An extra mile to build a school

The instinct to protect children, one’s own and of others’, is ingrained in humanity’s collective psyche. We are drawn to their laughter and alarmed by their distress, but how far will one go to act on that instinct? T Giridharan, a freelance VFX professional making a moderate living, has gone the extra mile. It was […]

An initiative towards Digital Detox by Maharashtrian village

A siren goes off at 7pm every evening in Vadgaon village in Sangli district, an indication to all residents to switch off their TV sets and mobile phones. The two instruments of “addiction” can be switched on when the village council sounds the siren again at 8.30pm. “We decided at the village meeting on 14 […]

Former CISF havildar spends his pension to eradicate illiteracy

Amar Kumar Nayak, a former Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) havildar, charity has assumed a whole new meaning.After taking voluntary retirement from CISF, the 59-year-old has been spending his pension money on educating underprivileged children at Kulasarichuan village in 42 Mauza, 20 km away from Cuttack city. The ‘360 Degree Free Coaching and Computer Institute’ […]

Young IPS officer opens a library to help youth have a bright future

In the remote areas of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a young IPS officer has decided to open a library for the youth to prepare for competitive exams. Ramashankar learns about the new chapter in people’s lives in this Maoist stronghold. This young IPS officer has chosen twin objectives: fight Maoists in the dense forest of Chakrabandha in […]

11 years old built 10 toilets and takes a step forward in Swachh Bharat Campaign

It was in 2016 when Mondrita Chatterjee, a teen crusader for cleanliness, built the first toilet in Kendradih panchayat on the outskirts of Telco area with her pocket money. An alarming rate of school dropouts because of the unavailability of sanitation facilities prodded Chatterjee, who was 11 years old at the time, to put her […]

India’s first fully digital literate panchayat

Pullampara became the first grama panchayat in the country to attain full digital literacy among its residents. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the official announcement at a function in Mamoodu near Venjaramoodu on Wednesday. Pinarayi said digital literacy was imperative for the public to get government services as well as connecting with the global knowledge […]

Tarunya Foundation, A mission to educate children with life skills

The youth in Tenkasi and Tirunelveli somehow managed to get a degree but often struggled to get a decent job. Being working closely on the ground with them, Anitha and Kavi understood these students and their families’ plight. Thus, the duo decided to work on their development, and Tarunya Foundation was born. “Lack of guidance in facing the real world and dealing with challenges hindered the student’s […]

A Tree library in Assam

The habit of reading should be sown in the fresh minds of the youngsters which would later bore fruits of learning. The Jorhat Chapter of NGO JCI Femina took the responsibility of inculcating the habit of reading in the young minds by setting up a library in a tree in Mariani town’s Girl High School […]

Teacher pays it forward, donates land for school

Orphaned at six and supported by fellow villagers who got him enrolled into a primary school, Ramsaran Shakya finished his BEd and joined a private school 5km from his village. To return the favor, this teacher from Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj, who is now 56, donated his one-acre ancestral land to build a primary school in […]