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ActionAid India works in 25 states and 1 union territory of India, with a vision to A world without poverty, patriarchy and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to life with dignity.

Empowering communities, transforming lives!
“Our community had, for long, been excluded from development processes and our socio-economic conditions continued to remain appalling,” says the 34-year-old Veeranna Sahariya (fourth from right in the picture) from…
Ensuring the residential rights of tribal labourers working...
Starting 2011, ActionAid India, along with its ally, Samagra Grameena Ashram (SGA), has been working towards improving the quality of life of tribal communities in Kodagu and Mysore districts of…
Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights...
It was a month of celebrations for Balya Bibaha Pratirodh Manch, Kandhamal (Odisha). On October 24, the Manch celebrated its first annual day at Phulbani, District Kandhamal. More than 200…
When adolescent girls lead social change
“I lost my father two years ago. My mother works in a ration shop. I took up a part-time job at a hospital to support the household needs,” says 14-year-old…
Training in housekeeping for former manual scavengers
Manual scavenging refers to the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. Despite a legal ban on this inhuman…
Securing justice and protecting rights
Dalits and minorities in India are the most backward communities, lagging behind not just in various development parameters but also facing hardships securing justice and protecting rights.With a view to…
New farming practices | Improved yield, increased incomes,...
Till some time back, Rajesh Tirkey, a 35-year-old farmer owning two acres of land in a village in Khunti district, Jharkhand, was finding it hard to make ends meet. Given…
Getting a village school re-opened in Odisha
In September 2017, the only school in Katingpani village of Nuapada District was shut down by the Government of Odisha, citing that there weren’t enough students and proposing that the…
Single, yes! But not alone
How single women from Ganjam received their housing rights Meet Gurubari Das (37), a single woman from Tarinipali village in Poirasi Gram Panchayat of Ganjam district, Odisha. Compelled by the…
Pushpa: Her story of struggle, her story of...
Pushpa’s story is an extraordinary one. This 40-year-old woman from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has led a life of transformation. She was a child labourer, she became an empowered domestic worker…
Helping adolescents reshape their lives, for the better
“Our family’s income is enough just to meet the basic needs as food, clothing and shelter. Given the financial hardships, my parents stopped my schooling after Class VIII and decided…
Breaking stereotypes: Women in the driving seat
“I always thought car-driving was reserved for the well-learned people only but now, I don’t think so,” says Nancy. Nancy is one of 16 women learning cab-driving in Bengaluru, facilitated…
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