LIFE


Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a Mumbai NGO that provides more than sneha When Dr Armida Fernandez, former Dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (better known as Sion Hospital), Mumbai, founded an NGO in 1999, she aptly called it Sneha -- affection. It is an acronym for Society for...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the Setu experiment in Kutch The concept of a Setu Centre, which could facilitate relief and rehabilitation of the earthquake-affected communities, emerged from the chaos and distress of the earthquake that struck Gujarat on 26 January 2001. Literally, within three...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a medical research NGO that focuses on Dr NH Antia -- the legendary plastic surgeon who did pioneering research on nerve damage caused by leprosy -- had two beacons for the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) which he set up in 1975. One, demystify medicine for the...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a much-needed training effort in Ahmedabad As a medical rep in Ahmedabad, Rajendra Joshi would notice the appalling state of public health in the slums. He knew that it was the result of poverty, arising from lack of livelihood and income and was determined to do...

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Four books from Wiley capture the current financial crisis from four angles. Collectively, they offer interesting insights It is common among businessmen, fund managers, analysts and sundry experts in the media to label the current financial crisis as something so sudden and virulent that...

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Two recent books on India written by authors of two different generationspresent an embrassingly rosy picture of India As an assistant editor of Financial Express in 1989, I was asked to write about a new steel plant that was coming up in a place near Amethi, in UP, the constituency of the...

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Amita Chauhan writes on one man’s effort to improve the life of women in rural Tamil Nadu There are many reasons why people work with or start their own NGOs. Experiencing poverty first-hand is, generally, the most compelling one. That is certainly what motivated Loganathan, who grew up poor...

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Richard Branson says his name should have been “Brandson” because brand building is in his DNA. His grandfather marketed branded cows! He is a billionaire who does not carry cash and his daughter says he can’t use an ATM because he does not remember his pin code. Once his wife had to stop him...

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Credibility Alliance aims at making NGOs more accountable and transparent. Sharvari Abhyankar explains how In this space, you have been reading about various non-government organisations (NGOs) striving for a better and more equitable world, by bridging the gaps in our development saga. Most of...

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Tarika Vaswani describes the work of Children Toy Foundation Devendrai Desai has fond memories of his childhood. He recalls one particular incident rather vividly. One regular, mundane morning, he was gathering his toys to go and play at a friend’s house and just could not find his checkers...

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Amita Chauhan describes how DESIRE helps innocent victims of a deadly disease Did you know that: Every minute of every day, on average, a child dies of HIV/AIDS? A child loses a parent to AIDS-related causes every 14 seconds? By 2010, an estimated 25 million children are expected to have...

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Tarika Vaswani on a charitable trust set up by a businessman that bridges the gap between the haves and the have-nots What motivated a hard-working man, who successfully started two businesses that flourished, to venture into a whole new world of activity? What made someone who was living...

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Lend them your EAR; you will open up the world to those who cannot hear, says Tarika Vaswani Every organisation has a story behind its existence and the Education Audiology and Research Society (EAR) is no different. Set up in 1963 by Meher Vakeel, it has, over the years, opened up a whole new...

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Geeta Seshu profiles the MBA Foundation whose credo is to ensure life with self-esteem and dignity for the disabled The sound of music engulfed me as I walked into a ground-floor apartment at Powai. A group of young men and women was practising a dance -- surrounded by grinning and cheerful...

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Amita Chauhan profiles how SAAD is giving a new life to marginalised women like devdasis and tamasha dancers “Life on the planet is born of woman” -- Adrienne Rich, poet and essayist While urban, educated Indian women take forward strides as never before, women from less privileged backgrounds...

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Tarika Vaswani profiles IHDUA, which ensures literacy and education by empowering women International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September to recognise that the basic learning needs of people of all ages should be met in every country. It’s an opportunity for us to remember that 774...

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Mansi Firth reports on the efforts of the Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group to rid society of the scourge of gender inequality “You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women” -- Jawaharlal Nehru Gender inequality is a pervasive problem and evident in cultures across...

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Ananya Trust is instilling hope in street children. Tarika Vaswani reports At the age of nine, Nisar ran away from home, boarded a wrong bus, fell asleep and ended up in Bengaluru. Unable to communicate about where he came from, he ended up on the streets and was ‘adopted’ by a gang of beggars....

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Tarika Vaswani of GiveIndia profiles a unique organisation that addresses the special needs of the deafblind Donate a rainbow, donate a song, donate the words ‘I love you’. Donate a starry night, donate a sunset, donate the sound of rain on a tin roof. Donate a hearty laugh, donate a...

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Tarika Vaswani describes how Ashadeep is instilling hope in the mentally challenged Like many girls in India, Mitali was married as soon as she reached the legal age. But in a matter of six months, her marriage fell apart and she was divorced. With neither a roof over her head nor anyone to...

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