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Serving the Hungry

For the homeless people on the streets of Chennai, there is a place they can simply go and pick up some packed food to eat without losing their dignity and self-respect. Bilal Khan writes about Issa Fathima Jasmine’s community fridge initiative

Raising Hope

Change maker Neelam Gupta’s non-profit AROH Foundation is ushering in the winds of change in the remotest locations of India, ranging from the tough terrains of Meghalaya to the Naxal impacted red corridors in Chhattisgarh, says Bilal Khan

Friendly cop

IPS officer Sandeep Chaudhary of Jammu and Kashmir cadre likes to go out of his way to help people. Chaudhary, who did his higher studies through Indira Gandhi Open University, cracked the civil services exam without attending any coaching classes

Ten Rupee Doctor

Noori Parveen, a 29-year-old MBBS doctor is being hailed as ‘Mother Teresa of Kadapa’ for her service to the community in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, through her 25-bed hospital where she is charging a consultation fee of just Rs 10, says Bilal Khan

Churning out champions

A geography teacher in a government school in rural Bihar is on a relentless mission, empowering girls from economically weaker sections by training them in various sports and making them national and state champions, says Gurvinder Singh

Saviour on Bike

For people of 20 villages in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, Karimul Haque is the man to call during any medical emergency and he would arrive on his motorcycle, sirens blaring, to rush them to the hospital 50 km away, says Gurvinder Singh

 
Joy in Giving

Taking individual social responsibility to new heights, Ramu Dosapati, has spent a whopping Rs 50 lakh in feeding jobless migrant workers and providing grocery kits to poor and needy people during the COVID lockdown, says Usha Prasad

Young and responsible

Haryana’s efforts to empower women has found a shining mascot in Parveen Kaur, India’s youngest sarpanch, who has transformed the face of her village by undertaking numerous development works in the last five years, says Gurvinder Singh

Playing to inspire

Manasi Joshi, a software engineer, became an amputee at the age of 22 following a road accident, but the braveheart turned to sports and became one of India’s top para-badminton players. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine recently

Heroes of Nuapada

In the remote areas of Odisha without access to online education, migrant workers such as Khageswar, who have returned to their villages during the COVID lockdown, have turned tutors for the children of the villages, says Naba Kishor Pujari

Driving change

Munmun Sarkar, a humble e-rickshaw driver from Siliguri, is winning hearts by shifting COVID-19 patients on her vehicle free of charge, following all the safety protocols but ignoring the opposition from neighbours, says Gurvinder Singh

Crime & reformation

Sucked into the world of crime as a child, Laxman Ghole revelled in violence with police connivance. He came out of the maze after reading ‘My Experiments with Truth’ and is now a Gandhian helping jail birds kick the past, says Ketan Vaidya

 
Heart and soul

After exploring the world, bagging degrees, diplomas and a doctorate and making money, Geetanjali Chopra felt a void in her heart, leading to a soul-searching that concluded at Wishes and Blessings. Sofia Danish Khan met the social worker

The good teacher

Students of a Panchayat School in rural Tamil Nadu speak English with the right accent, thanks to Annapurna Mohan who spends her money on devising new methods of teaching. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the unusual teacher in Indian public education

Heal the poor

For someone who grew up being indifferent to deprivation, Falguni Nevatia’s attitude towards social work changed after marriage, more after her husband’s death. Gurvinder Singh tell us how her mammoth Rural Health Care Foundation functions

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