India’s northern regions are home to some of the poorest and neglected communities in the country. India’s tea-growing region and Kashmir have long struggled with conflict and are fragmented by social and political unrest that leave the economy faltering. Millions of people are also extremely vulnerable to disasters and the effects of climate change, which increasingly threaten their safety and livelihoods.
Improve life in the country's most isolated, vulnerable regions by supporting economic development, youth development and environmental sustainability.
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- 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: Building new latrines and sanitation facilities in Darjeeling to limit the spread of waterborne disease
- 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
- Population (2014 est.): 1.2 billion
- UN Human Development Index rank: 135 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2001
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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.
India: Children Returning to Childhood in India January 26, 2005
Pondicherry, India - In the tiny village of Kanapathichettikullum, just 15 kilometers north of Pondicherry, the sixty concrete and thatch huts that make up this community bore an unimaginable brunt.
India: Terror in an Indian Village December 31, 2004
On December 28, 2004, a Mercy Corps partner organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute (DMI), sent its tsunami relief team to the hard-hit village of Devanapatti in coastal India's Cuddalore district.
India: CHAI Program in India Launches New Initiatives November 4, 2004
A partnership between Portland-based Tazo Tea, Mercy Corps and local implementing partner DEG is improving health care and agriculture in India's impoverished Darjeeling region.
India: Behavior Changes October 9, 2003
Health awareness and hygiene behavior activities are a very important component of Mercy Corps' Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI), funded by Oregon-based Tazo Tea Company and implemented through local partner DEG.
India: A Change of Roles October 9, 2003
Being the CHAI Finance Officer, most of my time is devoted to the CHAI Project's finance department. However, I have always had a strong desire to go out and help in the villages, and this is exactly what prompted me to have a little fun with a change of role for a day last week.
India: One cup at a time December 19, 2002
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