Improve life in the country's most isolated, vulnerable regions by supporting education and entrepreneurship, and enhancing the leadership skills of women and youth.
India’s northern regions are home to some of the poorest and neglected communities in the country. Health, education and income levels are among the lowest in India’s two prime tea-growing regions — Darjeeling and Assam — and in Kashmir. Both areas have long struggled with conflict and are fragmented by social and political unrest that leave the economy faltering.
- Women & Gender: Support the literacy of female tea workers and improve graduation rates for their children
- Agriculture & Food: Providing training and links to markets so spice farmers can make more from their crops
- Health: Bringing basic medical services and education about common diseases and maternal and child health to remote tea villages
- Economic opportunity: Connecting youth in Kashmir with technical training and incentives to start business ventures
- Children & Youth: Fostering conflict resolution skills and community engagement among young people in Kashmir
All stories about India
India: Catching up with old friends October 2, 2010
I should clarify that before a few weeks ago, I had never met Sonia and Rima. But when we met, I felt like I was catching up with old friends. I knew about the challenges they faced growing up on Assam's tea estates — and their aspirations to own their own successful beauty salon.
India: Cheers for soccer ring across the Himalayan hillsides September 29, 2010
The kickoff for this year's One Day One Goal soccer tournament in northeastern India took place on a freshly-developed playing field in the village of Upper Kolbong. This playfield can currently accommodate two teams at a time, playing seven players to a side.
India: You're invited... September 27, 2010
This morning I woke up thinking about the Motadhura Community near the Tumsong Tea Estate in Darjeeling. Really. Because today they are officially celebrating the construction of their new Community Learning Center — thanks to the help of Mercy Corps and TAZO Tea's CHAI program.
India: "I want to learn more!" September 21, 2010
Anjana Tanti thinks she's about 35. Age is not something people pay much attention to on the tea estates, where she grew up and now raises her own family.
India: Staging a sit-in to demand a future September 19, 2010
Last May, about 40 teens showed up at Mercy Corps' office in Assam to stage a sit-in. They had hired a truck to take them from their homes surrounding the Maud Tea Estate to Mercy Corps' Assam office...not an easy drive.
India: Gearing up for the climate change concert December 6, 2009
Hi everybody! While the upcoming Mercy Corps "Say It's Possible" Climate Change Concert with Terra Naomi is no ordinary concert, no concert would be complete without its posters and radio ads.
India: Video: India's tea country hosts Peace Day football festival October 19, 2009
India: Helping Assamese Women Go Back to School October 15, 2009
Anami Bawri's greatest regret is leaving school at age nine because her parents wanted her to look after her younger siblings. Today, she is a daily-wage worker at Moran Tea Estate in Assam, India. And she is illiterate.
India: Promoting Fuel-Efficiency in Darjeeling October 8, 2009
India: The past three weeks August 2, 2009
This post to Mercy Corps’ blog is three weeks overdue but, in my defense, it’s been a pretty incredible three weeks.