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The Oppam organisation was formed by the people of the village to recover from the floods

The people of Palathuruth are bringing their dreams back to the shore in the aftermath of the Kerala Floods

This community in Palathuruth is rebuilding the entire village from the ground up following the Kerala floods 

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04 Dec 2018

From challenging Indian education system to studying at Stanford University, this visually impaired person's story inspires many

We talk to Kartik Sawhney about his journey to Stanford University and how he challenged the Indian education system to change their tradition of exempting blind students from studying Science 

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04 Dec 2018
Kartik Sawhney who is currently working with Microsoft Corporations in the US has helped lakhs of students with disabilities achieve their dreams (Pic: Christopher Charles)
Moyazzam is a part of SAATHI, an NGO which works with positive individuals, for a coalition based advocacy programme across the state (Pic: Whatsapp)

HIV can't decide my life's path: Going from helplessness to a life of meaning

One day as he was roaming the streets of Mumbai in search of a better consult, a poster caught his eye — total herbal cure for HIV and AIDS. Nine months passed and nothing happened

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01 Dec 2018

World AIDS Day 2018: How this 18-year-old from Kolkata overcame HIV and is now helping change the mindset

Sneha, who completed her schooling and is currently studying retail management at Swami Vivekananda College in Kolkata, loves to play the guitar

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01 Dec 2018
A child living with HIV has an equal right to live, study and work like others of the same age (Pic: Representational)
The networks and NGOs that were previously there are not so much active any more (Pic: Whatsapp)

I have HIV and I am not ashamed: How a woman from Jalpaiguri went from a victim to a beacon of hope

Being shy about your disease is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Not only will it give you the inferiority complex that you do not deserve, but it can also cause physical harm at times

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01 Dec 2018

World AIDS Day: Which of these 20 myths about HIV do you still think are true?

HIV is one of the those diseases that has a long list of misconceptions that surround it ever since it was discovered. This AIDS Day, here is a list of myths that people believe about HIV-AIDS that we

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01 Dec 2018
Some of these myths are old and some are new but nevertheless they all deserve to be busted
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Meet the cyclists who have helped over 10k kids stay away from trafficking 

 The cyclists of Go Cycle have cycled across 30 Indian cities since 2016 and helped thousands of kids understand the perils of child trafficking

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28 Nov 2018

Check out how Kochi's first school for kids with special needs started 33 years ago

Raksha Society, the first special education school in Kochi is reinventing education through the years. We take a look at their journey thus far and what the future holds for them

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23 Nov 2018
Raksha uses multidisciplinary learning techniques to help children with special needs
Sharan Pradeep Naik is studying Master's in Crimnology and Forensic  Science at the Karnataka University

This Hubballi student has helped over 2k kids escape suicide and depression. Read his inspiring story

This student from Hubballi is helping teens fight depression by counselling them. He has helped more than 2000 teens for free and wants to continue his service

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23 Nov 2018

NIT Calicut student wins Google scholarship, impresses with AR tech for autistic children

Ashik Hameed, a Biotechnology student from NIT Calicut has become the first ever student outside of the Computer Science stream to qualify for the Google's Venkat Panchapakesan Memorial Scholarship

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20 Nov 2018
As part of the scholarship, Ashik will receive a sum of of $750 as  stipend and an extra $220 for funding their environmental projects (Pic; facebook.com/Ashik.Lacosty)
Amazon also has evening tuition centres for school students in these villages

How coding and robotics are bringing kids to the Govt School in this Tamil Nadu village

Here's how a coding class, part of an Amazon initiative, in the Govt School in Puduvoyal is bringing kids to school in droves​

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14 Nov 2018

How this Bengaluru NGO has helped 1200 young girls beat depression, suicidal thoughts is inspiring

Niriksha has been helping underprivileged young girls get the psychological and counselling support that they currently lack — and they operate in Bengaluru and Hyderabad

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13 Nov 2018
Niriksha has helped no less than 1200 girls in twelve years of service
Venilla, who is the head chef, has been a baking enthusiast from the age of 12.

This cafe in Bengaluru is run by three people who grew up in a children's home. This is their inspiring story

Venilla Hutchins tells how three kids from a children'a home stuck it out to open their dream cafe in Bengaluru — by raising funds through college bake sales

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13 Nov 2018

How this Bengaluru group is helping kids from at-risk homes get a life

 Srithi Abhinitha talks about Kirubai Project's, Family Support Programme and how it can make a difference in the lives of children from broken homes

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09 Nov 2018
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Ajay believes if you make learning fun kids will never say no to school

Ajay Kale from Maharashtra is changing the face of e-learning in schools with QR codes

After months of watching YouTube tutorials, Ajay had taught himself how to generate QR codes and link videos from YouTube to it

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05 Nov 2018

Meet the man who has been telling stories with his puppets to empower kids and adults alike

In his four-decade-long career, for Ramlal Bhatt, puppeteering is more than a source of entertainment rather it is a tool for him to spread social awareness and enlightening people around him

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31 Oct 2018
Ramlal is the fourth generation puppeteer in his family
Jitendra's invention recently won first place at the National Social Enterprise Idea Challenge held at Azim Premji University at Bengaluru

This MIT scholar's cost-effective water recycling machine runs without electricity

India is facing a huge water crisis and research scholar Jitendra Singh, the NIT research scholar is hoping to save the country from an acute shortage of water.

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30 Oct 2018

He slips into his majestic costume each year to help sick children in Udupi

Ravi Katpadi, a labourer from Udupi, dresses up in superhero costumes once a year to raise funds for kids who need help with their treatment

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29 Oct 2018
 For Ravi, every Krishna Janmashtami is an occasion for him to do his bit for society (Photo courtesy: Krithik Bhat)
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Why Lee Roy Simon is every wheelchair basketball player's best shot

What does it take to coach a person whose lower body doesn't answer to them?  Lee Roy Simon wheelchair basketball coach talks  about his incredible journey of discovery

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27 Oct 2018

These women from Trivandrum have made it their mission to fight for equality

 The voices behind Samam speak about fighting for equality following the recent political climate

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25 Oct 2018
The group was founded by women from various fields and industries in Trivandrum
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Why heading to TERI's Climate Jamboree could make the world greener 

Over 10k students from across India can contribute towards climatic change and sustainable development when they head to TERI's Climate Jamboree

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25 Oct 2018

This Delhi NGO is teaching consent to urban slum children using the Chai Theory. Here's how

Started in 2015, Super School India is the brainchild of Radhika Mittal and it believes that each and every child can excel if provided with proper guidance and skills 

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23 Oct 2018
Started in 2015, SSI is the brainchild of Radhika Mittal and it believes that each and every child can excel if provided with proper guidance and skills
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