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Kerala Floods: Homes Lost but Hope is Still Alive

Kerala Floods: Homes Lost but Hope is Still Alive

Imagine that you are a three-and-a-half-year-old being told to run out of your house, ushered frantically by your parents, amid fierce unrelenting rain. There is a huge pool of water outside your house which you wade across by hanging on to a rope thrown across by neighbours. Imagine too that, ten days later, you continue living at your maternal grandparent's home and you don't even have a change of clothes. You can't access your books and toys. Your father goes out every day and doesn't fetch your 'precious' items. Your mother and grandmother seem to be silently crying all through the day. And now your father starts telling you that he's building a new home and you may have to stay here, like this, for a while till it's ready.

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Homelessness in 'God's Own Country', Kerala

Homelessness in 'God's Own Country', Kerala

The spectre of homelessness in 'God's Own Country' - as Kerala is lovingly called for its picturesque setting - is now a reality for thousands of families who have been driven from their homes following the unprecedented flooding. 10-year-old Vijay, along with his two brothers and parents has taken refuge in the government school that he attends.The school is located in the village of Pullippadam, Malappuram district. The whole area is surrounded by rubber plantations, which are a part of the Malabar Hills. It is from these hills that water comes gushing down, wreaking the homes of the mostly tribal population comprising of the muthuban and Paniyan communities.

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Helping Children Learn and Learn Better

Helping Children Learn and Learn Better

Harshit was merely six-year-old and he had developed anger issues. In pursuit of greener pastures, the boy’s family migrated to Delhi from the Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. But in the process of working so hard to earn themselves a living, they were not able to give adequate time to Harshit. This led to the emergence of behavioural issues in the him.
 

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When Women-Led Collective Action in Community-Based Management Ensured Sanitation

When Women-Led Collective Action in Community-Based Management Ensured Sanitation

Sameena along with her family and 22 other households reside in a small enclave along 59, Tiljala Road, Kolkata. Around 120 people from these households used one single toilet. The toilet had no water connection, electricity and drainage. This was hindering its usage as the toilet was old and in a dilapidated condition. The area surrounding the toilet always remained water logged and dirty.  The vacant areas and open drains surrounding the toilet were mostly being used for dumping and disposing all forms of waste. These areas were also being used for open defecation.

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When Prior Information on Diarrhoea Saved an Infant’s Life: ORS+Zinc= A Magic Formula

When Prior Information on Diarrhoea Saved an Infant’s Life: ORS+Zinc= A Magic Formula

Sompal and Javitri Devi along with their 8 months old infant daughter, Chandni, inhabit in the small village of Bilaspur in Pilibhit District of Uttar Pradesh. They own a farm on a small piece of land and they cultivate rice on it to earn a living. It was in the month of October last year that Chandni suffered from extreme bouts of diarrhoea. Fortunately, Chandni’s family members had already been oriented by Save the Children’s Community Health Workers during their regular home visits on what is Diarrhoea, how to identify and treat it.

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