Guest Blogs

Chanda and her shooting stars

This is a blogpost by Chanda Jain, a TFI Fellow in Delhi, who is doing something truly remarkable with her “small wonders” in the classroom. Here she introduces you to the shooting stars, as they like to call themselves, and her campaign. We are truly humbled that Chanda chose us to be a part of this beautiful initiative. Support Chanda’s campaign and cheer for her little shooting stars. Good values are good actions and good words. ‘Can you give me an example of a good value?’ ‘Didi if my friend does not have a pencil, I will give her my pencil. I am being helpful. ‘If my bottle falls down and the water is on the floor, and didi scolds the class, I will say didi it is my bottle. I am being honest.’ ‘If you are talking, I will say excuse me didi, can you please help me’. One year down the road and I began to realize the importance...
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The Madness Continues: 2 months on

This is a post by our guest blogger Siddharth Agarwal, of the Madness Project fame. Here he reflects back on his life altering journey and why the end is sometimes just the beginning. A little over two months now, since the completion of the Madness Project and the customary completion story still hasn’t been typed out. This has to do less with willingness and more with what I’m going to write down in this article, i hope you get the message that i’m trying to convey. I had received an e-mail from Tanvi a week after the completion of the Madness project regarding creation of a photo essay that would wrap up the project and I ended up not replying to that email. It might sound immature to a lot of the folks reading this, but, i did not want it to wrap up. In various conversations between Ujjawal and I on our trip across the country, we would often...
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Shattered dreams and Rebuilding hopes: The story of Ms. Nayana Padhi

By Kedareswar Choudhury, Chief Executive, Darbar Sahitya Sansad (Rang De Field Partner, Orissa) Ms. Nayana padhi (35 yrs)and her family live in Indalkusiari village of Balipatana block of Khordha district, Odisha. Nayana lives there with her husband Suresh Panda, aged 39 yrs and son Mrutunjaya, aged 8 yrs. They have a small hut and a sewing machine as asset. Suresh works as a casual labourer. Nayana supplements the family income by doing Applique work( handicraft) and tailoring. She has also availed a loan from DSS/Rang De for the second time. This flood has been a curse to the family as it is for the entire village. The flood water entered the village and engulfed the whole village in two days. The family moved to a nearby school, which is situated in an elevated area. Her house was submerged up to the roof for 6 days. It did not collapse due to the bamboo structure of...
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The Madness Project

This is a guest post by a Rang De social investor, Siddharth Agarwal. Siddharth is currently studying at IIT Kharagpur, is an amateur photographer and a cycling enthusiast. Here he introduces us to the Madness Project and explains why he chose to support Rang De. We’ll be following his journey across India closely and will be bringing you more highlights from the Madness Project in the coming few weeks. Welcome, to The Madness Project. A journey from the East to the West Coast of India, being undertaken by two undergraduate students on bicycles, fueled by the zeal to explore ourselves, the desire to understand the complex web of culture in our country and a wish to uplift lives around us. We begin this journey on the 27th of May from Kolkata and aim at reaching Mumbai in a span of 30 days, an approximate total travel distance of 2500 kilometres. I am cycling to raise funds for Rang De’s borrowers while Ujjawal is...
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