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Natives' return

The return of Sabbah Haji and her family to their hometown in Kashmir’s Doda district has helped local children as the school started in 2009 is still growing. Afsana Rashid finds the school running with the help of volunteers from outside

At the grassroots

A group of social workers in the temple town of Kanchipuram meet every week to chart their down to earth projects. All of them teetotalers, not by scheme, they work at the grassroots level but seek no external aid. P C Vinoj Kumar meets them

Heart for Artisans

Young social entrepreneur Medhavi Gandhi works with artisans from around the country, helping them to innovate and design better products to keep pace with the market needs, says Afsana Rashid

Banker's interest

He once wanted to create a 'Shangrila' in the Himalayas. In 1993, he was into mergers and acquisitions in Citibank. But now Ramji Raghavan promotes scientific temper and the spirit of enquiry among poor children, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Ghana's Mama

By honouring and taking care of 80-year-old Indian doctor, Uma Sen, the people of Ghana will be paying back a bit of what she gave them in the past 45 years of toil. Francis Kokutse reports

Faceless wonder

He helps students from poor families to pursue their higher studies and trains many for competitive exams, but shies away from publicity. He wouldn’t even want his photo to be published. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the founder of Mugavari, K Ramesh

 
Let them laugh

If you hear the laughter of a disabled child, think of Kilikili, which literally means child's warbling laughter. Founded by Kavitha Krishnamoorthy, the NGO strove for making parks disabled-friendly. Souzeina Mushtaq tells us how it started

Face of hope

Her face on wall posters has inspired HIV positive people in Odisha not to give up hope. Rakhi Ghosh tracks the life and times of Prabhasini Pradhan, who founded a network for those with HIV

War ladies

Some feisty women leaders of SHGs in Uttar Pradesh are leading movements that fight against alcoholism and other social evils. Mehru Jaffer meets one such leader, Meera Chaudhury of Janakpur

People's award

What pleases Sanchaita Gajapati Raju on her winning the Google Global Impact Challenge award is that she polled maximum votes, an indicator of people's understanding of the importance of clean water and sanitation, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Drop in dropout

Knowing education's role in socio-economic mobility from his family history, Aditya Natraj trained school heads and ensured that the overall quality of rural education improved. It also brought down the dropout rate, says Souzeina Musthtaq

Cracking on crackers

This Diwali passed off without much noise in Mumbai, thanks to the noise raised by Sumaira Abdulali, founder of Awaaz, who has even taken on the sand mafia. She continues her fight despite facing physical attacks, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

 
Teacher-activist

Going beyond textbooks, Karpagam Ramalingam inculcates a sense of love for the environment among her students. Though she is sad that some trees planted by her students have been chopped, the 46-year-old soldiers on, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Right fighter

For 22-year-old, wheel chair-bound, Rekha Kumari, her own life experiences were a source of inspiration to take the fight for rights of disabled children straight to the UN, says Saadia Azim

Schooling girls

In her mission to educate girls, Safeena Husain faces challenges as the government machinery seldom works and parents too are chary of sending girls to school, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

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