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Pakruddin BK, with the students at   Darul Islam Aided Higher Primary School (photo courtesy : Milaap)

This Mangalore government school teacher drives his students to school to ensure there are no dropouts

Seventy-year-old Darul Islam Aided Higher Primary School in Mangalore is on the verge of closure.Pakruddin B K, a teacher at the school is doing everything he can to keep the school running

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16 Oct 2018

The Clean Fort Kochi Foundation aims to make Fort Kochi a model town for waste management and cleanliness

The Clean Fort Kochi Foundation speaks about their mission to save the city and take matters into their own hands

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11 Oct 2018
The organisation has 20 core members and more than 200 other members
Anudip is not working with just the youth anymore, but is also helping victims of human trafficking get back on their feet

This Kolkata-based organisation is helping marginalised youth including victims of trafficking find a career path

Enrolled candidates are led through a process of blended learning, mentoring using innovative methods of teaching and it's also assured that they get placed and perform well at their job

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04 Oct 2018

Meet Abhaya Francis, a Kerala nun who was instrumental in converting Malayalam into sign language

Sr Abhaya Francis, the Principal of St Clare Oral HSS For the Deaf in Kerala talks about her two-decade-long career as a sign interpreter

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03 Oct 2018
Sr Abhaya Francis (L) along with the school and popular politicans
The NGO was set up with the aim to serve the less privileged — lying on the roads, eating garbage, have no one to care for them

With the Earth Saviours Foundation, Ravi Kalra is providing a home to those abandoned by their families

Being a non-priest, Ravi Kalra alone has cremated nearly 6000 unidentified, unclaimed bodies 

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02 Oct 2018

Check out Bangalore City FC's new programme for kids with special needs

Bangalore City Football Club's Coach Bo says that through this programme, the club wants everyone to enjoy teamwork and have some fun

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02 Oct 2018
The football club is open to kids from all backgrounds
The NGO also runs a school named Bapa Ashram School in its campus

Ever heard of the Sangh started by Mahatma Gandhi? This is it

The Harijan Sevak Sangh founded by Gandhiji in 1932 has been fighting the social evils of manual scavenging and untouchability for close to 90 years now. Parvathi Benu finds out more

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02 Oct 2018

This Karnataka Govt College teacher is conducting an exam on Mahatma Gandhi for the inmates of a Bengaluru Jail

Dr Abida Begum is a college teacher who lives, speaks, breathes and even wears Gandhi — as an identity.  She's spreading the message of the Mahatma from students to prison inmates using an exam

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02 Oct 2018
Abida Begum practices Gandhian thoughts in her life
Gautam Prakash and Kuldeep Dantewadia started Reap Benefit, a social enterprise which solves local issues (environmental and civic) with young people in 2012

This Bengaluru-based start-up is teaching the youth to 'reap benefits' in their mission to save the environment

Started by Gautam Prakash and Kuldeep Dantewadia in 2012, Reap Benefit is a social enterprise that empowers the youth to solve local issues

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01 Oct 2018

This Insta page shows that everyday life in Pakistan has a huge Indian fan following

EverydayPakistan, a project run by a 21-year-old student to break stereotypes has more than 60,000 followers in less than a year

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29 Sep 2018
A clothing vendor in Karachi’s Old City selling all sorts of colorful prints. Pic: Bilal Hassan/Everyday Pakistan
Sneha is Sanlaap’s run shelter home, which was established in 1993. On an average 100 minors and 30 adults are housed in the shelter home

How Kolkata NGO Sanlaap is ensuring girls saved from prostitution are rehabilitated with great jobs

This Kolkata NGO has rescued and rehabilitated over 10,000 girls from at-risk situations, ensuring they all have good jobs and a place to call their own 

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26 Sep 2018

Kendriya Vidyalaya alumni lend a helping hand to weavers at Chendamangalam after extensive damages to looms

The association was also involved in assisting the 350-odd relief campers at K.V Ernakulam and also coordinated in arranging food and relief supplies to affected areas

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24 Sep 2018
KVEA members handing over financial assistance to a weaver family
Learn sign language in 10 basic steps

International Day for Sign Language: Now, you can Learn the basics of Sign Language by checking these out

Have you always wanted to learn sign language but never had the time? Check out our sign language explainer from Sophia M Joe

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23 Sep 2018

International Day for the Deaf: These four Indian teachers are a 'sign' that all is well

We bring to you four diverse teachers - from different parts of the country, different backgrounds, different purposes and with different stories - who are shaping the deaf generation of the future

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22 Sep 2018
These teachers are shaping the deaf generation of the future
Desitude produces clothing that is sustainable and fashionable

How Siddharth Mohan Nair's start-up Desitude is bringing back Khadi into fashion

The founder of Desitude speaks about his mission to make khadi cool and his efforts to bring sustainability into the fashion industry

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22 Sep 2018

With the XL Cinema app, the blind can now 'watch' Indian movies with audio descriptions

Visually impaired people can now experience movies like never before, courtesy this app that provides detailed audio descriptions of what's going on between dialogues

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19 Sep 2018
The app is free and one can download it on their Android or iOS smartphones and could potentially be a game-changer for India’s 8.8 million blind
On Saturdays, like all the other schools, the students here enjoy having half a day off

How a Canadian couple set up a school that teaches Hindustani music to rural kids in Dharwad

Why would a couple from Canada want to set up a residential music school in rural Karnataka? Adam from Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya talks about thier journey so far and future plans for the school

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19 Sep 2018

Why every IAS aspirant should follow the Humans of LBSNAA FB page

Following the suicide of an IAS aspirant in June this year, the officers started the Facebook page, Humans of LBSNAA. They share the struggle and triumphant moments of serving civil servants

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14 Sep 2018
IAS officers, Devansh Yadav,  Torul Raveesh and Jitin Yadav are the brains behind Humans of LBSNAA
Chekutty expands to Chendamangalam Kutty

These 'Chekutty' dolls made from flood-damaged saris could help Chendamangalam's weavers

Chekuttys are made out of the stained and dirty handloom sarees weaved in the flood-affected Chendamangalam in Kerala 

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10 Sep 2018

Bengaluru-based start-up, Eco365 is helping corporates and individuals to save water and go green

Eco365 is helping corporates and individuals become more responsible towards the environment and community with their range of innovative sustainable products

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10 Sep 2018
Goutam quit his job in March 2010 and started Eco365 in October 2010, after doing six months of research
Young Indians is a youth body under the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) that comprises of professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders from different walks of life

Why CII's Young Indians wants you to make 52 short films on how to prevent child abuse

Their initiative Leher aims to bring together counselors, storytellers, filmmakers, copywriters, parents, students and people working in the creative field, to produce 52 videos

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10 Sep 2018

How Hyderabad's Jarsh Innovations is adding IoT to their AC helmets

Hyderabad-based start-up Jarsh Innovations has perfected their AC helmet design and the Telangana Government and other corporates are quite excited about the possibilities

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10 Sep 2018
The members of Jarsh Innovations with KT Rama Rao, Telangana IT Minister
Dakshana's aim has been to help poor students get accepted as students at IIT and other top institutions in India

This Pune-based organisation helps underprivileged students get accepted at IITs and other top institutions in India

In their one-year program, they also provide free food and accommodation for the year that the scholar spends with Dakshana

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08 Sep 2018

Karnataka's Govt School teachers are paying to paint their walls like trains. And it is AWESOME!

You've seen those viral pictures of government schools painted like trains. Did you know that teachers across Karnataka have been fundraising and paying from their pockets to get more kids to school 

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08 Sep 2018
This initiative in Karnataka was influenced by the Pilicode Government School located in Kasargod in Kerala
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My son is not a criminal anymore: How this Mumbai couple embraced their son's sexuality will move you to tears

Rather than being distraught and stressed about their gay son's life choice, this couple educated themselves about LGBTQ rights and gave the warmest welcome to their son after Sec 377 was struck down

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07 Sep 2018

This NGO started by BITS Pilani students is helping the less privileged with education and employment

The organisation was founded by Mayur Patnala and Rakesh Anugula and a group of students from BITS, Pilani, with a passion to fulfil their responsibility towards the less privileged of the society

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07 Sep 2018
The students first started teaching 25 people including adults and kids of rickshawalas and mess workers in the rural areas around the campus
In his novel, Sriram says he wanted to specifically focus on the challenges Malvika and her family faced at the time of the mishap and in the following years

Why you need to read graphic novel MAI to really understand Malvika Iyer's story

Sriram Jagannathan studied fashion design at NIFT and worked as a graphic designer, animator and user experience designer in the e-learning field for 16 years

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01 Sep 2018

Meet Priya Nadkarni, a biz grad who quit banking to teach tribal kids life skills

Priya Nadkarni's vision is to create a seamless education set-up for the tribal children in Mandla District so that their education will help them earn their livelihood after moving out of school

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01 Sep 2018
Priya Nadkarni has worked for six years and five months in different sectors before becoming a teacher
The Anitha story that you've never heard before | Pics: Pradeep Vijayaraj and TNIE

Finding Anitha: What I discovered about the face of Tamil Nadu's anti-NEET agitation  

One year after her tragic passing, how much do you really know about the 'Girl Who Fought NEET'? We go to her roots to try and understand who she was, how she grew up and why she did what she did

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31 Aug 2018

How Theatre Nisha's Bala is using theatre to change gender stereotypes among kids

V Balakrishnan of Theatre Nisha is using theatre to break gender stereotypes and is training kids from underprivileged backgrounds and also those with learning disabilities

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30 Aug 2018
Theatre Nisha also works with Teach for India to conduct workshops in schools
Named ‘Together We Can’, the drive aims to distribute handwritten and completed notebooks to school students from classes V to X

Kozhikode-based NGO's initiative 'Together We can' to provide notes to school students

Kozhikode -based NGO ‘Incubation’, has launched a novel initiative to provide a solution to students who have lost their written notes in the deluge

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30 Aug 2018

Karnataka minister for urban development and housing sends his only daughter to a government school

Naseema had primary schooling in the Mangaluru's private schools. She studied in Yenapoya, Cambridge, Madrassathul Bayan, Adkathbail, a residential Madarsa in Pidya Kasargod

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29 Aug 2018
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The show is about the friendship between two first generation American Indian women

Why Surina and Mel are the brown girls you've been waiting to watch on American TV

The stars of Surina and Mel speak about the importance of representation and weaving their personal stories into the comedy

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28 Aug 2018

How Indu Harikumar is finding out how Indian peeps date on Tinder, via Instagram

Artist and illustrator Indu Harikumar explores modern romance, relationships, how Indian women date on Tinder and all things love through her drawings and Instagram

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28 Aug 2018
On her personal Instagram handle, @induviduality, Indu uses the poll option on stories to ask questions on dating, sex, sexuality and related topics
Queerythm has been actively involved in the rescue and rehabilitation activities of the flood victims, around the clock

When love trumps prejudice: How this Kerala queer group is helping the flood victims

From opening their 24*7 helpline to make distress calls to adopting tribal villages, Queerythm shows that during the adverse time, mankind unites to become one

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25 Aug 2018

This Chennai group helps the visually impaired with anything from jobs to arranging scribes

S N Barath and his team of volunteers have been working on a new project creating a Digital Audio Library for visually challenged students

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25 Aug 2018
Lit the Light is actively involved in the empowerment of the visually impaired by assisting them through various activities
The founders are committed to protecting the dignity of the beneficiary

No cash, no selfies: How Collector Bro's Compassionate Keralam is setting #DonationGoals

Through the initiative, one can directly donate aid, volunteer to help or adopt a family and help them rebuild their lives — but not subject them to the indignity of  making them look like beggars

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23 Aug 2018

Kanyakumari boys exorcise ghost of Ockhi by emptying piggy banks for Kerala

Two young boys from the community donated their entire piggy banks to the cause, parents say as a fishermen community they felt they had to do something

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22 Aug 2018
The young boys feel that the best use for their money is to be used for relief works in Kerala
A scene from a relief camp

Relief in times of disbelief: Inside Kerala's colleges-turned-relief camps where humanity and belief run deep

When the rains come most colleges declare a holiday and students chill. During the Kerala floods, colleges were turned into effective relief camps and students were among the most spirited workers

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22 Aug 2018

This doctor couple has been healing the tribal folk of Sittilingi in TN for over 2 decades

To boldly go where no sane doctor would go required some courage. Dr Regi George and Lalitha had all that and more as they have transformed the healthscape of the Kalrayan Hills. Akshaya Asokan traces

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20 Aug 2018
Dr Regi George and Dr Lalitha Regi set up THI 25 years ago. Though started as a small OP unit, today , THI offers modern medical facilities like any other hospital | Pics: Anand Krishnan