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‘Our English medium school caters to lowest of low’

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BASED in Patna, the capital of India’s poorest state, Shoshit Seva Sangh provides free quality education in an English medium school to the Musahar community in Bihar, whose literacy rate is just 6%. The Musahars live in subhuman conditions in ghettos scattered across several villages in the state. The children, therefore, have to be given boarding, lodging and all...

Rising child malnutrition is a serious cause of concern

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HERE is what child malnutrition looks like: Four-year-old Kamini is in agony as she lies in a government hospital in a district in Maharashtra. She has flaky skin and swollen limbs hang from a reed-thin frame revealing her life-threatening condition. She is severely undernourished and suffers from Kwashiorkor - an extremely severe form of malnourishment caused by low protein...

5 NGOs helping cancer patients facing monetary crisis for treatment

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CANCER, of which there are about 200 different kinds, is by far one of the most costly diseases to treat. With over 17 lakh cases a year, it forces six crore Indians below the poverty line annually. On World Health Day, we focus on NGOs who are trying to help the poorest cancer patients win their battle against this...

The arts both connect & comfort us through difficult times

IMAGINE a time somewhere in the near future. You step out to meet a friend. There’s the corner chai shop. You spot them and smile, and they rush over and you hug. Chai and conversation happens. No one is wearing a mask.See what I did just there? I told you a story, and for a moment, it tugged you...

5 NGOs empowering people with Autism in India

AAHAN was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was around five years old. He also had a speech impairment and did not interact with others like children do. Aahan attended regular school but could not make friends. He was unable to connect with people around him, including his family members. The doctors had said that he wouldn’t...

A Miracle saved 23 orphaned children from a dismal future

IT is rare to come across people who open their hearts to help others and, in the process, transform lives, including their own. That’s exactly what Shivaji Lazarus and his wife Prema did 10 years ago when they opened their home in Bangalore to children who were orphaned or abandoned by poor parents in distress.Small home with big heartsNow...

Earth Hour 2021: Participate & show you care

IN the last one year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has raged on, it has rapidly snowballed from a health emergency to an economic and societal one. Scientists have said this emergency is caused by our destruction of nature which has resulted in catastrophic weather events, locusts plague, wildfires, and the coronavirus. To begin repairing the damage, participate in today’s...

‘Seeing change in lives of children & families is heart touching’

COMPLETING 30 years in the social sector, Akanksha Foundation has been educating children from low-income communities across Mumbai and Pune - first, through their after-school centres and, since 2007, through the Akanksha Schools.The non-profit organisation has gone through an incredible journey with a mission to build the largest network of innovative schools that empowers children to maximise their potential...

Top 5 NGOs working to conserve India’s water bodies

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With 40% of the population facing severe water shortage in the next decade, we need to support water conservation on a war footingINDIA is gifted with astonishingly beautiful and distinctive lakes. Not only do these lakes act as water reservoirs, but also play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance. Sadly, many of these water bodies have now...

10 reasons to conserve forests, the lungs of the world

The coronavirus pandemic should have taught us a lesson on the ill effects of encroaching upon the natural worldTHE world loses 10 million hectares of forest (about the size of Iceland) each year. This accounts for up to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions - a major factor in climate change. To try and repair this broken relationship between...
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