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The Forest on Their Plates

The tribal women from Rayagada, Odisha fought to throw out white rice and soy nuggets and bring millets and seeds back into their diet

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Sep 27, 2016)
Lessons from Living in Nature

Nisha Srinivasan and her husband Ragu Padmanabhan had Silicon Valley careers, when in 2008, soon after having their son Aum, they promptly sold everything and moved to rural India. They wanted to farm, but had no experience in it and so set out as students of the land -- for instance, when they planted 9000 trees on their barren land, thousands didn't make it, but thousands blossomed into a mini-forest. They jumped in with the intention of living and being in a way that was better aligned with their inner voices, and learning what they needed along the way. In their own words, they saw it simply as an"experiment in laying a new path on an old road that leads to simplicity, sustainability and dare we say, spirituality." Nisha shares more from their journey in this disarming and inspiring piece.

( Posted: Sep 22, 2016)
Creating a Refuge for Animals

And he has a new family now - with numerous animals, amazing doctors, and many wonderful people as passionate as him.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 21, 2016)
Reserved Forests Status for Maharashtra Mangroves

Maharashtra has notified 15,087.6 hectares of mangroves across the state as reserved forest, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Sep 14, 2016)
Satara Puts its Water Systems Back

For four years, 40 citizens from Satara come together to work. More than 65 acres are now dotted with continuous covered trenches (CCTs), loose shoulder bunds (LSBs) and small check dams. About 7,000 trees have been planted and nurtured.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Sep 4, 2016)
Swachh Bharat honours Citizen Sanitation Champions

A series of short films is based on people-led initiatives focused on eliminating open defecation #FreedomFromOpenDefecation.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Aug 24, 2016)
Sagar Kabra: A Doctor Who Reached Out

Dr. Sagar Kabra was part of Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS), an organization dedicated to serving the rural poor in Chhattisgarh, India.

( Source: Dailygood, Posted: Aug 13, 2016)
Tiny Arunachal Villages Help Keep Red Pandas Alive

Red Panda that is found only in the Eastern Himalayas and two tiny hamlets in Pangchen Valley in Arunachal Pradesh are turning the tide on ecological degradation by making conservation an intrinsic part of their lifestyle.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 10, 2016)
A Stork Tale from Assam

Purnima Devi Barman, 37, of the NGO Aaranyak started an impassioned campaign that has influenced public opinion and boosted the chances of survival of the rare species of Adjutant Stork.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Aug 1, 2016)
How a Boy into Substance Abuse & Street Fights Became a Role Model for Good Behaviour

Today, the 17-year-old school dropout attends night school, works as a door-to-door salesperson and is a role model to children in his neighborhood. 

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 26, 2016)
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.

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 are hosted.

( 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)
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