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Dr Ruth Pfau: A Candle of Hope

Dr Ruth arrived as a young woman of 31 in Karachi from Germany in 1960. It was chance that took her to the Lepers Colony on McLeod Road. Within three years, she had set up a proper leprosy clinic, now an eight-storey hospital on Shahrah-i-Liaquat, and the hub of 157 leprosy centres all over the country.

( Source: The Dawn, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
15 year Old Slow Entrepreneur

This is the story of a 15-year-old boy from Bengaluru who found his calling in carpentry and is making a niche in a field that doesn’t fall under conventional vocations.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 15, 2017)
 
Fifty Years of Bbuilding Peace in Nagaland

Natwarbhai Thakkar and the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram established by him in Chuchuyimlang village of Mokokchung district have worked unceasingly to integrate Naga society with the national mainstream.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Aug 9, 2017)
 
CSR Initiative Brings Water to a Parched Village

While Velha block of Pune receives an annual average rainfall of 20 cm to 25 cm during the monsoon, March, April, May and June are months of drudgery and a familiar scene of long trudge for village women and girls to fetch drinking water.

( Source: scroll.in, Posted: Jul 31, 2017)
 
Educate Girls Gets $75,000 Funding From Goldman Sachs

Educate Girls is a Mumbai-based non-profit organisation that works towards improving enrolment, retention and learning outcomes for girls in some of the most rural and marginalised communities in India.

( Source: NDTV.com, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
Vinayak's Parivar - One Life One Mission

Vinayak's life is a lesson for every youth of the country that one can lead a life more meaningfully, using the education and expertise we earn, for the benefit of the society and mankind.

( Source: Youthensnews.com, Posted: Jul 25, 2017)
 
Divya Nayan: A Text to Speech Device for Visually Impaired

Chandigarh based Central Scientific Instruments Organization has developed a reading machine for the visually impaired which can scan a given text and read it aloud for the user. The device is standalone, portable (410gms), completely wireless and uses open source hardware and software.

( Source: The Optimist Citizen, Posted: Jul 19, 2017)
 
IIT Kanpur to Develop Sustainable Villages Along Ganges

Supported by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the initiative aims at developing model Ganga Grams.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jul 11, 2017)
 
Waste-Free in 2 Years. Town Shows the Way

By installing a comprehensive waste segregation and management system with the help of NGO Hand in Hand, the temple town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu has managed to go waste-free in just two years.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jul 4, 2017)
 
Eid Iftar at Udupi Krishna Mutt

In a first in the long history of the famous Udupi Krishna temple mutt, a gathering of Muslims broke their Ramzan fast and participated in harmony breakfast meet. The event was mooted by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jun 27, 2017)
 
FreshBox: A Solar Powered Cold Storage from Africa

Half of all the staple food in Africa is lost in the post-harvest stage or before they hit the market.

( Source: qz.com, Posted: Jun 20, 2017)
 
Ani Choying Drolma: The Singing Nun of Kathmandu

With several albums and a series of concerts around the globe under her belt, the singing nun of Kathmandu uses the resources to run Arya Tara, a school for novice nuns.

( Source: BBC, Posted: Jun 13, 2017)
 
Preserving Biodiversity of North East India

Founded in 2012, NESFAS is an organization based in Shillong that promotes greater understanding of culture and practices of the bygone days which were more sustainable and environment friendly.

( Source: nesfas.in, Posted: Jun 6, 2017)
 
NGO, IT professionals join hands to raise funds for debt-laden farmers

They are targeting a sum of Rs 1 crore for developing production techniques, market farm produce and assist farmers with government schemes.

( Source: MoneyControl, Posted: May 31, 2017)
 
Saving Forests Creates Financial Gains

Dudhai village in Uttarakhand, India, is setting trends by being the first to get financial reward for protecting the biodiversity. =

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 24, 2017)
 
Weaving Threads of Change

After Sidiqui joined an SHG enabled by Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana in In Jamagaon, Uttar Pradesh, took a loan of Rs 5,000 and bought 50 kgs of waste yarn and spun into rope that sells for 4 times the cost of yarn. She also taught spinning to 20 women from all castes and communities in her neighbourhood.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: May 17, 2017)
 
Bend it Like Bamboo

After much struggle, Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula, of Bamboo House India are spreading the idea of eco-friendly houses entirely made out of bamboo. An eco-friendly bamboo house costs just 2.5 lakhs and provides livelihood, too.

( Source: The News Minute, Posted: May 10, 2017)
 
Why a Filmmaker Left Behind the Glitz & Glam of the Industry to Take up Farming in a Village

Seven years ago a filmmaker, Saraswati bought a little plot of land in a village 70 km from Hyderabad and became a farmer to encourage the youth to stick to their roots by becoming a role model for them.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: May 3, 2017)
 
Protectors of the Niyamgiri Hills

An iconic leader of social justice movements in India, Prafulla Samantara led a historic 12 year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, aluminum ore mine.

( Source: http://www.goldmanprize.org, Posted: Apr 25, 2017)
 
Acting Beyond the Call of Duty, This Railway Sub-Inspector Has Rescued Over 400 Runaway Children

434 children would have slipped through the cracks in the city to unknown, dark corners, if not for Mishra, who is known for her careful handling of these young souls and for ensuring that no harm comes to any of them, even after they have left her care.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Apr 18, 2017)
 
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