If you have the spirit to work for your dreams, age becomes merely a number. Even at the age of 76 years, Sister Jyoti has become an inspiration for many women. She has successfully encouraged over 3000 women in her district to become self independent. Thanks to her efforts that women from different villages are interested and inspired for attaining education and empowerment as well. Women from around 40 villages are now working alongside the men on the crop fields and are earning their livelihood.
Sister Jyoti has been helping rural women in Bihar's Saran district since 2001 to fight poverty and lead a life of dignity. She has been organising the illiterate and poor women in the villages and teaching them to make small savings and circulate the funds among themselves as loans with nominal interest. In 2008, she started micro credit system with 12 women's groups and a shared capital of just Rs.35000. It has now grown to 130 groups, having a cash flow of Rs. 2 crore. More than 2000 women have formed 'Ekta Sangharsh Vahini' which has been registered as a civil society organization.
Jyoti came into the city of Bihar 20 years ago and after witnessing the living condition of women in the place she decided to reside there and help these women live their life with heads high.
Dedication and hard-work of Sister Jyoti has gained her several laurels. Jyoti has become a means of recognition for women and has illuminated their life with self-respect, dignity and self-confidence and that resulted in wonderful outcomes. With her commitment and consistent efforts she has successfully fought non-cooperation, language barrier and other difficulties and has become a change maker for rural women.
Jagriti is a non-profit organization working for the empowerment of poor, rural hill women mainly in three valleys of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It works through a network of Women's Savings and Credit Groups. Presently it manages over 140 groups with an active membership of over 1400 women spread across 25 panchayats in the district, some in Chamba.
Some of the major programmes by Jagriti include conservation of threatened medicinal plants/trees, ecological sanitation, conservation of traditional crops, conservation of indigenous bees, education and nutrition programme, value addition to local fruit and forest produce etc.
Jagriti's work revolves around promoting new and alternative income enhancement opportunities, encouraging adoption of drudgery reduction and energy efficient devices besides conservation and sustainable harvest of non timber forest produce from the wild. It has successfully developed value added products from locally available semi wild fruit like apricot and peach and also supports marketing of disappearing traditional crops such as buckwheat, millets etc.
The organisation trains women in various aspects of the production processes like collection methods, harvest schedules and removal of only mature plants after the seeding season. Women are also trained to process and value add the local produces such as using seeds from the wild apricot and other trees to produce oils, soaps, teas and dried herbs like mint and basil for sale. Jagriti has established a community-owned and managed for-profit brand called Mountain Bounties to market the products created by the women. Mountain Bounties products are also available online, providing improved marketing and market access to rural women.
Saans, the world's first neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device that can be powered in multiple ways through direct source electricity, including a vehicle's electrical supply a rechargeable battery, compressed gas or even manual air pumping, is developed by Nitesh Kumar Jangir.
In a hospital Nitesh saw a new-born baby with a common respiratory problem lost its life while being transferred to the tertiary care hospital from another smaller hospital, in an auto rickshaw. At the same hospital, he also witnessed a man who was recovering from a head injury, had contacted infections while on long term ventilator care, worsening his condition. Disturbed by these two incidents, Nitesh did a deep dive into the problem and developed these two devices —one that assists babies in breathing and another that helps prevent ventilator-related infections.
Saans was created to tackle avoidable deaths of premature babies from respiratory distress syndrome due to lack of complex medical equipment. In Nitesh Kumar Jangir Bengaluru, Karnatka areas where electricity supply is erratic and availability of resources at public hospital is limited, this innovation will supply crucial support to the premature babies.
Nitesh Jangir is the co-founder of the Coeo Labs, an innovation driven company solving unmet clinical needs in case of emergency and critical care. Saans was developed in 4 years time span and was provided to several district hospitals of India which lack Neonatal ICU facilities as well as to some medical colleges. It is comparatively 3 times cheaper than other machines. Innovations like Saans and VAPCare are all set to become the life saver of thousands of neonatal kids.
'Saans', has completed a clinical evaluation and is now ready for commercial use. VAPCare has been used in hospitals and has been effective so far in preventing the onset of ventilator associated infections. It is the only device that can auto detect secretions and automatically push in mouthwash and remove the fluid regularly. VAPCare is compatible with all ventilators machines and is non-invasive.
Sachidanand Bharati, was born in 1955 in the Uttrakhand region to a mother who was the first woman panchayat leader of the region. When he was older, Bharati became involved in the Chipko movement.
As a leader in the Chipko movement, Bharati mobilized cross-generational, non-violent environmental uprisings and groups across Uttrakhand and was instrumental in reversal of forest lands and 4.3 million hectares of land from commercial use back to agriculture and forest use land. Bharati initiated successful dialogues and nonviolent confrontations between hill communities and the government. It led to policy reversal and the retreat of state presence from indigenous, green turf.
Following the deluge in Uttrakhand in 2013, he stepped up not only his reforestation pursuits but also augmented water conservation programs. Towards this, he mobilised women from the Mahila Mangal Dals because women responded to the call for reforestation and water management intuitively and emotionally. Today, there is an active collective of more than 15,000 women in 150 villages, who are committed to savvy water management in the Himalayan region.
In an area where the recurring narrative is that of mass de-forestation, dying springs, lost rivers, landslides and associated environmental disasters his efforts have given new hope to numerous groups in the Uttarakhand terrain.
Building upon the cultural heritage of worshiping Surya - the Sun God as the ultimate source of energy and celebrating the very experience of life through a large gathering in Kumbh, For past six years, Simplified Technologies for Life has been passionately working to ignite young minds through experience driven transformation. They have designed a unique festival called SuryaKumbh which is internationally acknowledged as the World's Largest Solar Festival, SuryaKumbh has reached over 120,000 school children from a small tribal hamlet of Jawahar to ultramodern city of Dubai. The uniqueness of SuryaKumbh lies in the way it creates a flavourful fusion of science and festival that positively impacts everyone involved across age groups to harness solar energy in everyday lives.
Simplified Technologies for Life was established in 2011 with a vision of taking solar energy to every home in India, given the abundance of sunlight in India. The idea was to use solar cooking as an entry point and empower the users with an experience that would inspire them to lead a more sustainable life.
While SuryaKumbh is designed to introduce a family to the power and possibilities of solar cooking through a child, the real beneficiaries are rural women who will escape the drudgery of collecting wood, be less exposed to harmful emissions and effectively harness the free energy of the Sun efficaciously.
Based in Bangalore, 37 year old Shalini, lost all her four limbs owing to a rare bacterial infection. Back in 2013, she had just returned from vacation in Cambodia when she suddenly fell ill. What started off as a fever quickly developed into something far more serious and Shalini, who was also pregnant at the time, was suddenly on the brink of death and dealing with multiple organ failures.
Doctors diagnosing the illness in Bengaluru, however, thought it was dengue. They could not have been more wrong. In the course of the next few months, she had a miscarriage, both legs and her left hand amputated, following which her right hand just "fell off."
Having gone through the rigours of mainstream medicincal procedures, she finally turned to Ayurveda, that helped her in the healing process. And not before long she regained her physical and mental strength, with her husband Prashanth Chowdappa by her side.
Inspite & despite all adversities, she fought back with an indomitable spirit and today is a role model for not just the differently abled but to the entire humankind.
JSPL Foundation salutes the indomitable spirit of Shalini Saraswathi, a Quadruple Amputee, who has overcome adversities and is a source of inspiration to us all.
Today she is a writer, motivational speaker and a sports enthusiast. This trained Bharatnatyam dancer is an avid blade runner and even runs marathons. She is a true beacon of hope, endurance and epitomizes the indomitable spirit.
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.
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.