Better sanitation facilities leads to positive environment in school
Many children in Agaram village near Chennai study in the local Government school. Although, children in the village loved going to the school many students were dropping out of the school as there had immense difficulty in using toilets in the school. The condition of washrooms in the school was far from satisfactory. Students frequently faced issues of water inadequacy, sanitation and hygiene. Sunil and most other students in the school came from families which ensured proper sanitation facilities. They had immense difficulty in using dirty toilets in school.
Finding renewed vigour everyday: Story of Alamara Begam
Alamara Begam lived with her two children in Shyampur PS, Howrah, West Bengal. The sole earning member of the family was her husband, Azahar who used to work as a mason in Mumbai. Both her children studied in a local school in Howrah. Though the income was meagre they led a happy life. It was when Azahar and Alamara were diagnosed HIV+ that their world came crashing down.
Little Tejaswani proves that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional
Tejaswani was born very weak and pale due to Beta Thalassemia Major. Beta Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing beta globin, a component of haemoglobin. She is the third child of Shankar, who works as a driver and Shamala, an attendant. Fourteen-year-old Tejaswani undergoes blood transfusion every few weeks, since she was 3. She has to bear excruciating pain during blood transfusion, but her life depends on it.
Community comes together for infrastructure Development
Unlike a normal well, a duck well is not more than 10-15 ft deep and is usually dug outside a village. Most villages in Daringbadi have 4-5 duck wells depending on the size of the population. A natural source of water, most people here depend on these wells for their daily chores. During monsoons, these wells brim up quickly and water gets contaminated, making it unfit for drinking and other household purposes. This problem faced by Daringbadi villages was very well addressed by Goonj with support from Ernst and Young India and the team encouraged over 80 people in Jogerimaha to come together and clean up their own duck well.
GAYE Skill building helps Munnikrishnamma earn her own living
35-years-old Munnikrishnamma hails from Hollarahalli, Devanhalli Taluk, Bengaluru Rural District. Life has never been easy for her as she was diagnosed with bilateral polio at the early age of one. The illness affected her lower limbs and made mobility very constrained for her. As normal movement was a challenge she had to crawl on her limbs to move around. Trying to make her movement easy Munnikrishnamma’s brother provided her with a wooden board to go to school.