Moved by no higher a motive than to bring succour and relief to their fellow citizens in this time of extraordinary suffering, the ordinary citizens of India – tribal women, village leaders and teachers, to name a few – have risen above themselves and their situations to alleviate the distress of those around them.

Our grantees bring you the stories of such good Samaritans who have risen to the aid of their fellow citizens, filling critical gaps that the ‘system’ has been unable to fill on the ground, especially in the hinterland of India.

ThePrint brings you the story of a young tribal woman who ferries life-giving oxygen cylinders and concentrators to covid patients in the tribal villages of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, helping save hundreds of lives. Max Maharashtra reports on the relentless efforts of Sarika Pere, Sarpanch of Bidkin, a village near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, who has been tirelessly working on the ground surveying containment zones, visiting the families of those affected by Covid-19 and attending to their critical needs.

The News Minute highlights the efforts of a headmaster and three teachers from Kerala’s Idukki district who undertook an arduous trek of 14 km, stayed in the tribal village, simply to ensure that their pupils, who do not have access to online classes, do not miss a single day of schooling.

In other stories, Down To Earth explains how climate change - the heating of the oceans and the rising sea levels - has led to a series of devastating cyclones emerging in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea in the recent past. And EastMojo reports on how rural Assam is staring at the twin catastrophe of impending floods and an outbreak of vector-borne diseases.

For these and more stories from our grantees this week, please read on.


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Mother branded a 'witch' & almost lynched, this Birbhum tribal woman is now a Covid savior

A young tribal woman has saved hundreds of lives by ferrying life-saving oxygen to villages in West Bengal’s Birbhum district that do not have access to a hospital. With a rented van, Churki Hansda, not only delivers oxygen cylinders and concentrators but also fixes and refills them for the patient almost single-handedly. ThePrint reports.

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गावची कारभारी; कोरोनावर पडतेय भारी

At a time when the second wave of the pandemic has inundated the rural parts of the country, Sarika Pere, the Sarpanch of Bidkin, a village near Aurangabad, has been tirelessly working on the ground - surveying containment zones, meeting doctors and medical staff and attending to their concerns and visiting the families of Covid patients and assuring them of support. Max Maharashtra profiles her efforts.

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Kerala govt teachers trek 14 km and stay in tribal village to teach students

While many students in urban areas are able to learn through online classes and have access to an internet connection, their rural counterparts are not so fortunate. But a headmaster and three teachers of a government school in Edamalakkudy, in Kerala’s Idukki district, have gone beyond their call of duty to ensure that the students of the Government Tribal LP School do not have to miss a single day of schooling. These teachers trekked 14 kms on foot and stayed in the village to teach the students. The News Minute reports.

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Climate Change made Indian Ocean cyclones more intense and deadlier

India has been hit by a series of cyclones in the last few years. Climate change and its impact have made the Indian Ocean deadlier than ever, leading to rapid intensification of cyclones, increasing unpredictability of the path of the cyclones and rising sea levels. Down To Earth explains that one of the major reasons cyclones and hurricanes are becoming more intense and frequent is due to the unusual heating of the ocean waters. DTE examines the consequences.

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Amid COVID-19, rural Assam braces for floods, vector-borne diseases

If the rising cases of Covid in rural Assam were not enough, the region now stares at an impending twin catastrophe: the fear of floods and the consequent outbreak of vector-borne diseases like Japanese Encephalitis, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Malaria, reports EastMojo. This comes on top of the ongoing challenge of keeping Covid at bay.

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