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‘Climate change is the biggest challenge for the Sundarbans’

Ansuman Das of Sabuj Sangha at a school run by the NGO
THE Sundarbans, located at the mouth of the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers between India and Bangladesh, are home to the world’s largest mangrove forests and are considered an ecological wonder. But life on islands dotting the delta is tough, with the residents being at the mercy of natural calamities like cyclones and floods at regular intervals. Sabuj Sangha has been...

10 NGOs tackling mental health issues in India

MENTAL healthcare is the legal right of every Indian under the law. But the state of mental health infrastructure in India is inadequate. According to the 2016 National Mental Health Survey by the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), India has hardly one psychiatrist per 100,000 people, which is extremely low given that mental illness constitutes nearly...

This Women’s Day help acid attack survivors fight back

ACID attacks on women and girls are among the most heinous crimes. Sometimes, the victims are barely in their teens. Take the case of Anshu Rajput, who was just 15 years old when she was was attacked with acid by a 55-year-old sexual predator. The gruesome assault left the teenager blind in the left eye and scarred for life....

10 Indian NGOs working for environmental protection

MORE than any other living being on this planet, environmental protection is our responsibility - no other life form has degraded nature as much as we humans have done. For centuries, we have been depleting natural resources, which have reached monumental proportions in the last two centuries because of industrial revolutions and fast population growth. Because of deforestation, pollution...

Discrimination fuels poverty & why we must fight it

IT has been established beyond doubt that discrimination against individuals or groups of people based on religion, race, caste and gender results in the impoverishment of those targeted, making it difficult for them to have their basic needs for leading a decent life fulfilled. Though poverty is primarily an economic phenomenon, both discrimination and poverty are linked to injustice...

KL Rahul donates ₹31 lakh for budding cricketer’s cancer surgery

WHILE Varad's parents lived in fear of losing him to cancer every minute of their daily lives, Swapna and Sachin Nalawade could never have expected that India's cricket vice-captain KL Rahul would come to their son's aid and donate ₹31 lakh for the bone marrow transplant (BMT) surgery. The help came when the parents were trying their best to...

‘Our social development approach is to include the excluded’

GROWING up in a low-income household with little support from outside, Awadhesh Kumar as a teenager was determined that he would come to help others like him when he grew up. His idea was to set up a social development organisation committed to helping the poor and the disadvantaged. In 2002, together with a few of his like-minded friends,...

10 NGOs working against human trafficking in India

THE Constitution of India prohibits human trafficking and there are several laws in place to deter it. But it remains one of the largest organised crimes, with thousands of women and children trafficked every year. Data shows that most human trafficking victims, mainly women and girls, end up as sex workers. According to the National Crime Records Bureau report...

Social sector converts need real motivation

ANECDOTAL evidence suggests that after spending years in the corporate world, several professionals are moving to the social sector intending to be part of the change they would like to see around them. And when experienced professionals with a zeal to make a difference leave their corporate careers, the social sector hiring managers couldn’t be happier as they are...

5 women’s rights that Sarojini Naidu fought for

EVERY year on February 13, India celebrates freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu's birth anniversary as National Women's Day. A close associate of Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for independence from the British, he also nicknamed her the 'Nightingale of India,' for her well-known talent as a prolific poet. But it is for her contribution to women’s rights in India that...
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