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
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India: A New Harvest March 5, 2007
Darjeeling tea is one of the world's most enjoyable beverages — but it doesn't come easily to your cup. Tea-growing families in the villages that dot Darjeeling's hillsides work hard just to make ends meet.
India: A Wellspring of Opportunity January 18, 2007
Sava Gaon, India — The wells under the village's green hillsides are losing water by the day. A massive hydroelectric project is draining the water from under Sava Gaon and its surrounding villages to supply a nearby dam, much to the outrage of local citizens.
India: Changing Lives in Kalej Valley January 19, 2006
In a remote area of West Bengal on the road to Darjeeling bazaar, down a steep, rocky two-track road, the Kalej Valley tea plantation operates as it has since colonial times.
India: Life in the Himalayan Foothills December 30, 2005
Darjeeling's soaring natural splendor often hides the depths of poverty.
India: The Village that Works Together December 30, 2005
Souden Gaon, India — Today, the Rana household might be the busiest place in the whole Darjeeling district. One of Ratankumar and Vedkumari Rama's daughters is getting married tomorrow.
India: Bright Shades of Green July 22, 2005
Piryakootai, India - With every step, the people of Piryakootai are reminded of ocean waves that deluged their village over six months ago.
India: Healing a Village June 17, 2005
Chewribotay, India - When she's with her friends, 20 year-old Pramila Subba is like many other young people her age. She makes breezy conversation, catches up on village gossip and laughs a lot.
India: Mending Nets June 17, 2005
Oolakottai, India - The scene will remain with me forever.
India: Partnering for Families in Coastal India March 24, 2005
Mercy Corps is restoring livelihoods and ensuring a better, more secure future for many of the estimated 890,000 tsunami-affected residents of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.
India: New Growth in India February 15, 2005
If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps calamity is the father of community. I thought about this as I stood in the full Indian sun, witnessing a scene that I never imagined could take place.