Small triumphs today lead to great successes tomorrow. In #Bihar, 16 Panchayats (districts) with around 8-10 villages each were recently declared open defecation free #ODF by the Government’s Swacch Bharat mission. Behind this success story is leadership of Manju Singh, the village council head. She became the first woman to be elected the Panchayat head ‘Mukhiya’ in Hadiabad Village, after being a student in one of our vocational classes. A couple months ago, a sanitation & hygiene committee under Manju’s direction had taken initiative to get Hadiabad Village declared ODF. Now, through social awareness campaigns and through active championing, these other Panchayats have followed suit. #CLTS #WomenEmpowerment #womenleaders #swacchbharat

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Dr. Raj Madhavan addressed #AmritaUniversity faculty, students and staff this morning. His talk, “Improving the Quality of Life for Humanity via Humanitarian Robotics & Automation Technologies,” was an inspiring preview to the upcoming International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications, hosted at Amrita, December 18-20. Raj Madhavan is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Robotics with AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University. For more information on the conference, visit www.raha2016.org

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“TRUST that all that unfolds is an opportunity.” After a legal awareness camp in Guptakashi, empowered women like our facilitator Anjana, started filing RTI (Right to Information act) applications. This form releases vital information and life saving documents such as the BPL (Below Poverty Line) Card that gives people access to food. Most of the villagers live under the poverty line, which means they survive on less than $1.90 USD per day. Anjana, was unable to acquire the card for two years due to red tape and bureaucracy, yet after our workshop she proactively took actions towards securing her rights. In the photo, she is holding the RTI response from the Government stating that her card that she filed for TWO years ago was finally ready for pickup at the local office! #empowerment

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