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Nirmal Kulkarni: Conserving Hotspots of Western Ghats

From documenting the awe-inspiring secrets of the Mhadei Bio Region to providing sustainable livelihoods to locals, Nirmal Kulkarni and his team are pushing every limit to save this gem in the Western Ghats.

( Source: http://www.thebetterindia.com/21256/in-photos-a-glimpse-of-diverse-mhadei-bio-region-wildlife-india-goa/, Posted: Jul 1, 2015)
 
Caring by Habit

Sridevi donates the money she gets from selling old newspapers, collected from homes, to two orphanages. The habit is an inheritance from her parents, who always took care of poor youth at their home.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jun 24, 2015)
 
Happy Feet that Empower

In the heart of posh Bandra, Mumbai is a unique social enterprise business, a spa that helps its visually impaired therapists stand on their feet even as yours get much needed rest.

( Source: TheAlternative, Posted: Jun 16, 2015)
 
Saving Seeds and Avoiding Starvation

Thanks to Vijay Jadhari's Beej Bachao Andolan ('Save the Seeds' movement) in Uttarakhand, there is security as there is a good chance that at least some of the crops will survive the vagaries of nature.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 7, 2015)
 
This Retired Railway Employee has used his Pension to fill more than 1100 Potholes in Hyderabad

He starts his car every morning and roam across Hyderabad roads to repair the potholes. He has filled over 1,125 potholes so far and has exhausted his pension in this process. Know more about the amazing and selfless changemaker.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 3, 2015)
 
Commitment to Support Blind in getting Eyesight Back

Bhaskar bhai's donation bank has been successful in supporting 1700 blind people to get eyesight so far.

( Source: MumbaiHindinews, Posted: May 26, 2015)
 
How 2 girls, a boat ride and social media transformed the filthy ghats of Varanasi.

Temsutula Imsong and Darshika Shah took matters into their own hands and cleaned some of the filthiest ghats in Varanasi on their own, with help from social media. Here's how they even caught the attention of the PM.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 19, 2015)
 
How Technology developed for Outer Space is saving lives in Nepal

A unique suitcase-sized device that can detect human heartbeats and breathing patterns of survivors buried even 30 feet below crushed rock, is set to revolutionize search and rescue operations around the world.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 13, 2015)
 
11-year-old Becomes World's First Visually Impaired News Anchor

This visually impaired 5th grader fulfilled his long cherished dream of becoming a tv news anchor and became first in the world to do so. Here is all you need to know about the young genius.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 6, 2015)
 
Mental Health for All

As a co-founder of the NGO Sangath Dr. Vikram Patel helps spread the simple yet profound idea of mental health for all. And the hope that mental illness and trauma make us neither weak nor unworthy of love and respect.

( Source: Time, Posted: Apr 29, 2015)
 
Where Kids are Free to Dream

With Kiran School, Sabina has created an oasis of sanity in a Karachi neighbourhood where others have packed up and left due to gang violence.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Apr 22, 2015)
 
Caring for the Alcohol Addicted

About 35 years ago, in an era when India did not even talk about alcoholism and when alcoholics were treated by psychiatrists, Shanthi Ranganathan, a non-medical person, began her journey to build a place that looked after and turned around alcoholics and drug addicts.

( Source: Frontline, Posted: Apr 15, 2015)
 
Cconnecting Inaccessible Villages

With assistance from an NGO that supplied the bricks and materials, women of a remote hamlet in West Bengal have built a road through their village.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Apr 7, 2015)
 
Attending School Against All Odds

Tribal children in Udaipur, Rajasthan are inspired to go to school against all odds.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Apr 1, 2015)
 
Turning Dust Bowls into Lush Villages

For teaching thousands of villagers in arid regiond of India how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize.

( Source: goodnewsnetwork, Posted: Mar 24, 2015)
 
Building An, Equitable Water Management System

Here is how people of Khonoma village in Nagaland came together to make sure that their fields always remain green.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 17, 2015)
 
First Afghan Woman Taxi Driver Steers Change

Sara Bahai got her driver's license in 2002 and is also a mechanic. She earned a university degree in education and now teaches other women to drive so they can be more independent.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Mar 11, 2015)
 
Samarthanam Reaches Out to Visually Disabled

Samarthanam is the most far-reaching organization for the visually-impaired in Karnataka.

( Source: GiveIndia, Posted: Mar 3, 2015)
 
School Under the Bridge

When Rajesh Kumar Sharma went to see how Metro Rail work was progressing near the Yamuna station, he realized that poor children had no school to attend. So he set up a school Under the Bridge.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Feb 24, 2015)
 
Do not Rubbish the Garbage

Daily Dump provides a home composter for about Rs 600. It is designed for a single family and is supported by a service backup and customer support.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Feb 23, 2015)
 
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