Girl Child, Kolkata, Sarada Ramkrishna (Sishu O Mahila) Sevashram, West Bengal, Widows, Women's Rights

How it began at Sarada Ramkrishna (Sishu O Mahila) Sevashram

The Late Tarani Chakraborthy, who was the founder and secretary of Sarada Ramakrishna Sevashram, was once upon a time the only educated woman in her village Morjada in South 24 Paraganas district, Kolkata. She belongs to a Bengali Brahmin family and her father used to work at the village temple. The early 60s was a…

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AIDS/HIV, Operation Shanti

A home for street children of Mysore

I stepped off the bus in Mysore to find myself standing in front of a line of extremely bright, green, wealthy houses along the streets which juxtaposed the extreme poverty that one finds on every street corner of the city. Kids were begging, few were elder siblings taking care of their younger brothers/sisters – it…

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Education, Tamil Nadu, Vidyarambam

How it began at Vidyarambam

Mr. Ranganathan is the founder of Vidyarambam. In his previous avatar, he was an automobile engineer and travelled to various places to work. In 1982 he decided that he wanted to motivate and inspire learning in children who have little access to the joy of education. He says, “I took my sons for summer holidays…

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Disabled, Karnataka, Samhuha

How it began at SAMUHA

by Rohini Vemuganti SAMUHA which means an organized group or society was founded by Mr. Pradeep in the year 1987. Pradeep who was a journalist by profession was an employee at ActionAi,d which is an anti-poverty agency working in Indian rural areas since 1972. SAMUHA then began as an ActionAid project in the year 1987.…

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Founding Story, vidya poshak

How it began at Vidya Poshak

The seeds of founding Vidya Poshak were sown in the mind of Prof. Tikote as early as in 1999. What began as a request to help a financially weak student soon translated to a larger need for assistance to deserving poor students who are forced out of the mainstream of education due to financial constraints.…

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vidya poshak

Vidya Poshak

Vidya Poshak (VP) is housed in a two storied building with rooms neatly designated for different purposes such as mentor rooms, book banks, meetings, etc. Everything is organized and neatly structured, clearly illustrating that this is an organization with a purpose and clarity of their means of achieving their goals. “Many students want to study,…

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