Puran Singh’s mission to protect the forests of Sundargarh, Odisha, India

Puran Singh of Chirobeda Village, Sundargarh, Odisha is a 21-year old with a day job as an electrician at Rourkela Steel plant. When he’s not at the steel plant, Puran’s passion for protecting the forests around his home takes over.

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Children of Dumka, Jharkand, India overcome multiple obstacles to play tag rugby

Rugby is a sport not associated with India and less so with the villages of interior Jharkhand. This makes the achievement of 60 children from 5 villages of Dumka District, who participated in a Tag Rugby tournament, all the more

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When the children can’t get to school, bring the school to the children

Not long ago, early morning meant starting the long walk to the city for the child beggars of Jambunatha Bypass. As the name suggests, this is a small hamlet on the bypass road that joins Hospet city to the mining hills. It is inhabited for several decades by a group of nomadic tribal families who live by begging for food and money.

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Eeramma’s empowering step from child labour to “decent work”

Eeramma is one of the many children who remember their childhood only against the backdrop of mines. “I was raised within the mines as my parents and elder siblings all worked there. When I turned 5, there was no question of anganwadi or school.

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How Shruti and her Lambani friends brought colour back into their lives

In the Lambani community, to which Shruthi and her friends Tara Bai, Jothi Bai and Rupa belong most girls are married at 15 and mothers thrice over by the age of 18. If that feels like the start of a difficult life, their problems were multiplied by the denial of access to the forest due to mining, leading to a loss of food security.

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Shiv Shankar Yadav’s journey from multi-awarded player to inspiring coach

With a father in Indian Railways and a mother who is a house wife, Shiv Shankar has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Perhaps it is his many siblings that makes Shiv Shankar vocal about the issues facing children and youth, especially their ecological rights.

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How brave Jarsini stopped corporal punishment in her school

Jarsini, a Standard 9 student in St. Jude’s Higher Secondary School in the coastal village of Pallam in Kanyakumari is a hero in our eyes. Jarsini and her friends had been facing verbal abuse from a newly appointed school principal for some months.

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How Renu Kumari fought child marriage in rural Jharkand to follow her dreams

Nearly 40% of 17-year old Renu Kumari’s home state Jharkhand lives below the poverty line. Economic hardship drives parents to marry their daughters as children, believing marriage is the endgame anyway  and doing so early means one less mouth to feed.

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Giridih girls shine at football through tdh supported Equal Opportunities to Play

Discrimination against the girl child occurs in every strata of society – rich or poor – but is more visible in poverty stricken families. A girl is frequently force-fitted into a culturally defined role, be it at home or outside.

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Women leaders transform Chinnathurai into a model coastal village

Thanks to 65-year old Delby and her team of 9 energetic women from the fishing community of Chinnathurai, this small coastal settlement in Kanyakumari today is a model village in waste management.

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