Winners 2015 - 2016

  • Ankur Singh

    Environment, Rajasthan

    Ankur Singh works for environment

    and energy conservation through his cartooning and paper presentations in national and international conferences/seminars/workshops. He has been doing many innovations in environment and energy conservation awareness in Rajasthan, undertaking special efforts in collecting information on clean technologies appropriate for rural areas and has communicated them to villages through exhibitions, demonstrations, education and trainings. He has made untiring efforts through his national environment awareness campaigns, in 16 states of India and is involved in regularly organising exhibitions/seminars/ training programmes. He is also motivating institutions to become environmentally more aware to save the future of students and the community at large. As a result, institutions are showing keen interest in greening their campus and the surroundings, enhancing the capabilities of teachers in environmental teaching helping them update themselves with better education. As a result of his efforts, his name is included in the Limca Book of (National) Records for year 1998 for exceptional contribution to environment cartooning. He also received the National Child Award in 1999.

    Through his cartooning, conferences, seminars and paper presentations across 16 states of India, Ankur Singh has dedicated his life to generate awareness about environmental issues.

  • Chewang Norphel

    Innovation & Technology, Jammu and Kashmir

    Popularly known as the “Ice Man”, Chewang Norph

    a 79-year-old civil engineer from Ladakh has created several artificial glaciers to help people deal with water scarcity in this cold mountainous region. The Artificial Glaciers- simple, cost effective and potential means of water harvesting at higher altitude in regions having cold climate, is an intricate network of water channels and small dams along the slope of mountains at a high altitude of 13,000 feet and above. The water from the mountains’ streams is directed to these mountain slopes through channels and stores it in the form of ice during the long winter period. With the onset of summers, when farmers need water for sowing their crops, the Artificial Glacier, by virtue of being at a lower altitude than natural glaciers, melts early and provides the much needed

    The Artificial Glacier created by Chewang Norphle is a simple, cost effective and potential means of water harvesting at higher altitude in regions having cold climate.

  • Dr. Sunil Shroff

    Health, Tamil Nadu

    Based in Chennai, Dr. Sunil Shroff,

    a renowned urologist and transplant surgeon started the deceased organ donation program in 1996. He founded MOHAN Foundation (a not-for-profit) in 1997 with the objective of increasing deceased organ donation rate using possible tool, technology, methodology and process to actively engage community, civil society, religious leaders, policy makers and the government at large to bring about the much needed change, thus,

    paving the way for deceased organ donation in India. He is called the “Father of Deceased Organ Donation in India” for actively promoting it as founder and managing trustee of the Foundation
    Dr. Sunil Shroff has worked actively with central and state governments to augment organ donation by creating a unique “Indian Model”. Through his transplant coordinators’ training programs, in South East Asia he has trained more than 930 transplant coordinators in India as well as in Bangladesh contributing to more than 70% of the deceased organ donations taking place in India and saving more than 3,500 lives.

    Owing to Dr. Sunil Shroff’s efforts, deceased organ donation rate doubled to 0.34 per million population in 2014 from 0.16 in 2012 in a country that had almost no donations taking place 17 years back.

  • Patel Genabhai Darghabhai

    Agriculture Development, Gujarat

    Born in a farming family in Gujarat

    Patel Genabhai Darghabhai, has made several leaps in his lifetime, despite obstacles. After passing his secondary education, he got engaged in his own farming business. But, what is remarkable about this simple man is that despite being differently-abled, he achieved notable feats. Due to his disability, he wasn’t in a position to perform traditional agricultural operations; in effect his farm income from traditional farming was around Rs 10,000 per annum which was insufficient for even routine expenditure. After surveying and consulting agricultural scientists, he decided to grow pomegranate a horticultural crop in all his landholdings.

    His family members differed as none of the farmers in his own area had ever done this sort of a thing, but none of this deterred his resolve. While other farmers grew moderately, his unique initiative of growing pomegranate in 5 hectare land produced 53902 kg of pomegranate with the net profit of Rs. 3,14,21,100/-
    Genabhai has travelled to many districts and several states to spread his tale, inspiring everyone by his resolve and strength to achieve what had seemed impossible.

    Patel Genabhai Darghabhai’s unique initiative of growing pomegranate in 5 hectare land produced 53902 kg of pomegranate with the net profit of Rs. 3,14,21,100/- against the expenditure of Rs. 61,32,400/-.

  • Gyanendra Monica Purohit

    Public/Social Service, Madhya Pradesh

    A couple Gyanendra & Monica Purohit based in Madhya Pradesh

    has changed the lives of many hearing impaired people. They teach deaf- dumb kids, instill confidence in them to go out and face the ‘normal’ world, and leave no stone unturned to make their voice heard. Along with imparting knowledge, the couple also submitted a proposal to the state government for the rights of the deaf and dumb to create a special police station that could pay attention to people with hearing impairment, as there was no deaf friendly police station in India earlier to lodge a complaint in sign language. After getting an approval from the government an existing police station, Thana Tukoganj, Indore was transformed to address the complaints of these specially challenged with the help of trained volunteers and the Purohit couple.

    The initiative made this community aware that they can also lodge a complaint like a normal person and if a complaint is lodged in any police station/court, it will be felicitated with the help of sign language experts. After the opening of the police station, many victims got justice and culprits were sentenced by court.

    10 JSPL Foundation Untold stories of Courage The first deaf and dumb friendly police station in India, an initiative by Gyanendra and Monica Purohit, has attended more than 1,000 cases in the last 13 years in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Niengkhohoi Haolai Sitlhou (AHOI)

    Livelihood/Vocational Skills, Assam

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

    Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Niengkhohoi Haolai Sitlhou (AHOI), who hails from Assam and is currently based in Gurgaon, works towards the livelihood and vocational skill training of individuals from the North-East region of India so that they can become spa operators in premium hotels/resorts. AHOI started a venture called Oriental Senses, way back in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing training on spa therapies and generate employment for people from the North-East where employment options are limited. Oriental Senses is an end to end business model of hire- train-groom-employ all under the same umbrella.

    At Oriental senses, AHOI assures good quality of work to be delivered with the help of strong and rigorous in-house training and also makes sure that there is high sense of trust and security for the employees. To start this venture, AHOI even sold her house. Most of the staff/trainees working with Oriental Senses are educated with the maximum qualification of higher secondary. Hence, the program is designed in a way to benefit those who did not have the privilege to finish school or college due to financial constraints.

    In the last three years, AHOI has personally trained and provided employment opportunities to more than 100 youth from the North-East at her own expense in the spa and wellness industry.

  • Rahul Vasantrao Deshmukh

    Education, Maharashtra

    Rahul Deshmukh, visually challenged since birth,

    is working continuously for the development of visually & physically challenged students through the setting up of the “Snehankit Association for Non Seeing Friends” in the year 1999 in Pune. Other than a hostel for the blind that he has set up, Rahul has also started new projects and activities which were unavailable to the visually challenged in a city like Pune. He migrated to Pune in 1997 from his village Panchrukhiya in Ahmednagar district and completed his graduation, post graduation, B.Ed., M.S.W., M.Phil in the open merit list of Pune University facing several difficulties due to his visual impairment.

    A meritorious student at school and college and a social worker, he makes life easier for blind students who come to Pune for higher education. He also established a computer training (MS-Office and MS-CIT) centre for the physically handicapped believing in the power of technology in the lives of the visually impaired. The facilities he installed in the hostel are the result of his hard work. A digital library set up by him gives access to books and the hostel is well equipped with all guidance and support system including scholarship

    Apart from the hostel for the blind in Pune, Rahul Vasantrao Deshmukh guides visually impaired students in choosing the right place to get remedial help for academics through his organisation Snehankit.

  • Bhapkar Rajaram Anandrao

    Rural Development, Maharashtra

    82-year-old Rajaram Anandrao Bhabkar, popularly known as ‘Bhapkar Guruji’,

    is a man of few worldly possessions. A former teacher living in the Gundegaon village of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, Bhapkar has cut through seven hills in the last 57 years to make a 40-km road.
    At the time of Independence, there was not even a ‘paywat’ (walking trail) connecting Gundegaon to the adjoining village. Bhapkar, who worked in the Zilla Parishad School at Kolegaon from 1957 to 1991 found people from his village crossing three other villages to reach the school. Bhapkar Guruji then initiated the project to make roads in the mountainous rural areas (40 kms till date) where the government had no schemes and help was limited, using all his own earnings.
    After his initiative, the route to Kolegaon via Deulgaon which was 29 km long has shrunk to just 10 km after making a kuccha road cutting through the hill. He also paid wages from his pocket to those who helped him with the work. Bhapkar spent his entire post-retirement earning and pension to fund the road work. Besides working with spades and shovels, he also hired heavy duty excavator machines for expediting the road work.

    The road, built by Bhapkar Guruji and completed in 1997 has since benefitted over 1, 75,000 people from 19 villages.

  • Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)

    Environment, Odisha

    Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)

    was founded in the year 1999 with a mission of partnering with local communities to conserve nature in the Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam districts of Odisha. The organisation focusses on direct action on the ground to protect endangered species and their habitats; restores and conserves degraded mangroves forests; strengthens and helps vulnerable communities become more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change. The organisation has also been at the forefront of implementing environmental restoration and sensitising the community on mangrove eco-systems and its effect on their livelihoods.

    APOWA has undertaken a unique project on ‘Community Stewardship in Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Mangroves in the coast of Odisha. The project adopted a model approach for community participation in mangrove resource management and restoration. This well-considered model directly engages local community and has proven extremely successful.
    Initially started with 10 villages, the interest in community mangrove forests has rapidly increased to more than 48 villages after APOWA’s efforts. APOWA has also received any awards for their outstanding work in protection of environment & conservation of natural resources.

    APOWA’s mangrove conservation project has directly benefitted some 24,000 people from 42 villages in Odisha.

  • Action in Rural Technology and Services (ARTS)

    Agriculture Development, Andhra Pradesh

    Society for Integrated Developmental Activities Research and Training (SIDART)

    Action in Rural Technology and Services (ARTS) registered as a society under Societies Act 1860, works to promote and strengthen livelihood systems in a sustainable manner by natural resource management through people’s participation in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
    The organisation also ensures livelihood, education and health rights through strategic objectives including pro-poor governance, addressing poverty needs of deprived and marginalised communities, enforcing rights of women and girls in the district.

    ARTS has initiated a unique project-Maathota in 1,000 acres of land in Srikakulam district aimed at the holistic development of the area by enhancing the environmental economy and livelihoods of tribal communities through major activities including Horticulture and Agriculture development, soil and moisture conservation, water resource development, women and child development etc.
    The project has reduced the drudgery of 540 women by providing safe drinking water in the area through gravity flow of water in 22 villages. The project is further expanding in 4,975 hectares under the Integrated Water Management Programme (IWMP) with the support from the Government of India.

    The Maathota project by ARTS has been instrumental in transforming the lives of 1,032 farmers in 41 habitations of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP)

    Innovation & Technology, New Delhi

    ISAP was established in 2001

    New Delhi by a group of agriculture and management professionals with the belief that capacity building of small and marginal farmers would help enhance their livelihoods and income resulting in better quality of life for rural communities. Based on extensive learnings from the field, over the years, ISAP’s work has evolved to include integrated farming, farmer aggregation and market linkages into a comprehensive sustainable rural livelihoods approach at the National level.
    The organisation has developed an applet- ‘Decision Support System (DSS) for trainers. This DSS is named e-KrishakSahyogi (e-KS), an ‘electronic companion of the farmers’. Trainers carry tablets with installed e-KS applet to help diagnosing problems of pests or disease infestation in the field. The app also comprises of animation videos to educate farmers on proven cropping techniques and advance farm technologies.

    ISAP has also implemented OCPF- Integrated Farming System (OCPF-IFS) project in the state of Rajasthan. Under this project, ISAP is working with 9,600 farmers. These farmers are being provided agriculture extension support including farm advisory, field demonstrations and exposure visits, value addition at the farm gate, and market integration through Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

    ISAP’s applet ‘Decision Support System’ (DSS) named e-KrishakSahyogi (e-KS) enables extension agents help farmers in diagnosing problems of pests or disease infestation in the fields.

  • Janaseva Foundation

    Public/Social Service, Maharashtra

    The Janaseva Foundation was founded on 15th January,

    1988 in Maharshtra by Dr. Vinod Shah, M.D. and a renowned gastroenterologist. Janaseva works with the motto of helping the helpless, elderly, disabled, disaster stricken and the destitute at the State level. Under the organisation’s project ‘Smart Cities’, Janaseva is giving medical care and school education to street children. It is also working towards building the future for these neglected children and creating an all-inclusive healthy beggar free society. It works for their personality development by teaching them good manners, hygiene, cleanliness and thus giving them a good future.

    The Foundation provides vaccination to street children essential for their good health. Its initiatives have helped children to stop begging as they have their basic needs of education fulfilled. The Foundation is also involving senior citizens, young volunteers from colleges/IT Camps to teach the children.

    Under the organisation’s project ‘Smart Cities’, Janaseva is giving medical care and school education to street children in Maharashtra and is working towards building the future of these neglected children thereby creating an all-inclusive, healthy beggar free society.

  • Rescue Foundation

    Women Empowerment, Maharashtra

    Rescue Foundation is a registered, non-profit NGO based in Maharashtra

    involved in rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking from India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The Foundation ensures that the victims regain all their human rights by rescuing and rehabilitating them from their inhuman situation.
    In 1995, Mrs. Triveni Acharya, a journalist, who since childhood was revolutionary and always attempted to struggle against unjust and anti-social situations, co-founded the NGO to ensure that the victims of trafficking regain all their human rights.

    The process of rehabilitation at Rescue Foundation starts with investigation to verify the identity and location of a particular missing complaint or reports of existence of minor girls in a particular brothel. Rescue raids are then conducted based on the information. After producing the rescued girls in the court, healthcare is provided by the Foundation to identify and treat them for any disease and illness, including HIV.
    The Foundation provides legal aid to these victims by prosecuting perpetrators. It also imparts vocational training to teach them money earning skills helping them to sustain themselves after repatriation.

    Rescue Foundation has also commenced expansion plan of Delhi Protective & Rehabilitation Homes in the surrounding cities like Agra, Mathura, Meerut and these will become operational by October 2016.

    Till now, over 300 girls have been rescued and 700 girls rehabilitated and repatriated by Rescue Foundation.

  • Rural Health Care Foundation

    Rural Development, West Bengal

    Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF)

    was set up with its head office in West Bengal to provide affordable primary healthcare services in remote rural areas of the country, where healthcare delivery by the state is either sparse or completely non-existent. The Foundation runs a chain of 10 primary healthcare centers providing low cost primary healthcare equipped with four departments, namely general medicine, eye, dental and homeopathy services to low income groups at Rs 60 as against market rate of Rs. 300.

    The presence of the RHCF clinics within the village premises and availability of medicines at an affordable cost has enabled people to avail healthcare in the early stages of illness instead of spending large sums of money at a later stage. The services particularly benefit women, and daily wage labourers whose health is largely ignored.
    Apart from benefitting patients, the clinics also generate direct employment for doctors and support staff, particularly women facing dearth of employment option in villages. The generation of employment indirectly benefits the families of those who have gained employment at the RHCF Clinics.

    Since the inception of RHCF, over 11 lakh people have benefitted from their services across four districts and 50 villages of West Bengal and 12 Municipal Wards in Kolkata.

  • Sarthak Educational Trust

    Livelihood/ Vocational Skills, New Delhi

    Sarthak Educational Trust, established in 2008

    with its head office in New Delhi works for the betterment of lives of people with disabilities. It works for all types of disabilities through all stages of rehabilitation – Early intervention, Inclusive & Special Education, Skill Development and Employment.
    Sarthak has also initiated providing employment opportunities for the disabled. It undertakes three major activities to generate employment for Persons with Disability (PWD) –
    i. Training programs ii. In House Placement Openings, andiii. Job Fairs
    Under the training programs for Persons with Disability (PWD), it conducts several trainings like Computer training, Language skills training, Profession related training (Industry linked training), Employability training - Tech Mahindra SMART Centre.

    For In House Placement Openings, the employment team at Sarthak from its data base aligns the candidates as per the requirement of the companies. The candidates are interviewed and placed through in-house placement outfits. It also organises Job Fairs for the disabled wherein job seekers (people with disability) and the job providers (companies which hire PWD) come on the same platform for hiring.
    They also have a Job Mapping service where experts from Sarthak visit the organisation to analyse and map opportunities for people with disability.

    Sarthak has so far organised 300+ in house placements and supported 20+ organisation in identifying jobs for people with disability.

  • Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF)

    Health, Telangana

    Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF)

    the brainchild of Mr. K. Sai Baba based in Telangana (Former Ranji Trophy Cricketer) backed by 35 years of experience in Sports, aims to identify young talent (especially among the less-privileged children) to groom them into promising sports stars of the future.
    Started in 1991 as a Non-Profit & Non-Commercial Organisation, SCF promotes sports and builds the health and character of the youth by providing free scientific coaching to more than 70 percent of its 600 trainees with a majority of them being from the underprivileged section of the society.
    Over the last 5 years, as part of its ongoing efforts, SCF has launched an ingenious project ‘Build India Through Sports’ (BITS) to spread awareness about Sports in Government Schools covering underprivileged street children, orphanages and slum areas supporting infrastructure for continued sports activity.

    Through BITS, SCF has adopted many Government Girls High Schools in Hyderabad and have trained over 4,000 girls in various sports so far by transforming them through various awareness programs.
    It is the only Sports Organisation in the country having IT exemption under 80G and FCRA approved by the Government of India.

    As part of its BITS project, SCF has reached out to more than 50 Government schools in Hyderabad covering 25,000 children where a substantial percentage of students have had no exposure to sports activities before.

  • Swayam Shikshan Prayog

    Entrepreneurship, Maharashtra

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP)

    was formally launched in 1998 as a learning and development organisation with a mission to empower women at the grassroots. SSP’s work in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra initially began in two districts, Latur and Osmanabad to turn the earthquake crisis into a process of rebuilding homes and communities.

    SSP also works to promote empowerment of women as leaders and entrepreneurs through self-help groups, social enterprises and community led initiatives. It offers a wide range of skill-building, livelihood generation, finance and health-enhancing opportunities to rural women, youth and communities at large.

    All these initiatives have been supported by its robust social enterprise ecosystem –Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprises (SURE) in rural marketing and distribution, Sakhi Social Enterprise Network (SSEN) in skills and entrepreneurship, Sakhi Samudaya Kosh (SSK) in innovative finance and Sakhi Arogya Samudaya Trust (SAST) in preventive health services. Combined, they offer a formidable range of initiatives in clean energy, safe water and sanitation, climate resilient agriculture, food security and nutrition by partnering with Sakhi women networks impacting over a million in low-income communities

    SSP’s continuous growth has resulted in the formation of federated network of 5,000 SHGs with over 1 lakh women from rural communities spread across 14 climate-threatened rural districts in 4 States (Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu).

  • Women’s Organisation for Socio-Cultural Awareness (WOSCA)

    Education, Odisha

    Women’s Organisation for Socio-Cultural Awareness (WOSCA)

    is a voluntary non-profit organisation founded in Keonjhar district, Odisha in 1993. The organisation is committed to the upliftment and empowerment of the rural population – especially of Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Primitive Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the District.
    WOSCA has developed a mobile phone based information management and monitoring system called ‘Tracking livelihood Entitlement for Rural Communities’ (TERcoms) to track the efficacy of entitlement delivery under social protection schemes to rural poor in order to strengthen the demand and supply side of service delivery.

    WOSCA’s village volunteers monitor entitlements under three major social protection schemes- Targeted Public Distribution System, Pension and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes on real time basis at service delivery points sending delivery acknowledgment to central server through mobile. Uptake Reports on these entitlements are generated monthly and shared with the community and the Government for action and remedy to strengthen the service delivery mechanism at district level to cover left out beneficiaries gain access to PDS and Pension schemes.

    Since 1993, WOSCA has continuously been expanding its reach, covering Banspal, Keonjhar, Saharpada, Patna, Joda, Hatadihi, Harichandanpur and Ghatagoan, Jhumpura and Champua block of Keonjhar District with a total population of 25,589 households in 219 villages.

  • CanSupport

    Health, Delhi

    CanSupport, is engaged in providing home palliative care

    to patients who are diagnosed with advanced cancer in New Delhi and areas around it. The organisation is run by a group of palliative care experts committed to enabling a caring and supportive society around cancer management. It supports cancer patients (>65% belong to the socio-economicall backward sections) by providing them informed and compassionate medical, nursing and emotional care.
    Starting with only 6 patients in 1997, the program has now expanded and is looking after 1700 patients and families at any given time.

    CanSupport’s palliative care programme for cancer patients has benefitted nearly 70,000 cancer patients and their families in the Delhi NCR since 1997.

  • Isha Outreach

    Health, Tamil Nadu

    Isha Outreach registered as an independent trust

    in the state of Tamil Nadu is engaged in core and large scale welfare activities, since 1992. It implements public-service initiatives called ‘Action for Rural Rejuvenation’ in health, ‘Isha Vidhya’ in education and ‘Project Green Hands’ in environment, which serve as outstanding models for human empowerment and community revitalisation.

    Isha outreach has also identified the fundamental gaps in healthcare and prepared an innovative project by rejuvenating ‘AYUSH’ (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) practices in India. It seeks to improve the health of the rural populace of the Kolli Hills Block in the district of Namakkal of Tamil Nadu state through a holistic approach involving a unique combination of Ayurveda, Siddha and Naturopathy.

    In the last five years, Isha’s programmes have reached more than 4,600 villages and benefitted 7 million people in 33 districts of Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka, Pondicherry and Kerala.

  • Ritinjali

    Education, New Delhi

    Ritinjali works with marginalised groups

    – slum dwellers, jail inmates, below poverty line individuals, victims of war and natural disasters – through educational and development-related endeavors helping them become responsible citizens.

    The organisation also runs a Life Skills Programme- “Drishti” in three districts of Rajasthan- Kota, Baran and Jhalawar since 2005 to build the capacity of young adolescents (12-14 years); helping them make informed choices about their health and behaviour through a comprehensive Life Skills Programme. It also facilitates teacher’s education on issues relevant to adolescence to ensure their continuous development.

    Drishti programme has covered 1,526 government schools offering schooling to children of Classes VII & VIII, training 2,087 teachers with the help of 236 Master Trainers and reaching approximately 4,85,000 students.

  • Tamana

    Innovation & Technology, New Delhi

    Tamana, a non-profit voluntary organisation,

    based in New Delhi has been working in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 31 years, catering to more than 300 children with autism and cognitive impairment.
    The organisation offers Individual Educational Program to students with special needs, aimed at their social and economic independence. The programme incorporates special education, regular academic program through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), therapeutic interventions and vocational trainings.

    Tamana has developed a Microsoft Kinect based application under its HOPE (Have Only Positive Expectations) programme for enhancing the cognitive and (fine/gross) motor functions of children with autism.

  • Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh

    Health, Bihar

    Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS)

    works with women of marginalised communities in Madhubani and Supaul districts of Bihar. Its’ initiatives are designed to achieve holistic empowerment of women by addressing issues such as education, health, livelihood and interest in social and political activities. It also aims to break the culture of poverty and backwardness among the marginalised women by providing them with farm and non- farm based vocational trainings and to facilitate their involvement in income generation activities.

    GPSVS has directly impacted 10,000 poor families and 64,000 people from 60 villages of Madhubani and Supaul in Bihar.

  • Amar Seva Sangam

    Public/Social Service, Tamil Nadu

    Amar Seva Sangam works towards empowering disabled citize

    s by establishing rehabilitation and development centre through its activities like education and skill development in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

    The organisation has also launched a mobile based Village Based Rehabilitation Initiative (mVBRI) for providing early intervention therapies to differently abled children. Under this program, with the help of tablet based user friendly apps, rehabilitation experts train parents of physically challenged children in the rural communities. The apps focus on topics such as gross and fine motor development, speech and language skills, and feeding techniques.

    Amar Seva Sangam’s Early Intervention initiative has benefitted 46 children in the last two years with overall beneficiaries of the organisation reaching 9072 persons in Tamil Nadu as on March 2015.

  • A.G. Padmanaban

    Public/Social Service, Tamil Nadu

    A. G. Padmanaban, based out of Coimbator,

    Tamil Nadu, initiated a unique venture- ‘Food Waste’ to reduce food waste and address the issue of hunger among the underprivileged. ‘Under the project- ‘Food Waste’ a hotline number and a well-equipped food collection Mini Van -‘FOODIVA’ operates in the City. Upon a call received from the donor, volunteers reach the collection points to pick up the excess food. The collected food is then distributed amongst the food deprived communities.

    The Organisation has also reached out to around 50,000 students teaching them food waste auditing and managing food waste in their campuses.

    This successful model of ‘Food Waste’ for Coimbatore city and the programme now feeds 3,000 people every month.

  • R.V. Ramamohan

    Rural Development, Telangana

    R. V. Ramamohan, based out of Secunderabad

    works for the cause of Rural Development in Warangal and Anantapur districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh through his innovative project - ‘Sustainable Ground Water Management through Social Regulations and Local Governance’.
    His programme addresses the problems of recurring droughts and depletion of ground water resources in Warangal and Anantapur districts by implementing simple and cost-effective techniques for ‘recharging dry borewells’. The project also finds technological solutions to ‘rejuvenate dried up wells’ and to save crops, within the affordability of a small farmer.

    Around 3,317 families are direct beneficiaries of R. V. Ramamohan’s unique project which assures, improved access to potable drinking water as well as water for sanitation. A total of 178 farmers have also befitted from augmented recharge to ground water.

  • Sangeeta Doloi

    Women Empowerment, Assam

    Sangeeta Doloi, mother of a deaf adolescent boy,

    based out of Guwahati, is working towards the cause of education and skill development of parents of children with hearing disability.
    Based on her own struggles with her disabled child and interactions with other parents, she set up an organisation - Dikshruti - a resource centre for parents in June 2012. The organisation provides services like parent counselling, motivation, early intervention including stimulation support, remedial educational support and skill building of parents free of cost.She has also been working with the local government to issue disability certificates, simplify procedures of accessing hearing aids and scholarships for deaf children.

    Sangeeta Doloi has successfully has reached out to parents of 40 deaf children in the last three years.

  • Shahid Shadab Hassan

    Education, Jharkhand

    Shahid Shadab Hassan, based out of Jharkhand has established the

    ‘H. H. High School’ in Brambe village with his own money that provides free quality education to orphan and underprivileged children.

    The school is engaged in creating awareness among the village children and their parents about the importance of education through a number of awareness programmes and unique initiatives. Shahid is also running a programme called ‘REACH2teach’, identifying kids who are unable to continue school due to monetary issues helping them continue their education.

    Working for the cause of education of orphan and underprivileged students, Shahid Shadab Hassan through his school at Brambe provides quality education to more than 500 children in Ranchi