Success Story of Raj Kumar

As the COVID pandemic grips the country and brings life as we know it to a grinding halt – disadvantaged families across the country are in a state of despair as basic food for survival becomes a challenge. In the

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A girl’s fight: A community’s win

The small village of Rampur in Bihar would be just that any other in that region – except there’s something that sets it apart. The village has almost zero incidences of child marriage – something almost unheard of amongst the

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Meet Pondiselvi. A child bride yesterday. A confident and independent woman today.

Young Pondiselvi was married at the tender age of 17 years. That’s because in the tiny village of  Viralimalai in the Pudukkottai District of Tamil Nadu where she hails from, the community considers girls to be a burden and gets

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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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