Wisdom of Life


FARM Northeast: Recognising the invisible farmers

Yowa Mary loves to see her crops flourishing by adding compost, something she learned from FARM Northeast II programme. She had started growing different vegetables like pumpkin, chili, ladies finger etc. in her field. A marginalized farmer from Nyishi ethnic group from Rutap village in the newly declared Kamle district of Arunachal Pradesh, she hardly had a good income from her farms and almost surrendered herself to the situation. Concerned about

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Saksham is empowering people to prepare their own village development plan

  Rajasthan is the largest state of the India which is diverse in geographical and traditional scenario across the areas. The main geographic feature of Rajasthan is the Aravali Range, which splits the state into two geographical zones - desert on one side and topographic belt on the other. The climate in Rajasthan is generally dry. The soil and vegetation alter with the varying topography of the state and the availability of water. The main

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We can practice spirituality through our volunteering with concern

Since the Ashakiranam Cancer Care Campaign was launched in Kerala, people from different sections of the society flocked in to support this cause. Whilst it is undoubtedly a game changer, the support in terms of volunteering come in many flavors and there are many lessons we can learn from it. This is precisely the reason that during the coordination meeting of Tamil Nadu Southern cluster programme (Health and Wellbeing) on March 14, 2018, the directors

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Strengthening Tribal Self Governance through PESA, FRA and Tribal Customary Norms and Practices

The government of India enacted Panchayatiraj Extension to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA) and the Forest Rights Act (FRA)to empower tribals living in the forest with various privileges including minor forest produces and minor minerals. Several Civil Society Organizations and Non-Government Organizations are working towards proper implementation of PESA and FRA in the respective areas to provide dignity of life to the tribal population. Caritas India’s

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Songkhing village harnessing canal water for irrigation

Situated in the foothills, Songkhing village receives only 1500-2500 mm of rainfall to sustain their agriculture, the main profession of this village. Falling under Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, and due to the impact of climate change, Songkhing receives erratic rainfalls, the farmers were compelled to abandon their fields due to draught in lean seasons. “We are not able to cultivate our field as per our needs and were wondering if ever

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Oppressed ST community teach basic life lesson to the oppressors

The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4) shows that 45.9% of scheduled tribe members were in the lowest wealth bracket compared to 26.6% of scheduled castes in India. For the last fifteen years, 38 scheduled tribe families belonging to Irular community living at the periphery of Oragadam village dominated by the Backward community (BC) in Thirukazhukundram Block of Kanchipuram District, Tamilnadu. These 38 families are victims of social

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How IEC tools can improve the efficiency of behavioural change

Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) play a vital role in behavior change communication of development work, as it determines the level of awareness building and sustained behavior change. It is a journey which starts from shifting in knowledge, then attitude and ultimately change in behavior. Field coordinators and community mobilizers of Swaraksha, Anti Human Trafficking programme came together to learn and discuss the behavior change

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Since last 7 generations, Drorstar Mawthoh from Mawmuthoh village in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya is engaged in treating poor people through traditional herbal medicines. He has claimed that he had successfully treated patients suffering from malaria, diarrhea, boils, burns, snake bite, bone fractures, blood pressure, and above all Cancer. In the Khasi society, the practice of the traditional way of healing has existed since the ancient times and

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