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Sowing Hope

Sabarmati Tiki is the daughter of Prof Radhamohan who bought degraded land in Nayagarh and despite people calling his mission impossible, decided to regenerate it. Sabarmati and her team grow 314 traditional rice varieties at the farm and distribute the seeds to farmers in Odisha.

( Source: FirstPost, Posted: May 21, 2018)
 
Trafficking Survivors Turn Bakers

Chhattisgarh government has come up with a unique initiative of setting up a bakery unit for survivors of human trafficking, as its pilot project under Beti Zindabad campaign in Jashpur.

( Source: TimesOfIndia, Posted: May 14, 2018)
 
Saving Seeds, Saving our Future

Vanastree is a seed saving cooperative located in the heart of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India. Its main objectives include promoting food security and bio diversity through sustainable farms and home gardens.

( Source: itsorganic.in, Posted: May 7, 2018)
 
Giving an Identity to 100 Million Nomadic Tribals

Large populations of former so called criminal tribes in India continue to remain economically, socially, and politically disenfranchised. Over the last seven years, Mittal Patel has worked in over 1,000 different denotified tribal (DNT) settlements to legitimize them, not just as active citizens accessing land, education and livelihoods, but also as leaders.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Apr 30, 2018)
 
Crusading for Sex Workers

At the age of 40, Jayamma Bhandari works with women sex workers in building a respectable source of income. Through Chaitanya Mahila Mandali, she is taking up skilling and livelihood courses so that these women can step out of the business with dignity and financial help.

( Source: yourstory.com, Posted: Apr 23, 2018)
 
Girls Who Took Over a Village

In Thennamadevi, a village in Tamil Nadu, India, girls have moved from discussions of the challenges they face to taking bold action.

( Source: csmonitor.com, Posted: Apr 17, 2018)
 
A School that Teaches Life

Seth M.R. Jaipuria school in Lucknow,India is encouraging students to tap into their own and others humanity through the practices of gratitude, self compassion, mindfulness, and more, transforming the school.

( Source: DailyGood.org, Posted: Apr 10, 2018)
 
A Pot Of Tea and A Dose of Love

Ambareen Abdullah and Fahad Azim started Kaitley in 2016. It is an evolving brand of tea carts across Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, run by individuals recovering from chronic mental illnesses.

( Source: TheOptimisticCitizen, Posted: Apr 4, 2018)
 
Guide To Greywater Recycling At Home

This summer, take a few simple steps to cut down your water bills as well as your water footprint.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Mar 28, 2018)
 
Sindutai Sapkal: The Mother Of Thousands Of Orphans

During experiences of poverty, abjection and homelessness, Sindhutai came across dozens of orphans and women who were blatantly ignored by the society. She started adopting these orphans and worked and sometimes begged incessantly to feed them.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Mar 26, 2018)
 
Celebrating Garbage

Kuppai (garbage) Thiruvizha (festival_, an initiative by Chennai based Kuppai Matters, was a two day event designed to sensitise people to the idea of reduce, reuse, repair, refuse and recycle.

( Source: New Indian Express, Posted: Mar 19, 2018)
 
Top Architecture Prize for Low Cost Housing Pioneer

Considered a pioneer of low-cost housing, Mr. Doshi, 90, is thrilled to have been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize, the highest honor. He is the first laureate from India.

( Source: New York Times, Posted: Mar 14, 2018)
 
For the Sake of a Lake

Arun Krishnamurthy and his organization Environmentalist Foundation of India,have been creating environmental change in multiple states of the country through lake conservation, student education and community participation for nearly a decade.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Mar 5, 2018)
 
Odisha to Introduce Millets in Citizen Services

This is the first state in India to introduce millets into Public Distribution System, Mid-day Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services together.

( Source: DownToEarth, Posted: Feb 26, 2018)
 
Bhil Tribes Revive Tradition to Conserve Forest and Water

Halma is an ancient tradition of the Bhils where tribes people gather at a place to discuss problems face by the community. Halma has united tribal people in Madhya Pradesh to plant more than 11,000 trees, repaired more than 250 hand pumps and dug more than three dozen big ponds.

( Source: Hindustan Times, Posted: Feb 20, 2018)
 
Inviting Elephants for Tea

Tenzing's small 13-hectare (about 32 acres) tea estate sits in the folds of the Himalayas, and borders the mountain kingdom of Bhutan to the north. Tenzing produces his traditional tea without synthetic pesticices.

( Source: npr.org, Posted: Feb 14, 2018)
 
The Return of a Lake

Bio-mining is the process of using microorganisms (microbes) to extract metals of economic interest from rock ores or mine waste. Such techniques are also used to clean up sites that have been polluted with metals, as in the case of Sembakkam lake in Chennai.

( Source: The Better India, Posted: Feb 6, 2018)
 
Making Learning Fun in a Remote Village

After 20 Years in the US, Sharath and Shandhya started an NGO, Aavishkaar, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Their vibrant team is a ray of hope for children who want to dive deep into math and science.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 30, 2018)
 
Magical Sacred Grove of Himalaya

Stretching over 5.5 sq km, Hariyali Devi is regarded as one of the largest sacred groves in India.

( Source: DowntoEarth, Posted: Jan 15, 2018)
 
Uttarakhand to Pass Organic Agricultural Act

Following the footsteps of Sikkim, which is first fully organic Indian state, Uttarakhand is all set to roll out Organic Agricultural Act in the month of January in 2018. This Agriculture Act will pave the way for transforming Uttarakhand into a fully organic state in near future.

( Source: eUttaranchal.com, Posted: Jan 3, 2018)
 
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