Wisdom of Life


Sundarbans’ Pathankali Panchayat fulfils Children’s Demand for Safe Roads and 8 Others

On 8th March a group of children’s representatives (child task force members) marched to the Gram Sansad meeting to demand disaster preparedness measures as identified by them. The consciousness and enthusiasm of children moved the Panchayat Pradhan and the Panchayat Secretary to take up the demands in the Zila Parishad and Gram Sansad for consideration and immediate action. On March 20, the panchayat officials shared with the CLDRR team about

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Caritas India Partners Resolve to Work on Farming Self Reliance

“Farming community is in crisis and distress because of recurring droughts that have gripped Central India. As organisations with strong roots to Catholic faith, we need to fulfill our mission of standing with communities and help them become more resilient”, Archbishop Elias Gonsalves of Nagpur said this while addressing Caritas India partners who had converged to deliberate on the strategies to support farmers achieve agriculture self-reliance.

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Brick by brick, rebuilding lives at flood affected Kodagu in Karnataka

Heavy rains, floods, and landslides lashed the country's largest coffee-growing region Kodagu in Karnataka. The region has suffered heavy losses in terms of lives, livelihood, and property. Due to the incessant rains and landslides - power supply was disrupted with 3,800 electric poles, conductors and transformers damaged. Further,123 km of roads and 58 culverts/ bridges were damaged - and all major roads connecting Kodagu were blocked, including

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Unite for a Healthy India: National Launch of Lenten Campaign

Malnutrition is a painful and disgraceful scourge on humanity. Despite producing sufficient to feed her citizens, India continues to be one of the highest-ranking countries in the world for the number of children and anemic women suffering from malnutrition. The country has unacceptably high levels of malnutrition with 38.4% of children stunted and 35.8% of children underweight (NFHS-4). Albeit the enviable economic growth rate, millions of children

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Jharkhand’s new farmers: the age-old profession gets a young upgrade

Farmers from the Naxal affected Sons village under Chatra district of Jharkhand passing through a very serious phase of extremism. Due to its geographical topography and dense forest, naxal outfits are quite active in this area. The forest is full of a variety of medicinal plants, Kendu leaves, Bamboo, Sal, Teak, other timber species and a wide range of carnivorous & herbivorous wild animals but the village is completely left out from the Government

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START Local Hub: Inception Workshop to form national and regional hubs

The India hub is an initiative in response to the global call of Start Network to facilitate the formation of national and regional hubs. Given that, the India hub will collaborate closely with the global Start Network and other national and regional hubs of the network. Start Network, a network of 42 aid agencies across five continents, which aims at delivering more effective emergency aid, initiated its decentralisation process at the beginning

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How land tenure reforms can be a game changer for smallholder farmers

“People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership are the streams that run across the Sustainable Development Goals which should be a livewire of all our engagements with the smallholder farmers”, emphasized Fr. Paul Moonjely, Executive Director of Caritas India during the second series of policy dialogue jointly organized by Caritas India, the International Crop Research Institute (ICRISAT), and the Centre for Agricultural Policy (CAP), which

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A weak understanding of PESA Act dilutes the powers of the traditional leadership system

One Day Workshop on Panchayat Extension in Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act, 1996 and Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 was organised by Caritas India under Gram Nirman Project at Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh on March 11, 2019 and March 14, 2019 respectively for its Gram Niram partners. The workshop critically reflected on the work done under the Gram Niram project in the context of PESA, 1996 and FRA, 2006. Total 89 participants (PRI and community members,

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