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10 NGOs working for water conservation in India

Water on our planet is limited and unevenly distributed. When we talk of water conservation, the issue is not just about "saving" water but having enough water to meet our present and future needs. For centuries, humans have exploited water resources and many fear that future wars could be fought over water. A study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre...

10 NGOs in Kolkata giving a better life to the poor

Known as the 'City of Joy' and often romanticized to being a city that engulfs one with its warmth and welcoming nature, Kolkata is also home to one of the poorest slums in the nation. Poverty is not an unknown evil in this city of culture and art. The city with its heart in the right place has innumerable...

‘The problem is not persons with disabilities, but society’s perception’

AN Internship stint at Samarthanam Trust for The Disabled in Bangalore had a profound impact on Alina Alam. Among many things, she learnt there was the fact that a staggering 7 crore persons with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities in India struggle for equal opportunities and economic independence. It was then that Alina Alam decided to create a platform...

10 reasons why vaccinations are important for our health

THROUGHOUT our lives, we are exposed to a number of viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Some of these microbes benefit us, while others cause diseases that could result in severe illness, disability or even death. Our body's immune system protects us against several infections by triggering reactions that neutralize harmful microbes and prevent the infection. But it cannot fight...

10 things we should know about International Mother Earth Day

As we mark International Mother Earth Day on April 22, climate scientists agree that the Earth is at a tipping point. Centuries of uninhibited exploitation of natural resources have put planet Earth’s future at risk. The International Mother Earth Day recognises our planet and its ecosystems as “humanity’s common home” and the need to protect it from climate change...

Women in leadership roles bring change in rural India

THE power of the Healing Fields' Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs), comprising women, came to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic when the existing public health infrastructure was stretched to a breaking point. Take the case of Sarita Devi, one of the CHEs in Mau district in Uttar Pradesh, who demonstrated how leadership, education, and collaboration could change things for...

‘Film is a great medium to spread awareness about environment’

WHAT happens when an actor's love for cinema and the environment go hand in hand? Telugu character artist and short-film maker Gangadhar Panday knows the answer. Panday decided to use the power of the medium media to increase awareness about environmental issues confronting the earth through Babul Films Society. In order to dedicate himself full-time to the cause, Panday...

Why climate crisis is also a health crisis

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) couldn't have come out with more sobering news just before World Health Day. According to WHO, 99% of the global population is breathing air that exceeds quality limits and threatens people's health. The world body says that people living in urban areas are most vulnerable as they are breathing unhealthy levels of fine particulate...

7 facts you should know about autism

AUTISM is one of the most common developmental disorders in the world. Also referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it comprises a diverse group of conditions related to the development of the brain. People with ASD often have problems with learning, social communication, and interaction. These problems could also be found in people without ASD, but it is...

10 NGOs making society equitable for women in India

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