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People’s bridge

The new 225 feet long bridge across river Ghaggar, linking the villages of Panihari and Alikan in Haryana, is a model project. Costing Rs 1.5 crore, the bridge is an example of a people’s initiative, funded by the public, says Partho Burman

Poverty’s child

Once a domestic help, it is just natural that Anuradha Bhosale dedicated her life to protect children from exploitation. Kavita Kanan Chandra tells us how she charted her path out of poverty through education and work among child labourers

A grandpa’s story

At 97, Sudhanshu Biswas is a busy man. Taking care of 50 boys and 6 senior citizens, meticulously monitoring if they are served food on time and so on, at his home near Kolkata, he keeps visitors waiting. G Singh found the waiting worthwhile

Changing lives

Having an alcoholic dad and a husband was enough motivation for Bhanu to help persons having alcohol and drug dependence problems to turn a new leaf. P C Vinoj Kumar reports on her CONCERN

Caring by habit

A Chennai woman’s simple gesture of donating the money she gets from selling old newspapers, collected from homes, to two orphanages is an inheritance from her parents, who always took care of poor youth at their home, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Dreamers’ dream

What R Saravanan could not do to his sister in 2005, he does for others. P C Vinoj Kumar met the founder of Dhanalakshmi Raja Educational and Charitable Trust that sends poor kids to college

 
Life coach

A daily wage labourer’s daughter, who could not attend college, is now a life coach, motivator and mentor for children. P C Vinoj Kumar meets Logammal Arumugam, who is also behind the vibrant Children’s Parliament in many Tamil Nadu villages

Ideal leader

You may not find a politician like K Viswanthan anywhere. In a decade he and his wife served as panchayat president, Kattuputhur in Tamil Nadu solved its water woe, turned green, plastic-free, tobacco-free and much more, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Ideal home

Naatrangal has been a godsend to over a hundred destitute children. P C Vinoj Kumar visits the home run by Sharadha Devi in Kanchipuram to find the love and care provided there to be exemplary

Glorious service

Seeing a man from US dying of AIDS at a time when nothing much was known of the syndrome, changed Glory Alexander’s outlook. It made the doctor start Asha Foundation many years later to serve HIV positive people, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

The flying angel

Straddling a job in the skies and a mission on the ground, Captain Indraani Singh demonstrates how one person can be the change through spreading education, empowerment and employment among those who need it the most. Partho Burman reports 

Giving back

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Mission Sanitation

On a mission to build toilets in the slums and lower income neighbourhoods of Kanpur, Kalavati Devi is working to create a clean environment. She is one of those uncelebrated brand ambassadors of India’s sanitation movement, says Alka Pande

Educator extraordinaire

When Rajesh Kumar Sharma went to see how Metro Rail work was progressing near the Yamuna station, he realized that poor children had no school to attend. So he set up ‘Under the Bridge School’. Partho Burman meets the educator extraordinaire

Rich at heart

A daily wage labourer in Rajasthan has donated land worth a crore for building a hospital, madarasa and masjid, proving that charity need not be the rich man’s prerogative, says Anil Sharma

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