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Zishan Shah Head, Partnerships
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CAF India Making Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Resilience More Effective and Timely

Over a billion people overcame poverty in the past 15 years, but extreme climate events and natural disasters force millions of people into poverty every year.  The planet is in a volatile state. Extreme weather events due to climate change, natural calamities, and civil unrest, puts our fragile planet at risk. And India, an agrarian economy, highly dependent on Monsoon, is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. In the ye…

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Posted on : November 13, 2019
Ashish Dhar Raina Manager Programmes
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How the Children from Korku tribe rediscovered the joy of learning

Not much has been written or documented about the Korkus. Snuggling comfortably in the lap of nature, the Korkus are one of the lesser known tribes in India. I got a chance to know them closely during a visit to Khalwa block of Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh. Set within the breath-taking landscape of Kalibhit forests in the shadow of Satpura range, the area boasts of world’s largest ‘Sagwaan’ forests. The Khalwa block in the district i…

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Posted on : November 1, 2019
Shivani Singh Manager, Business Development, CAF India
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Koraput — a land of paradoxes and aspirations

Beautiful, yet underdeveloped -- that’s the story of Koraput district in Odisha. NITI Aayog listed it as an aspirational district in 2018, but even before this intervention, Pragati - an NGO had been working in the district empowering the small farmers, writes Shivani Singh. Any travel opportunity that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city comes as joie de vivre. I got lucky, since it was work that took me to Koraput. I w…

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Posted on : September 12, 2019
Zishan Shah Head, Partnerships
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CAF India Catalysing Education in Aspirational Districts

CAF’s programme in Khandwa district has brought several children back to school CAF’s programme in Khandwa district has brought several children back to school. Over the past two decades, education in India has evolved into a basic human right. Education has become a focal point for furthering the agenda of development in the country. Schemes such as, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Saakshar Bharat Mission, Midday Meal etc. are in place to promote education among youth and adults. The real task however, lies in implementation …

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Posted on : September 5, 2019
Gurpreet Bhatia Senior Manager – Marketing & Communications
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Disasters disproportionately affect women and girls! Unpacking gendered nature of Disasters

In the last 17 years, India has faced more than 300 natural disasters which include droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, cyclones, floods and landslides. Cumulatively, more than 1 billion people have suffered owing to natural disasters. The estimated social and economic damages sustained by India in the last 17 years due to these disasters amounts to USD 63.6 billion according to the International Disaster Database (IDD ). Women and girls are mos…

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Posted on : August 22, 2019
Sumit Bhukania Manager, Programmes
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When Seven Passionate Students Stood up for a Cause

  They went out of their comfort zones, worked for seven days, they faced rejections and were turned away many times, but their passion ceased to diminish. This is the story of seven spirited Class XI students of Shri Ram School, who volunteered with CAF India to raise funds for the victims of Cyclone Fani. Their contribution, though modest by some standards, will go a long way in inspiring more youngsters to come forward and selflessly vol…

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Posted on : July 25, 2019
Sarita Pradhan Deputy Head – Workplace Giving and Volunteering , CAF India
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Bhubaneswar’s tryst with Cyclone “Fani – You Have to See It to Believe It

cyclone_fani When I reached Bhubaneshwar on 8th May in the wee hours of a new day, a feeling of loss and desperation engulfed me. I thought I was prepared mentally; As part of CAF India team I had been getting real-time updates on the ground realities and it made me think that I had clear idea of the devastation caused by cyclone Fani. But scenes that met my eyes as soon as I landed was far worse and painful. Twenty years ago, when a cyclone of similar m…

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Posted on : May 16, 2019
Meenakshi Batra CEO, CAF India
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Growing the Culture of Giving in India

India Giving Report 2019 Growing the Culture of Giving in India In a world increasingly propelled by technology and data, philanthropy too is rapidly evolving. Bolstered by the changing behaviour of giving; assuredly, the nature of philanthropy will change drastically in the near future. Simone De Beauvoir wrote, “The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.” As a country, this is the moment that holds huge po…

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Posted on : April 17, 2019
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