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  • Saranda, the ‘Land of Seven Hundred Hills’ lies at the tri junction of three states- Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh and is covered by the dense Sal forest. The region is inhabited by the tribal population (HO tribes) who reside in the deep forest areas, and are highly marginalised due to their inaccessibility. Infant mortality rates in the region are high, with an abysmally low neonatal survival rate. Overall malnutrition rates in the region are high, and health infrastructure is weak.

  • Children’s day (also known as Bal Divas) in India is celebrated every year on 14th of November to increase the awareness of people towards the rights, care and education of children. Children are the key of success and development of the country as they would lead their country in different and new technological way. 14th of November is the birth date of the first Indian prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and is celebrated as Children’s Day.

  • On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Managing Director of TVS Srichakra Ltd., Shobhana Ramachandran, shares with Soma Basu the story of her journey on a less travelled path for women and how she made it to the top staying in small town Madurai

    There are no two ways about Shobhana Ramachandran, a scion of the powerful TVS family that runs the country’s largest automotive conglomerate company. Strongly opinionated, she never sways from decisions once taken. The firm person that she is it reveals the clarity in her thoughts and actions that follow.

  • Jharkhand is one of the more progressive states where the government has been proactive in understanding the role and value of working with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). It has always looked at opportunities to facilitate constructive engagement between various stakeholders (CSO’s, Private Sector and Government) to enable them to work together towards a shared vision of increasing the impact of development initiatives in the state.

  • Phia Foundation has collaborated with Gripple Hanger & Joiner Systems India P. Ltd. to scale up its Jugnu education project in Bhowapur on a health-based intervention. Gripple India has provided grant support to Phia to set up health camps in the community for both routine and specific health check-ups for children, women and others. In addition to this financial support, Gripple has also committed to support Phia’s work in the community through employee engagement initiatives.

  • Working together, PACS-PHIA Foundation, civil society organizations and the Department of Welfare, Government of Jharkhand have devised a joint campaign to expedite claim generation in Jharkhand. The relevance of this campaign is in context of poor implementation of FRA in the state, attributed to lack of claim generation at the community a critical reason impeding the implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA) in Jharkhand. The campaign commenced in the first week of June 2016 in 13 districts of Jharkhand.

    The Key Objectives of the campaign are:

  • The review gives DFID’s current performance a ‘green’ rating, recognising UK aid’s significant contribution to tackling violence against women and girls. It finds that DFID has demonstrated strong global policy leadership, through initiatives such as the 2014 Girl Summit, and has made a significant contribution to knowledge and evidence on preventing abuse, including on global challenges such as child marriage and FGM.

  • On the occasion of International Labour Day, PACS, PHIA Foundation and Department of Labour, Employment and Training and Skill Development; Government of Jharkhand launched a Toll Free Labour Helpline 18003456526. It was followed by the Online release of Labour Schemes and Award Ceremony of Jharkhand Shram Shakti at Project Building, Ranchi, Jharkhand Honorable Chief Minister Jharkhand, Shri Raghuvar Das graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Sri.

  • A particularly deprived group of people are the rag-picking community in Bhuapur, Ghaziabad. A community of migrants from very poor areas of India, they live in a garbage dump, without water, sanitation, shelter, and health or education services. Life for children and women is appalling there.

    Phia Foundation through its Jugnu education project in Bhuapur provides children with the opportunity of education through ‘Bridge school’ and works with women’s and others to ensure they are supported in receiving education.

  • Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu lies in the coastal line which is one of the most backward districts frequently hit by natural disasters. The district has a population of 2600880 (2011 census). Due to the continuous downpour of rainfall at Cuddalore District starting from first week of November 2015 and large-scale flooding the damage caused to people and their belongings was innumerable.