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Making Classrooms from Old Scrapped Buses

Maharashtra government has decided to convert its scrapped state transport buses into schools for the children residing in the remote areas of the country.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 24, 2015)
 
The Man Who Lives a Completely Plastic Free Life

Bhim Rawat from Delhi has found a brilliant path. He has been living a plastic free life since the past 10 years. Bhim Rawat lives in Narela, Delhi and his life does not involve the use of plastic at all. From cutlery to furnishing, everything in his house is eco-friendly. He is 32-year-old and he has been living this way since 10 years now.

He uses neem twigs for a toothbrush and the paintings in his house are made of floral dyes. Food at his place is served on leaf or steel plates.

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From powdered rock salt, stainless steel buckets and mugs, to cloth bags, bamboo cups, and rugs made from old gunny bags - he has an eco-friendly alternative for all things plastic. For his wedding, Bhim Rawat used calendars to make invitations and gave cloth bags as return gifts to his guests. He was a teacher and got inspired to take this path while teaching children about the issue. “When I first started working for the environment, I researched a lot and found that we are the ones destroying our home and killing wildlife. I realised that our lives can go on perfectly without plastic. So why not do so?” he told Hindustan Times. He now works with an NGO in Shalimar Bagh. He is also working on finding a way to compost toilet waste. Kudos to the man for his determination!

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( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 23, 2015)
 
On A Mission to Reduce and Reuse Wasted Food

In a school with less than 1,000 students, the daily food waste was about 10 to 12 kilos. There are 300 schools in and around Coimbatore city so the food wasted is about 9 lakh kilos a year

( Source: rediff.com, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
 
Lending with Kindness

Milaap, an online platform set up by three friends, links the working poor people who badly need funds with people who care to give them a loan.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
 
Saving Forests: Women Sentinels of Gunduribadi

The women of Gunduribadi, a small tribal village in Odisha, go out daily for thengapalli or forest patrolling around their village. They are also members of their Forest Protection Committee which decides how to manage the forest and its resources.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
 
Making Roads in Rural Orissa

As the Panchayat leader of Sarakana in Orissa, Soudamini Das is adored for making MGNREGA work available, ensuring the supply of drinking water and electricity to everyone and a Primary Health Care Center.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 29, 2015)
 
Building a DIY Sustainable Home

After spending a considerable amount of time researching, Priyashri and Nishita zeroed in on building an earth bag or cement bag roundhouse.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jul 17, 2015)
 
A Rural Innovator Who Cares

Even in the absence of recognition, Rudra Narayan Mukherjee carries on his self-appointed mission that combines technology and social utility.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 14, 2015)
 
Golden Granny on a Cleanliness Drive

On her 100th birthday, Ahmedabad-based Rama Mali started a cleanliness drive in Kalupur. Inspired by Gandhi, Mali spreads awareness about cleanliness in her locality, distributes pamphlets and makes sure that people use dustbins.

( Source: TimesOf India, Posted: Jul 8, 2015)
 
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)
 
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