Children convince tea shops to use clay cups instead of plastic in Kolkata, India

The experience of street tea in Kolkata is made infinitely more charming for being drunk in maatir bhaar, or clay cups. The decades-old practice is also environmentally friendly. In recent times however, this Kolkata tradition has all but vanished due

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Reclaiming parks to play and to rest in Mangol Puri, Delhi, India….

Parks are meant for play and leisure, a pleasure denied to the children of Mangol Puri. With their community parks used to stow vehicles, throw garbage and other anti-social activities such as drinking and gambling, Mangol Puri’s children were forced

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Annapoorni’s journey from Labourer to Officer in Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India

Annapoorni lost her father when she was only a year old. Her mother, a housewife, had to go to work to support them, but she motivated and supported Annapoorni to continue in school. Unfortunately another tragedy befell Annapoorni’s family when

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Puran Singh’s mission to protect the forests of Sundargarh, Odisha, India

Puran Singh of Chirobeda Village, Sundargarh, Odisha is a 21-year old with a day job as an electrician at Rourkela Steel plant. When he’s not at the steel plant, Puran’s passion for protecting the forests around his home takes over.

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Children of Dumka, Jharkand, India overcome multiple obstacles to play tag rugby

Rugby is a sport not associated with India and less so with the villages of interior Jharkhand. This makes the achievement of 60 children from 5 villages of Dumka District, who participated in a Tag Rugby tournament, all the more

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When the children can’t get to school, bring the school to the children

Not long ago, early morning meant starting the long walk to the city for the child beggars of Jambunatha Bypass. As the name suggests, this is a small hamlet on the bypass road that joins Hospet city to the mining hills. It is inhabited for several decades by a group of nomadic tribal families who live by begging for food and money.

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Eeramma’s empowering step from child labour to “decent work”

Eeramma is one of the many children who remember their childhood only against the backdrop of mines. “I was raised within the mines as my parents and elder siblings all worked there. When I turned 5, there was no question of anganwadi or school.

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How Shruti and her Lambani friends brought colour back into their lives

In the Lambani community, to which Shruthi and her friends Tara Bai, Jothi Bai and Rupa belong most girls are married at 15 and mothers thrice over by the age of 18. If that feels like the start of a difficult life, their problems were multiplied by the denial of access to the forest due to mining, leading to a loss of food security.

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Shiv Shankar Yadav’s journey from multi-awarded player to inspiring coach

With a father in Indian Railways and a mother who is a house wife, Shiv Shankar has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Perhaps it is his many siblings that makes Shiv Shankar vocal about the issues facing children and youth, especially their ecological rights.

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How brave Jarsini stopped corporal punishment in her school

Jarsini, a Standard 9 student in St. Jude’s Higher Secondary School in the coastal village of Pallam in Kanyakumari is a hero in our eyes. Jarsini and her friends had been facing verbal abuse from a newly appointed school principal for some months.

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