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Building with Mud

37 year old Jamie Waltham made his first trip to India in 2018 with the aim–to build a sustainable home in a small space from locally available materials.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Feb 6, 2019)
Therapeutic Spaces in the Mountains

The low cost and cosy dormitories of The Lost Tribe hostel (TLT) near Manali promotes the cultivation of art by merging diverse ideas under one roof.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Jan 22, 2019)
Biplab Hazra: Shining Light on People Elephant Conflict

Farmers struggle to earn a living on a good day. Elephants have to feed their enormous bellies with what is available. If humans cut access to other forests, they follow their trunks elsewhere. Farmers fight back with all they have.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Jan 22, 2019)
Documenting Forgotten Tribal Tunes

Akshatha Shetty and Piyush Goswami, have set out on an extraordinary journey to document tribal tunes of India.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jan 22, 2019)
New Alliance Commits to Help End Plastic Waste

The global alliance is a not-for-profit organization that includes companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastics.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Jan 22, 2019)
Human Rights Priorities

Perhaps the most serious human rights issue today concerns the freedom of expression for media.

( Source: Dawn, Posted: Dec 5, 2018)
Growing Organic Cotton Boosts Tribal Income

In 2015, after growing Bt cotton for 15 years, around 7,000 Bhil, Bhilala, Korku and Gond tribal farmers of the Nimar region of Madhya Pradesh switched to organic farming. Every year they find their cotton yields improving along with their income.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Dec 2, 2018)
Saving Lives and Time with Skywalk

Scheduled to be completed by March 2019, Thane-Mumbai skywalk is expected to benefit more than 25,000 commuters.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Dec 2, 2018)
Indomitable Women to Lend their Voice at Jaipur Litfest

The upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to host powerful women to inspire the world with their indomitable spirit.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Dec 2, 2018)
Cafe Arpan: Emplying People with Developmental Disabilities

Nagarkar, a medico, started a small cafe called Arpan in Juhu, Bombay, as a unique venture employing mostly those who suffer from various developmental disabilities.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
The Modern Sarpanch

Jetpur is a Taluk in Rajasthan with a population of around 10,000 where the majority populations belongs to Sceduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category. Since he became sarpanch Ankit(Montu) Bhai Shah has made it his full-time work to fulfil his vision of The Jetpur of dreams.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
GD: Engineer, Green guru, Sanyasi

This is the story of GD, who batted for a free flowing Ganges and the story and his last fast that ended his life prematurely.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
Fixing Civic Issues by Mapping

With the help of an open software called OpenStreetMap, almost 120 mappers in Bengaluru alone are highlighting various issues in the city.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
Fastest Growing Waste is e-waste

According to a study, India will consume $400 billion worth of electronic goods by 2020.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Nov 26, 2018)
Helping Visually Impaired Through Chess

Project Checkmate was started by 18 year old Devanshi as an attempt to impart life skills to underprivileged kids and kids with visual impairments.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
Action Nort East Camp for Mental Health

The Ant camp or Action Nort East camp is just about the only place in these remote parts of Assam that someone with a mental health issue can hope to get attention and medicines for 300.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
Andhra Pradesh aims to become Indian innovation Valley

Amravati will be the hub of this innovation which will comprise nine cities inlcuding Media City, Government City, Justice City among others.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
First Registry of Sex Offenders Out in India

Names, photos and DNA samples — the database will contain information on more than 4.5 lakh cases, including profiles of first time and repeat offenders.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Oct 10, 2018)
Mind Piper: Untangling Ambiguity Around Mental Health

Mind Piper, a New Delhi based social enterprise, is using an integrated framework to address mental health issues for the underserved in India.

( Source: TheOptimistCitizen, Posted: Oct 3, 2018)
Womb Crusaders

Since 2001 Dr Vinjamuri and his wife, Dr S.V. Kameswari have been educating rural women in Andhra Pradesh, India about the importance of the uterus and why it should not be removed except for the most compelling medical reasons.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Oct 3, 2018)
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