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Refurbishing Sports Shoes into Chappals for the Poor

Ramesh and Shriyans who started Green Soles in Mumbai learnt that around 35 crore pairs of non-biodegradable shoes are discarded every year .

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Nov 29, 2016)
 
Educating the Daughters of Militants

Adhik Kadam from Pune has adopted 200 daughters of Kashmir militants killed in encounters, giving them shelter and providing them with an education.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 20, 2016)
 
Karachi Doctor Transplants Hope

Dr. Adib Rizvi in Karachi than 300 transplants and 260,000 dialysis sessions in 2015 alone, with follow-up treatments and medications provided for free.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Nov 16, 2016)
 
Serving Senior Meals

Since 2012, a group of senior citizens in Borivali, Mumbai have been getting their meals home-delivered without fail by Mark and Yvonne D Souza, in a unique meal service initiative.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Nov 9, 2016)
 
Cafe with A Mission

As a street kid in Mumbai, Amin Sheikh had seen it all before he came under the care of an orphanage. The gritty survivor, now runs a cafe that is changing the lives of street children like him

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Nov 2, 2016)
 
Mahasweta Devi, The Compassionate Writer

The writing of Mahasweta Devi stemmed from her political beliefs and activism. She was fiercely committed to fighting oppression in any form and spent a lifetime giving a voice to the unheard. She raised her voice several times against the discrimination of tribal people in India.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Oct 25, 2016)
 
Hope In Bihar

Under progressive governance and grassroots action by its citizens, Bihar would be well on the path of progress. 0

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Oct 19, 2016)
 
Nepal Plans Anima Rescue Shelters

Amid escalating human-wildlife conflicts, the government has come up with a plan to set up proper wildlife rescue centres inside protected areas, forest areas and community forests.

( Source: eKantipur, Posted: Oct 11, 2016)
 
Zilong Wang: Medicine Journey

The quiet directness of Zilong Wang, his articulate, measured way of speaking and something so open about him makes an immediate impression. If one is around him very much at all, its impossible not to feel, in some measure, hope for our future. Because he was soon leaving on a solo bicycle pilgrimage across the U.S. and ultimately around the globe, I asked if we could record a conversation before he left. We met a couple of days later to talk, but first he handed me a lovely ink drawing his grandmother had done

( Posted: Oct 5, 2016)
 
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

When Leslie Robinson, an American tourist heard that the authorities in Tiruvannamalai were going to kill street dogs, he decided to stay back.

( 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)
 
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