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Helping Junali Become Independent and Earn Money for Her Treatment

Helping Junali Become Independent and Earn Money for Her Treatment

Teenager Junali Lakhra faces life with unassailable determination and faces all adversities with great courage. Junali had to give up on her education after completing class 4th because she was diagnosed with Cancer in her leg. Her mother tried her best to help her, she sold the little plot of land they had to arrange money for the treatment, but it was not enough for the complete the whole course of treatment. The family has to bear the cost for her medicines, and with her mother being the sole earner of the family, managing the finances is very tough.  

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Zakarias No Longer Drinks and Is Now A Child Rights Crusader

Zakarias No Longer Drinks and Is Now A Child Rights Crusader

Now working as a Sardar (supervisor) in the tea gardens, 34-years-old Zakarias Sona has 15 years of experience working in Brahamajan Tea Estate. He, along with his family of seven lives in the makeshift houses inside the estate. He, his wife, four children, and his mother live here. Initially, he worked as a Faltu (temporary) labourer for his starting years, later he inducted as a permanent worker in place of his mother as Brahamajaan Tea Estate has the policy to offer a permanent position held by one to his/her nearest kin. At first, he was very vocal against the activities of Save the Children and our partner organizations in his area. He opposed to such NGO's interfering in the ways of working in the estate. He even went on to create ruckus during our meetings and awareness campaigns under the influence of alcohol. Changing his orientation towards child rights and related issues was a hard nut to crack for our field staff. Constant inputs by our field staff changed his perspective towards child protection issues. This happened after he attended awareness drives held during the celebration of UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) week.

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Celebrating Birthday With Soap Distribution Instead of Sweets

Celebrating Birthday With Soap Distribution Instead of Sweets

Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together account for 3.5 million child deaths annually. Access to improved water and sanitation facilities does not, on its own, necessarily lead to improved health. Evidence shows that handwashing with soap is the single most effective WASH intervention that helps in reducing diarrhea - the second leading cause of death amongst children. Good handwashing practices reduce the incidence of other diseases, notably pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, trachoma, scabies, and skin and eye infections.

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An Effort to Ensure that ‘Toilets For All’ Becomes a Reality

An Effort to Ensure that ‘Toilets For All’ Becomes a Reality

The eyes of Beena seem to lit up with pride when she said, “Our daughter Gauri has built us a toilet in our own house.” Beena and her husband Malkhan Singh reside in the Bhanwar Singh Camp slum of Delhi with their four children. 10-year-old Gauri is her youngest daughter. The husband works as a temporary leaning staff with the Municipal Corporation and Beena works as domestic help in nearby apartments.

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Suman Fulfils her Dream of Becoming a Teacher

Suman Fulfils her Dream of Becoming a Teacher

16-year-old Suman Verma, from Nasirda village of Ajmer district in Rajasthan, never had it easy in life. Being born into a family that was not economically well to do, Suman's father had high aspirations for her. He wanted her to get educated in some big fancy English medium school, but he could not make arrangements for the same due to his poor financial conditions. 

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