Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak beats poverty and caste barrier to emerge as Bihar’s unusual entrepreneur

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At age 12, his foot slipped from a 30-feet high mango tree where he had climbed to fetch mangoes. It left his left arm with multiple fractures. Many thought amputation was the only choice but a village quack somehow saved his hand. But his life remained accident prone since then. When he turned 13, his… Read more »

Holi: Festival of flowers for Vrindavan widows

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LUCKNOW: It will be a rare first for Meera Sahbhagini ashram, home for 300-odd widows in Vrindavan. On Sunday, this century-old ashram will celebrate, for the first time in its history, the gaieties of Holi. Meera ashram is one of the five government-run centres for widows who have lived lives of self-mortifying rituals. Tradition allowed these… Read more »

Breaking shackles of tradition, widows to play Holi at Vrindavan

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Vrindavan: Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows would play Holi, the festival of colours, in the land of Lord Krishna. Around 800 widows would play Holi in ashrams of Vrindavan during the four-day celebrations commencing on March 24. "In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their social assimilation, we have organised… Read more »

Vrindavan widows to play holi

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Vrindavan (UP): Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows would play Holi, the festival of colours, in the land of Lord Krishna this year. Around 800 widows would play Holi in ashrams of Vrindavan during the four-day celebrations commencing on March 24. "In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their social… Read more »

White shadows

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Vrindavan, the childhood home of Lord Krishna, is also the abode of his romance with beloved Radha. The city has hundreds of temples and ashrams. The air is filled with chants and mantras. Foreign tourists, in colourful attire, walk through the narrow lanes of the city and greet you with “Radhey Radhey”. But besides the… Read more »

International Women’s Day- A Story From CFHI India

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Evaleen Jones, MD is the founder of Child Family Health International (CFHI) and Clinical Faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Today, on International Women’s Day we feature an experience from her recent visit to CFHI partner sites in India, and a story from a woman she met while there.  Her story  carries the message of community empowerment that CFHI embodies…. Read more »

Toiletten helfen Kastenlosen

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Still in India latrines are emptied by hand. Dalits do the dirty work, which are also abused as untouchables. An organization helping them to overcome social exclusion – by selling toilets. "We are human beings, not animals," says Asha Dhamuniya. But she had felt for a long time so the 20-year-old from the town of Tonk supplemented in… Read more »