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The Chain of Inspiration

The snowball effect of toilets!

Safety and security of family, friends, and neighbours is always a key concern for everyone. But the unease increases manifold when women and girls have to venture out in the open to defecate.

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The Chain of Inspiration

school manager’s vision to make access to decent toilets possible is now an inspiration for other nearby schools in Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, the attendance of girls has also increased significantly. Here is how it happened.

When water taps change the course of life.
Making every drop count!

When conserving water became the desperate need of the hour, an Anganwadi worker, Shashi Sharma initiated a simple and innovative rainwater harvesting method in her village, Kakupur Sitaram in Kanpur.

When water taps change the course of life.
When water taps change the course of life.

The Bundelkhand region, spread across the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in India, has suffered several consecutive droughts for a decade with little or no rainfall...

The Story Post ODF: Tackling Waste
The Story Post ODF: Tackling Waste

With almost 90% of the gram panchayats in Chhattisgarh declared as open defecation free (ODF) in the recent past, the state is experiencing a paradigm shift in rural sanitation...

The Story Post ODF: Tackling Waste
The doctor who decided it was time...

Not all doctors walk the extra mile to improve health care systems, but one doctor in the tribal dominated district of Baswada in Telanga did...

The WinS of teacher-student collaboration
The WinS of teacher-student collaboration

Bagadhar Utkramit Madhya School, located in the interiors of Ranishwar block, 53 kilometres away from Dumka District Headquarters in Jharkhand is experiencing a change that was unimaginable...

A world of a difference between two births
A world of a difference between two births

In a remote village in Sehore District of Madhya Pradesh, a Community Health Centre makes substantial improvements in infrastructure, services, cleanliness and hygiene...

A mother’s concern for long term safety of her daughters
A mother’s concern for long term safety of her daughters

A mother of three daughters, Sangi Shyamala got a toilet constructed in her house in order to ensure safety and dignity for them, but missed out on the right...

Common Problem, Uncommon Solution
Common Problem, Uncommon Solution

A village in the interiors of Raichur district of Karnataka comes up with an innovative idea to become open defecation free...

Mamata’s journey to a dignified life!
Mamata’s journey to a dignified life!

Seventeen year old Mamata Sahoo’s life in Motto village in Chandbali block of Bhadrak district in Odisha was unlike other teenagers of her age...

The Power of Persistence
The Power of Persistence

For 64-year-old, Gayatri Pawar from Amar Colony slum in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the most important task of the day was to fill water from a source two kilometres away. The burden of carrying heavy buckets...

When Revathi turned the tables on menstruation
When Revathi turned the tables on menstruation

To break the culture of silence around menstruation compounded by age old taboos, the Government of Madhya Pradesh launched the Udita Project in 2015...

Fighting Menstruation Myths
Fighting Menstruation Myths

Correct information and open communication have helped eliminate myths and misconceptions around menstruation for adolescent girls at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh...

Drums, Yellow Sarees & Flowers
Drums, Yellow Sarees & Flowers

The feisty women of Jahangirpura village in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh decided it was time to gang up and wear yellow sarees to collectively drive home the point that open defecation near the village pond had to stop.

Meena’s journey
Meena’s journey
from veil to victory

Meena Paliwal is the Sarpanch of Bakheda Kurmi village in Ichhwar block. She exudes a calm confidence. As the only woman Sarpanch in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, she enthusiastically leads initiatives for its betterment and...

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  • Two friends, on a goal!
  • Breaking taboos Building confidence
  • Breaking taboos Building confidence
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  • Two friends, on a goal!

    This International Women’s Day, here is a tale of two friends who are setting a benchmark in an unusual way – as professional women waste collectors. They collect, segregate and dispose off household waste with clockwork precision.

  • Raichur rising: Big-little
    heroes lead by example

    Their tiny hands give no indication of their resolve to free themselves and their community from the clutches of disease. These children are leading the change by championing handwashing.

  • Breaking taboos. Building confidence.

    To break the culture of silence around menstruation compounded by age old taboos, the Government of Madhya Pradesh launched the Udita Project in 2015 to raise awareness about...