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Stories from the field

Lighting up lives with IKEA SUNNAN lamps
IKEA Social Initiative is partnering with UNICEF to promote the rights of every child to a healthy, secure childhood with access to quality education. What once started as IKEA’s fight against child labour in the supply chain has developed into a broad co

IKEA SUNNAN Lamps Light Up Students’ Lives in India
IKEA Social Initiative is partnering with UNICEF to promote the rights of every child to a healthy, secure childhood with access to quality education. What once started as IKEA’s fight against child labour in the supply chain has developed into a broad co

Meena Radio Launches in Hindi in India’s Largest State
Meena Radio is being broadcasting for the first time in Hindi in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest state with a population of 191 million comparable to that of Brazil.

Children make their voice heard at the Lucknow Children’s Summit
IKEA Social Initiative is partnering with UNICEF to promote the rights of every child to a healthy, secure childhood with access to quality education. What once started as IKEA’s fight against child labour in the supply chain has developed into a broad co

A Journey of ASHA – from despair to hope
ALIGARH, India, 3 May 2010 - From hope to despair to lasting hope. This is the true roller-coaster ride of an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) who despite all adversities related to gender, caste and poverty has created history.

A Rescue ‘Bridge’ for ‘Out of School’ Girls
Shabbo rediscovered herself at Residential Bridge Course (RBC) that helps girls in Uttar Pradesh carry forward their lives

Calling Girls Back to School
An innovative educational concept, RBC has been designed to assist the mainstreaming of selected ‘out of school girls’ between the age of 11-14 years. In just 11 months RBC ensures that these girls attain an academic level equivalent to class five curricu

Urdu Poets Unite Against Child Labour
So common is child labor in Moradabad and in such abundance that the local population here seems to have almost become insensitive to the social and economic costs of a relegating an entire generation to the vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy.

From Rai Bareli to Rome, it has been a roller coaster ride for this rural teenager
Narendra not only did he get a chance to represent India at J-8 summit in Italy. He even was offered the mayor’s chair in Rome for a full session at this unique children’s session.

Muslim teenage girls put forth charter of demands
Questioning and deploring studied silence over their basic problems, Muslim girls living in some of Lucknow's poorest ghettos have put forward their manifesto, which they believe will lend a larger voice to their demands and grievances

The UP Red Ribbon Road Express takes off
It was a star studded evening for a social cause and AIDS awareness got a fillip with singers and comedians getting together with Lucknowites to express their concern at a musical evening organized at Ravindralaya auditorium in Charbagh on January 30.

Winning against polio with Razda Begum
Razda Begum sits with her decorated white chart paper which has the Mohallah Sufi Khan in Farrukhabad mapped out with its masjids (mosques), public facilities, the “grids” within the area and the “influencers” who work for the polio eradication programme

Saluting two faces of women’s empowerment
Thirty three years old Manjuma Iqbal and 65 year old Duiji Amma are women of courage, grit and determination. Not one to be daunted by circumstances these two women from Uttar Pradesh have faced danger and challenge bravely to come out trumps.

5,000 run for polio eradication in Uttar Pradesh
Over 5,000 citizens ran for polio eradication in a mini-marathon in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh.

Teaming up to wipe out polio
This is a different “bulawa toli” unlike many others as not only does it have young volunteers but also their teacher

A Ray of hope
Fifty-Two year old Prem Singh, born into a family of manual scavengers, was condemned to a life of drudgery and indignity for nearly half a century. This manual scavenger had been carrying human excreta from the young age and till few months back.

Inspired Leadership Transforms a Village Environment
The story of Sriprakash Singh and Jalilpur village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state is an example of how committed and inspired leadership combined with a pro-active local government can work wonders...

BMC Kusum on motorcycle gets results, and fast
There were 126 families who refused and resisted (sometimes tacitly) to immunize their children in the past. Now there are only three “resistant” families. “Soon we will convert them too,” said Dr Pahal Singh, the MOIC.

Polio programme visibility soars with Farooque Shaikh’s visit
Compared with 548 cases in 2006, Uttar Pradesh has 297 polio cases so far this year. Out of these, 277 are caused by the type 3 virus and the remaining by the type 1 virus. The success in controlling the P1 virus has been hailed as a major programme break

AIDS Related Stigma: An Account
I recently accompanied my mother to the hills where she was working on a project on HIV- AIDS.

Mobile school for migrant children
The children of Bidokhar village, 13 kms south of Bharua Sumerpur block of Hamipur district in Uttar Pradesh, call it Apna Skool.

Amma at 73 is on Mission Eradication
At her age most people would be content to spend their time on the charpai (cot), not on their feet. But not 73-year-old Naseeran. What happened years ago still haunts her, and she has made it her mission that no mother should repeat her mistake.

An ‘outcast’ tops class, heralding a social change
Jamalpur Village, Lalitpur District, Uttar Pradesh: Seven year old Kamlesh wears a permanent smile today. But this was not the case last year when, subjected to repeated humiliation and teasing at the hands of their upper-caste classmates...

Women lead drive for total sanitation in Uttar Pradesh
When Neetu, eldest of six daughters, came to Mirzapur Kalan as a new bride she was greatly impressed by the flush toilet at her husband’s home. At her parents’ house in a nearby village there was no such facility.

Crossing communication hurdles, story of UP village
“I will kill my son if you give him polio drops”, a man threatened, holding a sharp knife close his three-year old’s throat, terrifying the polio vaccinator who stood at his doorstep.

Opposing family joins polio eradication campaign in Moradabad
Until a few months ago, Yaseem and his wife used to hide their four children from the polio vaccinators and volunteers, often slamming the door on their faces, fearing the polio vaccine.

Crippled by polio, Moradabad girl mobilizes villagers
“Would you like to see your child crippled like me,” asks Mehrab Jahan as she counsels families to vaccinate their children against polio, in this village in Moradabad district of India.

30 village child reporters geared up to change the world
Published in the maiden issue of Balvani – literally, the “Voice of Children” (in Hindi) – a children’s magazine made by children, this eye-opener sketch says a lot about the society around us.

No longer condemned to a life of filth
Sixty-one year old Kamla was reborn two years ago. Condemned to a life of drudgery and indignity for nearly half a century, this manual scavenger had been carrying human excreta from the young age of eight.

4.6 million children to get Japanese Encephalitis shots by May 31 in Gorakhpur, U.P.
Gorakhpur, May 26: For the diminutive five year old Mohd Shafi it may have appeared as yet another joyful piggyback ride by his ever-indulgent older sister Fatima, but for the latter, the journey to the vaccination booth was one with a deeper purpose.

Nirmal Gram award - A New Dawn for a Village in Uttar Pradesh
IKEA Social Initiative is partnering with UNICEF to promote the rights of every child to a healthy, secure childhood with access to quality education. What once started as IKEA’s fight against child labour in the supply chain has developed into a broad co

Vaccination on wheels
The search for “missing children” has taken UNICEF and other partners in the polio programme to bus stations, railway platforms, road intersections, and now into the passenger carriages of trains speeding across the plains of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

Breaking free from child labour
Children get engaged in carpet making since families require as many hands as possible and the opportunity to go to school is all too often lost.

Inspired champions
On the face of it, Noorjehan, a mother in her mid-fifties, is like any other woman of her community in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Girls' education initiative - Uttar Pradesh
In 1999, in partnership with the government and other voluntary organisations, UNICEF initiated a project for girls’ education in four blocks of Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, where female literacy was about 15 per cent.

Too busy working to go to school
Until a year ago, eight-year-old Laxmina was too busy working to even think of going to school.

 

 

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