Whether you are a fisherman, a farmer, or a factory worker, your livelihood depends on water.
If you make your living fishing, your harvest could be greatly diminished by water pollution. As a farmer, your crop yield might suffer from water scarcity. As a factory worker without access to good sanitation, you may contract diseases due poor water quality.
Each year, the United Nations observes World Water Day on the 22nd of March. This year’s World Water Day theme, “Water and Jobs,” explores how many jobs depend on having enough safe water. 2016’s World Water Day goal is, “Better Water, Better Jobs.”
Water quality and quantity directly affects workers in all fields. Unsanitary conditions and unsafe water lead to illness and absenteeism.
Water and work intersect in the management of water resources for agricultural and industrial use.
Some water management jobs are so crucial that they must be performed without fail—even without pay. Continue reading
India is nominally the world’s largest democracy. Yet many Indian citizens are not granted the most basic human rights by their democratic government. Indians are faced with forced marriage, forced labour (including child labour, with India supplying nearly 25% of the world’s child labourers), horrifying conditions in the criminal justice system, and suppression of free speech. Continue reading
When many of us think of government corruption, we picture shady backroom deals, where dirty money is exchanged for illicit favors in a dark haze of cigar smoke. But corruption can be much more subtle than that. Continue reading
Not all worthy causes come with a multi-million dollar budget. This makes the causes no less worthy or important. It makes the work no less necessary.
Charities, nonprofit organizations (NPOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must focus the bulk of their funding on helping the recipients of their programs. Most NPOs and NGOs simply do not have the revenue to pay all the people needed to administer their programs and services. Paying all of their workers would mean taking away crucial funding from the organization’s mission.
Volunteers level the playing field. Continue reading
Trailer: Ramya had one thing in mind after joining college-to stand on her own two feet. But, there was trouble at home. Her grandparents weren’t getting their pension and on top of that, she was totally unaware of the pension schemes. She requested an RTI enquiring about the same.
Plot twist: The postman was vehemently against her going the RTI way. He chided her, tried to give her fake information regarding RTI, before finally leaving her with a warning.
What makes her special? Ramya wasn’t deterred by what the postman told her. Even after he threatened her, she decided to use this empowering tool.
Sidekick: Training on the Right to Information Act given by LEAF Society for the youth
Climax: She got information about various pension schemes. She also found a part-time job in a library (managed by the Youth Club). And oh…her grandparents?.. They got their pensions. Her job portal- http://rti.gov.in/
Ramya’s story will remain in the archives of Namakkal’s progress. She got double the reward ( the information required in addition to a job) and her grandparents also were benefited by the pension. If you too have a story to tell, then please do share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and inspire others with your story rather than your Facebook posts.
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Trailer: He studies in 8th standard in a remote village in Tamil Nadu. What rights does he want? Right to no home work? Absolutely not. He has exercised a right which many of us wouldn’t use in our entire lives. Any guesses? Continue reading
One of the projects of LEAF Society deals specifically with spreading awareness about Right to Information Act. Now most people would wonder why it is so important to spread information about a particular act, for an NGO, rather than providing the disadvantaged people with food and clothing. The full form of LEAF, Leadership through Education and Action Foundation, answers that question. Continue reading