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Free from despair

Adharshila Awasiya Vidyalaya, a residential school for tribal girls, gives hope to many who have gone through hell. Like child brides, rape victims, disabled, abandoned, says Annapurna Jha

Mothers’ diary

Ten years after staging the iconic protest in the nude, the 12 women in Manipur are gearing up for a bigger agitation. Anjulika Thingnam retraces the mothers’ path and finds out their plans

Goals to score

From behind the veil, a group of Muslim girls in Mumbra dreamt big and have realised it. First, they learnt playing football, against all odds, and have set up a club. Now they have plans for intellectual pursuits, says Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

Supporting schools

In a bid to educate underprivileged children and youth in India properly, an US-based NGO, Pratham, works with schools, where students lag behind in reading and math skills, says Arun Kumar

Women’s care

In many backward areas of India, women’s health, particularly maternity care, is being taken care of now by Global Poverty Action Fund initiative, launched in 2012 by Oxfam, says Ajitha Menon

Neglected cleaners

As India moves into a cleanliness drive, the unsung heroes of sanitation – the men who enter clogged drains to clear them physically – remain forgotten. Rupesh Dutta and Gaurav Sharma report

 
Bumper crops

Model farmers are showing bumper crops by adopting Sustainable Integrated Farming Systems, taught to them by village farmers’ club, set up under a food security initiative, says Saadia Azim

Gutsy girls

Many schoolgirls in Uttar Pradesh have put up a fight to bring children, who are forced to work, to classrooms. One of them, Anupriya Pal, won the Meena Ratna Student Award, says Alka Pande

Changing women

Working together, two NGOs, Sanatkada and Nirantar, have transformed the lives of many poor women, enabling them to stand on their own and also realize their full potential, says Mehru Jaffer

Right lawyers

Forum for Social and Economic Rights, set up by a group of advocates, has been doing yeoman service to the socially and economically downtrodden people of Madhya Pradesh, says Shuriah Niazi

Sprint to nowhere

A star sprinter who represented India, Bibiana Kulu is now a domestic help in a Mumbai home. The story of the 17-year-old tells more of the state of Indian sports itself. Rakhi Ghosh reports

Fighter women

As violence against women spirals all around, we rarely find someone plunging in to save someone or call the police. Syeda Hameed writes about two such brave women Mohini Giri and Padma Seth