity in Nepal

The objective is that one day, a Nepali student could walk from Koshi Tappu to Kanchenjunga, across 118 different forest types, and learn from local farmers about the deep physical and biological diversity of the landscape through place-based education.

( Source: asiasociety.org, Posted: May 3, 2016)
 
Looking Out for Street Dogs

Feeding dogs on the streets of Bengaluru, a corporate employee, 37-year-old Amee Mendez is a dog lover who has been looking out for man's best friend with steely determination.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 2, 2016)
 
A Garden to Celebrate the Girl Child

The 'Shloka Beti Garden' in Udaipur will give parents and relatives the chance to celebrate the birth of a girl child by planting a sapling.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 27, 2016)
 
Combating Drought with Simplicity

Children across Maharashtra :-schools are implementing this simple but highly effective method of conserving water, at a time when the rest of the state is reeling from drought.

( Source: The Better India, Posted: Apr 20, 2016)
 
Feeding the Caregivers

Raja Sethu Murali has been providing food for the poor patients and their attendants at the Government General Hospital in the Indian city of Coimbatore for last 15 years

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Apr 13, 2016)
 
Teaching 800 Students in Bihar, Sitting 900 km Away

Sweta Singh teaches 800 students using Eckovation, a social learning platform. every day. Many of her students are from her native town of Chhapra in Bihar

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 29, 2016)
 
Damming the Exodus

Mhaswad and its surrounding villages are riding on a wave of hope, as the Manndeshi Foundation, a homegrown non-profit, has finished building nine small dams that are all filled with water. (Photos: Sameena Dalwai

( Source: TeWeekedLeader, Posted: Mar 23, 2016)
 
Kindness of Caperon to Homeless Girls

The dedication of Kannika, a school teacher, to prepare a few homeless girls for a better future by taking them under her wings completely received support from hawkers at Dum Dum railway station, which has given a new life to the girls,

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Mar 16, 2016)
 
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