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Sonya Wadhwani describes Shanti Avedna,  a unique hospice that allows the terminally ill to be cared for and die with dignity My teacher was suffering from pancreatic cancer and I remember wondering why she had to die so miserably. When I heard that she was going to be admitted to a hospice...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of Aseema in... In a swanky corporate office, has your attention been grabbed by a table calendar full of bright and happy drawings, obviously by children? The paintings reflect such warmth, and glow that it’s difficult to believe that they are the...

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Tanushree Kar and Nitya Parmeswaran describe Yuva Parivartan’s role in helping deprived youth to have a better tomorrow Mumbai is teeming with people and is evidently bursting at its seams. When a sizeable number of the people live below the poverty line in slums, it is but natural that 80%...

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Radhika Nair describes a novel way of using palyful pets to assist in therapy Vinod, a resident of Cheshire Home has been on a wheelchair for the past 25 years. His hands and legs are immobile; he was depressed most of the time and did not get out of his room much. That is, until Angel, a...

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Tanushree Kar describes a Pune-basedorganisation that identifies, develops and utilises skills specific to each disabled In almost all her films, Aparna Sen has depicted a physically and mentally challenged character because, as she said, she had to make society at large remember that they do...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee finds out how a women’s group has been preserving learnings from the past for sustainable development Protecting traditional knowledge linked to genetic resources and ensuring that communities share in profits obtained from its commercial use has acquired significance since...

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Tanushree Kar reports on the remarkable  initiative of a top design expert, Vanamala Jain, to train women living in slums in the art of pottery One person can make a difference - perhaps the adage can be applied perfectly to Vanmala Jain - a teacher, entrepreneur and homemaker. Her interest is...

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Tanushree Kar finds a unique organisation in Pune that looks after children between 0-4 years Twenty cherubic faces look at you expectantly, some of them laboriously trying to stand up and put out their hands to touch you. They are all between 8-10 months old and their smiles are enough to melt...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how FRCH is creating a cadre of women village health workers It is well known that people in rural India are just an illness away from poverty. Since medical care is not easily accessible, people have to spend on treatment and travel to the nearest Primary Health...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how HOPES, Mumbai, is helping deal with hazardous medical waste Increasing health care facilities around the country leads to an obvious increase in the bio-medical waste. A 2005 report estimated that of the total 7,000 tonnes of waste generated in Mumbai, almost...

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The concrete jungles of Mumbai are home to ‘urban tribals’. An NGO called Jaag is trying to rehabilitate them, discovers Gaver Chatterjee It is hard to believe but the concrete jungles of Mumbai are home to what can be called ‘urban tribals’. When Vitthal Govind Lad, a social worker, visited...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee explores the factors that led to a successful collective of strong NGOs in Kutch If a collective of NGOs survives almost a decade -- nay grows in its operations and influence -- even after its proximate cause of disaster relief and mitigation dissipates, it calls for serious...

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Only ant-like perseverance can transform the backward and beautiful North East, says Sucheta Dalal. Here is the story of one such effort It requires great courage and tremendous determination to work in the beautiful but violence- ridden backward terrain of India’s north-eastern states. In...

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Meet Shraddha, an NGO that fights autism with creativity and love to empower a set of differently-abled adults says Sucheta Dalal If you have noticed some beautifully finished silk bags with bangles or gajras for handles, stunningly crafted gift boxes, decorative candles or festive leaf pressed...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee discovers how the commercial use of a traditional craft has made the girl child wanted in Kutch Four years ago, a Trustee of the Sarwa Sewa Sangh a Bhuj NGO told me that embroidery had become the main activity of many rural Kutchhi women. Its social impact is very evident....

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How Gujarat Ambuja Cements rehabilitated lands mined out at Kodinar Mining inevitably leads to changes in land use and alters livelihoods and landscapes. Over the past 20 years, the sector has been regulated through a series of legislations primarily for environmental protection. According an...

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Goonj is a unique effort to collect used household stuff for the needy, reports Sucheta Dalal It is the stated objective of Goonj (echo) that makes its commitment and realism stand out. It does not dole out huge amounts of money, does not to talk about wiping out poverty, but talks of taking...

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Nita Mukherjee writes about a unique educational experiment His visiting card simply says Yogendra: Secretary, Bodh Shiksha Samiti. He does not want to mention the surname, which often reveals a person’s caste. In the highly stratified social milieu of Rajasthan, this makes a simple but...

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Here is the story of a unique commune that converted an arid area into a green and fertile zone At a time when suicides by farmers have gradually been reduced to cold statistics reported by the media everyday, the Timbaktu Collective in Anantapur District is an astonishing story of how an arid...

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Sucheta Dalal writes about a unique 24-hour helpline for children  In the first week of August, India decided to ban the employment of children up to 14 years of age as domestic help or in the hospitality sector. The move is both welcome and long overdue. The rampant exploitation of children...

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