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Anish Sengupta Manager Programmes
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Cancer: Why prevention is better than cure

  CAF India has supported programmes aimed at cancer screening and awareness generation among the communities to mitigate the deadly disease and reduce the incidence of cancer in India  Anish Sengupta  write about the various initiatives  Cancer is a crippling disease. It can destroy an entire family sending it down a spiral of economic and emotional turmoil. Early detection and treatment of cancer, however, can to a significant e…

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Posted on : February 4, 2020
Degal Dharma Senior Manager Programmes
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Organic Farming ‘Greens’ the Deserts of Thar

  “Living in deserts for centuries, our people know how precious water is. Our ancestors taught us to save every single drop of water. They are more precious than pearls,” Mahavir Singh tells me while pointing to the rainwater harvesting reservoir at the demo farm run by Urmul Health Research and Development Trust at their Bajju campus in Bikaner. The farm demonstrates the best sustainable and eco-friendly, agricultural practices that…

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Posted on : January 31, 2020
Degal Dharma Senior Manager Programmes
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Art of endurance: traditional needlework helps women of Thar overcome hardships

  The Karni Mata temple in Bikaner is a temple where rats are worshipped and fed. To see a white rat among all the black and grey rats is considered great fortune. I could not spot a white rat during my trip to Bikaner, but I would still call myself fortunate. If not the white rat (who is considered the embodiment of Karni Mata), I met several women, who have battled harsh weather, an arid terrain, stunted vegetation and a patriarchal soc…

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Posted on : January 21, 2020
Sasmita Mahapatra Manager Programmes
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Here’s how Sikkim is saving its feathered friends

  Ever wondered where those sparrows went? The one that rested on your window on a hot, lazy afernoon… and the one that perched on the railing of your balcony every morning and greeted you with its pleasantries?  Our winged and feathered friends -- sparrows, vultures, Edward’s Pheasants even the finches that inspired Darwin to work out the theory of evolution, are all staging a disappearing act. And human’s have a major role to pla…

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Posted on : January 10, 2020
Sumit Bhukania Manager, Programmes
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NGO Mela Shop4Good, Gives Wings to the Dreams of Many

We all love Melas. Who doesn’t? The shopping stalls, games and a host of other fun activities are a sure shot way to lift your spirits, even as the mercury drops to nearly zero degrees. But the Shop4Good – an NGO Mela organised by CAF India at Palam Triangle, Gurugram was shopping carnival with a twist. It had a higher purpose. The initiative aims to bring together different NGOs committed for driving social change in our community and give…

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Posted on : January 9, 2020
Degal Dharma Senior Manager Programmes
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Overcoming Disability with Flying Colours

  Disability is a matter of perception. Disabled people are not the ones, who are not ‘normal’ as per societal parameters. But real disability is not being able to find joy in life. My entire perception about disability changed since, when I visited a Green Skilling centre at Chetna - a day care centre run by Richmond Fellowship Society (RFS) India, Bangalore to do an independent evaluation of the project. The Green Skilling progra…

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Posted on : January 3, 2020
Mansi Mahajan Senior Lead Programmes
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Senior Citizens of Jharkhand Find Hope in their Autumn Years

  Magdali Dhan, 68, lives in Bala village of Sunagi Panchayat in Jharkhand. A few years ago, she lost her husband. Childless, Magdali has no one to call her own. Some time ago, she developed problems with her eyesight. Old, poor and alone -- Magdhali, did not have the means or the access for medical treatment. She approached her village panchayat, but to no avail. Luckily, Magdhali, found a friend in Santoshi Kumari – a ‘Vridha Mit…

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Posted on : December 24, 2019
Gurpreet Bhatia Senior Manager – Marketing & Communications
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Water Crisis in India: From ‘NO WATER’ to ‘KNOW WATER’

On an average, the body of an adult human being is 60 percent water. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Water sustains life. Life will cease to exist if we don’t have water albeit, most of the water on Earth is unusable and only three percent of the world’s water is fresh water – that can essentially be used for human consumption. But centuries of expl…

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Posted on : November 15, 2019
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