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Nurturing a Society of Tree-lovers

n last nine years, Karpagam and her students have planted about 12,000 saplings in and around Coimbatore.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jan 21, 2015)
 
Ten Years of Tsunamika

Meet Tsunamika, the daughter of the tsunami, who turns 10 today and has been enabling 100 tsunami affected women in Tamil Nadu to get back on their feet.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jan 14, 2015)
 
We need supportive schools and workplaces for an inclusive India

Ashwin Karthik is first Indian, BE graduate with Cerebral Palsy (Quadriplegic), and his story is inspiration to many..

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
 
Making Menstruation Hygienic And Profitable

From using ashes to dirty clothes, women in rural India put their health at immense risk during menstruation. Swati Bedeker not only spread awareness about using sanitary pads but also enabled rural women to make a living out of it.

( Source: TheBetterindia, Posted: Jan 7, 2015)
 
Visually Impaired and a Bright Career

Ankit Jindal lost his eyesight when he was in his teens. But he did not let his disability come in his way and today he is Marketing Manager at an IT giant.

( Source: TheBetterIndia, Posted: Dec 28, 2014)
 
Floored By Enterprising Grannies

Thanks to a mat weaving initiative at Vishranthi, an old age home in Chennai, resident ladies in their twilight years have become social entrepreneurs.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 24, 2014)
 
Justice Krishna Iyer: The Voice of the Poor

The legendary jurist V.R. Krishna Iyer, took up the cause of the poor and the underprivileged in his capacities as a Minister in Kerala, a Supreme Court judge, and post-retirement, a human rights activist.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Dec 17, 2014)
 
Creating Ice Stupas To Solve Water Problems Of People In Ladakh

When Sonam Wangchuk saw people struggling to meet their basic water requirements in Ladakh, he came up with a solution of creating vertical ice stupas to store water for a longer time.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 8, 2014)
 
The Blind Rescuer of Snakes

Sanjeev Gohil started losing his vision 12 years ago. But this did not stop him from climbing rocks or rescuing snakes and even leopards.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 1, 2014)
 
The Last Trustee of Indigo

Yellappa was the last of a family of great indigo dyers in Andhra Pradesh who kept the dying art alive and passed it on.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Nov 25, 2014)
 
Sun Powers Bihar Village to New Life

Dharnai village in Bihar, one of India's poorest states, is now lit-up by solar-powered micro-grid.

( Source: greenpeaceindia, Posted: Nov 19, 2014)
 
More Airlines Ban Shark Fins as Cargo

By instituting this ban against the carriage of shark fins, Jet Airways has joined the growing league of environmentally conscious airlines, said Humane Society International-India.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Nov 11, 2014)
 
Saving Saviours

On the morning of September 6, 2014, when Kashmir woke up to the biggest flood of the century, Dr Teing found herself stuck with hundreds of patients and their attendants at Lal Ded.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Nov 5, 2014)
 
Celebrating the Bonds of Sisterhood in a Red Light Area

Take a peek at life in a brothel and learn how, despite their vulnerabilities, the women have learnt to live a full life.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Oct 29, 2014)
 
Muslim Families Care for Calcutta Synagogues

Generations of Muslim families have been taking care of the maintenance of three synagogues in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.

( Source: Al Jazeera, Posted: Oct 21, 2014)
 
From Slum Dweller to Nobel Nominee

Jockin Sir, as Mumbai's slum dwellers call him, is an inspirational figure helping India's dispossessed stand up for their rights.

( Source: The Guardian, Posted: Oct 15, 2014)
 
Teacher Amma

A school teacher, who believes she is a mother to her students, G Sripriya, affectionately called by her students as Priya Amma runs 29 tuition centres for underprivileged children through her team of volunteers.

( Source: The Weekend Leader, Posted: Oct 8, 2014)
 
Lighting Up Lives

Sunrise Candles, started by visually challenged entrepreneur Bhavesh Bhatia, employs around 85 other visually impaired people.

( Source: nextbigwhat.com, Posted: Oct 1, 2014)
 
Building a Library a Day

Entrepreneur and social activist Pradeep Lokhande’s project of setting up a library every day across rural schools in Maharashtra is helping many poor students see the light of a new day.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Sep 24, 2014)
 
The Golden Temple Rises To The Occasion To Help The Jammu And Kashmir Flood Victims

Guru ka Langar in Amritsar created a record of sorts when food for 1,00,000 flood victims in Kashmir was prepared and airlifted.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 16, 2014)
 
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