HelpUsGreen is helping to clean India’s rivers by recycling temple flowers, and giving another segment of society a chance to bloom: Dalit women. Struck by the discrimination and injustice faced by Dalits under India’s caste system, this social enterprise hires marginalised women and empowers them with dignity and respect.
Singaporean social entrepreneur Alvin Yong dreams big. Why? Because he says, “It takes the same amount of energy to dream small. So why not dream bigger.” He believes in the power of young people to transform their communities for the better. And that is why he continues to support education-led programmes.
The humble bicycle is helping to keep hundreds of children in school, in Palghar district, western India. By completing their studies, these students are getting the education they need to lift themselves out of poverty. And the man responsible for making this happen is a dentist and avid cyclist, Dr Suwas Darvekar, and his Sangeeta Darvekar Charitable Trust.
It's a simple pleasure that we often take for granted: feeling the wind in our hair. It is precisely this pleasure that captures the essence of Cycling Without Age. The movement started in Denmark in 2012, and has since expanded to more than 20 countries. It began with one man's desire to bring the joy of cycling to people who'd lost the ability because of age. In doing so, Ole Kassow created a space for something much deeper.
Telly's human, Maureen, is trained in Animal Assisted Therapy. Together, they form Pawsibility, working with children and youth from all kinds of backgrounds, including those who have special needs, or are struggling with addictions, anger management issues, depression, stress and trauma from such triggers as divorce or bullying.
For Kak Noor, a mother of seven, her living standards have improved since working at Batik Boutique. She says, “Now that I have a job, I have my own income...I am able to help the family.”
Founded in 2001, PCVC helps rebuild lives that are affected by domestic abuse through programmes that help survivors build confidence. Since 2006, they have helped 4,500 burn survivors.
IDA India is a non-profit animal protection organisation dedicated to the defence, love and care of animals. Their work includes not just the rescue and rehabilitation of abused domestic animals, but also wildlife. They're also trying to educate the public through campaigns in surrounding towns and awareness talks in schools.
A participant of Cybercare’s STEP (Self-empowering Transition and Employability Program), Hasan has gone on to teach in a refugee school in Wangsa Maju. He teaches children like him to make a new life for themselves and think for their future.