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A trade not worth her salt

Jun 02, 2008 05:00 PM Women working in the salt pans in southern India suffer not just from government apathy. Earning pittances for their hard work in the hot sun, these women also endure bad health due to dehydration, joint pains, poor eyesight and miscarriages.

Rural television clubs promote healthy living

May 29, 2008 06:02 PM Inspired by a national television programme, women in Chhattisgarh villages in central India went on to form Kalyani clubs to drive awareness on health-related issues. Six years after their inception, the declining cases of diseases and improved maternal and child health speak of the clubs' success in transforming lives.

Cycling for education

May 27, 2008 03:12 PM A social initiative undertaken in a rural district in western India has made it easier for young girls to pursue their studies and be empowered. A 'bicycle bank' helps them go to schools and colleges situated far from their homes.

Finally, road links villagers to better life

May 23, 2008 06:19 PM After more than two decades, the residents of a small village in Tripura in north-eastern India have a well metalled road connecting neighbouring areas. Built under a government sponsored scheme, the road has brought in multi-benefits in terms of accessing markets, hospitals and reduced transportation costs.

Bamboo water

May 19, 2008 08:12 PM When all attempts at alerting government to the water scarcity in Orissa’s Malkangiri district failed, a group of tribal women turned to an ingenious traditional solution – using bamboo poles to transfer water from a stream to their village

Indian goldsmiths face a doomed future

May 19, 2008 04:58 PM Goldsmiths in Tamil Nadu are starving even as the mechanised jewellery industry fattens itself in the state. In the latest tragedy, a goldsmith named N. Raja ended his life on May 2 after consuming cyanide at his home in Coimbatore’s Selvapuram locality. He was in his mid-30s.

UNICEF’s helping hand for Nepalese families living with HIV

May 12, 2008 09:02 AM Four women sitting cross-legged on the floor are singing the melancholic strains of a song. The women, all of whom are from families affected by HIV in this remote area of western Nepal, improvise the words and help each other complete the couplets:

A unique way to fight AIDS

May 05, 2008 11:28 AM New Delhi: Distributing syringes among drug users may hardly seem like the right way to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. But N. Nandadevi, a Manipur resident who has been given an award for exemplary work in public health, believes it is a pragmatic solution.

Death of a poet-farmer

May 04, 2008 02:34 PM Two days before he hanged himself to death on March 24, fifty-year-old farmer of five acres Shrikrishna Kalamb penned his last poem.

A model school for tribals

Apr 30, 2008 02:27 PM In southern India, Kanavu is a dream school for Wayanad’s tribal children. Started by a writer-turned activist 15 years ago with an idea of tapping the hidden genius of the community, it is now run by the first batch of its students.

Tapping water through tunnels

Apr 30, 2008 02:12 PM It was due to the efforts of 79-year-old Achyutha Bhat, that a village in Karnataka in southern India could overcome water scarcity. His passion for digging surangas (man-made tunnels) has not only revived the traditional water harvesting system but also helped local farmers in the region.

Taking sex education to the madarsa

Apr 29, 2008 03:00 PM It was not easy to convince a Muslim dominant district in underdeveloped Bihar to allow teenage girls to attend classes on reproductive and sexual healthcare at the local madarsa. Azad India Foundation (AIF)’s efforts have however earned support even from the local clerics.

Building hopes for rural women

Apr 28, 2008 11:05 AM Belaku Trust started as a small health research project in rural Karnataka, in 1995. One of its founders, Dr Saraswathy Ganapathy, a paediatrician turned public health professional, recalls how bleak the project appeared then.

Rural newswomen sensitise villagers on gender

Apr 28, 2008 11:03 AM Aapko le chalte hain aisi jagah jahan grameen mahilayein bata rahi hain ki purdah pratha kya hai (We now take you to a village where the women will shed light on the practice of veil).

Gaining fortunes from herbs

Apr 28, 2008 11:01 AM Converting traditional medicinal knowledge into fortunes—this is what a group of women in a remote village in Chhattisgarh are doing. In the sleepy village of Donga-nala in Korba district, about 160 km from the state capital, Raipur, these women run a unit for making medicines from herbs from surrounding forests.

A farewell to Baba Amte

Apr 28, 2008 10:59 AM One cannot help but wonder what Baba Amte's reaction would have been to the current violence on the streets of Maharashtra's towns and cities. The veteran social activist and campaigner died at the age of 94, on February 9, at Anandvan ashram where his remarkable journey began some five decades ago.

A people’s journalist

Apr 28, 2008 10:57 AM Dayamani Barla says that there are two paths in life. There’s the easy path that is all about an individual’s own benefits and the path filled with struggle. It benefits the society.

Miraculous turnaround in Mewat

Apr 28, 2008 10:55 AM On a sultry June afternoon in 2001 Vinod Kumar Kanathia realised a dream he had cherished for long. The sarpanch of Mewat, an area in Haryana not too far from Gurgaon, had given him the go-ahead for a girls’ education centre.

Orissa woman shows path to self-reliance

Apr 23, 2008 04:10 PM The lush green fields of rice and sugarcane give way to the bustling port of Gopalpur-On-Sea as we make our way to the offices of Samudram in the small fishing village of Koturu in Chatrapur block, Ganjam district, Orissa.

A paper by women for women

Apr 23, 2008 04:08 PM A family-run newspaper in India gives marginalised women the opportunity to tell their own stories by making them reporters. Launched in 2003, Mahila Paksh was borne out of the need to focus on women’s concerns and help them get justice.

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