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  1. Meet India’s Biggest Blood Donor : A 60-Year-Old Daily Wage Labourer from Kashmir.

  2. Sun, 16 Jan 2022

    Kashmir’s Shabir Hussain Khan is popularly known as the Blood man of Kashmir. Khan works as a daily wage labourer and is the biggest blood donor in the country. He has donated 174 pints of blood in the past 40 years of O negative, a blood group that is very rare. “One cannot buy blood […]

    The post Meet India’s Biggest Blood Donor : A 60-Year-Old Daily Wage Labourer from Kashmir. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  3. How to grow a Tree with Just 1 litre Water in its Entire Lifespan, learn from this Padma Shri Awardee.

  4. Sat, 15 Jan 2022

    Sundaram Verma is a 69-year-old environmentalist who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India last year. With his unique water-saving technique called dryland agroforestry, he has planted 55,000 trees. According to the latest data from the Central Ground Water Board (2017), as many as 256 of 700 districts in India have reported […]

    The post How to grow a Tree with Just 1 litre Water in its Entire Lifespan, learn from this Padma Shri Awardee. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  5. A Matchbox-Sized portable ECG machine that can be used by anyone, anytime

  6. Thu, 13 Jan 2022

    After losing a friend to a heart attack, a team of Dehradun Engineering graduates made an extremely-user friendly ECG device ‘Spandan’. This biomedical device can detect 21 heart ailments and can be used by practically anyone without any prior expertise. The idea inspired by a personal life tragedy In 2016, the sudden demise of a […]

    The post A Matchbox-Sized portable ECG machine that can be used by anyone, anytime first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Singh Parihar.


  7. A cycler’s journey to rediscover ancient wisdom of rural India and renovate the villages with it

  8. Wed, 12 Jan 2022

    Ankit Arora, a former journalist and cycle-explorer made a journey to discover the real culture and life of the people in rural India. Giving him revelations about the richness of ancient wisdom of these rural hamlets. He decided to learn this knowledge and reapply them back to the village to fit the modern world construct. […]

    The post A cycler’s journey to rediscover ancient wisdom of rural India and renovate the villages with it first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Hiya Shah.


  9. Pune Scientist develops an innovation to convert garden waste into fuel for your Kitchen

  10. Sat, 08 Jan 2022

    Priyadarshini Karwe, an award-winning scientist from Pune has developed an innovative method that creates eco-friendly biochar fuel from agricultural and garden waste. The process reduces the carbon footprint released into the atmosphere by about 30%. According to a report by ICAR, India generates about 350 million tonnes of agricultural waste every year. This waste is […]

    The post Pune Scientist develops an innovation to convert garden waste into fuel for your Kitchen first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  11. This lady from Assam is empowering local women to repurpose plastic waste for their livelihood.

  12. Thu, 06 Jan 2022

    Rupjyoti Sakia Gogoi from Assam started Village Weaves, a community-based venture, an organization that is repurposing plastic to weave a story of women empowerment, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. The impending climate doom Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution. Today, plastics have become ubiquitous; they can be found everywhere, from the pristine snow-capped Mount […]

    The post This lady from Assam is empowering local women to repurpose plastic waste for their livelihood. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  13. Remembering Sindhutai Sapkal – The Mother of thousands of Orphans

  14. Wed, 05 Jan 2022

    Padma Shri Sindhutai Sapkal was the beacon of love, compassion and hope. The lady raised and nurtured around 1500 orphans. Her relentless mission to work for the people and their livelihood is a fitting reminder that one can be the good they want to see in the world. Today, we honor and remember ‘Maai’ and […]

    The post Remembering Sindhutai Sapkal – The Mother of thousands of Orphans first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  15. Lucy Hughes, a design graduate from Sussex, builds eco-friendly plastic out of fish waste

  16. Wed, 08 Dec 2021

    Lucy Hughes, a product design student from Sussex has developed MarinaTex, an eco-friendly plastic out of fish waste. She also won the Dyson Award for her innovation. The non-negotiable problem Plastic production is expected to double by 2050. This would clearly disrupt the marine biodiversity. Eco-friendly inventions are the need of the hour to tackle […]

    The post Lucy Hughes, a design graduate from Sussex, builds eco-friendly plastic out of fish waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vinodhini K.


  17. Delhi girl is catering to the non-medical needs of the cancer patient around the country

  18. Wed, 01 Dec 2021

    Akriti Gupta was merely seventeen years old when she decided to start Canfem, an NGO that caters to the non-medical needs of cancer patients, especially breast cancer. The organization is helping them regain their confidence. The menace of cancer Almost ten million people die due to cancer. Research shows that one in six deaths is […]

    The post Delhi girl is catering to the non-medical needs of the cancer patient around the country first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Hiya Shah.


  19. Kerala Farmer earns in lakhs every year by growing pearls in his backyard

  20. Wed, 01 Dec 2021

    KJ Mathachan, a farmer in Kerala has been cultivating pearls in his backyard using freshwater mussels sourced from rivers. He has been training others on how to equip themselves with this skill. One can make a profit of 3 lakhs from 50 buckets of cultured pearls. You earn three lakhs by cultivating pearls in your […]

    The post Kerala Farmer earns in lakhs every year by growing pearls in his backyard first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  21. How an agro-economic intervention in Meghalaya generated employment for local youth in lockdown

  22. Tue, 30 Nov 2021

    COVID-19 outbreak forced businesses to shut down. The world economy crumbled down to control the spread. As a result, the farmers in rural India suffered a huge setback with their produce wasted in the void of operating markets. Moreover, there was barely any scope of employment for migrant workers returning to their villages. Meghalaya faces […]

    The post How an agro-economic intervention in Meghalaya generated employment for local youth in lockdown first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  23. Nagpur based graduates are digitising Braille for ease of education for the visually impaired

  24. Fri, 19 Nov 2021

    Chinmaya Naik,24, and Nikita Kumari, 22, the alumnus of GHRCE, Nagpur are revolutionising reading and education for the visually challenged through their startup ‘BlisCare’. The EdTech firm is a multilinguistic platform that digitises Braille for the users, thereby opening a new universe of books and learning for the ones who couldn’t see. The Transition to […]

    The post Nagpur based graduates are digitising Braille for ease of education for the visually impaired first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Bhavani Balaji.


  25. The innovator who developed the world’s first mechanical cooking stove

  26. Fri, 19 Nov 2021

    According to WHO, around 2 billion people are still dependent on burning biomass fuel such as wood for cooking food that produces harmful smoke. Odisha’s Anup Paikaray developed Venticook that uses a treadle mechanism to produce minimal smoke. A stove is a staple product in every household. In the rural parts of India, most families […]

    The post The innovator who developed the world’s first mechanical cooking stove first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Hiya Shah.


  27. How Coworking Spaces Are Adapting to Covid-19

  28. Thu, 18 Nov 2021

    The pandemic has turned the world upside down, especially when it comes to the traditional office environment. More people are finding that telecommuting is convenient, but some still want an office atmosphere. Coworking provides a healthy medium, but some are still antsy about being near many people in an office space. However, coworking spaces have […]

    The post How Coworking Spaces Are Adapting to Covid-19 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  29. Youngsters build a solar-powered system to irrigate remote Himalayan regions

  30. Sat, 13 Nov 2021

    Nishit Sangomla and Lobzang Wongtak from Ladakh found the opportunity to have a solar-powered irrigation system that can pull 1 lakh litres of water daily for about 50 households to revive the farmlands in the valley. The world has been experiencing the worrisome impact of climate change. While the heatwaves have become more common, the […]

    The post Youngsters build a solar-powered system to irrigate remote Himalayan regions first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  31. Protected: A 17-year-old schoolboy develops DIY devices to help the world in the pandemic-induced new normal.

  32. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: A 17-year-old schoolboy develops DIY devices to help the world in the pandemic-induced new normal. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  33. Protected: A 60-year-old retired banker in Tamil Nadu sells his home to buy a barren land and turns it into a farm.

  34. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  35. Protected: The Story Of A Couple Helping Children Fight Substance Abuse in Uttar Pradesh

  36. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: The Story Of A Couple Helping Children Fight Substance Abuse in Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  37. Protected: This lady is making women in Uttarakhand breadwinners of the family using their hobby

  38. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: This lady is making women in Uttarakhand breadwinners of the family using their hobby first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  39. Protected: Gandhian Couple’s innovative residential ‘school without books’ for underprivileged in a remote village of Gujarat

  40. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: Gandhian Couple’s innovative residential ‘school without books’ for underprivileged in a remote village of Gujarat first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  41. Protected: This startup from Chennai recycles Plastic to Produce Fuel and Other Nutrients

  42. Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: This startup from Chennai recycles Plastic to Produce Fuel and Other Nutrients first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  43. Protected: A Hero in a White Coat with a Stethoscope treating hundreds of beggars, destitute and homeless on streets of Pune

  44. Wed, 03 Nov 2021

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    | Author: TOC Network.


  45. Protected: This innovator from Madhya Pradesh is Providing Low-cost Prosthetic Arms to the Disabled for free

  46. Wed, 03 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: This innovator from Madhya Pradesh is Providing Low-cost Prosthetic Arms to the Disabled for free first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  47. Protected: 19-year-old football prodigy is transforming the lives of her peers in small-town Vyasarpadi through sport education

  48. Wed, 03 Nov 2021

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  49. Protected: This Farmer’s Son from Maharashtra Helps 125 Marginalized Students Access Higher Education & Fellowships

  50. Tue, 02 Nov 2021

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    The post Protected: This Farmer’s Son from Maharashtra Helps 125 Marginalized Students Access Higher Education & Fellowships first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  51. Over 500 women weavers in Uttarakhand revive an indigenous handloom that is now exported worldwide

  52. Mon, 25 Oct 2021

    Himadri-Hans-Handloom started as a small weaving project among the women of Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand that eventually an apt impetus from The Hans Foundation. The initiative has forged a way for the local art and craft to flourish. It gave the women of the community the chance to earn their livelihood with their favourite hobby-weaving. […]

    The post Over 500 women weavers in Uttarakhand revive an indigenous handloom that is now exported worldwide first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrish Ukhalkar.


  53. Dutch Innovator makes a sleeping coat for the homeless that can be converted into tents

  54. Thu, 21 Oct 2021

    Bas Timmer innovated a unique, temporary but highly efficient solution to homelessness. The Sheltersuit is a wind and waterproof jacket with an optional sleeping bag attachment to provide immediate shelter. It provides warmth, immediate shelter and a little dignity to the homeless while using upcycled materials and creating jobs for the people who were formerly […]

    The post Dutch Innovator makes a sleeping coat for the homeless that can be converted into tents first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Singh Parihar.


  55. Meet the Bengaluru man who developed a novel device to measure kidney functions in real-time

  56. Mon, 18 Oct 2021

    Acute Kidney Injury is a sudden episode of kidney failure where it accumulates waste products and becomes unable to maintain electrolyte and water balance. Bengaluru-based Dilip Shankar developed AKICare, the only device across the world, that monitors kidney functions in real-time in critically ill patients to save the patients from dying. Acute Kidney Injury, also […]

    The post Meet the Bengaluru man who developed a novel device to measure kidney functions in real-time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  57. An engineer duo is making online education accessible to the hearing-impaired children

  58. Mon, 18 Oct 2021

    The global pandemic deprived physically impaired children of education. Amanpreet Chopra and Prabodh Mahajan joined hands to build a dedicated Edtech platform – Resonate. Resonate is India’s first digital, games-based, AI-enabled, teaching-learning platform for the aurally challenged. The onslaught of the pandemic has deprived many of the most basic human needs, including lack of access […]

    The post An engineer duo is making online education accessible to the hearing-impaired children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Bhavani Balaji.


  59. Meet the Man who is making bricks that reduce carbon from the atmosphere

  60. Sat, 09 Oct 2021

    Tarun Jami from Vishakapatnam, through his startup GreenJams, has developed a special kind of brick out of the agricultural waste that sucks out carbon from the atmosphere. The brick reduces construction costs by 50% and is a ‘classic solution’ to the stubble burning issue that causes alarming pollution levels in Delhi. The paddy straws that […]

    The post Meet the Man who is making bricks that reduce carbon from the atmosphere first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  61. Bengaluru girl employs people with disabilities to reintegrate them back into the society in a dignified manner

  62. Fri, 08 Oct 2021

    Alina Alam from Bengaluru started Mitti Cafe in 2017, a cafe that is run and managed by a group of people with disabilities ranging from autism, Down’s Syndrome to visual and hearing impairments.  The discrimination and stigma To be born with any disability in a society that is not inclusive. It treats disabilities as an […]

    The post Bengaluru girl employs people with disabilities to reintegrate them back into the society in a dignified manner first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Karthikeya.


  63. Tech Start-up from Kerala develop a device that can instantly disinfect the air in closed spaces

  64. Fri, 08 Oct 2021

    Alappuzha- based tech Start-Up ‘All About Innovation’ has launched Wolf Airmask – a device that instantly sterilizes the air inside any closed space. This device is a promising key for making public spaces during the ‘new normal’. How does it work? We fall ill because of disease-causing organisms like bacteria/virus/fungi. These are pathogens in a […]

    The post Tech Start-up from Kerala develop a device that can instantly disinfect the air in closed spaces first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  65. This young couple from Nagaland is parenting tribal children with extremely traumatic pasts 

  66. Fri, 08 Oct 2021

    Eliezer home in Dimapur, a remote area of Nagaland has become a safe haven for children with toxic-troubled childhood. Tinu Meren Ozukum and Aosenla Imchen, a God-fearing couple, have been nothing less than saviours for these children in restoring normalcy to their otherwise marred lives. The Home of Hope -Eliezer Home It’s 5 AM in […]

    The post This young couple from Nagaland is parenting tribal children with extremely traumatic pasts  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  67. This 28-year-old has recycled millions of used soaps from hotels and redistributed them to the deprived communities

  68. Fri, 08 Oct 2021

    Samir Lakhani is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who founded Eco-Soap Bank. The initiative collects leftover soap from hotels – diverting it from landfills – recycle and redistribute it to people in need. The Problem of Poor Hygiene The vulnerable parts of the world lack even basic hygiene standards. It is so bad […]

    The post This 28-year-old has recycled millions of used soaps from hotels and redistributed them to the deprived communities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  69. Buried hours after birth, this woman survived atrocities to revive snake dance globally

  70. Fri, 08 Oct 2021

    Padma Shri Awardee Gulabo Sapera was buried alive right after she took birth. Years later, her achievements compelled her community to pledge against killing any female child ever again. The villagers of her remote Rajasthan were regressive enough to think of a girl child as a curse. After a frantic rescue by her aunt, her […]

    The post Buried hours after birth, this woman survived atrocities to revive snake dance globally first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  71. A traveller duo lights up the darkest tribal villages of Arunachal Pradesh with solar bulbs

  72. Thu, 07 Oct 2021

    A nomadic journey to a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh gave Rajiv and Merwyn a first-hand experience of the warm-welcoming culture of the natives. Despite lacking even basic necessities like electricity, the residents were so giving and selfless. Moved, the duo decided to give gift 200 solar bulbs to the remote Lhisu tribe. They later […]

    The post A traveller duo lights up the darkest tribal villages of Arunachal Pradesh with solar bulbs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  73. How a Bangladeshi Youth started the country’s biggest virtual School

  74. Thu, 07 Oct 2021

    Ayman Sadiq went from being a coaching centre tutor to founding The 10 Minute School to make quality education affordable and accessible. What started as an individual effort has now become Bangladesh’s biggest virtual School. Access to education is an individual’s inherent right. It is considered a human right as It builds personality, teaches values, […]

    The post How a Bangladeshi Youth started the country’s biggest virtual School first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  75. A Kenya-based shelter home is giving teenage mothers a second chance to continue their education

  76. Wed, 06 Oct 2021

    Elizabeth Muriuki from Kenya  started Serene Haven as a shelter home, it now provides education to over 26 Teenage mothers and takes care of their babies. Teenage-Mom Dropouts : A global problem Increasing crimes against women and girls is a cause of concern all over the world. Over 30% of girls aged 15 or above […]

    The post A Kenya-based shelter home is giving teenage mothers a second chance to continue their education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Varundeep Singh.


  77. London-based startup is creating fabrics that suck out Carbon and breathe out Oxygen

  78. Tue, 05 Oct 2021

    Post Carbon Lab is a biotech startup from London that is making the fashion industry sustainable by using microbial pigmentation and photosynthetic coating for textiles. The microbial layer on the clothing would suck out of carbon out of the atmosphere and hence becomes a leading change in the fashion industry. Imagine affixing tiny, microscopic plants […]

    The post London-based startup is creating fabrics that suck out Carbon and breathe out Oxygen first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  79. Locals in Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir, revive 65 natural spring water sources within 4 months

  80. Mon, 04 Oct 2021

    A group of seven citizens started purifying step-wells in the Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir in early 2021. It slowly turned into a local phenomenon as citizens in large numbers joined the mission to revive their cultural heritage. Bringing back to life 65 step wells in less than 4 months. Reviving Local Culture of […]

    The post Locals in Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir, revive 65 natural spring water sources within 4 months first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  81. IIT Guwahati develops biodegradable bandages that cost half the regular ones

  82. Fri, 01 Oct 2021

    Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati have invented Hydrogel Composite Films, biodegradable bandages that are low-cost, transparent, natural and safe. This invention promises to change the face of the global medical devices industry. Annually, approximately 1.7 billion units of first aid tape/ bandage products are sold. However, they are not fully sustainable […]

    The post IIT Guwahati develops biodegradable bandages that cost half the regular ones first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  83. IIT-K Grads make a solar-powered invention that helps 72,000 Farmers retain the quality of their produce

  84. Thu, 30 Sep 2021

    Pune-based startup Ecozen Solutions has set up over 300 cold-room units that have helped close to 72,000 farmers in the country to protect their Agri produce against the poor supply-chain management systems. In India, agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of the population. The gross value added by agriculture, forestry, and fishing […]

    The post IIT-K Grads make a solar-powered invention that helps 72,000 Farmers retain the quality of their produce first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  85. Now Making: Cost-effective and sustainable houses made from coffee husks

  86. Tue, 28 Sep 2021

    Houses made from coffee husks sounds unbelievable. But it is really happening. More interestingly, it is solving two crucial problems for the people of Colombia. One is the housing crisis, second is the pile of coffee waste. An innovative construction company Woodpecker Housing is building affordable, sustainable infrastructure using a composite made out of coffee […]

    The post Now Making: Cost-effective and sustainable houses made from coffee husks first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Varundeep Singh.


  87. Story of Inshah Bashir : Kashmir’s first female wheelchair basketball player

  88. Mon, 27 Sep 2021

    Getting bound to a wheelchair after a tragic accident could spiral anyone’s life downward. But not of Inshah Bashir. The gritty girl from Kashmir went on to become the first wheelchair basketball player from the state. Her life journey is nothing short of inspiration.  Early Childhood Inshah Bashir was born in the Budgam District of […]

    The post Story of Inshah Bashir : Kashmir’s first female wheelchair basketball player first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ashley John.


  89. Students from TERI develop a soil-less unit that grows 50kg of Fodder daily

  90. Sat, 25 Sep 2021

    Lavkesh Balchandani and Souryadeep Basak, an engineer duo from TERI developed a cost-effective and energy-efficient hydroponic fodder unit to produce green fodder for livestock. The completely indigenous solution uses minimal water and no soil for the production of 50 kg fodder per day. Over 70 per cent of the rural population in India depends on […]

    The post Students from TERI develop a soil-less unit that grows 50kg of Fodder daily first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  91. How a 25-year-old became a mother of 4000 plants in her house

  92. Fri, 24 Sep 2021

    25-year-old Sakshi Bharadwaj from Bhopal has created an urban garden ‘Jungle Vase’ behind her home consisting of around 4000 plants, comprising 450 species. A lot of them being extremely rare.  Loss of Biodiversity has been a cause of concern off lately. Habitat conversion and destruction are eliminating species at such a threatening pace that extinction […]

    The post How a 25-year-old became a mother of 4000 plants in her house first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Varundeep Singh.


  93. MIT Graduate develops an algorithm that lets you authenticate news ‘Logically’

  94. Thu, 23 Sep 2021

    Indian-Origin-Engineer based in UK Lyric Jain built Logically, a platform to test how authentic a piece of news is. Any user can verify a source of rousing information through the eclectic process offered by this platform. The Problem of Fake News We are oblivious to how much an attractively formatted WhatsApp message forwarded by close […]

    The post MIT Graduate develops an algorithm that lets you authenticate news ‘Logically’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  95. What Is Sustainable Clothing? A Beginner’s Guide

  96. Thu, 23 Sep 2021

    First and foremost, quite simply, sustainability means the ability to sustain an ecological balance to maintain natural resources & avoid depletion.  Sustainable clothing is about maintaining a harmonic relationship with the land, all its inhabitants, and resources. Many think that sustainable clothing is hand-me-downs, second-hand, and upcycled garments. But it takes a shift in perception […]

    The post What Is Sustainable Clothing? A Beginner’s Guide first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  97. How to Optimize Your Social Media Consumption for Your Personal Growth? 

  98. Thu, 23 Sep 2021

    Social media is not only a place for fun and wasting the day. You can make it a place where you begin growing and learning different things about yourself by networking. You can start becoming more social and learn how to translate the online social vibes into something to use in person. Here are some […]

    The post How to Optimize Your Social Media Consumption for Your Personal Growth?  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  99. How to Avoid Social Media-Induced Anxiety? 

  100. Thu, 23 Sep 2021

    While social media is a great outlet to connect with the people you enjoy and get the latest updates on pop culture and daily life, it can be equally taxing. Some people feel that they have to live up to an image every day. Here are some ways to avoid social media-induced anxiety.  How Are […]

    The post How to Avoid Social Media-Induced Anxiety?  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  101. 6 Ways Social Media Can Make Your Life Better

  102. Thu, 23 Sep 2021

    While many people believe social media is a waste of time, there are some ways that social networking can increase productivity. You may be the type of person that likes to use technology in everyday life. However, you haven’t found out how to make this avenue work for you efficiently. Here are six ways social […]

    The post 6 Ways Social Media Can Make Your Life Better first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  103. An innovative school in remote Guwahati takes waste-plastic as school fee

  104. Mon, 20 Sep 2021

    Mazin Mukhtar and Parmita Sarma started an innovative school that takes plastic waste as its monthly school fee. This school run by Akshar Foundation is set up in a space where children are made to work to help the family sustain itself. It is ending child labour, unemployment, illiteracy and plastic menace with just one […]

    The post An innovative school in remote Guwahati takes waste-plastic as school fee first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  105. 62-year-old from Mumbai is upcycling plastic into beautiful utility products

  106. Sat, 18 Sep 2021

    Rita Maker from  Mumbai has been upcycling plastic bags into mats, bags, clutches, baskets and potholders. She also runs a DIY Youtube Channel to inspire people to crochet plastic and do their bit in tackling the ever-growing problem of plastic. With the ever-growing velocity of climate change, the world is trembling at the speculation of […]

    The post 62-year-old from Mumbai is upcycling plastic into beautiful utility products first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nayana Subramanya.


  107. The Lady Tarzan from Jharkhand who saved forests from the timber mafia

  108. Thu, 16 Sep 2021

    Padma Shri awardee Jamuna Tudu is an environmental activist who is popularly known as Lady Tarzan for taking the timber mafia head-on in Jharkhand and saving a pristine forest belt from exploitation. Popularly known as Lady Tarzan, Jamuna Tudu is an Indian environmental activist, known for her headstrong initiatives for environment conservation. Tudu grew up […]

    The post The Lady Tarzan from Jharkhand who saved forests from the timber mafia first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  109. Meet the man who innovated and built the self-repairing roads in Karnataka

  110. Wed, 15 Sep 2021

    Say goodbye to potholes! Nemkumar Banthia, a Canada-based Professor, has created self-repairing roads. These roads, as the name suggests, can repair themselves. Thus are more durable. They will also significantly minimize the cost and labour it takes to maintain roads. Potholes are certainly an inconvenience- for both the public and the government. They not only […]

    The post Meet the man who innovated and built the self-repairing roads in Karnataka first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Karthikeya.


  111. 53-year-old from Meghalaya has trained over 800 women to become self-reliant through organic farming

  112. Mon, 13 Sep 2021

    Padma Shri Trinity Saioo has trained 800 women in turmeric farming, besides joining hands with many farmers across villages to grow Lakadong turmeric, a rare spice that is native to her state. Her work is a fitting beacon of women empowerment in our country. Trinity Saioo, a teacher by profession, has a long history with […]

    The post 53-year-old from Meghalaya has trained over 800 women to become self-reliant through organic farming first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  113. 17-year-old invents a self-activating fire extinguisher to protect homes from wildfires

  114. Fri, 10 Sep 2021

    17-year-old Arul Mathur has developed a device designed to help put out wildfires near properties. The self-contained and heat-activated fire suppression device called Fire Activated Canister Extinguisher (FACE) can prevent wildfires without human intervention. The increasing concern over wildfires Every year, millions of acres of critical wildlife habitats succumb at the hands of wildfires. Not […]

    The post 17-year-old invents a self-activating fire extinguisher to protect homes from wildfires first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  115. Kerala Architect builds a house that can generate power and harvest water on its own

  116. Tue, 07 Sep 2021

    Trivandrum based architect Srijit Srinivas builds a fully sustainable house called ‘Brickhaus’ that can generate power from the sun, harvest water from rains, yield biogas from kitchen waste, treat collected water for use when needed, with no external help! Housing is becoming more of a luxury. Besides making a hole in the pockets, traditional concrete […]

    The post Kerala Architect builds a house that can generate power and harvest water on its own first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  117. 11-year-old girl from Bengaluru makes paper out of kitchen waste

  118. Mon, 06 Sep 2021

    Manya Harsha is an 11-year-old sustainability influencer from Bangalore who is championing waste management her way. She is recycling kitchen waste to make chemical-free paper. The innovation would be a great alternative to the existing paper industry that is becoming increasingly unsustainable. “Nothing in this world is a waste until you consider it a waste,” […]

    The post 11-year-old girl from Bengaluru makes paper out of kitchen waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  119. How a unique Washing Machine is bringing joy to refugees around the world

  120. Thu, 02 Sep 2021

    Navjot Sawhney, an engineer from London, created an off-the-grid washing machine for people in refugee camps and poorer regions of the world. His grassroots social enterprise – The Washing Machine Project – is on a mission to alleviate the pain of women in low-income communities. The end goal is to empower them to take charge […]

    The post How a unique Washing Machine is bringing joy to refugees around the world first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  121. 3M-CII announces the winners of Young Innovators Challenge Award 2021

  122. Tue, 31 Aug 2021

    3M in collaboration with CII has successfully completed the 8th Season of the Young Innovators Challenge Award for 2021! From over 1500+ idea submissions to 49 Semi-Finalists and 19 Finalists, this season saw some excellent projects and ideas to address some of the most pressing social and environmental issues facing our country today. The ideas […]

    The post 3M-CII announces the winners of Young Innovators Challenge Award 2021 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  123. EnAble India launches fellowship to catalyse the growth of persons with disabilities

  124. Sat, 28 Aug 2021

    EnAble India is on a mission to catalyse the growth of persons with disabilities and integrate them into society. It is aiming to empower them to live a life with dignity and become a valued part of society. To accomplish this, it needs the support of enthusiastic leaders and changemakers who can champion lasting change […]

    The post EnAble India launches fellowship to catalyse the growth of persons with disabilities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  125. How this rescued child miner started a free school for other kids like him

  126. Sat, 28 Aug 2021

    Neeraj Murmu was rescued from the shackles of mining labour at a very early age by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. He started a free school for the underprivileged children in his village that won him the coveted Diana Awards last year. Neeraj Murmu began his life in the darkness of mica mines. His father, […]

    The post How this rescued child miner started a free school for other kids like him first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  127. This lady from Kutch has ensured that residents of 97 nearby villages have access to water.

  128. Wed, 25 Aug 2021

    Around 68% of the area in India with a population base of about 750 million people is prone to drought. The rising sea levels are turning freshwater salty, thereby compromising the water quality. An obvious inference from the numbers reveals the gravity of the water-management crisis in these arid areas. Can we help residents of […]

    The post This lady from Kutch has ensured that residents of 97 nearby villages have access to water. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  129. 19 surgeries and 50 medals later, this Indian para-athlete is raring to shine at Tokyo 2020

  130. Mon, 23 Aug 2021

    Former Junior World Champion and Indian Para-swimmer, Niranjan Mukundan, is eyeing greatness as the Paralympics get underway within a day. The illustrious athlete was born with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord defect that leaves the patient paralyzed below the hips. His journey of overcoming these odds and become one of the most decorated Indian athletes […]

    The post 19 surgeries and 50 medals later, this Indian para-athlete is raring to shine at Tokyo 2020 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  131. 14-year-old boy starts a venture that is hiring workers who lost jobs during lockdown

  132. Thu, 19 Aug 2021

    Amar Prajapati from Gorakhpur set up his LED lights manufacturing unit in his village to employ workers who were left without any means of livelihood.  Young citizens are the strength of the country. It is amazing to see them going beyond their books and make sincere efforts to learn and grasp new information. While India […]

    The post 14-year-old boy starts a venture that is hiring workers who lost jobs during lockdown first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rida Anwar.


  133. Bhopal startup develops a Portable Biogas Unit that runs on kitchen waste

  134. Wed, 18 Aug 2021

    Bhopal-based Shaktistellar has developed a portable biogas unit that converts compostable kitchen waste into LPG fuel. This innovative solution can reduce the recurring LPG costs by up to 60%. Kitchen waste accounts for 50 per cent of total household waste in India. This waste ends up in landfills adding to the pile of garbage. However, […]

    The post Bhopal startup develops a Portable Biogas Unit that runs on kitchen waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Isha Agarwal.


  135. This 21-year-old’s invented toy is educating little children about good and bad touch.

  136. Mon, 16 Aug 2021

    The 21-year-old innovator Yakara Ganesh has come up with a good-bad touch instructor, The Samskar Toy. It will help in educating children about the right touch. Adept information around this to the kids would help them call out predators and reduce cases of Child Sexual Abuse. The news of child abuse and molestation seem never-ending. […]

    The post This 21-year-old’s invented toy is educating little children about good and bad touch. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  137. Kerala IFS officer introduces alternative packaging that is preventing millions of plastic bags from reaching landfills

  138. Thu, 12 Aug 2021

    IFS Officer Meenakshi C from Kerala introduced new coir pots that would replace the regular plastic packaging used in plantation drives. The regular packaging would usually get discarded after the plantation drive and end up in landfills. This intervention by Meenakshi is now preventing millions of plastic bags from ending up in landfills. In 2014, […]

    The post Kerala IFS officer introduces alternative packaging that is preventing millions of plastic bags from reaching landfills first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  139. This boy failed 10th class five times but has built more than 40 remote-controlled planes.

  140. Wed, 11 Aug 2021

    Prince Panchal is a 21-year-old innovator from Vadodara who went on to build a flying plane despite failing class 10 exams five times. He has since then made multiple such innovations, bagging him a chance to get a special course on aeronautics from IITs and IISc. “A formal education is essential for everyone. However, one […]

    The post This boy failed 10th class five times but has built more than 40 remote-controlled planes. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  141. This man did not study beyond class 2 and yet set up a community radio station all by himself

  142. Mon, 09 Aug 2021

    Raghav Mahto was a radio mechanic from Mansoorpur who used bare minimum resources to develop a community radio station. It later got shut down in 2006 due to legal and financial issues. However, the story of this man who barely has any education setting up an infotainment radio for the public good never fails to […]

    The post This man did not study beyond class 2 and yet set up a community radio station all by himself first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  143. This Government teacher from Bihar is transforming young girls of his village into world-class athletes

  144. Fri, 06 Aug 2021

    In a remote rural belt where opportunities for women are often frowned upon, Sanjay Pathak’s relentless mission to change the lives of young girls from Siwan, Bihar is a groundbreaking effort. The Rani Lamibai Sports Academy is a residential training area for local girls that has mentored girls who are winning laurels at the international […]

    The post This Government teacher from Bihar is transforming young girls of his village into world-class athletes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  145. Teenage Girl from Pune develops a gadget to monitor tremors of Parkinson’s Disease

  146. Tue, 03 Aug 2021

    Moved by her uncle’s struggles with the disease, Pune based Jui Keskar develops a device that can greatly benefit a patient with Parkinson’s disease by monitoring their tremors. “When you find a problem around you, try to solve it.” this very simple yet striking statement comes from Jui Keskar, a ninth-grade student from Pune. The […]

    The post Teenage Girl from Pune develops a gadget to monitor tremors of Parkinson’s Disease first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  147. This Mangalore-based startup makes Eco-friendly masks that grow into plants!

  148. Fri, 30 Jul 2021

    Paperseed Co has come up with seed masks that bloom into plants when discarded into the soil. Made of vegetable seeds, they protect people against the virus while saving the environment. These masks are brilliant alternatives to the single-use mask that pile up to pose another threat.  You take a walk around to find scores […]

    The post This Mangalore-based startup makes Eco-friendly masks that grow into plants! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  149. This Brand of a Chennai Based Entrepreneur specializes in non-caffeinated tea and employs people from the backward communities

  150. Fri, 30 Jul 2021

    Heena Yogesh’s Yuva Soul makes healthy non-caffeinated products while helping women from backward communities to sustain their livelihoods Caffeine-based products have become a part and parcel of our lives. Without the morning tea or coffee, many of us find it difficult to function throughout the day. Regardless of this, for a lot of individuals, having […]

    The post This Brand of a Chennai Based Entrepreneur specializes in non-caffeinated tea and employs people from the backward communities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  151. This young entrepreneur from Gorakhpur is constructing sustainable  COVID care centres within 80 days

  152. Thu, 29 Jul 2021

    Shriti Pandey from Gorakhpur built two COVID hospitals in remote areas using sustainable materials derived from agri-waste within 80 days. An innovation that can help us scale up our medical infrastructure in time and prepare for the third wave. In the tough times of the second wave of COVID-19, people are running from pillar to […]

    The post This young entrepreneur from Gorakhpur is constructing sustainable  COVID care centres within 80 days first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  153. Frustrated by plastic straws on beaches, a couple from Chile is making and distributing Bamboo straws across the world.

  154. Wed, 28 Jul 2021

    ‘theotherstraw’ is a social enterprise started by Chile-based couple Lennart and Jamie Lee that is replacing single-use plastic straws with reusable, ethically sourced bamboo straws.  Plastic straws are one of the most picked up items during beach clean-ups. As many as 8.3 billion plastic straws were found to pollute oceans and other water bodies all […]

    The post Frustrated by plastic straws on beaches, a couple from Chile is making and distributing Bamboo straws across the world. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aarushi Batra.


  155. 17-year-old develops an App to create Employment for Jobless Migrant Workers post COVID-19

  156. Wed, 21 Jul 2021

    Teen entrepreneur Akshat Mittal has built a Linkedin like App called Bharat Shramik for Migrant Workers that will help them find work as the pandemic induced lockdown is rendering most of them without any source of livelihood. It is not a hidden fact that the nationwide lockdown has left millions of daily wage workers and […]

    The post 17-year-old develops an App to create Employment for Jobless Migrant Workers post COVID-19 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ankita Loomba.


  157. 26-year-old from Dehradun is Providing Foster Care to 100 Children who Lost their Parents to COVID

  158. Tue, 20 Jul 2021

    Jai Sharma, founder of the youth-driven organisation, Just Open Yourself (JOY), is fostering 100 children who have lost their parents due to Covid 19. The youth social activist is currently working with 34 children and aims to take care of them till they become self-reliant. Jai Sharma of Dehradun was a student of mechanical engineering […]

    The post 26-year-old from Dehradun is Providing Foster Care to 100 Children who Lost their Parents to COVID first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  159. Former Scottish Footballer awarded British Empire Medal for using Sports to promote peace in Kashmir.

  160. Fri, 16 Jul 2021

    Footballer-turned-coach of Real Kashmir FC David Robertson received the British Empire Medal (BEM), a coveted honour by the Queen for his services to the local community of Kashmir during his coaching tenure. Militancy, insurgency, stone pelting, terrorism, these are the words that we keep seeing on media channels, sadly related to the beautiful Kashmir valley. […]

    The post Former Scottish Footballer awarded British Empire Medal for using Sports to promote peace in Kashmir. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  161. This Dalit Woman Entrepreneur Has Uplifted 10,000+ Underprivileged Women in Telangana

  162. Wed, 14 Jul 2021

    Saka Shailaja has established herself as a visionary entrepreneur, mentor and social worker over the years who has been empowering women and doing something meaningful for society. Oppression against the Dalit community has been prevalent in India since time immemorial. People from this community have been maltreated and considered as the ‘other’. However, women like […]

    The post This Dalit Woman Entrepreneur Has Uplifted 10,000+ Underprivileged Women in Telangana first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  163. 3M-CII launches YICA 2021 to find and award Ideas that Inspire Hope for a Resurgent India

  164. Sat, 10 Jul 2021

    The last few months had been devastating for all of us as humankind dealt with the devastation of the pandemic, and hopes waned. However, the world is now slowly picking up shattered hopes and figuring out lives with a new set of ideas and innovation. While India is gradually getting back to its feet, the […]

    The post 3M-CII launches YICA 2021 to find and award Ideas that Inspire Hope for a Resurgent India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  165. Bengaluru boy wins Diana Award for getting 5000 underprivileged children back to education

  166. Sat, 10 Jul 2021

    Akarsh Shroff, the Founder of  S.P.A.R.K, received the Diana Award in the ‘Education’ category for the work done by his organisation on societal upliftment and helping underprivileged students Akarsh Shroff became one of the recipients of this prestigious award for the work done by his not-for-profit organization. “I was overjoyed because I never expected to receive this […]

    The post Bengaluru boy wins Diana Award for getting 5000 underprivileged children back to education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  167. This doctor couple has collected 250 kg of medicines for the ones who can’t afford them

  168. Wed, 07 Jul 2021

    Mumbai Based doctor couple of Marcus and Raina Ranney collected and distributed many unused medicines to help others who can’t afford them amid the skyrocketing hike in prices during the second wave. For exploring the awareness and disposal practices of unused medicines in the general public, a survey was conducted and documented in a journal […]

    The post This doctor couple has collected 250 kg of medicines for the ones who can’t afford them first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  169. Geologist from Kerala launches Edible Cutlery Brand made out of Wheat Bran

  170. Mon, 05 Jul 2021

    Started by Vinayakumar Balakrishnan, this sustainability centric project incubated at IIT Kanpur, Kerala Agricultural University and Indigram Labs is a result of extensive research of nearly two years. The team has come up with a method to make edible cutlery out of wheat bran.  In a modern-day scenario, we engage in activities that tend to […]

    The post Geologist from Kerala launches Edible Cutlery Brand made out of Wheat Bran first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  171. Protected: All Hopeful News during Tough Times – June 2021

  172. Thu, 01 Jul 2021

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  173. Protected: This Man is Replacing Plastic and Cement In Buildings with Sturdy Bamboo Construction

  174. Thu, 01 Jul 2021

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    | Author: Isha Agarwal.


  175. Protected: This startup from Kerala is making daily use products from coconut wastes

  176. Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  177. Protected: Two brothers from Madhya Pradesh develop a oxygen supply device that can conserve it up to 60%

  178. Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  179. IRS Officer creates 95 mini forests in 4 years using ancient Indian and Japanese techniques.

  180. Wed, 30 Jun 2021

    Rohit Mehra, an Indian Revenue Services Officer of the batch 2004, has created 95 human-made mini forests in different parts of India within 4 years. Read more to know more about his life and expertise. Today, we are choked with words such as global warming and climate change. A climate crisis hovers like an apocalypse […]

    The post IRS Officer creates 95 mini forests in 4 years using ancient Indian and Japanese techniques. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  181. This initiative from Manipur challenges binary gender in sports, prepares and holds tournament for trans teams

  182. Mon, 28 Jun 2021

    Sadam Hanjabam from Manipur has been conducting a separate sporting event for transgender people to help them showcase their skills through his initiative named ‘Ya All’. The fourth edition took place early this year and as many as 20 trans men participated in the match. The LGBTQ community has been pleading for acceptance for a […]

    The post This initiative from Manipur challenges binary gender in sports, prepares and holds tournament for trans teams first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  183. What’s the Ideal Solar Inverter Price? How to Select the Right One?

  184. Mon, 28 Jun 2021

    When it comes to evaluating your solar system equipment, solar panels aren’t the only thing to consider. In a solar system, solar power inverters play an equally vital role: they convert the electricity generated by your solar panels into a form that can be used by your appliances, lighting, and other gadgets. The solar inverter […]

    The post What’s the Ideal Solar Inverter Price? How to Select the Right One? first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  185. 27-year-old environmentalist finds a way to recycle used PPE kits and masks into housing bricks.

  186. Sat, 26 Jun 2021

    Meet Binish Desai, the ‘Recycle Man of India’ who is repurposing the biomedical wastes piling up during the time of the pandemic generating into economically viable solutions. COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the globe for six months now with cases still surging. India has crossed the three million mark. Another problem that simultaneously engulfs is the […]

    The post 27-year-old environmentalist finds a way to recycle used PPE kits and masks into housing bricks. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  187. Kerala student designs a mask with inbuilt mic and speakers for frontline workers to speak with ease.

  188. Thu, 24 Jun 2021

    Kevin Jacob, a 19 year old student from Kerala, has come up with an innovation that would ensure that frontline workers don’t strain their voices while talking through the masks for longer durations. Since last year, masks have become commonplace as a form of preventive measure against COVID-19. However, people are finding wearing masks for […]

    The post Kerala student designs a mask with inbuilt mic and speakers for frontline workers to speak with ease. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Karthikeya.


  189. Meet the first Indian without arms to avail a permanent driving license for himself.

  190. Wed, 23 Jun 2021

    Vikram Agnihotri from Indore is the first bilateral upper-limb amputee to avail permanent driving license for himself. The 51-year-old never let his disability define him. Instead, he worked hard to become a professional car racer besides being an active swimmer, gym enthusiast, footballer, aero-modeller and a Limca Record holder.  The tragic accident from childhood At […]

    The post Meet the first Indian without arms to avail a permanent driving license for himself. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sia Ahuja.


  191. More than 40 underprivileged kids have cracked competitive exams because of this group of friends from Mumbai

  192. Tue, 22 Jun 2021

    Students from economically backward communities have cracked competitive exams like NEET, JEE and JEE Mains thanks to an effort by a group of friends in Mumbai. Hailing from different educational backgrounds, these friends started an organization to make quality education accessible to every child. And they have an apt name for it too – Path […]

    The post More than 40 underprivileged kids have cracked competitive exams because of this group of friends from Mumbai first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rishab Shaju.


  193. Collegemates reunite after ages to make an indigenous oxygen plant from locally available materials

  194. Mon, 21 Jun 2021

    As  oxygen import woes increase, former ISB batchmates collaborate with IIT Tirupati to develop a fully indigenous PSA oxygen plant to help the Covid patients. The current procuring of the oxygen plants are time taking and is often reliant on import from other countries. This novel method (also open sourced) will help the hospitals in […]

    The post Collegemates reunite after ages to make an indigenous oxygen plant from locally available materials first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  195. Techies design a wearable vaccine storage device to ensure safe last mile delivery to rural India.

  196. Sat, 19 Jun 2021

    Manipal-based Blackfrog Technology’s flagship product Emvolio uses rapid cooling technology to reduce the wastage of vaccines in the last-mile delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic has caught us unawares. With a surge in cases and hassled immunisation drive, India is grappling to ensure safety for its citizens. While we are running short of vaccines to inoculate individuals, […]

    The post Techies design a wearable vaccine storage device to ensure safe last mile delivery to rural India. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  197. Rejected from six jobs, this entrepreneur with cerebral palsy is now helping people with disabilities set their enterprise

  198. Thu, 17 Jun 2021

    29-year old Sumit Agarwal from Kolkata started his own PR company after being rejected by six companies during interview. Sumit, who has cerebral palsy, is now moving towards a greater mission to help people with disability access Government schemes and benefits to become job givers than takers.  Sumit took birth as a 7-month premature baby, […]

    The post Rejected from six jobs, this entrepreneur with cerebral palsy is now helping people with disabilities set their enterprise first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  199. This man from Kerala gets awarded by the UK Prime Minister for his selfless service to their local community

  200. Tue, 15 Jun 2021

    UK based Keralite Prabhu Natarajan gets honoured with The Point of Light award by the UK PM Boris Johnson for his selfless service to the community of Banbury. The Banbury MP celebrated him with ‘The Unsung Hero Award’. After losing 11 of his family members back in his hometown in Kerala, Prabhu Natarajan chose to […]

    The post This man from Kerala gets awarded by the UK Prime Minister for his selfless service to their local community first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  201. This Father-Daughter Duo from Patna has Designed a Medi-Robot to reduce the exposure of frontline workers

  202. Wed, 09 Jun 2021

    Akanksha Srivastava and  Yogesh Kumar  from Patna have designed a medi-robot that can examine the patients for vital parameters and reduce the risk of exposure on the frontline workers. It can conduct ward surveillance and also enable smooth communications between the patient and the doctor via video-conferencing. The rising number of coronavirus cases crippled the healthcare […]

    The post This Father-Daughter Duo from Patna has Designed a Medi-Robot to reduce the exposure of frontline workers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  203. Mission Manjri – How citizen action is steering away COVID in the remote villages of Haryana and UP

  204. Tue, 08 Jun 2021

    Mission Manjri is a citizen-led initiative and a joint effort of multiple NGOs that offer free consultations, medicines, oximeters and other essentials in remote belts of UP and Haryana. A group of trained volunteers keep a check on mild cases of COVID and keep them from turning into severe ones in places where access to […]

    The post Mission Manjri – How citizen action is steering away COVID in the remote villages of Haryana and UP first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  205. 25-Year-Old Innovator Creates a Device That Can Convert Ocean Water Into Drinking Water at Zero Cost.

  206. Sat, 05 Jun 2021

    The Lexus Design Award 2021 winner Henry Glogau from New Zealand has devised a portable solar distiller to produce safe drinking water and electricity at almost zero cost. The world is growing at a breakneck pace. Be it science, technology, or medicine: it has witnessed a massive transformation. However, a major chunk of the world […]

    The post 25-Year-Old Innovator Creates a Device That Can Convert Ocean Water Into Drinking Water at Zero Cost. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  207. Engineering Student Makes a PPE Kit Ventilation Device to Save Frontline Workers from the Heat

  208. Fri, 04 Jun 2021

    Nihaal Adarsh, a student of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, has devised a plug-and-use PPE kit ventilation device. The innovation could relieve the frontline workers from suffering the heat generated while wearing the kits for long durations   Healthcare professionals in the entire world have been serving the people in these deadly times of COVID. […]

    The post Engineering Student Makes a PPE Kit Ventilation Device to Save Frontline Workers from the Heat first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  209. NIFT Bhopal Student Designs a Movable Toilet for Critical COVID Patients on Oxygen Support

  210. Thu, 03 Jun 2021

    Share this with your friends and family → [addthis tool=”addthis_inline_share_toolbox_73y4″] Pratyaksha Majhe, an accessory design student from NIFT Bhopal, has designed a movable toilet for the Covid patients on oxygen support. This bed can also highly benefit any bed-ridden patient at home or in hospitals. The second wave of COVID-19 saw cases mounting in India […]

    The post NIFT Bhopal Student Designs a Movable Toilet for Critical COVID Patients on Oxygen Support first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  211. Volunteers from around the country are ensuring that the COVID deceased gets dignified last rites.

  212. Wed, 02 Jun 2021

    At a time when people are scared of performing the last rites of their loved ones due to fear, some good samaritans have come forward to ensure a dignified farewell for the COVID victims. Piles of dead bodies are lying on the shores of the pious river Ganga. Shocking visuals have been doing rounds on […]

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    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  213. Protected: Group of IT Professionals helps connect home quarantined people with doctors

  214. Wed, 02 Jun 2021

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    | Author: TOC Network.


  215. Protected: Unable to perform the last rites of his grandfather, this man converted his vehicle into an ambulance.

  216. Tue, 01 Jun 2021

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    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  217. Protected: Hopeful News during these tough times – May 2021

  218. Tue, 01 Jun 2021

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  219. Protected: Young Man from Pune invents eco-friendly, hygienic and cost-effective disposal solutions for sanitary pads

  220. Tue, 01 Jun 2021

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    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  221. Deconstructing the Mumbai Model: How did the Mega-City Manage the Deadly Second Wave

  222. Sat, 29 May 2021

    With a recovery rate of 94% and a death rate of 0.6%, which is among the lowest in the world, Mumbai is being hailed as a successful COVID-19 containment model across the globe. The city looks like an island of hope amidst a sea of despair. Let’s admit it, this wasn’t a fluke. It is […]

    The post Deconstructing the Mumbai Model: How did the Mega-City Manage the Deadly Second Wave first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  223. This doctor from Maharashtra has successfully treated more than 5000 patients without using Remdesivir

  224. Fri, 28 May 2021

    Dr Ravi Arole has been successful in treating about 5000 patients without the usage of Remdesivir. The doctor has managed to bring down the rate of patient mortality to 1% . Treatment of COVID in India has caught the headlines because many people either have no knowledge or can’t afford it. The myths about the […]

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    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  225. How India managed to deal with the rising mental health crisis amid the peak of second wave

  226. Thu, 27 May 2021

    The surge in COVID-19 cases in India is taking a toll on mental health. Many people are reeling under the effects of anxiety, trauma, depression, and panic attacks. More interventions are coming into play as the nation deals with repercussions of the pandemic. Read to know more. “A couple passed away due to COVID complications […]

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    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  227. Struggling with cancer, this woman runs an ambulance 24×7 to save the lives of COVID patients.

  228. Sun, 23 May 2021

    As India is grappling with the second wave of COVID, the alarming figure of three crore affected people haunts us today. Amid the chaos, a cancer patient is battling for her life. And yet, she has found a way to fight for the lives of people affected by COVID. Twinkle Kalia, the lady with this […]

    The post Struggling with cancer, this woman runs an ambulance 24×7 to save the lives of COVID patients. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  229. Chennai couple installs vending machines that give out affordable masks for all

  230. Sat, 22 May 2021

    The ‘Insta Mask’ is a vending machine cranks out neatly packed masks at an affordable price. The machine is designed to be put up in public places to improve the accessibility of face masks. The unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases during the second wave has hit India badly. Experts have advised people to wear double […]

    The post Chennai couple installs vending machines that give out affordable masks for all first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  231. Once left unattended as a patient, Kashmir man turns his Shikara into a boat ambulance for COVID affected people

  232. Fri, 21 May 2021

    When Tariq was diagnosed with COVID-19, he had to face complete isolation from his community and neighbours, as they feared that they too would be infected. Once he recovered, he wanted to make sure nobody went through what he did. His boat ambulance gives temporary medical care to COVID patients in his area until the […]

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    | Author: Chirag Nihalani.


  233. Covid Relief Brigade : Youth of Bhopal pulling the city of the pandemic crisis

  234. Wed, 19 May 2021

    A bunch of young volunteers from Bhopal were compelled to start COVID relief work in April after coming to terms with the glaring reality of  the second wave. A bunch of youngsters, who go by the name Covid Relief Brigade are now helping people with oxygen, medicines and even food.  Making the city beam with […]

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    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  235. This new anti-COVID drug introduced by DRDO is helping patients recover 2-3 days faster

  236. Mon, 17 May 2021

    DCGI has approved the emergency use of  2-deoxy-D-glucose drug that helps in the faster recovery of hospitalized patients and reduces oxygen dependency. The clinical trials conducted by DRDO have shown promising results. The drug, although not being the eureka moment for the research of a potential cure, is an effective life saver. The Drugs Controller […]

    The post This new anti-COVID drug introduced by DRDO is helping patients recover 2-3 days faster first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  237. Hyderabad based startup develops a cost effective portable Oxygenerator for COVID patients under home isolation

  238. Sat, 15 May 2021

    The Hyderabad based startup, The Phi Factory, has developed a portable oxygenarator, Project Vayuputra. This cost-effective solution intends to provide oxygen to the COVID-19 patients who are under home isolation. Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, India is facing an acute shortage of per capita medical oxygen supply. People are helplessly looking out for arranging oxygen […]

    The post Hyderabad based startup develops a cost effective portable Oxygenerator for COVID patients under home isolation first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  239. Researchers from IIT Mandi develop reusable virus killing masks from discarded ones

  240. Fri, 14 May 2021

    Improperly disposed of PPEs are serious secondary sources of transmission. Researchers from IIT Mandi have found an apt solution to this. A mask can be layered with Molybdenum Sulphide to make it self cleaning and reusable. One can simply put these masks under the sun and they would be good to go for reuse. With […]

    The post Researchers from IIT Mandi develop reusable virus killing masks from discarded ones first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  241. The Uncut Team : A group of school students are running a nationwide database of verified COVID resources

  242. Wed, 12 May 2021

    School students have come up with their own way of fighting the second wave. They have grouped to form The Uncut Team which is running a nationwide database of verified COVID resources alongside running a 24/7 Instagram helpline. We are currently witnessing a humanitarian crisis in India of a magnitude never seen before. The past […]

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    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  243. Bhutan vaccinated more than half of its entire population in a week : 8 Things we can learn from it

  244. Mon, 10 May 2021

    The tiny kingdom of Bhutan is by far not in the radar of the world’s most advanced countries. However, it has set the record of launching the world’s fastest immunisation drive. Bhutan vaccinated 62% of its eligible citizens in just 1 week outstripping both the UK and the US. Read to know more. The inoculation […]

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    | Author: Shikha Sehrawat.


  245. Two girls are building conversations around girl education in Lucknow through their campaign

  246. Mon, 10 May 2021

    I grew up seeing my elder sister struggle for her education. As a girl, she was burdened with household responsibilities and frequently discouraged from pursuing education. However, she had a will of steel and didn’t give up. It is because of her hard work I could study and follow the path to my dreams. Being […]

    The post Two girls are building conversations around girl education in Lucknow through their campaign first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  247. This young man from UP is breaking the stigma around Sexual and Reproductive Health

  248. Tue, 04 May 2021

    I am a final year polytechnic student in Lucknow. When I visited my village, Karbadhiya in September, an acquaintance of mine told me about the Be A Jagrik team conducting sessions in Shikarganj. When I went there and interacted with people, something shifted in me. I was keen on working for the development of my […]

    The post This young man from UP is breaking the stigma around Sexual and Reproductive Health first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  249. Researchers find a way to tweak a common drug into a potential COVID cure

  250. Fri, 23 Apr 2021

    A Group of Researchers from IISER (Bhopal) and the University of Nebraska identified an existing common drug ‘Rapamycin’ that can be modified into a potential cure for COVID-19 The global pandemic has brought the world to a halt. Many research groups across the globe are trying to find a possible scientific cure for the novel […]

    The post Researchers find a way to tweak a common drug into a potential COVID cure first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  251. This Law Student from Lucknow Is Bringing the Conversation Around Menstruation to Men

  252. Thu, 22 Apr 2021

    I am Vaibhav, a first year Law student in Lucknow. My earliest memory with an intervention in health rights goes back to my association with the Know Your Body, Know Your Rights campaign by YP Foundation. I worked as a fellow there until COVID happened. This followed my month-long internship with YES Foundation in 2019 […]

    The post This Law Student from Lucknow Is Bringing the Conversation Around Menstruation to Men first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  253. How this young man and his friend are bringing education to the remote community of Radhagram

  254. Thu, 22 Apr 2021

    I lost my parents at the early age of 10. My elder brother took care of my upbringing and education. I wanted to pursue higher education but for some reason, I had to put halt to my plans. However, my inability to receive higher education pushed me to make education accessible for the children in […]

    The post How this young man and his friend are bringing education to the remote community of Radhagram first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  255. Solving both patriarchy and Gender based violence in conservative communities of remote Uttar Pradesh

  256. Thu, 22 Apr 2021

    I am Natthu Patel from Bhawai, district Banda. Being the first generation learner of my family, I have been extremely lucky to complete my MA education in economics. Now I look forward to join a government job and work hard for the society. My family doesn’t have a lot of history with education and that […]

    The post Solving both patriarchy and Gender based violence in conservative communities of remote Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  257. Jamia student develops affordable, durable, easy to install and dismantle isolation centres for COVID-19 patients

  258. Fri, 16 Apr 2021

    Kaif Ali, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia, has designed a prototype out-of PUF panels that ensure affordable and durable safe isolation centres. Furthermore, the prototype will also serve as feasible housing options for refugees worldwide. Status Quo India has faced immense challenges during this pandemic to keep the health care system from collapsing. To […]

    The post Jamia student develops affordable, durable, easy to install and dismantle isolation centres for COVID-19 patients first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  259. How theatre was used as a tool to delve deeper into the mental health issues of the migrants

  260. Tue, 13 Apr 2021

    Pune-based Swatantra Theatre helped research resilience among migrant communities using the methodology of theatre to better understand how these communities can deal with mental health issues. India went into lockdown in an attempt to flatten the COVID-19 curve. But another epidemic was silently ravaging the country. Cases of mental illness rose by more than 20% […]

    The post How theatre was used as a tool to delve deeper into the mental health issues of the migrants first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  261. This 20-Year-Old Engages Prison Inmates to Make Biodegradable Statues out of Temple Waste

  262. Thu, 08 Apr 2021

    Akash Singh, based in Gurgaon, is training prison inmates on how to upcycle temple waste to create eco-friendly statues thereby creating opportunity for the prison-term serving individual while repurposing the ever-piling temple waste in a sustainable manner. Born in a village near Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, Akash Singh is a 20-year-old innovator and entrepreneur, who did […]

    The post This 20-Year-Old Engages Prison Inmates to Make Biodegradable Statues out of Temple Waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  263. This visually challenged bank employee is making online food ordering accessible, one app at a time.

  264. Wed, 07 Apr 2021

    Read how Aziz Minnat is persuading major food aggregators like Swiggy and Zomato to change their ways; and make themselves more user-friendly for the non-disabled community, the visually challenged, in particular. The Boom of Online Services Whether it be travelling from one place to another, purchasing books, or having the prospect of dining in, all […]

    The post This visually challenged bank employee is making online food ordering accessible, one app at a time. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Singh Parihar.


  265. Student innovators build a pocket-sized pen-drive sanitizer that disinfects surfaces in 3 seconds

  266. Wed, 31 Mar 2021

    The pen-drive device, called UV Astra, emits a combination of UVA and UVC lights to quickly disinfect surfaces when attached to a mobile phone. The device is an instant and handy solution to sanitise belongings when we go out. Being wary of the surfaces we touch is the new normal. A door handle, an elevator […]

    The post Student innovators build a pocket-sized pen-drive sanitizer that disinfects surfaces in 3 seconds first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  267. 17-year-old builds an app for farmers that can help them diagnose and treat plant-based diseases on the go

  268. Fri, 26 Mar 2021

    The app called The Plant Doctor’ is a cloud-based AI algorithms accessible app over a cellular network that helps farmers diagnose and treat plant diseases from wherever they are. “Age is just a number. A person’s course of actions and achievements are the real parameters to judge his/her growth”, this has been proved by the […]

    The post 17-year-old builds an app for farmers that can help them diagnose and treat plant-based diseases on the go first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  269. This young man is turning days of unemployment into days of enterprising for Forest Farmers in Chattisgarh

  270. Tue, 16 Mar 2021

    Satinder Singh, a resident of a rural village Navegaon in Gondia Maharashtra, was stunned to see the bountiful produce in the forests of Chattisgarh. He was equally surprised that the local forest farmers have no source of employment for more than 100 days every year. He was quick to plan a framework through which these […]

    The post This young man is turning days of unemployment into days of enterprising for Forest Farmers in Chattisgarh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  271. 4 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Solar System

  272. Wed, 10 Mar 2021

    You can harness solar energy by using solar photovoltaic technology that helps in converting sunlight into electricity by using semiconductors. A solar system refers to a set-up that is responsible for generating electricity by utilizing the solar energy system. An ideal solar system comprises the following components: Solar panels- helps in absorbing sunlight Inverter- helps […]

    The post 4 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Solar System first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  273. A duo from Hyderabad invents a device that reduces mortality due to jaundice in newborn babies

  274. Sun, 07 Feb 2021

    About 0.75 million newborn babies die every year in India, the highest for any country in the world. Jaundice has been a lifetaker of the first degree of the newborns. Akitha Kolloju and Prasad Muddam ventured into making nLite 360, a neonatal healthcare device that ensures these babies get a new lease of life. The […]

    The post A duo from Hyderabad invents a device that reduces mortality due to jaundice in newborn babies first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  275. IIT students develop an interface that gives step-by-step assistance to old people using payments app

  276. Sat, 06 Feb 2021

    Mann Goel and his friends from IIT-KGP developed eSaathi, a software-based UI that aims to bridge the gap between new smartphone users and apps which have become an essential part post-pandemic lifestyle. With the onset of a pandemic, everything that wasn’t online earlier has now made its debut on the digital world. However, the major […]

    The post IIT students develop an interface that gives step-by-step assistance to old people using payments app first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  277. Bhopal becomes the first district in India to issue IDs for the Third Gender

  278. Sat, 16 Jan 2021

    Bhopal has become the first place in the country to issue Identity Cards to the persons of the third gender which will later help them avail important government schemes. A Novel Idea In an effort to become more inclusive, Bhopal has just rolled out a plan to issue identity cards to third gender persons. It […]

    The post Bhopal becomes the first district in India to issue IDs for the Third Gender first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  279. College graduate uses drone to rescue four fishermen stuck in sea storm

  280. Fri, 15 Jan 2021

    Bengaluru based B.Tech student, Dewang Subil, with the help of his drone, saved the lives of four fishermen whose boat got capsized in the sea earlier this January. It could have been a tragic day for four fishermen of Thalikulam village, Kerala after their boat capsized mid-voyage on a high tide. They were on their […]

    The post College graduate uses drone to rescue four fishermen stuck in sea storm first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  281. This learning space in Bhubhaneshwar is teaching students modern tech and internet in their local dialect

  282. Wed, 13 Jan 2021

    Tod Phod Aur Jod learning centre in Bhubhaneshwar is helping school students in remote areas to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (also called STEAM subjects) in their vernacular language from a very young age. It’s also enabling the youth to upskill themselves and increase their chance of employability. India has over 6,50,000 villages that […]

    The post This learning space in Bhubhaneshwar is teaching students modern tech and internet in their local dialect first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  283. Assam professor develops a filter that removes toxic elements from drinking water at 1paisa/litre.

  284. Sat, 09 Jan 2021

    Dr Robin Dutta from Tezpur University designed a DIY Filter, Arsiron Nilogon, that removes toxic elements such as Arsenic and Iron from water for just 1 paisa/ litre. The low-cost filter effectively removes other toxins such as manganese, lead, nickel, chromium, copper, etc. Arsenic is an abundant element on Earth. It is widely available in […]

    The post Assam professor develops a filter that removes toxic elements from drinking water at 1paisa/litre. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Gautam.


  285. This device can effectively cure a major foot ailment without any medical expertise

  286. Sat, 19 Dec 2020

    K Dhamodharan, Karthik K, and Aravind RM – three college students set out to create a tech-solution to help their friend suffering from foot drop. Little did they know how their small step would turn out to be a revolutionary invention that will benefit the masses. What is foot drop?  Foot drop is a general […]

    The post This device can effectively cure a major foot ailment without any medical expertise first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  287. This Bihar lad is helping farmers increase the shelf life of their produce

  288. Sun, 13 Dec 2020

    Nikky Kumar Jha from Bhagalpur, Bihar has developed ‘Sabjikothi’- a device that uses microclimate based unique technology to maintain the freshness of fruits and vegetables and increase their shelf life for anywhere between 5 to 30 days depending on the type of crop stored in. While India continues to fail in feeding its large population […]

    The post This Bihar lad is helping farmers increase the shelf life of their produce first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  289. [OPINION] The Way Out of the Farming Crisis & Farm Laws

  290. Fri, 11 Dec 2020

    The new farm laws must go. However, even if they are repealed, the crisis of agriculture will continue. Here’s the way out! Costs of chemical artificial input agriculture are mounting continuously while the yields are declining. This agriculture was introduced in the 1960s by giving huge subsidies to make the inputs, like water, electricity, fertilisers, […]

    The post [OPINION] The Way Out of the Farming Crisis & Farm Laws first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  291. A Kargil War veteran who built a ‘Wikipedia of the Martyrs’ to immortalise their stories

  292. Thu, 10 Dec 2020

    In conversation with war veteran Wing Commander M A Afraz, one of the heroes of the Kargil War of 1999 who after his service built an online memorial for the Martyred heroes of the nation called ‘Honourpoint’. Tell us a bit about you and your family? What was your childhood like? I worked in the […]

    The post A Kargil War veteran who built a ‘Wikipedia of the Martyrs’ to immortalise their stories first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  293. This low-cost, no-electricity cold storage increases revenue by 30% for marginal farmers

  294. Wed, 09 Dec 2020

    Thane based AgroTech startup, RuKart Technologies comes forth with its low-cost, efficient, and no-electricity cold storage “Subjee Cooler”. Largely based on evaporative cooling, a unit can keep the crop produce fresh for 3 to 4 days.  It is not unknown that fruits and vegetables, being perishable, need immediate post-harvest attention to reduce the microbial load […]

    The post This low-cost, no-electricity cold storage increases revenue by 30% for marginal farmers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  295. This young man has increased the income of farmers in rural Assam by 40%

  296. Tue, 08 Dec 2020

    For the past several decades, the North-Eastern forest belt in India has been brutally cut-down for commercial occupation. The aftermath has resulted in severe environmental degradation in the region. To add to this scare, the native communities who were dependent on this forest ecosystem have lost their jobs and have nowhere else to go to. […]

    The post This young man has increased the income of farmers in rural Assam by 40% first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Falguni Chaudhary.


  297. The Love Myriad : Empathetic Stories of Inter-Faith, Inter-Caste, and Intercultural marriages

  298. Sat, 05 Dec 2020

    We have this burning rage over casteism, communalism, and race all around. In the macrocosm of the nation where preaching fear and hate is getting easier each passing day, we certainly believe that there are umpteen cases of these cross-cultural marriages conquering over differences and friction. We bring to you three stories of intercultural love […]

    The post The Love Myriad : Empathetic Stories of Inter-Faith, Inter-Caste, and Intercultural marriages first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  299. A survivor’s account of the ill fated night of Bhopal gas tragedy

  300. Thu, 03 Dec 2020

    Mrs Aruna Ghosh, a survivor of the Bhopal gas tragedy recounts the experience as she narrates her journey through the nightmare her family went through on the ill-fated night of 2-3 December 1984. We were on a family trip in Lucknow and had planned to return to Bhopal on 4th December. But since my husband […]

    The post A survivor’s account of the ill fated night of Bhopal gas tragedy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  301. Cafe Positive : Asia’s First Cafe run by HIV positive employees

  302. Tue, 01 Dec 2020

    Cafe Positive is Asia’s first Cafe run solely by a bunch of HIV-positive youngsters in South Kolkata. They aim to cut back the stigma of HIV and set an example for other HIV-positive individuals to be independent, financially, and socially. Kallol Ghosh, the brains behind Cafe Positive, had his brief stint with the Ministry of […]

    The post Cafe Positive : Asia’s First Cafe run by HIV positive employees first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  303. Youngsters develop tech that makes workspace compatible for People with disability

  304. Tue, 24 Nov 2020

    SAMATVA, a tech-startup run by young Indian techies is working on enhancing and developing tech that aids people with disability (PWD)and fits in perfectly at workspaces. Having successfully tested their product on 30 people, the group wishes to optimize workspaces in a way that it can readily employ the community. The existing condition of people […]

    The post Youngsters develop tech that makes workspace compatible for People with disability first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  305. Mumbai Girl nominated for Global Citizen Prize for her menstrual hygiene crusade in Rural India

  306. Tue, 24 Nov 2020

    Suhani Jalota, a Queen's Young Leader Awardee's MYNA has been revolutionising the health condition for rural women in India by produces low-cost, eco-friendly sanitary pads

    The post Mumbai Girl nominated for Global Citizen Prize for her menstrual hygiene crusade in Rural India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  307. Young Volunteers in Bhopal set-up a Covid-19 Helpline in Government Hospitals

  308. Wed, 18 Nov 2020

    Whether it’s updating families on the health status of Covid patients or helping them say their last goodbyes, Samvaad Covid-19 Helpline is a humane initiative that helps provide some respite to the families facing grave times. Read ahead to know more. Act of Kindness Kenbin, a teenager with Down syndrome, contracted coronavirus in October. His […]

    The post Young Volunteers in Bhopal set-up a Covid-19 Helpline in Government Hospitals first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  309. How a Diwali break visit led this Doctor to transform a village in the banks of Chambal

  310. Fri, 13 Nov 2020

    A few years ago, Ashwani Parashar visited his hometown Dholpur during the Diwali break from his medical studies in Jaipur. Always brimming with sensitivity for society, he decided to celebrate his Diwali with people from financially repressed backgrounds. Along with a group of friends, Ashwani Parashar bought some sweets and crackers and visited a village […]

    The post How a Diwali break visit led this Doctor to transform a village in the banks of Chambal first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshita Soni.


  311. How these women are employing the differently-abled to grow sustainable food

  312. Wed, 11 Nov 2020

    Wyoming women-entrepreneur-trio growing sustainable food and providing sustainable employment to the differently-abled all at once Successful employment remains a critical issue for people with disabilities; only 1 in 3 people with disabilities are employed in the United States. Often, when people with disabilities are employed, it is in entry-level positions with little room for upward […]

    The post How these women are employing the differently-abled to grow sustainable food first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  313. Daily wage women workers in Baroda make PPE kits for frontline workers

  314. Wed, 04 Nov 2020

    The lockdown had its most severe effect on the daily-wage community. But Swati Bedekar, an educationalist turned social-worker from Baroda transformed this situation as an opportunity to engage women to serve the country and also earn a living for the family in these trying times. Almost everything changed in the country after March. The coronavirus […]

    The post Daily wage women workers in Baroda make PPE kits for frontline workers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  315. 4 engineering students create an app to help dyslexics read books with their phone camera

  316. Tue, 03 Nov 2020

    35 million school-children in India are dyslexic. This means they have problems with reading, spelling, attention span or even speed of effective learning. These children could show brilliance in other parts of the intelligence spectrum, but due to their inability to cope with the modern education system, most of them end up with low grades. […]

    The post 4 engineering students create an app to help dyslexics read books with their phone camera first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nayana Subramanya.


  317. Protected: The Optimist Citizen 50th Issue!

  318. Mon, 05 Oct 2020

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

    The post Protected: The Optimist Citizen 50th Issue! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  319. A Group of Volunteers in Bengaluru is performing Last Rites of COVID deceased like a family

  320. Thu, 01 Oct 2020

    Families of the deceased are not allowed to give a final farewell to their loved ones since the virus can be contracted even from dead bodies. However, a group of compassionate individuals, Mercy Angels, is ensuring the final-rites of the deceased happen as per their belief. How would one react to be gripped in quarantine […]

    The post A Group of Volunteers in Bengaluru is performing Last Rites of COVID deceased like a family first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  321. How a WhatsApp forward triggered a girl to educate school children about sexual abuse

  322. Wed, 30 Sep 2020

    We have heard of countless instances where a WhatsApp forward has created a ruckus. For a change, we found one where someone took the baton to turns things around for Good. Sushma started a volunteer project for preventing sexual abuse as a result of a WhatsApp forward. Sushma, a Kannadiga from North Karnataka, stumbled upon […]

    The post How a WhatsApp forward triggered a girl to educate school children about sexual abuse first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tashaa Bekal.


  323. We are 50 issues old!

  324. Wed, 30 Sep 2020

    Yes, you read the title right. We are 50 issues old now. Five years ago, a bunch of us in our early twenties set off with three aims: First, to make people realise the harmful effects of over-consumption of negative and sensational news on psychological and mental health. Second, to add some positive news to […]

    The post We are 50 issues old! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  325. This Bengaluru couple has built 700 houses, each saving 1 Lakh liters of water

  326. Sat, 26 Sep 2020

    There’s not a single media house which hasn’t written about Bengaluru’s problem with drinking water. You are living under a rock if you haven’t heard about Bengaluru’s water crisis. However, quite paradoxically, the city also witnesses excess rainfall and water clogging on the streets. Millions of liters of water get wasted due to this Urban […]

    The post This Bengaluru couple has built 700 houses, each saving 1 Lakh liters of water first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  327. IIT-M startup is bringing portable, fold-able COVID hospitals to rural areas

  328. Wed, 23 Sep 2020

    A MediCAB is a DIY micro-hospital. The unit is transportable, movable, and easy to install. Moreover, it comes with all the essentials ranging from electricity to medical equipment. Each such unit has a capacity of 15 beds.   While the Coronavirus crisis has peaked beyond control, the healthcare community is frantically trying everything to fight […]

    The post IIT-M startup is bringing portable, fold-able COVID hospitals to rural areas first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gauri Walecha.


  329. This Jamia Graduate is using religious scriptures to prevent youth from being misled by extremism

  330. Tue, 15 Sep 2020

    At a time when people are ready to kill for religion, Basit Jamal, a Jamia Graduate is using true religious values to build peace Basit Jamal was an ordinary Delhite who had a lot of friends from other communities. The schoolkid who excelled at sports went on to do his graduation in Social work. It […]

    The post This Jamia Graduate is using religious scriptures to prevent youth from being misled by extremism first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  331. An organisation born after the Gujarat Riots sensitising youth on religious tolerance

  332. Wed, 09 Sep 2020

    Urja Ghar is a volunteer-run organization based in Lambadiya village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Creating a better society through peace, creative thinkng, and dialogue  has been the organization’s commitment for over nine years now.    The 2003 harrowing Godhra Riots tore the state of Gujarat. Communal tensions were at their peak. Countless people lost […]

    The post An organisation born after the Gujarat Riots sensitising youth on religious tolerance first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  333. Guardian of the Sons on the Shore : Mandar And No More

  334. Mon, 07 Sep 2020

    A tale of a couple who lost their 16-year-old son to a drowning accident making sure that not a single other person loses their life in that same spot again via their mission Mandar And No More Mandar was a 16-year-old, cheerful boy who had just finished writing his 10th board examinations. After his last […]

    The post Guardian of the Sons on the Shore : Mandar And No More first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  335. Meet the Winners of 3M-CII YICA 2020

  336. Fri, 04 Sep 2020

    The world has been hit. Hard! There is hardly any opportunity to deny that. All of us had been nipped at the bud, and have been left in tatters. Although a considerable amount of time has passed since the worst of this storm hit us, we are still figuring out a way, or maybe a […]

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    | Author: TOC Network.


  337. Once a homeless himself, this man is now empowering thousands of kids on Calcutta streets

  338. Fri, 04 Sep 2020

    Arup Sengupta spent his childhood hungry and hopeless on the streets of Kolkata. He was rejected by society for contracting TB. Until Mother Teresa gave him a new life. Eliminate sufferings of life or have the strength to face them and live to fullest, what would one yearn for when struck with smiting from misfortunes of […]

    The post Once a homeless himself, this man is now empowering thousands of kids on Calcutta streets first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jackson P Jacob.


  339. Son of a newspaper vendor saves money to buy a telescope. Discovers an Asteroid

  340. Tue, 25 Aug 2020

    Born to a newspaper vendor in Delhi, Aryan Mishra is a real teen prodigy. At an age when children usually play under the evening skies, Aryan Mishra used to scale it. At an early age of 14, this passionate space enthusiast discovered a near-Earth asteroid in All India Asteroid Search Campaign, a nation-wide search campaign. […]

    The post Son of a newspaper vendor saves money to buy a telescope. Discovers an Asteroid first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  341. Save Every Drop or Drop Dead: One man who saved 20 million litres of water Alone!

  342. Wed, 19 Aug 2020

    In a world racing for perfection, one rarely finds people working to mend neglected imperfections. Mr Aabid Surti, a national award winner with over 80 books to his credit, is one such individual, who started with an idea and now, is well known as the man who almost single-handedly has saved over 20 million litres […]

    The post Save Every Drop or Drop Dead: One man who saved 20 million litres of water Alone! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Neeladri Bhattacharjee.


  343. IIT Mandi researchers develop 98% efficient face masks out of waste plastic bottles at nearly one-tenth the cost

  344. Thu, 13 Aug 2020

    The shortage of masks had led to skyrocketing prices in the market. Finding a cost-effective alternative that recycles heaps of plastic is killing two birds with one stone.  Researchers at IIT Mandi develop high-efficiency face masks out of waste plastic bottles. The PET bottles were successfully converted into a nanofiber membrane. This membrane is layered […]

    The post IIT Mandi researchers develop 98% efficient face masks out of waste plastic bottles at nearly one-tenth the cost first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  345. Tribal youth make short-films in local languages to educate vulnerable communities about COVID and lockdown

  346. Tue, 11 Aug 2020

    Lack of information and awareness is one of the biggest harms in times like today, especially in India due to its low literacy rate. Tribal youth in remote Maharashtra have taken to making social awareness short-films in the local language using mobile phones to provide locals with the necessary information, updates, and laws that have […]

    The post Tribal youth make short-films in local languages to educate vulnerable communities about COVID and lockdown first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  347. Design firm prepares a handbook on how to make workspaces safe in the post-COVID World

  348. Tue, 04 Aug 2020

    Blank Slate, a Mumbai-based socially conscious collaborative design firm has designed ‘Back To work’, a handbook that presents design strategies to make workspaces safe from the spread of COVID-19. The book is a cheat-sheet of affordable and doable retrofits for offices that can help us get our offices running without spreading the infection. We are […]

    The post Design firm prepares a handbook on how to make workspaces safe in the post-COVID World first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Raunak Jain.


  349. Gift a Rakhi to an Indian Soldier and revive the livelihood of a Rural Artisan. Read How!

  350. Wed, 29 Jul 2020

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic, local artisans and rural enterprises have been most affected, almost causing a standstill in their incomes; especially the rural artisans who have no other means of livelihood at this time. However, with Rakhi around the corner, Rang De, a pioneering peer to peer lending platform based out Bengaluru has not only […]

    The post Gift a Rakhi to an Indian Soldier and revive the livelihood of a Rural Artisan. Read How! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Raunak Jain.


  351. Chandigarh Youth uses Innovative Ideas to enhance the Social-Emotional Health of the Elderly during the Lockdown

  352. Sat, 25 Jul 2020

    When the country is still reeling with the pandemic, the elderly are finding it extremely difficult to continue with their daily lives. With the limitation in mobility, the days have gone more anxiety inducing for them. The elderly have found themselves in severe confusion and chaos while the country shuffles between lockdowns. Additionally, the rising […]

    The post Chandigarh Youth uses Innovative Ideas to enhance the Social-Emotional Health of the Elderly during the Lockdown first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Adrija Dutta.


  353. Citizens of a Remote Indian Town Crowdfund to Start a COVID Testing Lab

  354. Tue, 21 Jul 2020

    A free COVID testing lab in a Public-Private Partnership in the city of Buldhana in Maharashtra by the relentless efforts of it’s citizens. The residents of Buldhana wanted to start a COVID testing lab that would provide its services for free. The residents were crunching numbers to know what it would cost like to run […]

    The post Citizens of a Remote Indian Town Crowdfund to Start a COVID Testing Lab first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vansh Agarwal.


  355. 3M and CII launch the 7th Edition of ‘Young Innovators Challenge Award’

  356. Fri, 10 Jul 2020

    Times have changed, and circumstances have upended. There is no denying that. As the world reels back in pain and confusion, in an attempt to find a new normal, a beacon of consistency, one thing in my view has still remained eminently constant. The power of innovation. As COVID-19 took hold of the world’s glands, […]

    The post 3M and CII launch the 7th Edition of ‘Young Innovators Challenge Award’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  357. Making the lockdown easy for People with Disabilities

  358. Thu, 04 Jun 2020

    Registered in 1996, NCPEDP is the country’s premier cross-disability, not-for-profit organization working as an interface between Government, Industry, International Agencies, and the Voluntary Sector towards the empowerment of persons with disabilities. They conduct workshops and seminars to spread awareness about the difficulties faced by the disabled in their everyday life. These workshops also shed light […]

    The post Making the lockdown easy for People with Disabilities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manasa Suresh Shastri.


  359. Handsfree Sanitizers: A timely innovation for Public Spaces

  360. Thu, 04 Jun 2020

    Beco is a sustainable product start-up founded by Anuj Ruia, Aditya Ruia and Akshay Verma that works to make a sustainable and eco-friendly world. It has various biodegradable products made from bamboo and corn starch, ranging from tissues to earbuds to trash bags. They also use recycled and craft paper for the packaging of their […]

    The post Handsfree Sanitizers: A timely innovation for Public Spaces first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Apoorva Mujumdar.


  361. Getting back to Work, the social-distancing way!

  362. Thu, 04 Jun 2020

    Nations are progressing towards relaxing the lockdown and reopening of activities to ensure that the economy does not collapse fully. People have started accepting that COVID-19 is to stay for long. People are getting back to work and thus it is a matter of urgent concern to transform offices into safe workspaces. A guide book […]

    The post Getting back to Work, the social-distancing way! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  363. Tribal youth make short-films in local languages to educate vulnerable communities about COVID and lockdown

  364. Thu, 04 Jun 2020

    Nandurbar district is counted as one of the most underdeveloped districts of India. 85% of its population consists of tribals of the Pawara and Bheel community. Due to low literacy levels, people were barely aware of the global pandemic world is currently facing. A team of ten members from Aadiwasi Janjagruti is now carrying this […]

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    | Author: Shruti Gupta.


  365. [OPINION] A letter to the Class of 2020. We are a Historic Class!

  366. Sat, 30 May 2020

    Dear Class of 2020, Congratulations! Congratulations to ALL OF US, for the tremendous amount of work that we have put in to reach this point, and fortunately or not, to be able to graduate in these times. I believe that we are a special class, – a historic class. How rare this is, that in […]

    The post [OPINION] A letter to the Class of 2020. We are a Historic Class! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prakhar Bhartiya.


  367. The young boy from a Slum who made sure that the Doctors didn’t sleep hungry

  368. Sat, 02 May 2020

    The gravity of the situation was made known to me through my mentor, who called me up and told me that there were some doctors nearby who needed food. These doctors, who had worked tirelessly in hospitals overflowing with coronavirus victims were unable to avail dinner by the time they got to their residential complex. […]

    The post The young boy from a Slum who made sure that the Doctors didn’t sleep hungry first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  369. COVID-19 Hotspot Zones in India (Explained)

  370. Fri, 01 May 2020

    SARS-CoV-2 i.e. novel coronavirus continues to take thousands of lives across the globe. It is compelling authorities to impose lockdowns and take stringent steps to prevent healthcare systems from collapsing. The Government of India has colour-coded districts and zones depending on the number of COVID-19 patients in the area. The decision of the government to […]

    The post COVID-19 Hotspot Zones in India (Explained) first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  371. Fighting the other side of the Pandemic: Hunger Crisis

  372. Fri, 01 May 2020

    As the entire human race fights the baleful boutade of COVID-19 with countries sealing borders, cancelling international travel and imposing nationwide lockdowns; the other equally bad side of the pandemic stays more or less hidden under the carpet. With the world economies crumbling down, healthcare systems collapsing and people losing their jobs and money, daily […]

    The post Fighting the other side of the Pandemic: Hunger Crisis first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  373. From the diary of Coronavirus Survivors

  374. Fri, 01 May 2020

    The fear of the pandemic in the general public is increasing at a faster rate than the actual rise in people infected by the coronavirus. In fact, fear is taking the face of mass hysteria in many cases. Let’s have a peek into the lives of people who have actually been through the infection and […]

    The post From the diary of Coronavirus Survivors first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  375. A day in the life of Frontline Corona Warriors

  376. Fri, 01 May 2020

    While we are safe at home, some people are toiling day in and day out to fight the pandemic and the other set of challenges it brings along. As the infection spreads to the majority of the states, increased shortage of food and essentials in the daily wage community is inevitable. A lot of things […]

    The post A day in the life of Frontline Corona Warriors first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  377. Defeating COVID-19, one case at a time.

  378. Fri, 01 May 2020

    When our country started getting affected by the pandemic, I realized that we needed to do something about it. My parents were reluctant to let me go and do my duty because they were scared for my safety. They asked, “Why you?” to which I replied, “If not me, who else?” I was born in […]

    The post Defeating COVID-19, one case at a time. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  379. Feeding the hungry all day without even a drop of water

  380. Fri, 01 May 2020

    My daily schedule is fully packed. My day begins early in the morning and then it’s almost 11 at night by the time I settle back home. Sometimes I even receive calls past midnight informing me of a hungry family and I hit the road again. Now that Ramadan has begun, it would be a […]

    The post Feeding the hungry all day without even a drop of water first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  381. Which parts of the world are winning the COVID-19 battle and how?

  382. Fri, 01 May 2020

    Coronavirus has taken over all the aspects of the human race because of the widespread destruction that it has caused. It seems like we as a species are at war with this pandemic. And here are how some countries are fighting this war and how some of them seem to be victorious in this battle.  […]

    The post Which parts of the world are winning the COVID-19 battle and how? first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  383. Tools For Productivity In the Quarantine Age

  384. Fri, 01 May 2020

    While being under quarantine means you can help save the world by chilling in your pyjamas at home, the disruption of daily life activities can be a little daunting until a sense of normalcy is restored. Working from home is now a norm around the world but since many are relatively new to this concept, […]

    The post Tools For Productivity In the Quarantine Age first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  385. Protected: APRIL 2020 ISSUE

  386. Thu, 30 Apr 2020

    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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    | Author: TOC Network.


  387. COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION (Stay Updated | Stay Safe)

  388. Sat, 04 Apr 2020

    These are unprecedented times and most of us haven’t seen anything like this before. We at The Optimist Citizen have been trying to collate, compile and create multiple resources that would help our readers understand and fight this Pandemic better. To further this attempt, we have created a Special Edition digital newspaper solely focused on […]

    The post COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION (Stay Updated | Stay Safe) first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  389. List of verified Corona Relief Donation Campaigns by Indian Civil Society

  390. Sun, 29 Mar 2020

    A list of all Corona Relief Donation Campaigns at one place. The list will be updated every day with verified campaigns. (If you are viewing this from desktop, you can also filter it on the basis of following categories – Servicable Location, Beneficiary and Support Type.) If you know of more donation campaigns, please fill […]

    The post List of verified Corona Relief Donation Campaigns by Indian Civil Society first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  391. Compilation of all Hopeful News on Coronavirus

  392. Fri, 27 Mar 2020

    Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a halt. As more countries go into lock down, the amount of anxiety and hopelessness in the air is beyond explaining. To let the world not give in to negativity around the crisis, we are compiling a list of positive developments in the world’s war against COVID-19. Stay […]

    The post Compilation of all Hopeful News on Coronavirus first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  393. Ways in which people of Bhopal can help during Corona Emergency

  394. Wed, 25 Mar 2020

    The pandemic spread has caused a week-long lockdown in the city. As the citizens cooperate to curb it’s spread, there has been a spike in the panic around essentials. There are growing areas of concern which require civic participation. We have curated a list of a few ways you can participate and help the city […]

    The post Ways in which people of Bhopal can help during Corona Emergency first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  395. India based zero-waste luxury brand that uses fish waste to create leather products

  396. Wed, 04 Mar 2020

    Solapur based Mayura Davda Shah has started a sustainable luxury brand that offers a solution. The luxury brand MAYU uses leather made out of fish waste to create bags and accessories. Their latest collection, La Movida, includes vegan leather made from upcycled pineapple leaves. Material innovation is one factor that differentiates MAYU from the others, […]

    The post India based zero-waste luxury brand that uses fish waste to create leather products first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  397. Bengaluru local builds an AI platform that can provide 100% natural alternatives to your allopathic medicines

  398. Wed, 04 Mar 2020

    Allopathy is a magical world, no doubt. It seems as though there is “a pill for every ill”. However, it is often argued that Allopathic medicines usually focuses on treating the symptoms, but often not the cause. Moreover, these chemically synthesized medicines usually come with a range of harmful side effects. Hence, it needs no […]

    The post Bengaluru local builds an AI platform that can provide 100% natural alternatives to your allopathic medicines first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  399. A 13-year-old builds a platform that lets people buy upcycled products in exchange for waste

  400. Wed, 04 Mar 2020

    When the other students his age learned the concept of waste management like any other science lesson, 13-year-old Vikramjeet Singh Kanwar saw it as an opportunity. The Gurgaon boy started MaxXchange, a platform that enables people to exchange their dry recyclable waste with upcycled products like home decors, stationery, glassware, etc.  The journey of MaxXchange […]

    The post A 13-year-old builds a platform that lets people buy upcycled products in exchange for waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  401. Gandhian Couple’s innovative residential school for underprivileged in a remote village of Gujarat

  402. Wed, 04 Mar 2020

    Residents of Dhedhuki, a remote interior village of Gujarat, Chaitanyabhai and Sonalben, a devout Gandhian couple are firm believers of the philosophy of the Nishkama Karma followed by Gandhi. And rightly so. The couple dedicated their lives to live by Gandhi’s principle ‘We should act not only for our dear ones but also for the […]

    The post Gandhian Couple’s innovative residential school for underprivileged in a remote village of Gujarat first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  403. Delhi based organization is bringing Stories of Social change, from the grassroots to the masses.

  404. Wed, 04 Mar 2020

    A good story captures your attention immediately, holds you close during the midst of it all, and finishes with thrill, wonder, and closure. Today, many believe that storytelling is an art that is quickly losing its charm. There has been lots of debate and discussion about whether it is a lost cause entirely. Aman Kaleem […]

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    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  405. Engineer creates a science innovation lab in the middle of a remote village of Odisha

  406. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    When you are destined to something greater, the path you choose doesn’t make much difference. This is what can be inferred from the story of Sameer Kumar Misra, who set aside his career as a Mechanical Engineer and started a new journey towards reimagining education system in the rural Odisha. After completing his engineering in […]

    The post Engineer creates a science innovation lab in the middle of a remote village of Odisha first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Oishani Ghosh.


  407. Shuttling to defeat the imposed silence of life. The fortitude of 12-year old, hearing and speech impaired Badminton Champion

  408. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    When I first met Gauranshi I didn’t know then that my idea of “inspiration” was going to change. At that time, I just saw a young badminton player who couldn’t speak or hear but her cheerfulness spread through her sparkling eyes and the biggest smile on her face. When I met her again 4 years […]

    The post Shuttling to defeat the imposed silence of life. The fortitude of 12-year old, hearing and speech impaired Badminton Champion first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  409. Journalist turned environmentalist makes a full-fledged nature curriculum to take school kids closer to nature

  410. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    He has also set up a unique ‘Tree Museum’ for kids to be able to identify the native trees and its benefits Hitarth, a resident of Baroda spent his childhood in lush green surroundings with birds and butterflies and always felt connected with nature. Having completed his masters in sociology, Hitarth went on to pursue […]

    The post Journalist turned environmentalist makes a full-fledged nature curriculum to take school kids closer to nature first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  411. Bombay lad turns a family-owned Ayurveda clinic to India’s fastest growing Ayurvedic products brand

  412. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    Arjun Vaidya, the 6th generation of Dr Vaidya left his lucrative job at an investment firm to bring back Ayurveda’s long lost legacy Hailing from a family that had a history of working in Ayurveda since the 1850s, Arjun Vaidya was often intrigued by what the Sanskrit inscriptions of the secret family formulations had in […]

    The post Bombay lad turns a family-owned Ayurveda clinic to India’s fastest growing Ayurvedic products brand first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  413. Engineering students are building drones which can save lives during disasters

  414. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    For many years, India has been a country with very strict regulations surrounding drones. Even though things have been looking positive after the government put the Civil Aviation Regulations 1.0 for drone operations in 2018, the progress in this domain has been considerably slow. However, the slowness in the industry has not hampered two young […]

    The post Engineering students are building drones which can save lives during disasters first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  415. Design student builds a simple solution that can shift bedridden patients with ease

  416. Mon, 10 Feb 2020

    2020 is off to a running start and we seem to be barrelling towards a revolutionary period for health and disease control technology. Gene-editing tools to treat advanced cancer, DNA testing for grocery shopping recommendations, and virtual reality for pain management are a few among the disruptive innovations that we’re witnessing. Even though science and […]

    The post Design student builds a simple solution that can shift bedridden patients with ease first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  417. Teacher makes biodegradable sanitary pads for thousands of rural girls so that they don’t miss school during periods

  418. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    Female menstrual hygiene has been a subject of concern for many international organizations for the past few years. However, about 2 decades ago, a Vadodara based educationalist chose to take matters into her own hands. Swati Bedekar, a teacher by profession started her career as a school teacher in Navsari. While teaching in the school, […]

    The post Teacher makes biodegradable sanitary pads for thousands of rural girls so that they don’t miss school during periods first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  419. FIRST – HAND [Teenaged Eco-Heroes]

  420. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    I was born in one of the most densely populated cities of India, Varanasi. It has always been my home. I was 7 years old when I started studying in a school run by a non-profit organization called ‘Bagh Devi Children’s Art School’. My education was free. They provided us with books, notebooks and other […]

    The post FIRST – HAND [Teenaged Eco-Heroes] first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  421. Uniting faiths and Religions in the most difficult times

  422. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    San Francisco based ‘United Religions Initiative’ is building the world’s largest interfaith peace network to combat religious hate and misinformation. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in San Francisco, the United Religions Initiative is a global interfaith network that promotes peace and justice by engaging people at the grassroots level. While the prospect of establishing harmony […]

    The post Uniting faiths and Religions in the most difficult times first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  423. Bihar innovator builds a low-cost milk chilling unit for marginal milk farmers so that they can store milk in desired temperatures

  424. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    Over the years, India has transformed into one of the world’s leading producers of milk and dairy products. Since most of this production comes from marginal farmers, there are difficulties faced when it comes to storing milk. The ideal temperature to store milk and other milk products is 7 to10 degrees centigrade, but most marginal […]

    The post Bihar innovator builds a low-cost milk chilling unit for marginal milk farmers so that they can store milk in desired temperatures first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tashaa Bekal.


  425. North-Eastern human rights activist has saved more than 72000 lives from being trafficked and exploited

  426. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    Northeast India has remained a geographically isolated region for several years. It shares borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan which has made it vulnerable to human trafficking. Unemployment is a significant issue in Northeast and traffickers exploit the region by making false promises to families who are out of jobs. Women and girls of Northeast are […]

    The post North-Eastern human rights activist has saved more than 72000 lives from being trafficked and exploited first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vinodhini K.


  427. US-returned agriculturalist leading a grassroots food revolution in rural Tamil Nadu

  428. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    Founder of Hillview Organics (US), Mr Shankar had been farming in his 23 acres of land in Vacaville, California since 2008, wherein he supplied fresh organic vegetables and fruits to vegan and organic restaurants. “I got into growing my food due to my daughter’s ill health in her childhood. I became concerned about what I […]

    The post US-returned agriculturalist leading a grassroots food revolution in rural Tamil Nadu first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shikar Mehrotra.


  429. Bangalorean friends turn their weekend hobby of teaching specially-abled children into a revolution

  430. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    Ajit Sivaram and Satish Manchikanti were two men living the average corporate life in Bangalore.  But there Sundays were different. The duo with their friends would visit an institute for specially-abled children.  They would play games, clean the compound and spend time with them. This small and seemingly insignificant habit took a form into U&I […]

    The post Bangalorean friends turn their weekend hobby of teaching specially-abled children into a revolution first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aditi Chandrasekar.


  431. While some are ready to kill for religion, this Jamia Graduate is using true Islamic values to build peace

  432. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    “When you don’t agree to disagree, you create space for extremism”. It took me longer than usual to comprehend what Basit Jamal said.  He continued “religion was never meant to be a roadblock, if interpreted in the right manner it’s the most peaceful way to resolve conflicts”. Within the first few minutes of the conversation, […]

    The post While some are ready to kill for religion, this Jamia Graduate is using true Islamic values to build peace first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  433. Youth from a small village makes a device which can prevent disability during injuries

  434. Mon, 13 Jan 2020

    In India, 10%-30% of hospital registrations are due to road traffic injuries and a majority of these people tend to develop varying levels of disabilities due to mishandling. Improper handling of fracture injuries can lead to long-term disorders. This was witnessed by Mayur Sanas, a resident of a small village of Satara district of Maharashtra. […]

    The post Youth from a small village makes a device which can prevent disability during injuries first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vinodhini K.


  435. Bhopal duo make incense sticks out of waste flowers from religious sites

  436. Sat, 21 Dec 2019

    Bhopal based youth entrepreneurs Priyanka Gupta and Ameya Waingankar have found a way to use waste flowers from religious sites to turn it into a useful item. Assisted by the members of the Bhopal startup community, the duo are making incense sticks out of flowers which are thrown from temples and idol-immersion sites. The two […]

    The post Bhopal duo make incense sticks out of waste flowers from religious sites first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  437. When a WhatsApp forward convinced a girl to stop sexual abuse happening in her community

  438. Fri, 06 Dec 2019

    We have heard of countless instances where a WhatsApp forward has created a ruckus. For a change, we found one where someone took the baton to turns things around for Good.  Talking about being abused in any sort of way is not easy to come by. People get mistreated in many ways and find it […]

    The post When a WhatsApp forward convinced a girl to stop sexual abuse happening in her community first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tashaa Bekal.


  439. Celebrating the magic of folk music and folk musicians with a backpacking studio

  440. Fri, 06 Dec 2019

    How Abhinav Agrawal, a graduate of Berklee College of Music is preserving India’s priced folk music and musicians “Folk music made my childhood memorable, I couldn’t stand to see it vanish. I realised if I could I preserve and document it for future generations, I would have paid to the art for what it gave […]

    The post Celebrating the magic of folk music and folk musicians with a backpacking studio first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  441. Now you can drive your vehicle using air and water, thanks to this IITian duo who innovated a fuel cell in their backyard lab

  442. Fri, 06 Dec 2019

    Akshay and Kartik spearhead an innovation that can generate power from water, air and aluminium, making it the first of its kind fuel cell that can revolutionise the energy domain in transport. [row] [infobox] This is a premium article published in Issue-40 of The Optimist Citizen. [column size=’1/2′] Read Single Issue 40 Rs. 50 Get instant […]

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    | Author: Tashaa Bekal.


  443. Engineer turned naturalist who is growing natural forests from scratch in just 2 years

  444. Tue, 03 Dec 2019

    Would you believe me if I tell you that you can grow a dense forest in your backyard from scratch in just 2 years and at a budget less than an iPhone? Well, one man has been doing it for thousands of Indian houses, schools and offices for several years now.  Shubhendu Sharma, a chemical […]

    The post Engineer turned naturalist who is growing natural forests from scratch in just 2 years first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jyoti Bisht.


  445. Braving Tsunami and a Kidney Failure to build India’s largest Dialysis Chain

  446. Tue, 19 Nov 2019

    Growing up in Hyderabad, Kamal D Shah had an ambitious disposition similar to thousands of young people across the country. To Grow, see the world and move upwards in his professional career. In 1997, he graduated from Osmania University with a degree in Chemical engineering and was all buckled up to fulfil his predestined ambition […]

    The post Braving Tsunami and a Kidney Failure to build India’s largest Dialysis Chain first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: ABHIMANYU SHARMA.


  447. A former IITian is making toys from waste to teach ‘Ahimsa’ to kids

  448. Sat, 16 Nov 2019

    IIT Delhi graduate Subid Ahimsa is utilizing trash to propagate the message of Ahimsa to children across Kerala and Tamil Nadu

    The post A former IITian is making toys from waste to teach ‘Ahimsa’ to kids first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  449. World’s cheapest water filter at Rs. 30 that can change millions of Indian lives

  450. Wed, 06 Nov 2019

    I am being shown a regular cola bottle (PET bottle) filled with what is told to be water, but is black, hazy, and resembles more of dust and dirt. Then a finger long cartridge is corked in like a bottle cap.  The chap who shows me this is tacitly observing the curiosity in my eyes, […]

    The post World’s cheapest water filter at Rs. 30 that can change millions of Indian lives first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  451. 28-year-old Civil Engineer is distributing free eco-friendly straws made out of castor beans to replace Plastic Straws in Bengaluru

  452. Wed, 06 Nov 2019

    It is undeniable that the harmful effects of plastic pollution have manifested themselves in a million different ways – from threatening marine life to polluting the soil and by extension the groundwater and even the food we eat. They release toxic byproducts during production and are almost impossible to completely dispose of. According to a […]

    The post 28-year-old Civil Engineer is distributing free eco-friendly straws made out of castor beans to replace Plastic Straws in Bengaluru first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  453. Angels to walk the Streets of Delhi

  454. Wed, 06 Nov 2019

    Delhi Government to give free treatment to accident victims and rewards to good samaritans Roads have been the most unnoticed killers in recent times. Road accidents account to about 2% of the total deaths in the country every year. Our country witnesses around 1370 accidents every day and 400 deaths due to accidents every single […]

    The post Angels to walk the Streets of Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  455. Preventing 30 tons of solid waste from reaching the dump yards every single day

  456. Tue, 05 Nov 2019

    Our country is facing a massive waste management challenge. There are over 377 million urban people that live in 7,935 towns and cities that together generate about 62 million tons of municipal solid waste per annum. Only 43 million tons (MT) of the waste is collected, 11.9 MT is treated and 31 MT is dumped […]

    The post Preventing 30 tons of solid waste from reaching the dump yards every single day first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tashaa Bekal.


  457. Two friends who are engaging the youth to make Menstruation – a non-issue in this country

  458. Tue, 05 Nov 2019

    Our society struggles to deal with menstruation even today. The taboo around it results in all sorts of frivolous & foolish practices that cost health and wellness, both physically & mentally. A study shows, 71% of girls in India report having no knowledge of menstruation before their first period. Over 200 million women in India […]

    The post Two friends who are engaging the youth to make Menstruation – a non-issue in this country first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Riya Negi.


  459. This Engineer-turned-Language Instructor has taught Hindi to more than 5000 Expats, all with a tinge of kindness

  460. Mon, 04 Nov 2019

    It could have been an ordinary day at college for Pallavi. But it was her pro-activeness that changed somebody’s day, and eventually her life. As fate would have it, she did not quite follow the typical trail. Pallavi used to notice how Julien, an exchange student from the Republic of Congo, often asked her questions […]

    The post This Engineer-turned-Language Instructor has taught Hindi to more than 5000 Expats, all with a tinge of kindness first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  461. Two 12th graders make a Tea-Making Machine to help Specially-Abled individuals earn a living

  462. Mon, 04 Nov 2019

    It’s true when people say that it does not take a lot to help someone. A little bit of will power and a lot of determination and you’re already there! A duo of young boys set out on this journey and made it happen.    Residents of Assam, Sabuj Saikia and Kaustav Moni Malakar came […]

    The post Two 12th graders make a Tea-Making Machine to help Specially-Abled individuals earn a living first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  463. Delhi-based biotechnologists are making bioplastic bags out of pea-peels to help you replace the plastic bags at your home

  464. Mon, 04 Nov 2019

    The pea-peel bioplastic bags fulfil every utility that any regular plastic bag would do. Our engagement with plastic bags has become a daily affair. We come across it when we buy groceries, or go shopping. Often even with the food we get packed for our spontaneous dinners. But what happens to all the pile of […]

    The post Delhi-based biotechnologists are making bioplastic bags out of pea-peels to help you replace the plastic bags at your home first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  465. 2 classmates build a device to predict outbreak of mosquito borne diseases

  466. Mon, 14 Oct 2019

    Saurabh and Nidhi have created a device for real-time detection of mosquito species and gender and informing authorities about an outbreak before it happens Mosquitoes are arguably one of the deadliest animals in the world. According to the World Health Information, ‘Their ability to carry and spread the disease to humans causes millions of deaths […]

    The post 2 classmates build a device to predict outbreak of mosquito borne diseases first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  467. Tested HIV+ at 15, this woman is changing the lives of thousands of HIV+ women in rural Rajasthan

  468. Sun, 13 Oct 2019

    I had read and researched the background of the news subject I had to interview. Married off at the age of 12, tested positive for HIV at 15, got riddled with AIDS, lost a child who was barely 14 years old, and saw the death of her husband shortly after. If even one of the […]

    The post Tested HIV+ at 15, this woman is changing the lives of thousands of HIV+ women in rural Rajasthan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  469. Married at 17, this woman began a crusade for mental health awarness in rural Bengal

  470. Sat, 12 Oct 2019

    The conversation began on a sombre note! I was half expecting it. I had briefly read about the story of Monica Majumdar and was prepared for a conversation accordingly. However, the unexpected came in at a few minutes in the conversation and lasted till the parting words, a full hour later. It was the persistent […]

    The post Married at 17, this woman began a crusade for mental health awarness in rural Bengal first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  471. Innovation by a 21-year old benefits thousands of drought hit farmers

  472. Fri, 11 Oct 2019

    According to a July 2019 report published in Down to Earth, ‘After two consecutive years of weak monsoons, 330 million people — a quarter of the country’s population — are affected by a severe drought. With nearly 50% of India grappling with drought-like conditions, the situation has been particularly grim this year in western and […]

    The post Innovation by a 21-year old benefits thousands of drought hit farmers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  473. Wyoming trio growing sustainable food and providing sustainable employment to the differently-abled all at once.

  474. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    A story about three women who are pioneering the vertical farming industry by employing the differently-abled. Successful employment remains a critical issue for people with disabilities; only 1 in 3 people with disabilities are employed in the United States. Often, when people with disabilities are employed, it is in entry-level positions with little room for […]

    The post Wyoming trio growing sustainable food and providing sustainable employment to the differently-abled all at once. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  475. How the death of a friend in a road accident roused Vivek to create an auto rescue system, saving others from the similarly dreadful fate

  476. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    Vivek Justus from Kanyakumari has invented an auto rescue system to ensure that lives are not lost due to delay in rescue efforts  Just like any other restless evening, Vivek Justus was planning to spend this one in the company of friends, catching up, sharing stories, and having fun. But, an unexpected call from one […]

    The post How the death of a friend in a road accident roused Vivek to create an auto rescue system, saving others from the similarly dreadful fate first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  477. Delhi girl lighting up the mental and emotional well-being of at-risk school children

  478. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    Rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety amongst kids have increased dramatically in the last decade. As per the National Mental Health Survey of India, nearly 9.8 million young (aged 13-17) Indians need active intervention to prevent mental health and behavioral issues. Despite the unnerving numbers, most authorities decided to turn a blind […]

    The post Delhi girl lighting up the mental and emotional well-being of at-risk school children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  479. At 25, this young innovator has designed multiple ‘technical solutions to resolve social problems’

  480. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    Let’s address the elephant in the room right away. Jawwad Patel, a 25-year-old based out of Hyderabad is not your ordinary 25-year-old. Jawwad Patel is an Indian Inventor, Scientist and Social Innovator, He is the recipient of National Award Excellence in Research and Innovation from Government of India – The Highest Civilian Award for Youth […]

    The post At 25, this young innovator has designed multiple ‘technical solutions to resolve social problems’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  481. IIT students create emergency ration food packets for disaster relief that grows in nutritional value over time

  482. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    It is again that dreaded time of the year where many parts of India are experiencing heavy downpour, leading to fatal floods. Most parts of India are trying to limp back to normalcy after the elongated monsoon season. 50 million people have suffered due to floods alone in the past two decades. The high population […]

    The post IIT students create emergency ration food packets for disaster relief that grows in nutritional value over time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  483. A Bangladeshi Youth’s journey from a being Coaching centre tutor to building Bangladesh’s biggest virtual School – The 10 Minute School

  484. Tue, 08 Oct 2019

    Access to education is an individual’s inherent right. It is considered a human right. It builds personality, teaches the value and helps an individual to gauge the world around them. One’s education should be adaptable, accessible and acceptable. However, education and access to knowledge is still a privilege of elites in some developing countries.  Let’s […]

    The post A Bangladeshi Youth’s journey from a being Coaching centre tutor to building Bangladesh’s biggest virtual School – The 10 Minute School first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  485. Bengaluru students start an alternative school in their school for their helping staff

  486. Tue, 01 Oct 2019

    When we think about school, a surreal concoction of books, bags, teachers, playground and friends come to mind. But, often, in our recollections, we inadvertently ignore an important organ of this living organism – the helping staff. But, Anvita, Kanika and Tanvi, erstwhile students of National Public School, Koramangala, class of 2018 and her friends […]

    The post Bengaluru students start an alternative school in their school for their helping staff first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  487. Goldman Sachs alum is helping Transgenders cross the ‘PeriFerry’ of bigotry into viable opportunities

  488. Thu, 26 Sep 2019

    Identities are the bedrock of our existence. Our legal and social existence depends on our identity, with religion, caste, creed, language, and sex being used to define it. But when the legal statutes and society refuse to recognize one of those factors, our identity collapses. What follows, is marginalization, discrimination, and suffering. This is exactly […]

    The post Goldman Sachs alum is helping Transgenders cross the ‘PeriFerry’ of bigotry into viable opportunities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  489. An IITian duo’s incredible idea to help you visit doctors on your mobile screens

  490. Thu, 26 Sep 2019

    One thing which we the urban nomads neglect the most is being healthy. Don’t we? It is taken for granted until sickness shows up on our doorstep, knocking heavily. And when the sickness knocks, a lot of us tend to use medications by ourselves without consulting a doc or visiting a hospital because of lack […]

    The post An IITian duo’s incredible idea to help you visit doctors on your mobile screens first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  491. How these two 21-year olds are using Jute waste to create energy and livelihood for thousands

  492. Sun, 22 Sep 2019

    According to the medical journal The Lancet – as featured in an article in Bloomberg – Coal provides roughly 70 percent of India’s electrical energy needs, even as 1.24 million citizens die annually as a result of the country’s choking smog. According to Greenpeace and Air Visual, 7 of the world’s top 10 cities with […]

    The post How these two 21-year olds are using Jute waste to create energy and livelihood for thousands first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  493. How 2 young professionals are breaking the silence around menstruation for 600,000 people in rural Jharkhand

  494. Wed, 18 Sep 2019

    According to a 2014 report by the NGO Dasra titled Spot On!, it was found that nearly 23 million girls drop out of school annually due to lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities, which include the availability of sanitary napkins and logical awareness of menstruation. Concurrently, the report also states that 70 percent of […]

    The post How 2 young professionals are breaking the silence around menstruation for 600,000 people in rural Jharkhand first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  495. How the death of a friend roused Vivek to create an auto rescue system, saving road accident victims

  496. Mon, 16 Sep 2019

    Just like any other restless evening, Vivek Justus was planning to spend this one in the company of friends, catching up, sharing stories, and having fun. But, an unexpected call from one of his closest friends – Dinesh – was not the catch up he was expecting. “Dinesh gave me a call informing that he […]

    The post How the death of a friend roused Vivek to create an auto rescue system, saving road accident victims first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  497. A PIL by a Senior Citizen that saved 132 girls orphaned by 2013 Uttarakhand Floods

  498. Mon, 16 Sep 2019

    One of the worst deluges in the history of Uttarakhand occurred in the month of June 2013, at the peak of the pilgrim season, in the valley surrounding the holy shrine of Lord Kedarnath. During the pilgrim season, the local hill-men work along the pilgrim route in small hotels, or are engaged in petty seasonal […]

    The post A PIL by a Senior Citizen that saved 132 girls orphaned by 2013 Uttarakhand Floods first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  499. This Delhi based commercial pilot is connecting kids with nature in the age of the Internet

  500. Mon, 09 Sep 2019

    The scenic masquerade of an evening greets hazy eyes with warm hues. This is to say, that the colours of an evening are enchanting, while the display is beyond mesmerizing beauty. It would have been a picturesque moment if we were to sit in the damp grass watching colours dissolve into the stillness of the […]

    The post This Delhi based commercial pilot is connecting kids with nature in the age of the Internet first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  501. St. Xavier’s College alumnae is combating malnutrition in the tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh using Soya Bean

  502. Wed, 04 Sep 2019

    Nutrition is a fundamental human need. But, this fundamental need often goes unsolicited, sadly leaving the fate of millions hanging in the perilous balance of life and death. According to a 2015 report by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India accounts for 23.8% of the global burden of malnourishment and has […]

    The post St. Xavier’s College alumnae is combating malnutrition in the tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh using Soya Bean first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  503. 5 Innovations that can minimize damage during floods

  504. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    Incessant rains have wreaked havoc in India for the past few months. They caused Flash floods that led to an unimaginable loss of lives, infrastructure and livestock. However, some innovative minds from around the globe have come up with some unique solutions to minimize the same. [row] [infobox] This is a premium article published in […]

    The post 5 Innovations that can minimize damage during floods first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrish Ukhalkar.


  505. MIT Graduate develops an algorithm that lets you authenticate a piece of news ‘Logically’

  506. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    As educated and sophisticated members of our society that we all believe ourselves to be, it is hard to admit that our opinions and beliefs that we advocate loud and proud are seldom completely ours and how much an attractively formatted WhatsApp message forwarded by a close contact can affect our social and political understanding. […]

    The post MIT Graduate develops an algorithm that lets you authenticate a piece of news ‘Logically’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  507. How a youth organisation in Gujarat is creating young change-makers for society by using arts

  508. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    The idea of India is boundless. There are over a billion souls and each has its perception and expectation. The diversity is a sight to behold, seen nowhere else in the world. But such vast differences also create disruption, agony and violence. And with India holding the largest youth population in the world, the endless […]

    The post How a youth organisation in Gujarat is creating young change-makers for society by using arts first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  509. 19-year-old football prodigy is transforming the lives of her peers in small-town Vyasarpadi through sport education

  510. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    Benefits of sports in one’s life are more than one often perceives. Sports inculcate teamwork, dedication, patience and help one to build confidence but sports is often considered as an alternative option only second to mainstream career options.  However, a 19-year-old girl from Vyasarpadi, a remote district in Chennai is using sports as a means […]

    The post 19-year-old football prodigy is transforming the lives of her peers in small-town Vyasarpadi through sport education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  511. St. Xavier’s College alumnae is combating malnutrition in the tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh using Soya Bean

  512. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    Nutrition is a fundamental human need. But, this fundamental need often goes unsolicited, sadly leaving the fate of millions hanging in the perilous balance of life and death. According to a 2015 report by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India accounts for 23.8% of the global burden of malnourishment and has […]

    The post St. Xavier’s College alumnae is combating malnutrition in the tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh using Soya Bean first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  513. LIFE AFTER WORK!

  514. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    What is the first impression you get after reading the title? Are you imagining the lives of people after a 9-5 job? If so, then let me tell you, the title doesn’t talk about that! Here we are going to read about the lives of five people who are not only enjoying their post-retirement stint […]

    The post LIFE AFTER WORK! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrish Ukhalkar.


  515. Indian para-swimmer and former Junior World Champion Niranjan Mukandan

  516. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    Niranjan Mukandan, Indian para-swimmer and former Junior World Champion might be a household name in India today but his journey is something that most of us have been oblivious to. Niranjan was born with Spina Bifida which paralyzes patients down the waist and can render them handicapped for life. He has undergone seventeen surgeries, yet […]

    The post Indian para-swimmer and former Junior World Champion Niranjan Mukandan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  517. A small act of revolt by revolutionary women in the hills of Uttarakhand than transformed into an institution of glory for the state

  518. Mon, 02 Sep 2019

    Equal employment opportunities for women has always been a matter of major national concern in India. And this concern is aggravated when we talk about the hills, especially the regions of Uttarakhand. Traditionally, women in the hills are not allowed to work except for household chores. The routine household work of a woman in the […]

    The post A small act of revolt by revolutionary women in the hills of Uttarakhand than transformed into an institution of glory for the state first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrish Ukhalkar.


  519. An Engineer from Pune has made going up and down the SeeDee an easy and affordable solution

  520. Sun, 01 Sep 2019

    A task as simple as going up, and down the stairs is a difficult ordeal for wheelchair users. The lack of lifts or ramps in buildings and public spaces is enough to confine them indoors. Jamshed Dalal an engineer from Pune faced the same issue when his father was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease […]

    The post An Engineer from Pune has made going up and down the SeeDee an easy and affordable solution first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubhi Awasthy.


  521. An author, professor, painter and an advisor to Censor Board who is crafting stories of the Unheard

  522. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

      Our reporter Nazneen in conversation with Koral Dasgupta on her journey of finding the voice unheard and bringing it to the world. Koral Dasgupta is an author, academic, columnist, painter and professional speaker. Her first book titled “Power of a Common Man” traces the journey of Shah Rukh Khan as a brand personality. In […]

    The post An author, professor, painter and an advisor to Censor Board who is crafting stories of the Unheard first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  523. How an organization in Bihar is changing the face of Indian agriculture by supporting small farmers with technology and renewed planning

  524. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    India is a land blessed with a bounty of resources and since ancient times we have relied on them for individual survival as well as national development. In this notion of survival, Agriculture has always been the most prominent source of livelihood for the people of India. Presently, the agricultural sector accounts for about 20 […]

    The post How an organization in Bihar is changing the face of Indian agriculture by supporting small farmers with technology and renewed planning first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  525. A hero of Kargil War who built a ‘Wikipedia of the Martyrs’ to immortalise their stories

  526. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    In conversation with war veteran Wing Commander Mohammad Afraz, one of the heroes of the Kargil War of 1999 who after his service built an online memorial for the Martyred heroes of the nation called ‘Honour Point’.   [row] [infobox] This is a premium article published in Issue-36 of The Optimist Citizen. [column size=’1/2′] Read Single […]

    The post A hero of Kargil War who built a ‘Wikipedia of the Martyrs’ to immortalise their stories first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  527. A decade-old platform that has trained, empowered and connected more than 6000 specially-abled people to mainstream jobs

  528. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    We often search for light. A light to sway the dark, a light to bring warmth. But, living alongside us, millions have been devoid of it – struggling to live in the absence of light. After, personally witnessing the loss of a loved one – who died in darkness – 2 brothers from India decided […]

    The post A decade-old platform that has trained, empowered and connected more than 6000 specially-abled people to mainstream jobs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Arunima Ghosh.


  529. Developing the 6th Sense : Giving ownership and skills back in the hands of those marred with a disability

  530. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    Life deals a hand to all of us. Some get the hand that sets them apart, for good. Others are dealt a hand that cripples them to their core. But, it is how you take your next move, defines you. Some crib and cry, whereas some put up the fight of their lives.  An evident […]

    The post Developing the 6th Sense : Giving ownership and skills back in the hands of those marred with a disability first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  531. How a group of young Delhiites are shifting Public Education Systems through Social-Emotional Learning

  532. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    The Public Education System of India has always been a subject of intricate debate. However, this debate has largely been confined to federal institutions and other alternate institution of scale and stature. It is rare to see youngsters engaging in this debate; if there’s any, the participation is restricted to commentary on social media. To […]

    The post How a group of young Delhiites are shifting Public Education Systems through Social-Emotional Learning first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  533. From victim to victor: How a non-profit is using the magic of storybooks to change the lives of thousands of orphans

  534. Sat, 31 Aug 2019

    The Cambridge English Dictionary defines fairy tales as a ‘traditional story written for children that usually involves imaginary creatures and magic’. Whether it is Mowglis’s lively relationship with the jungle and his upbringing with a pack of wolves, Snow White’s friendship with the dwarfs and the magic mirror, Peter Pan’s ability to fly and his […]

    The post From victim to victor: How a non-profit is using the magic of storybooks to change the lives of thousands of orphans first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  535. Changing the face of education in the tribal villages of Gujarat by invoking community participation

  536. Tue, 20 Aug 2019

    3M – CII Young Innovators Challenge Award Winner Annu Shree Tiwari is mending the crumbing education of tribal villages in South Gujarat, by way of active participation of the local Panchayat As part of the SBI Youth for India Fellowship, Annu Shree Tiwari saw a new – albeit old – India. An India that she […]

    The post Changing the face of education in the tribal villages of Gujarat by invoking community participation first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  537. An Engineer who is building science laboratories in remote villages of India using locally available resources

  538. Fri, 16 Aug 2019

    For the past few years, engineers have been a subject of extreme mockery for the netizens. Social media is filled with memes (a millennial lingo) on how jobless engineering students are. We often have this misconception that engineering student in India either end up in a 9 to 5 job working on excel sheets or […]

    The post An Engineer who is building science laboratories in remote villages of India using locally available resources first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: POOJA GUJRAL.


  539. IIT-IIM Alumnus builds 2000 acres of Food Forest, using Natural Farming in remote Madhya Pradesh

  540. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    Deeply affected by the agrarian crisis in India, Sandeep Saxena gave up his lucrative US job to build Aranyaani, a natural food forest whose farm-products are shipped across the country. [row] [infobox] This is a premium article published in Issue-35 of The Optimist Citizen. [column size=’1/2′] Read Single Issue 35 Rs. 50 Get instant access to […]

    The post IIT-IIM Alumnus builds 2000 acres of Food Forest, using Natural Farming in remote Madhya Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  541. Have you heard of a school which engages children to end child labour and has ‘plastic waste’ as its monthly school fee?

  542. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    Albert Einstein, among the numerous groundbreaking and ingenious revelations, once quipped that “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”. While his theory of relativity and the universal “E=MC^2” formula is probably mugged up in almost all Indian schools, the above quote is hardly followed by a few. Such […]

    The post Have you heard of a school which engages children to end child labour and has ‘plastic waste’ as its monthly school fee? first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  543. 10th Grade students and their biology teacher create a Sanitary Pad from aquatic weed Water Hyacinth that costs only Rs. 3

  544. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    A unique innovation of combining the world’s worst aquatic weed, Water Hyacinth with health care for women concerning Menstrual Hygiene. In June 2018, Henna, Aswathi and Sreejesh, students of class 10 of Ahammed Kurikkal Memorial Higher Secondary School (AKMHSS) in Kerala’s Kottoor participated in the National Children Science Competition (NCSC). The theme of the competition […]

    The post 10th Grade students and their biology teacher create a Sanitary Pad from aquatic weed Water Hyacinth that costs only Rs. 3 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ashley John.


  545. 5 Green Innovations for a Better Future

  546. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    The unrelenting rate of climate change and environmental degradation is a peremptory call for action to all of us. Though the rustic and traditional methods may make a difference, the need for bolder and more imaginative thinking and solutions is undeniable. We’ve compiled a list of recent innovations embodying this spirit and attempting to save […]

    The post 5 Green Innovations for a Better Future first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  547. To thank the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for their warm reception to their stay, a traveller duo light up the darkest tribal villages with solar bulbs

  548. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    A nomadic journey to a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh which led a duo to give to gift 200 solar bulbs to the remote Lhisu tribe. The duo later formed the ‘Batti Project’ which now lightens hundreds of households across Arunachal.    Thirteen years ago when Rajiv left college, agonized by the collateral damage of […]

    The post To thank the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for their warm reception to their stay, a traveller duo light up the darkest tribal villages with solar bulbs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Arunima Ghosh.


  549. From eco-warriors to eco-entrepreneurs

  550. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    How a group of working middle-class women are tackling garbage and patriarchy head on   “A group of travellers, after a day-long journey, reached a village tired and famished. As was the tradition, they went around the village asking for food. To their surprise, they had no luck in this endeavour as the villagers themselves […]

    The post From eco-warriors to eco-entrepreneurs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  551. Water Hacks you can use at home to Conserve Water and do your bit to slow down the Water Crisis

  552. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    What if someday, the supply of municipal water in your house suddenly stops? The present times have brought one of the most severe crises in the world – Water Crisis. Cities like Cape Town and Jordan have almost run out of the water. Now regions in India are also drying up rapidly. A severe drought […]

    The post Water Hacks you can use at home to Conserve Water and do your bit to slow down the Water Crisis first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  553. How this Chandigarh team is turning determined underprivileged students into qualified professionals

  554. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

      As per Ministry of Human Resources and Development, in the year 2014, 29.95cr students were enrolled in schools till senior secondary level in India. However, only 14.10cr students went ahead joined college for under graduation or technical courses; i.e. a dropout rate of 47%.  This is the gap which needs to be filled with great […]

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    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  555. Mumbai based environmentalist get citizens from across the world to come together to form the world’s largest citizen-led sustainability movement

  556. Wed, 31 Jul 2019

    After deciding to leave a very remunerative job at Café Coffee Day, India, Saurabh embarked on a journey of riding bicycles in different countries and rode over 50,000 kilometres in two years. Over the course of his journey, he realized the impact citizens can have in the sustainable development sector and decided to launch the […]

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    | Author: Shubham Khairnar.


  557. IIT Delhi alumnus develops a low-cost audio-tactile device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images

  558. Mon, 29 Jul 2019

    How often we have wondered if people with visual impairment could actually perceive the images we see? Well, the good news is that there is now a solution. Comprising of a portable stand, a tactile book and a mobile app – a ready to use solution by TouchVision, an IIT Delhi incubated social enterprise is […]

    The post IIT Delhi alumnus develops a low-cost audio-tactile device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: POOJA GUJRAL.


  559. A contraption that lets the wheelchair bound to stand

  560. Tue, 25 Jun 2019

    Ramalingam.PL was a significantly well performing student during his Engineering, but what made him stand out was not his brilliance at academia but the sheer intent to come up with solutions that can impact many. It is this attribute of his that deems him a winner. During his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, he worked on […]

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    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  561. A jewellery lover who turned the fortunes of a distressed tribal community by using ‘Bamboo’

  562. Fri, 21 Jun 2019

    A jewellery lover and an art enthusiast, Saloni Sacheti, an ex-SBI Youth for India Fellow, is empowering the tribals of Dangs district of Gujarat, by engaging them into an alternative livelihood source of Bamboo Jewellery making. The primary occupation of the tribals there is agriculture and manual labour. But they suffer from huge water scarcity […]

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    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  563. Breaking all taboos of ‘that time of the month’ for adolescent girls and boys in the remotest communities of UP

  564. Thu, 20 Jun 2019

    United for Hope is an international non-profit organisation which has been committed to transforming small villages in rural India into prosperous and dignified places, where communities thrive and individuals are empowered to make decisions about their future. Working in the rural pockets for several years, the team of United for Hope figured that in the […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  565. How do the Young and Restless participate in Positive Political Discourse

  566. Thu, 20 Jun 2019

    Gurmehar Kaur, a young budding social and political activist and author of two books. Her video “Pakistan didn’t kill my father, the war did” vent viral and she received abundance of (both) love and hate for her magnetic stand. She was also a subject of the nation’s scrutiny when she raised her voice against the […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  567. How ‘Teach For India’ fellows are changing the panorama of rural education with their own enterprises

  568. Thu, 20 Jun 2019

    There has never been a more important time to educate children than today. Educating children is an essential stepping stone to the country’s envisioned, ideal future. However, there have been perennial problems in our education system in the form of lack of government expenditure in education and the distorted government schools system. To fill up […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  569. TOC partners as storytelling partners with 3M CII Young Innovators Challenge Award 2019

  570. Tue, 18 Jun 2019

    A community-driven Rural Innovation studio, enabling design thinking among rural children. An electricity independent low cost, neonatal continuous positive Airway Pressure device. A setup to offer free access to legal and consulting services to women facing violence. Biodegradable pads made out of discarded bananas. A rural spice enterprise creating livelihoods for rural women for indigenous […]

    The post TOC partners as storytelling partners with 3M CII Young Innovators Challenge Award 2019 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  571. This Bengaluru couple has built 700 eco-friendly houses and each saves more than 1 Lakh Litres of Rainwater annually

  572. Thu, 06 Jun 2019

    There’s not a single media house which hasn’t written about Bengaluru’s problem with drinking water. You are definitely living under a rock if you haven’t heard about Bengaluru’s water crisis. However, quite paradoxically, the city also witnesses excess rainfall and water clogging on streets. Millions of litres of water get wasted due to this Urban […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  573. 4 engineering Students create an app to help dyslexics read books with their phone camera

  574. Thu, 06 Jun 2019

    35 million school-children in India are dyslexic. This means they have problems with reading, spelling, attention span or even speed of effective learning. These children could show brilliance in other parts of the intelligence spectrum, but due to their inability to cope with the modern education system, most of them end up with low grades. […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  575. A game of football that transformed the lives of hundreds of girls in a small village of Jharkhand

  576. Thu, 06 Jun 2019

    “Yes, parents focus more on boys than girls”, “Government schools are not attentive to children’s needs”, “The biggest problem girls face is the responsibility of household work… when no girl will be expected to do household work, only then will we be free”- these are not the words of a renowned social scientist or researcher […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  577. 60 year old upcycles plastic bags and crochets them into beautiful utility products, sitting at home

  578. Wed, 05 Jun 2019

    Plastic is a growing menace to the Earth, but to Rita Maker— a 66-year-old Mumbai resident, it is an opportunity for creating beautiful products that provide sustenance. From clutches to coasters, she creates all her hand-made products by upcycling plastic. Her tryst with Environment started when she participated in an Environmental fest at the school […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  579. After successfully recovering from OCD, a 16-year-old develops an app to help others battle the disorder

  580. Wed, 05 Jun 2019

    Most of us might have heard of a mental disorder named OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), but do we really understand what exactly happens with an OCD patient and the kind of extreme anxieties one has to go through? OCD is one of those most misunderstood mental disorders that lie on the fine line between getting […]

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    | Author: TOC Team.


  581. A social enterprise’s mobile-based services bring agricultural, financial, governance and educational reforms

  582. Tue, 04 Jun 2019

    Awaaz De, a for-profit social enterprise, has been developing inclusive mobile solutions to help farmers in rural Gujarat, empowered women Self Help Groups in Assam and gave transparency of governance to NGOs and trade unions in Bihar.In 2016, a global survey conducted by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services revealed that 76% of Indian adults do […]

    The post A social enterprise’s mobile-based services bring agricultural, financial, governance and educational reforms first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Parthabi Kanungo.


  583. A big YES to the young explorers of Uttar Pradesh

  584. Fri, 31 May 2019

    Utilising constitutional tasks, rural immersion, and volunteering experiences, Uttar Pradesh based YES Foundation is changing the narrative for thousands of rural youth   “Imagine opening up a book on sexuality and sexual health in a train compartment filled with men who eve-teased girls coming to Lucknow on a daily basis. The thought itself was stifling […]

    The post A big YES to the young explorers of Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Team.


  585. [Book Review]: The search of the truth, as is

  586. Wed, 08 May 2019

    Book Review of Commutiny: Sparking an Inside-Out Youth Leadership Revolution by Arjun Shekhar and Mahamaya Navlakha In today’s age of digital omnipresence, we often see vanity taking prominence. In attempt to attract more followers, individuals tend to glean over the true image and substitute it what they believe to be the best version of truth. […]

    The post [Book Review]: The search of the truth, as is first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  587. A Pune based architect-couple is changing the convention by building Natural Houses which doesn’t require ACs.

  588. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    There have been several myths around natural buildings, one that, they are weak, or that, that they won’t stand for long or that it smells bad. But what if we tell you that these houses can be as strong as their cement counterparts, if not stronger. Meet Dhruvang and Priyanka, an architect couple from Pune […]

    The post A Pune based architect-couple is changing the convention by building Natural Houses which doesn’t require ACs. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  589. Concerned by the over-exposure of digital entertainment, a mother designs a special news-app and newspaper for kids

  590. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    With the increasing impact (both positive and negative) of technology on our day to day lives, staying up-to-date with the world has become easy with just a click of a button. And children are not alien to this advancement either. Studies say that an average child spends 32-28 hours per week on devices, tv, and […]

    The post Concerned by the over-exposure of digital entertainment, a mother designs a special news-app and newspaper for kids first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanvi Naik.


  591. A young couple from Nagaland is parenting tribal children with extremely traumatic pasts

  592. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    It’s 5 AM in the morning. The sun rises graciously on the beautiful terrain of Dimapur. The biggest city of Nagaland basks in it’s light, flaunting it’s cascading waterfalls and the lush green slopes. You could easily feel a distant chirp of birds sonically blending with the chatter of 11 little children at the “Eliezer […]

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    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  593. An Indian born Commercial Vehicle Technologist from Germany is making eco-friendly products out of the pair of jeans that you toss up in the bin

  594. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    A wardrobe is incomplete without a pair of jeans or two. Some of these live life-long don’t they? But do you know what it takes to make that one pair of jeans? According to the author of “Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products,” it takes […]

    The post An Indian born Commercial Vehicle Technologist from Germany is making eco-friendly products out of the pair of jeans that you toss up in the bin first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sangeet Giriraj.


  595. 26-year-old’s Khadi Revolution in the dacoit-laden communities of Madhya Pradesh

  596. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    Umang was born in a small village of Bundelkhand region in Kishanganj district of Madhya Pradesh. After finishing up her schooling from Bhopal, she shifted to Delhi and graduated from Delhi University. Post graduation, she returned back to Bhopal and enrolled in National Institute of Fashion Technology’s Fashion designing and Technology course. It was during […]

    The post 26-year-old’s Khadi Revolution in the dacoit-laden communities of Madhya Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sangeet Giriraj.


  597. A young girl’s attempt to save Mizoram’s youth from the trauma of substance & psychological abuse

  598. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    Hidden away in the extreme corner of the country, Mizoram is filled with luscious green forests, a rolling hilly landscape, limitless love for football and an indomitable Mizo spirit. The state was officially born in 1987 and in more than thirty years from that historic date, currently, its million inhabitants can boast about the fact […]

    The post A young girl’s attempt to save Mizoram’s youth from the trauma of substance & psychological abuse first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sangeet Giriraj.


  599. Women led enterprises from the heart, soul and soil of rural India

  600. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    With a general furore against the atrocities on women and a rejuvenated fervour towards their development, the issues and solutions are finally making headway on the global stage. But, a slight – albeit small – ignorance might have also gnawed itself in this raging debate. Most of the conversations have revolved around and talked about […]

    The post Women led enterprises from the heart, soul and soil of rural India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  601. Yann Borgstedt has shown that investing in women not only brings economic prosperity for the world

  602. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    If you search Yann Borgstedt on the internet you might come across his TEDx talk and its explosively progressive and relevant title – Why should men invest in women. I feel this title weaves what Yann and his work stands for – tenacity, a knack for sustainable ventures, and an endless quest to bring in […]

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    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  603. This Mumbai girl is building a collective of new-age Compassionate and Feminist Youth Leaders

  604. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    “If you see something that needs to change but no one’s changing that, then you have to change it.” These strong words of resolution come from Vandita Morarka, a young founder who is building compassionate youth leadership through her non-profit organisation One Future Collective. Started 14 months ago in the city of Mumbai, One Future […]

    The post This Mumbai girl is building a collective of new-age Compassionate and Feminist Youth Leaders first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ayushi Shrivastava.


  605. A decade-old feminist organisation which laid the foundation of feministic practices in India

  606. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    Azad’s journey began in 2008 in Delhi as a Charitable Trust. Driven to shatter patriarchal norms and gender inequalities, the foundation sought the need to find non-traditional livelihood options for poor women in urban areas. The entire motive is achieved through transformative capacity building programs around the self and the skills needed for NTL, based […]

    The post A decade-old feminist organisation which laid the foundation of feministic practices in India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanvi Desai.


  607. An 81-year-old nun’s unending struggle to increase the economic and social contribution of Indian women in the country’s economy

  608. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    The world believes that India, the country of a billion will be a superpower by the end of 2020. But with a high degree of unskilled-population in the country, these dreams often looks far-fetched and over-ambitious. To add to our worry, women’s contribution to the Indian economy has been historically low all throughout. If statistics […]

    The post An 81-year-old nun’s unending struggle to increase the economic and social contribution of Indian women in the country’s economy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shashank Singh.


  609. This 60-year-old retired banker in Tamil Nadu sells his home to buy a barren land and turn it into a farm.

  610. Tue, 30 Apr 2019

    The name of Senthamil’s farm is ‘Arivu Thottam’ that literally translates to ‘Knowledge farm’, which is exactly what he is trying to propagate through his organic farm. His farm is equipped with banana plantations, horticulture space with brinjals, tomatoes, chillies and other green veggies. To add to it, the farm has about 110 coconut trees, […]

    The post This 60-year-old retired banker in Tamil Nadu sells his home to buy a barren land and turn it into a farm. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sangeet Giriraj.


  611. FIRST-HAND: First hand testimonial of Farheen Bano whose efforts brought respite to a water scarce low income neighbourhood in Lucknow

  612. Fri, 26 Apr 2019

    I think as a facilitator I am stirred when I see these young people unfolding a new future for our country and our constitution. We often don’t talk about issues that bother us and the rights that our constitution provides us. But I believe young people like Farheen are fearless. Be A Jagrik not only […]

    The post FIRST-HAND: First hand testimonial of Farheen Bano whose efforts brought respite to a water scarce low income neighbourhood in Lucknow first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  613. How aware citizens are bringing a collective impact in Sepi Village of the Sandakphu trail

  614. Sat, 13 Apr 2019

    Sepi, being a small village has much more to it than being the gateway to the Sandakphu trail. With tiny houses painted so variedly, you feel you have opened a graphic novel; wildflowers blooming just fine without the constant touch and brushing of human hands; even the dogs are so furry that you may confuse […]

    The post How aware citizens are bringing a collective impact in Sepi Village of the Sandakphu trail first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  615. An organisation born after the Gujarat Riots that took on the mass movement of sensitizing youth post the turmoil.

  616. Sun, 31 Mar 2019

    In 2003, after the harrowing Godhra Riots, the state of Gujarat was torn. Communal tensions were at their peak. Countless people lost their lives, their houses, their business establishments, and the savings of their lifetime were all gone in a flash. In these times of turmoil, the daunting task of nation-building was taken up by […]

    The post An organisation born after the Gujarat Riots that took on the mass movement of sensitizing youth post the turmoil. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sangeet Giriraj.


  617. Innovators develop an affordable Breathing Support Device that helps save babies born with Respiratory Disorders 

  618. Sun, 31 Mar 2019

    Every year, more than 4 lakh babies are born with Respiratory Distress Syndrome in India, and out of the 4 lakh, about 1.2 lakh die within a few months of birth. Deaths during transport to higher centers of care can be as high as 30%. These high mortality rates can be prevented by the application […]

    The post Innovators develop an affordable Breathing Support Device that helps save babies born with Respiratory Disorders  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Crispin Ann Innes.


  619. In the valley, beyond the unrest, young Kashmiris are building mental peace in youth through art

  620. Sun, 31 Mar 2019

    Before 1989, only 1700 people visited the only psychiatric facility in Kashmir. In 2015, the number had exponentially jumped to 100,000. In 2015, in a study by Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), it was alarmingly concluded that half of all residents of the valley suffer from mental health problems. The report stated that  “1.8 […]

    The post In the valley, beyond the unrest, young Kashmiris are building mental peace in youth through art first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  621. Far away from the hustle bustle of city life, this unique music school is giving voice to children in the tribal areas of Hubbali

  622. Sun, 31 Mar 2019

    The initiative which was first begun as free music class has now transformed into a full-fledged residential school. What started with a small group of twenty students, KSV now has 220 children under its care whose education is funded by the support of sponsors. All students are educated for free and typically, every student has […]

    The post Far away from the hustle bustle of city life, this unique music school is giving voice to children in the tribal areas of Hubbali first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: ADITI CHANDRA.


  623. IIT Delhi alumnus develops an innovation to fix acute lower back pain without any surgery

  624. Sun, 31 Mar 2019

    The critical conditions of lower back pain which require surgical intervention are quite complicated and has chances of hindering the biomechanics of the whole vertebral column, making it a temporary solution.   What the world needed was a more permanent solution and the one to come up with a relatively effective innovation was a biomedical […]

    The post IIT Delhi alumnus develops an innovation to fix acute lower back pain without any surgery first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubham Khairnar.


  625. FIRST-HAND: First Hand testimonial of Sumanth who created an English curriculum for minority children in Hyderabad

  626. Thu, 28 Mar 2019

    FIRST-HAND First-Hand testimonials, showcasing what it takes to drive change, with resilience Growing up in Hyderabad, I vividly remember my first attempt to contribute for others. I was probably 4 or 5, and I had collected a sum of Rupees 152 for Help Age India. That is how everything started for me. I moved on […]

    The post FIRST-HAND: First Hand testimonial of Sumanth who created an English curriculum for minority children in Hyderabad first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  627. The enigma of constitutional impact and how a national game solved it!

  628. Fri, 22 Mar 2019

    Ali Imam – from YUVA: Youth United for Voluntary Action Organization – suddenly choked up. With an unlikely look on his face, he stopped, as if contemplating about the unknown. Looking around the room – as if trying to find an answer in the whites of the cracking wall – with bated breath, he started […]

    The post The enigma of constitutional impact and how a national game solved it! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  629. IIT Delhi alumni develops a low-cost device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images

  630. Thu, 14 Mar 2019

    How often have we wondered if the people with visual impairment could actually perceive the images we see. Well, the good news is that there is now a solution. Comprising of a portable stand, a tactile book and a mobile app – a ready to use solution is now available in the Indian markets. Ankita […]

    The post IIT Delhi alumni develops a low-cost device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  631. A young girl’s attempt to save Mizoram’s youth from the trauma of substance & psychological abuse

  632. Fri, 08 Mar 2019

    Hidden away in the extreme corner of the country, Mizoram is filled with luscious green forests, a rolling hilly landscape, limitless love for football and an indomitable Mizo spirit. The state was officially born in 1987 and in more than thirty years from that historic date, currently, its million inhabitants can boast about the fact […]

    The post A young girl’s attempt to save Mizoram’s youth from the trauma of substance & psychological abuse first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  633. Sandakphu trek is now regaining it’s glory, Thanks to these Eco-Crusaders.

  634. Thu, 07 Mar 2019

    When I first met Oshihal Hussain, he took me aback with his valour and staunchness to work for the environment. Here came a young chap hardly of 17 or 18 years with a bunch of younger kids to sit for a meeting on how to form what today is popularly known as ‘Eco Youth Club’. […]

    The post Sandakphu trek is now regaining it’s glory, Thanks to these Eco-Crusaders. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  635. School students are walking out of their classes to attract the attention of the authorities towards climate change

  636. Thu, 28 Feb 2019

    Thousands of school students and young people are walking out of their classes in the form of rebellion to attract the attention of the authorities to take a proactive approach towards abating climate change. With young blood running through their veins and a hope to rescue the planet in their hearts, these young marchers are […]

    The post School students are walking out of their classes to attract the attention of the authorities towards climate change first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  637. A Teach for Indian alumnus who is empowering underserved children with a platform to express stories through art & poetry

  638. Thu, 28 Feb 2019

    It is usually said that the courage to speak your heart out is empowering. While childhood is characteristic of vitality and unfettered imagination, the educational system often does not include arts as a must-have in their curriculum. Due to the mundane rote learning system, the reservoir of creativity possessed by children is often left to […]

    The post A Teach for Indian alumnus who is empowering underserved children with a platform to express stories through art & poetry first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  639. A designer duo is recycling plastic toys into sustainable children’s furniture

  640. Thu, 28 Feb 2019

    According to a data report published in Science Magazine, 8 million tonnes of plastic (3% of global annual plastic waste) entered the oceans in 2010. With the constantly increasing rate of the so-called “development”, this number is sure to have increased by now. Although plastic production is one of the pillars on which our modern […]

    The post A designer duo is recycling plastic toys into sustainable children’s furniture first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srishti Sinha.


  641. FIRST-HAND: First-hand testimonial of Priya whose efforts changed the face of her rural neighbourhood

  642. Mon, 25 Feb 2019

    FIRST-HAND First-Hand testimonials, showcasing what it takes to drive change, with resilience I was never interested in politics. But, a road and a series of civic tasks changed me. Our village, Anpoondi, has almost 200 girls with more than 50 of them living in my neighbourhood – The palla street. But, it is a far […]

    The post FIRST-HAND: First-hand testimonial of Priya whose efforts changed the face of her rural neighbourhood first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  643. How Cleaning staff and 2 students from Jamshedpur are subtly rediscovering what it means to be free

  644. Fri, 22 Feb 2019

    Saloni and Aditi from Jamshedpur Public School are creating a dialogue with Safai Karamcharis at school, subtly rediscovering what it means to be free While studying at school, I remember asking my mother for money every now and then – for music CDs, books, clothes and so much more. More often than not, I would […]

    The post How Cleaning staff and 2 students from Jamshedpur are subtly rediscovering what it means to be free first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  645. How three millennials are using education and awareness to create a more inclusive and conscious society

  646. Thu, 21 Feb 2019

    The flamboyant city of Gurugram juxtaposes Rajputana history and Haryanvi flavour with a contemporary, corporate and lavish lifestyle seldom witnessed in India. The ‘Millennium City’ is the hub for future financial and industrial developments vindicated by the ever-increasing offices of ‘Fortune 500’ companies, and more condominiums than you can Imagine. While the concrete jungle keeps […]

    The post How three millennials are using education and awareness to create a more inclusive and conscious society first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  647. [MY STORY] I met a teacher on my work trip to a remote Himalayan Village and it changed my understanding of grit and determination

  648. Sat, 16 Feb 2019

    Tired and exhausted as my ‘Green’ mates and I approached the village of Megma touching the feet of Himalayas, it was completely deserted. If you can imagine the famous Gotham, the birthplace of the Dark Knight – Batman, it was identical to its misty, dark atmosphere. So where were all the inhabitants? Due to the […]

    The post [MY STORY] I met a teacher on my work trip to a remote Himalayan Village and it changed my understanding of grit and determination first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  649. How one man’s resilience is helping to break the shackles of the failing education system

  650. Thu, 14 Feb 2019

    India is a paradox. One of the fastest growing economies in the world, the high GDP growth rate often glosses over the stark injustice, inequality and discrimination that prevails and leeches into every nook and crevice of this bubbling cauldron of a country. The colossal economic disparity existing in India also sheds some light on […]

    The post How one man’s resilience is helping to break the shackles of the failing education system first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  651. Eco-friendly and pocket friendly gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

  652. Wed, 13 Feb 2019

    The red roses blooming all around and lovers watching the sunset by the seashore. It’s that time of the year when air breathes love. With Valentine’s day being right around the corner, shops are decorated with red hearts and windows are popping with romantic deals. Valentine’s day is an extravaganza on its own and along […]

    The post Eco-friendly and pocket friendly gift ideas for Valentine’s Day first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ayushi Shrivastava.


  653. A Child labourer turned Educator who is now educating the deprived

  654. Tue, 12 Feb 2019

    The story of Aamir who became the first generation school-goer from his family. Born in Jaffrabad, Delhi, Mohammad Aamir grew up with a despairing privilege – He was the only member of his family to go to school and acquire an education. This, however, didn’t come to him easily. The early death of his father […]

    The post A Child labourer turned Educator who is now educating the deprived first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  655. How youth in Vellore are fighting their difficult upbringings by imbibing the core values of the constitution

  656. Tue, 12 Feb 2019

    The district of Vellore is a major medical and industrial district of Tamil Nadu.  Home to the Christian Medical College and Vellore Institute of Technology, the district is the largest exporter of finished leather goods in the country and also got a place in the next round of smart cities project list, released by The […]

    The post How youth in Vellore are fighting their difficult upbringings by imbibing the core values of the constitution first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  657. Connecting the Dots of Life with Rashmi Bansal

  658. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    “My reason to join IIM wasn’t about getting a job; it was more about not missing out on the MBA experience. The thing about IIMs is their way of teaching is very different; plus, we also had the freedom to question our teachers. Although I did not take the placements, I did some summer training […]

    The post Connecting the Dots of Life with Rashmi Bansal first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: ADITI CHANDRA.


  659. IIT Delhi alumnus develops a low-cost audio-tactile technology-based device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images

  660. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    How often have we wondered if the people with visual impairment could actually perceive the images we see. Well, the good news is that there is now a solution. Comprising of a portable stand, a tactile book and a mobile app – a ready to use solution is now available in the Indian markets. Ankita […]

    The post IIT Delhi alumnus develops a low-cost audio-tactile technology-based device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: POOJA GUJRAL.


  661. An Engineer who is building science laboratories in remote villages of India using locally available resources

  662. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    After completing his graduation from a premier college in 2015, Prayag explored science and technology and worked with various start-ups in Bangalore for two years. But instead of following a regular corporate career path, he found his calling in the field of education. He was selected to take part in the SBI Youth for India […]

    The post An Engineer who is building science laboratories in remote villages of India using locally available resources first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: POOJA GUJRAL.


  663. THE CHAN-GEN-NEXT – Candid conversations with next-generation changemakers

  664. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    Here’s an exclusive conversation with Midhun Noble, founder of Insighte, a mental health homecare startup for the specially abled. Their model is to bring quality mental health solutions in the form of home care. A Bachelors in Psychology, Literature and Media from Christ University, Bangalore, Mithun also has five years of experience in the financial […]

    The post THE CHAN-GEN-NEXT – Candid conversations with next-generation changemakers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  665. After reinventing himself, this farmer’s son is now a role model for government school students

  666. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    22-year old Maneesh Sharma, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh, grew up in the village of Jalalpur. Born to a father who worked as a farmer and cattle rearer, humility played an integral role in Maneesh’s upbringing. Since the time he was a primary school student, he wholeheartedly indulged himself in learning. […]

    The post After reinventing himself, this farmer’s son is now a role model for government school students first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  667. How e-rickshaws are bringing a new dawn for women drivers and passengers in Delhi

  668. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    In an attempt to do salutations to that entrepreneurial spirit, the students came up with the concept of Project Adhikaar. Rightfully, the project stands to provide Women what is rightfully​ ​theirs. In a society, that is massively imbalanced in terms of gender, this project might just tip the balance. E-rickshaws and e-bikes were the ideal […]

    The post How e-rickshaws are bringing a new dawn for women drivers and passengers in Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  669. Saving the Canvas of Africa

  670. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    The canvas of Africa is wide, vibrant, and transcendent. The rich heritage it harbours and the thousands of cultures that germinated from it, rightly makes it the proverbial cradle of life. And today, innumerable artists and artisans are trying their best to transmit this culture onto a modern counter. Some get the audience they deserve, […]

    The post Saving the Canvas of Africa first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  671. A group of engineers from Kerala build a robot to clean manholes and put an end to manual scavenging

  672. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    According to the NCSK, one person has died in every five days in the year 2017 making it the most disturbing reality which cannot be unseen. People jump inside the deep manholes full of human excreta and harmful gases which becomes the prime reason for their death. A group of engineers from Kerala have come […]

    The post A group of engineers from Kerala build a robot to clean manholes and put an end to manual scavenging first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ayushi Shrivastava.


  673. One man who saved 20 million litres of water Alone!

  674. Thu, 31 Jan 2019

    In a world racing for perfection, one rarely finds people working to mend neglected imperfections. Mr Aabid Surti, a national award winner with over 80 books to his credit, is one such individual, who started with an idea and now, is well known as the man who almost single-handedly has saved over 20 million litres […]

    The post One man who saved 20 million litres of water Alone! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Neeladri Bhattacharjee.


  675. After reinventing himself, this farmer’s son is now a role model for government school students

  676. Thu, 17 Jan 2019

    22-year old Maneesh Sharma, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh, grew up in the village of Jalalpur. Born to a father who worked as a farmer and cattle rearer, humility played an integral role in Maneesh’s upbringing. Not one to blatantly misalign himself as one who had a difficult upbringing, Maneesh was […]

    The post After reinventing himself, this farmer’s son is now a role model for government school students first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  677. How Students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce are dispelling the darkness of illiteracy for refugees in Delhi

  678. Wed, 16 Jan 2019

    Pertaining to primary education and healthcare, there is a lack of a sustainable model that prevents refugee children from getting the best of education. In a stark problem like this, an ingenious solution came from the most unexpected source – the students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC). The students of the Enactus […]

    The post How Students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce are dispelling the darkness of illiteracy for refugees in Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  679. How Young facilitators are utilising their vigour and empathy to drive change and thousands along with it

  680. Tue, 15 Jan 2019

    On a quick search over the internet, the word facilitator stated that it meant to ‘make an action or process easy or easier’. The definition, although true to some extent, is far from an apt description of what a facilitator truly is. Beyond this utilitarian definition, a facilitator means multiple things – Dynamic and adaptive, […]

    The post How Young facilitators are utilising their vigour and empathy to drive change and thousands along with it first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  681. A day in the life of a Learner

  682. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    All of us wear or have worn a prideful badge of being a student. A student of a school, a college, a technical foundry, of music, of life. But, in the doldrums and terse conditions of our circumstances, we forget what is it really like to be a student. Often, in the cauldron of rote […]

    The post A day in the life of a Learner first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  683. New age matrimony is changing the way we look at the Big, Fat Indian weddings

  684. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    In our overarching world of pop culture, 2018 held a special place for its Big Fat Indian, celebrity weddings. The marriage of  Deepika-Ranveer, Nick-Priyanka, and Isha-Anand took centre stage in our everyday conversations. Names turned into popular portmanteau – Deepveer and Nickyanka –  hashtags and buzzwords. The daily updates on Instagram, the throwback pictures of […]

    The post New age matrimony is changing the way we look at the Big, Fat Indian weddings first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  685. Title: A Toymaker’s journey of spreading non-violence through trash

  686. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    Look at a pile of trash – a few plastic bottles, unused pens, toffee wrappers, unused papers, and a lot more, waiting to be burnt, thrown away or buried. Does it speak to you? Do you look at it as trash that needs to be gotten rid of? Do you repel the very sight of […]

    The post Title: A Toymaker’s journey of spreading non-violence through trash first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  687. A new VOIS to help the hearing and speech impaired community to transition into the mainstream

  688. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    “We are working to help people with hearing and speech impairments get better employment opportunities; not out of sympathy, but because they rightfully deserve it” says Abhinav Vashishta, who learnt that it’s the inability of the world to comprehend the sign language that often isolates those with a hearing disability from the public. Having seen […]

    The post A new VOIS to help the hearing and speech impaired community to transition into the mainstream first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  689. An accidental sports entrepreneur who is helping downtrodden kids dribble their way to success

  690. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    In the past few years of identifying and writing impact stories, we have often come across people who enter into social entrepreneurship ‘accidentally’. It’s always about that one moment, one event or one incident that triggered an emotion and led people to become ‘accidental social entrepreneurs’. This time we came across another such story in […]

    The post An accidental sports entrepreneur who is helping downtrodden kids dribble their way to success first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanvi Desai.


  691. A jewellery lover who turned the fortunes of a distressed tribal community by using ‘Bamboo’

  692. Wed, 09 Jan 2019

    A jewellery lover and an art enthusiast, Saloni Sacheti, an SBI Youth for India Fellow, is empowering the tribals of Dagadpada, in Dangs district of Gujarat, by engaging them into an alternative livelihood source of Bamboo Jewellery making. The primary occupation of the tribals there is agriculture and manual labour. But they suffer from huge […]

    The post A jewellery lover who turned the fortunes of a distressed tribal community by using ‘Bamboo’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  693. How the constitution is unfurling the knotted diversity of India’s largest youth population

  694. Fri, 14 Dec 2018

      Upon research, we find that according to the Census of 2011, Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of young people in the country. Out of the total population of 19.9 crores, there were nearly 4 crore young people (15-24 years) – a prominent 17.5% of the total population. For the persistent problem its associated […]

    The post How the constitution is unfurling the knotted diversity of India’s largest youth population first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  695. The MASS Movement that is liberating hundreds who faced religiously sanctioned lifelong abuse

  696. Thu, 06 Dec 2018

    I was on my way back home from the ceremony. It was a long tiring day. The bus conductor stood near the front seat of the bus. The passengers rushed in like flowing water from an open tap. He closed his eyes, bowed his head and tightly pressed the ticket machine against his chest. When […]

    The post The MASS Movement that is liberating hundreds who faced religiously sanctioned lifelong abuse first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  697. How 2 youngsters inspired a ‘CROWDE’ to change the fate of 14000 farmers

  698. Wed, 05 Dec 2018

    “I sold my daughter to a money lender for $200. I had no choice left”, the farmer murmured with a tangible void in his trembling, grieving voice. The despair in this farmer’s eyes unveils the hard reality of a small farmer’s course of life in Indonesia. With 41% of the population engaged in agriculture, millions […]

    The post How 2 youngsters inspired a ‘CROWDE’ to change the fate of 14000 farmers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  699. The Second Innings – Helping women start their careers after hibernation

  700. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    “For a woman to succeed in the competitive business landscape, it is imperative that we become comfortable giving equal weight to our careers as we do to our other obligations, roles and responsibilities. And for that, we need to build a thick skin and a strong support system.” These are the words of a woman […]

    The post The Second Innings – Helping women start their careers after hibernation first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  701. Amalgamating the practices of agriculture and academics, a couple starts India’s first agro-based school for girls in rural Uttar Pradesh

  702. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    A girl wakes up to the crackling coo of birds and a new dawn, only to find herself in a mud hut. She starts her day cleaning up her home and supporting her mother to cook whatever they could accumulate from their remaining stock of paltry provisions. As the suns gain prominence in the sky, […]

    The post Amalgamating the practices of agriculture and academics, a couple starts India’s first agro-based school for girls in rural Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  703. Suffering from Disability himself, Harish Kumar is using driving to ably empower hundreds with physical disabilities

  704. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    Ahmedabad resident Harish Kumar was born without a limb below the elbow joint on his right side. He faced impediments at many junctures in his life but they never impeded his will to do what he willed for. Receiving an MSC from IIT Roorkee and an M.Tech from IIT Delhi, Harish worked in the telecom […]

    The post Suffering from Disability himself, Harish Kumar is using driving to ably empower hundreds with physical disabilities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sarah Khan.


  705. This couple uses robotics and football to empower children in rural Mandla

  706. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    Journalist and Indian School of Business Graduate Priya Nandkarni always wanted to work and experiment in the grassroots.Her strong keenness to work in our rural hinterland brought her in synergy with her husband Digvijay Singh and they worked together on employability for rural youth for many years. But fearing that vocational training was just a […]

    The post This couple uses robotics and football to empower children in rural Mandla first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  707. Couple creates a sustainable Smart canopy that gives shade, harvests rainwater, and harnesses the energy

  708. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    Often in the rumble of conversations on sustainability there is a constant spotlight on problems and not on the solutions and ironically, it is often in simplicity that we find the best solutions. The Smart Canopy is one such solution that stands at that juncture simplicity, innovation, and impact. Smart Canopy is an opportunity to […]

    The post Couple creates a sustainable Smart canopy that gives shade, harvests rainwater, and harnesses the energy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ritika Chauhan.


  709. Samay Sancharak : Making the world accessible and inclusive for the blind

  710. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    It all started when a newspaper article appeared on how a blind man was refused to file a police complaint about his lost mobile on the basis of the fact that he was blind and (apparently) had no rights to a cell phone. When a group friends from an engineering college read about this in […]

    The post Samay Sancharak : Making the world accessible and inclusive for the blind first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  711. After losing a leg at 19, Anuj Dalvi stood back to design prosthetic legs for others with a similar fate

  712. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    “I woke up to find tubes and needles tethered in me. I could vaguely make out the white walls around me, judging that I might be in a hospital. The effect of the tranquilizer had still not worn off when I did a reality check just to see my left leg missing” This statement by […]

    The post After losing a leg at 19, Anuj Dalvi stood back to design prosthetic legs for others with a similar fate first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rutuja Rokade.


  713. An educator’s attempt to recognize and support students suffering from Learning Disabilities in Municipal Schools

  714. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    “Have you ever wondered how it feels like to always be a step behind, always of a beat? To be perpetually in a state of confusion and watching your peers always be seemingly ahead of you. Students with learning disability experience this every day. If statistics are to be believed, around 15% of all children […]

    The post An educator’s attempt to recognize and support students suffering from Learning Disabilities in Municipal Schools first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  715. A trip to the rural heartland in India which led a woman to start a non-profit to help women artisans from disturbed households

  716. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    We often hear about tourists coming to India to relish its culture, diversity, to peregrinate and then ecstatically leaving for their habitation country. But Theresa of Chicago was not just one tourist who left blissfully. Theresa, a student at the University of Michigan first came to India in 2007 for a project to study how […]

    The post A trip to the rural heartland in India which led a woman to start a non-profit to help women artisans from disturbed households first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Mansi Jaiswal.


  717. This bookshop in Delhi is trying to give new life to books and hundreds of underprivileged kids who are supported through the sale of the books

  718. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    Nestled near the bylines of Lajpat Bhavan in Delhi is a bookshop to take notice of. Ornate with a plethora of books and fueled by a driving cause this charity based store run by Sisters of the People is a treat to the reading soul with books stacked and piled in every nook and corner […]

    The post This bookshop in Delhi is trying to give new life to books and hundreds of underprivileged kids who are supported through the sale of the books first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rutuja Rokade.


  719. Kids of a primary school in a financially marginalized community of Gujarat dare to dream

  720. Fri, 30 Nov 2018

    54 Kids of Sama School in Ahmedabad came out valiantly with their demands for a better world; A world they would want to inhabit and be happy in Located in the predominantly Muslim residential colony of Danilimbda, Ahmedabad, the Sama School has long stood as a tall bastion of hope for hundreds of children – […]

    The post Kids of a primary school in a financially marginalized community of Gujarat dare to dream first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  721. A young man’s incessant tussle to bring dignity for the sex workers of New Delhi

  722. Tue, 27 Nov 2018

    Amidst the hustling corners, fringes, and streets of New Delhi lies GB Road. The name fills in with any other street in the city, but in the societal cauldron of what’s right and what’s wrong, it has been only covertly talked about in hush voices – as if not to spill it’s ‘evil’ and ‘filth’ […]

    The post A young man’s incessant tussle to bring dignity for the sex workers of New Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  723. How a couple is changing lives in tribal hamlets of Maharashtra using forgotten government schemes

  724. Sun, 11 Nov 2018

    Jan Kalyan Sansthan: A rights-based movement that is educating and empowering people belonging from diverse tribal hamlets on government schemes and policies “We don’t want any money. We just want your trust,” a resolute Bhagwan Ram Sawant would say to tribals living in the hinterland of Maharashtra, in an attempt to work with and for […]

    The post How a couple is changing lives in tribal hamlets of Maharashtra using forgotten government schemes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  725. A Mumbai doctor’s fortitude that saved hundreds of pregnant women in Rural Bihar

  726. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    Dr Taru Jindal has redefined the scope of community medicine through commitment and work in rural areas, saving thousands of pregnant women and children in rural Bihar. She grew up with a close affection and an attitude to help those in pain. She dropped her plans to move into the polished of corporate healthcare and […]

    The post A Mumbai doctor’s fortitude that saved hundreds of pregnant women in Rural Bihar first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  727. A group of youngsters who are giving a new DEFY-nation to education in rural India

  728. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    “Maybe what we understand of people and children, about how they have to be educated has been wrong all along. There is something missing from our education system, which is why no one asked them what they wanted to learn”. These are the words of Mr Abhijit Sinha, Founder and CEO of Project DEFY, an […]

    The post A group of youngsters who are giving a new DEFY-nation to education in rural India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshita Soni.


  729. This Delhi based commercial pilot is bringing back your connectedness with nature out of the ramblings of Facebook

  730. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    [infobox] This is a premium article published in Issue-27 of The Optimist Citizen. [row] [column size=’1/3′] Read this Single Story Rs. 10 Get instant access to this article and read about Varhaen Khan’s incredible work [button style=’red’ url=’https://imjo.in/3sp4kE’ target=’_blank’ arrow=’true’ fullwidth=’true’]READ THIS STORY[/button] [/column] [column size=’1/3′] Read Single Issue 27  Rs. 50 Get instant access to […]

    The post This Delhi based commercial pilot is bringing back your connectedness with nature out of the ramblings of Facebook first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  731. A lunch outing that led a youngster to bring a digital revolution in rural education

  732. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    If I tell you to imagine a happy child’s face,the most generic picture that would pop in your head would be that of an innocent child with wide admiring eyes and a toothy grin, a doting mother sitting beside her child and willing to do anything for the child’s wellbeing, a father that would always […]

    The post A lunch outing that led a youngster to bring a digital revolution in rural education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Fiona Jothi Sylvester.


  733. Ditching the corporate to transform the lives of hundreds of migrant families in Delhi

  734. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”. For 13 years, the passion, gift and purpose of Deepa Pant revolved around the apparel industry. An NIFT graduate, Deepa had a history of working in multiple sectors including merchandise, import-export and also […]

    The post Ditching the corporate to transform the lives of hundreds of migrant families in Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tushar Katiyar.


  735. A bunch of Compassionate Clowns are turning Sickness into Happiness by taking clowning to hospitals and old age homes

  736. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    [infobox] This is a premium article published in Issue-27 of The Optimist Citizen. [row] [column size=’1/3′] Read this Single Story Rs. 10 Get instant access to this article and read about Suhani Jalota’s incredible work [button style=’red’ url=’https://imjo.in/2SYMAM’ target=’_blank’ arrow=’true’ fullwidth=’true’]READ THIS STORY[/button] [/column] [column size=’1/3′] Read Single Issue 27  Rs. 50 Get instant access to […]

    The post A bunch of Compassionate Clowns are turning Sickness into Happiness by taking clowning to hospitals and old age homes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  737. Couple leaves illustrous career to weave personlised inspirational books for kids

  738. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

    Hetal Gandhi, an award-winning marketing strategist and her husband Neeraj Gulati, a celebrated award-winning digital leader in South East Asia, were once caught up in a dilemma of selecting a gift for their baby niece. They knew that toys would enchant her for a while, but soon she would lose interest and find it boring. […]

    The post Couple leaves illustrous career to weave personlised inspirational books for kids first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  739. A resolute volunteer from Lady Shri Ram College who broke the ceiling of patriarchy and created inclusive spaces for the oppressed 

  740. Mon, 29 Oct 2018

    In recent times, with the upsurge of vocal dialogue, especially in urban areas, against a linearly led and male-dominated society, the ceiling of patriarchy has started to show evident cracks. But, still swirling around the edgy corners of quaint towns and quieter households, lie a palpable brew of stereotypes that restrict women to certain choices that limits their liberation. […]

    The post A resolute volunteer from Lady Shri Ram College who broke the ceiling of patriarchy and created inclusive spaces for the oppressed  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanvi Desai.


  741. 1550 youngsters to partake in a game enhancing their constitutional literacy and understanding of the goals of the world

  742. Thu, 04 Oct 2018

    A 13-year old girl from Kurai – a tribal belt near Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh – attempts to reinterpret and rewrite the preamble in reference to her school. A lecturer from an engineering college attempts to clean a 16th-century fort in Maharashtra. A boy from Titagarh, West Bengal initiates a dialogue in a religiously […]

    The post 1550 youngsters to partake in a game enhancing their constitutional literacy and understanding of the goals of the world first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  743. When the efficacy of art is combined with the self-belief of an entrepreneur

  744. Sun, 23 Sep 2018

    Art influences society by remoulding opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Art can have an impact on people in very individual ways. As a viewer, it can change one’s perception and perspective about things, opening the mind and enhancing or altering the experience in life. While art is an individual means […]

    The post When the efficacy of art is combined with the self-belief of an entrepreneur first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Srobhona Goswami.


  745. Painted facades, digital schools, and a football academy are resurrecting a village in Punjab

  746. Sat, 15 Sep 2018

    Barely three months ago, Aluna Tola was just another quaint hamlet in the heartland of Punjab. With a population of around 1200 and 250 families, it lies near Payal town in Ludhiana district of Punjab. Today, visitors to the village are surprised by its pleasant transformation. Thanks to a unique initiative by a local sports […]

    The post Painted facades, digital schools, and a football academy are resurrecting a village in Punjab first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gagandeep Singh.


  747. A 16 year old’s dream to imbibe humanity and empathy in students by turning it into grades

  748. Sat, 15 Sep 2018

    Grading Humanity to save it from degradation “A child might be excelling in his academics but if he turns out to be a good human too, it can change the way how he looks at society. Only if we could give more importance to the inclusion of elements and activities that highlight humanity, to children […]

    The post A 16 year old’s dream to imbibe humanity and empathy in students by turning it into grades first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  749. A new ‘thought’ by a quartet of youngsters is bringing rural artisans to limelight

  750. Fri, 14 Sep 2018

     An idea just crossed my mind!- That’s how most innovations lay down a first foundation in your mind. But, just having a vision doesn’t really work every time. Portrayal of that vision is equally important to get the idea delivered well. I have been working up my mind since quite a few days now, wondering what […]

    The post A new ‘thought’ by a quartet of youngsters is bringing rural artisans to limelight first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  751. DHive: How a community-driven rural design studio building leaders of tomorrow in remote villages of India

  752. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

      Imagine a group of young children in a remote place in a rural area. Now, think of them struggling with their families to cope with their daily livelihood. Yes, it’s an extremely difficult situation. However, with the help of the dHive Community Driven Rural Innovation team, they aim to better the lives of these […]

    The post DHive: How a community-driven rural design studio building leaders of tomorrow in remote villages of India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Crispin Ann Innes.


  753. Project No Hunger: Teenager trio from Delhi who are relentlessly crusading to vanquish Hunger

  754. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

      According to The Global Hunger Index 2017 – an index based on factors like the prevalence of undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality – India had been placed at the 100th Position. Although, there has been significant improvements in the daunting figures of child mortality, according to 2015–2016 survey data, more than […]

    The post Project No Hunger: Teenager trio from Delhi who are relentlessly crusading to vanquish Hunger first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Suma Perumal.


  755. How a 143 year old ancestral fort was revived by the actions of this Rajasthani Woman

  756. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    It was just another fresh day on the sets of Amitabh Bachchan’s enticing game show— Kaun Banega Crorepati (The popular version of the equally popular Who Wants to be a millionaire?). While the routine mock rehearsal of the show was being carried out, Ms. Priyamvada Singh, the then content developer of the show, blurted out […]

    The post How a 143 year old ancestral fort was revived by the actions of this Rajasthani Woman first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Suma Perumal.


  757. How a common man from Rajasthan utilised a government portal to solve over hundreds of local and municipal problems

  758. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    Politics, government, and cynicism – they often go together in a bundle in terms of public opinion, irrespective of the political majority, party or ideology in power. But, often, there are individuals who tread beyond that veil of cynicism and try to question the government in way that is accountable and unique is many senses. […]

    The post How a common man from Rajasthan utilised a government portal to solve over hundreds of local and municipal problems first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Lavanya Rana.


  759. How a 26-year old entrepreneur is a building a healthy school, a healthy household, a healthier nation!

  760. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    Read an exclusive conversation between Tuhin Sen, co-founder of The Optimist Citizen and Priya Prakash, founder of Health Set Go, who is laying the foundation of health for thousands of school students in India Q) Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how was your childhood like? I grew up in […]

    The post How a 26-year old entrepreneur is a building a healthy school, a healthy household, a healthier nation! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  761. How SITTI Soap has redefined ancestral lineage and cultural heritage for a new age.

  762. Thu, 13 Sep 2018

    Subheading: How SITTI Soap is utilising natural and handmade skincare and home good items to help refugee women in jordan

    The post How SITTI Soap has redefined ancestral lineage and cultural heritage for a new age. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anannya Saraswat.


  763. Debunking conventional hospitality, this backpacker’s hostel is creating a therapeutic tribe

  764. Wed, 12 Sep 2018

    Part of the tribe! Part of the tribe – an epithet that probably brings in images of communal fervour and community bonding. But, it wouldn’t be necessarily a statement that you would associate with a chain of backpackers hostels. The Lost Tribe Hostel might be that new a figment of that tangible imagination. The low-cost […]

    The post Debunking conventional hospitality, this backpacker’s hostel is creating a therapeutic tribe first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanvi Desai.


  765. For those who love – The Faces who won the fight against Section 377

  766. Thu, 06 Sep 2018

    The Supreme Court decriminalised part of Section 377 of the archaic Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex today, saying it was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. The judgement is historic in the precedent that is set and also ushers in a new slew of freedom that was often muffed under a colonial-era law […]

    The post For those who love – The Faces who won the fight against Section 377 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  767. An NGO is utilising colour to honour its patrons and support entrepreneurs from distressed communities

  768. Sat, 01 Sep 2018

    An Ahmedabad-based NGO, Dreams Foundation, has come up with a renewed way to visualise dreams in a workplace and honour their patrons. Their program “Happy Spaces” is a colourful and fun way to give to back to those who give to them. Confused? Please read on. The Happy Spaces initiative ensures that you get beautiful […]

    The post An NGO is utilising colour to honour its patrons and support entrepreneurs from distressed communities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  769. This duo is turning rural dropouts into changemakers in Madhya Pradesh

  770. Mon, 27 Aug 2018

    A substantial portion of the urban youth is embroiled in deliberation and public discourse like never before. Right from cutting back on their caffeine consumption and filing taxes to choosing the next step for our curriculum on primary education, urban youth are right in the thick of things. But, often this demographic tag of urban […]

    The post This duo is turning rural dropouts into changemakers in Madhya Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Jyoti Yadav.


  771. A new Satyagraha has embarked in Bhitiharwa, Bihar to empower rural girls

  772. Sat, 25 Aug 2018

    Once the milestone of Gandhiji’s first Satyagraha, this school in Bhitiharwa, West Champaran is creating a positive change in the lives of 350 rural girls. Bhitiharwa, a lesser known village in West Champaran district of the rural belt of Bihar, has an important place in the annals of our history. The village saw the advent […]

    The post A new Satyagraha has embarked in Bhitiharwa, Bihar to empower rural girls first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  773. How young volunteers are striving to feed 120000 victims, 30000 children and setting up medical camps in 60 villages

  774. Tue, 21 Aug 2018

    The Kerala Floods of 2018 might be one of the worst natural catastrophes that India might have seen in recent history. The central government declared it as a ‘calamity of severe nature’. But, only data can express the true severity of this nature’s wrath. Around 400 deaths have been witnessed and a total of 6,33,010 […]

    The post How young volunteers are striving to feed 120000 victims, 30000 children and setting up medical camps in 60 villages first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shubham Khairnar.


  775. In the valley, beyond the unrest, young Kashmiris are building mental peace in youth through art

  776. Fri, 17 Aug 2018

    Before 1989, only 1700 people visited the only psychiatric facility in Kashmir. In 2015, the number had exponentially jumped to 100,000. In 2015 , in a study by Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) it was alarmingly concluded that half of all residents of the valley suffer from mental health problems. The report stated that  “1.8 million […]

    The post In the valley, beyond the unrest, young Kashmiris are building mental peace in youth through art first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  777. 12 ways you can help in Kerala Flood Relief RIGHT NOW!

  778. Thu, 16 Aug 2018

    A constant upsurge in rainfall, overflowing rivers, and frequent landslides have led to a horrific catastrophe in major regions of Kerala, with the death toll rising to 79. Services by the Southern Railways and in the Kochi Airport have been suspended for the time being and rescue operations are rampant in the area. But, every […]

    The post 12 ways you can help in Kerala Flood Relief RIGHT NOW! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  779. Guhaar: An alternative media platform that unfurled the Narmada rally beyond the valley

  780. Wed, 25 Jul 2018

    “We were going to Gujrat to attend the Rally for the Valley. Now, in an organised peaceful rally, we found the attitude of authorities towards us as immensely hostile. I felt like this was not my country; seemed like an alien land perhaps. All four of us were dragged into a police van for no […]

    The post Guhaar: An alternative media platform that unfurled the Narmada rally beyond the valley first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  781. Painting walls to resurrect ghost villages to life

  782. Mon, 16 Jul 2018

    The Wise Wall Project: Project FUEL uses its visionary concept of life lessons to bring life to the forgotten village of Khati in Uttarakhand.     Far away, on your way to the Pindhari Glacier trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, you would find the village of Khati – a cluster of huts, obliquely hidden […]

    The post Painting walls to resurrect ghost villages to life first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  783. A duo from Mumbai and 200 government school students are changing the way we learn science

  784. Tue, 26 Jun 2018

    Mumbai based organisation Universe Simplified is empowering children to create inventions that can solve pertinent problems in their community When Henna Khan was a child, she was obsessed with the seamless and unending fringes of the vast sky. She would spend all of her time wanting to know more about the stars, and galaxies and […]

    The post A duo from Mumbai and 200 government school students are changing the way we learn science first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  785. School students from villages in Rajasthan are making communities sustainable using DIY solutions 

  786. Mon, 11 Jun 2018

    An ordinary looking school, relatively small in size like most in the rural belt of Rajasthan, was experiencing a surreally extraordinary vibe. A group of kids, clustered around the corner, were tinkering with regular household materials in an attempt to build a solar powered Lamp. These lamps would come as a gleeful respite to the […]

    The post School students from villages in Rajasthan are making communities sustainable using DIY solutions  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  787. Micro yet Macro: A Micro-finance institution’s efforts to change 5000 young lives

  788. Fri, 08 Jun 2018

    “Strengthening India – one step at a time”. This phrase felt absolutely true when I visited the social activity centre of Prayas in Bhabra, Gujarat. Prayas is a micro-finance and social development NGO established in 1997. It’s vision is to have a more sustainable and equal society through social activities in villages and providing funds to […]

    The post Micro yet Macro: A Micro-finance institution’s efforts to change 5000 young lives first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  789. The Leadership 30: India’s first SDG oriented leadership program

  790. Mon, 04 Jun 2018

    A great opportunity for young individuals to become leaders to understand and spread awareness on Sustainable Development Goals

    The post The Leadership 30: India’s first SDG oriented leadership program first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshita Soni.


  791. The key for innovating a ‘young’ India lies in its rural heartland

  792. Sun, 03 Jun 2018

    In speeches, predictions, and statistics, India has been widely proclaimed as a ‘young nation’. This term has ensued because of the substantial population of young individuals in the country. According to the Census of India, 2011, the youth population (18 – 29 years) was 422 million, accounting for around 1/3rd of the total population of the […]

    The post The key for innovating a ‘young’ India lies in its rural heartland first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  793. Ima Keithel – The oldest woman run market of Asia, a vocal flux of women voices in Manipur

  794. Wed, 23 May 2018

    As I moved into the market, I began to hear an amalgam of sounds of people haggling for the goods; the women vendors griping about what happened at their home in the morning, and some groups discussing about the consistent bandhs. It was a welcoming vibe indeed! I looked at the phaneks (traditional female lower […]

    The post Ima Keithel – The oldest woman run market of Asia, a vocal flux of women voices in Manipur first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  795. 3M and CII launches the 5th edition of ‘Young Innovators Challenge Award’

  796. Mon, 21 May 2018

    3M in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry, once again brings the Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2018 for India’s youth. This is an annual online competition to identify, encourage, source and recognise the ability of young people to create new solutions to challenges of sustainability. The Challenge is searching for disruptive future ready innovations & solutions […]

    The post 3M and CII launches the 5th edition of ‘Young Innovators Challenge Award’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  797. How 500 young volunteers across India are educating 10,000 deprived children

  798. Wed, 16 May 2018

    How Gramiksha is changing the lives of deprived children and the volunteers working for them by way of education

    The post How 500 young volunteers across India are educating 10,000 deprived children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  799. A community driven initiative to educate underserved students in Belgaum District

  800. Fri, 11 May 2018

    Belgaum district in Karnataka is a panoply of villages. But, sadly, many students from these villages are struggling to survive the cut-throat competition of the current market of employability due to lack of proper education and opportunities. The villages are surrounded by farmlands of sugarcane and corns and the common occupation for the majority population […]

    The post A community driven initiative to educate underserved students in Belgaum District first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  801. How I used my basic engineering knowledge to save a man’s life mid-flight

  802. Fri, 11 May 2018

    I am Karttikeya Mangalam, a senior undergraduate in Electrical Engineering. Last semester, I was at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland as an exchange student in the Dept. of Computer Science. This incident happened in the first week of February 2018 when I was coming back from Geneva to New Delhi Via Moscow after writing my final […]

    The post How I used my basic engineering knowledge to save a man’s life mid-flight first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  803. B R Sant : An 85 year old retired scientist who is on an expedition to bring footpaths back into our lives

  804. Thu, 10 May 2018

    An octogenarian crusader Bringing Back the Footpaths

    The post B R Sant : An 85 year old retired scientist who is on an expedition to bring footpaths back into our lives first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshita Soni.


  805. An entrepreneurial train journey to unravel a new, young India!

  806. Sat, 28 Apr 2018

      India. 1.2 billion inhabitants. 29 states and 7 territories. 22 official languages and hundreds of dialects. India is the quintessential example of a pluralist country, with a wide variety of religions and cultures…but also an example of contrasts, where life is a surprising mix of tradition and modernity ; where slums are stacked next to […]

    The post An entrepreneurial train journey to unravel a new, young India! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Leena Radjibaly.


  807. An 18 year-old’s determined attempt to help underprivileged and disabled kids to topple the Checkmate of Life!

  808. Wed, 25 Apr 2018

    In Chess parlance, Checkmate is the position in which a player’s king is in check, threatened with capture, and there is no way to remove the threat. Essentially, this means that a player has potentially lost. But, this term has transcended into routine lingo to signify ‘Defeat’. But, Chess prodigy Devanshi Rathi’s initiative Project Checkmate tries to reverse the literal effect […]

    The post An 18 year-old’s determined attempt to help underprivileged and disabled kids to topple the Checkmate of Life! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  809. A girl from a deprived community turns Director and all it took was a Donated Camera

  810. Fri, 13 Apr 2018

    Two years ago, Global Shapers Community, Bhopal Hub started a project called Make a Wish Come True. The idea was simple; to do something for the children of the local community and fulfil their wishes. As a part of the project, more than 150 needy children staying at the local slums of Bhopal were given […]

    The post A girl from a deprived community turns Director and all it took was a Donated Camera first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nikita Kothari.


  811. Mind Piper: Untangling the ambiguity around mental health for the under-served population of India

  812. Tue, 10 Apr 2018

    How Mind Piper, a New Delhi based social enterprise, is using an integrated framework to address mental health issues for the underserved in India   A student from a low-income rural family was anxious about the preparation for the 12th Board examinations. He would stay fixed for hours with books, yet wouldn’t be able to […]

    The post Mind Piper: Untangling the ambiguity around mental health for the under-served population of India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  813. How a group of village women in Odisha cleaned up 2 tonnes of weed from one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia on their own

  814. Fri, 06 Apr 2018

    India is a home to a healthy lot of freshwater lakes. But, sadly, most of them have faced an impending doom either due to government apathy or because of public ignorance. One such lake, that had faced a similar fate, was the Ansupa lake of Odisha. Ansupa is the only Freshwater lake in Odisha but […]

    The post How a group of village women in Odisha cleaned up 2 tonnes of weed from one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia on their own first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  815. Story of Arunima Sinha, the girl who conquered Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg

  816. Fri, 06 Apr 2018

    The day her leg was amputated, Arunima Sinha took a pledge that many would find even difficult to comprehend. Her objective, from that day onwards, was not simply to prove her proficiency with a prosthetic leg, but was also to conquer the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest. The sense of accomplishment was […]

    The post Story of Arunima Sinha, the girl who conquered Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  817. The inspiring story of the first blind athlete to compete in the Olympics

  818. Fri, 06 Apr 2018

    Marla Runyan is an American track and field athlete, road runner and marathon runner who is the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics. She is a three-time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters. She also won four gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the long jump and the 100, […]

    The post The inspiring story of the first blind athlete to compete in the Olympics first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Visakha Mundra.


  819. A Semi-paralyzed from Kerala man proves his mettle by carving a Hill to build a 200 m Kaccha road

  820. Fri, 06 Apr 2018

    There is this unstoppable wheel, with spokes of goodness, will power and courage in it, which spins and brings forth many characters whose stories transcend time to mark its presence. It did when it turned to show Dashrath Manjhi, the mountain man of our country, who had carved a path deep through a mountain, only […]

    The post A Semi-paralyzed from Kerala man proves his mettle by carving a Hill to build a 200 m Kaccha road first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Alveena Ahmed.


  821. Two teenaged Eco crusaders who are saving every drop of waste water in restaurants in Bengaluru

  822. Fri, 23 Mar 2018

    “If you can direct one person to make a difference, you can practically help in ploughing a path for everyone to make a difference”, said Pooja, suddenly setting a profound tone within her otherwise cheery narration of co-founding a youth-driven, waste and water management initiative named ‘Why Waste?’ in Bangalore. Pooja S Tanawade and Garvita […]

    The post Two teenaged Eco crusaders who are saving every drop of waste water in restaurants in Bengaluru first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Abesh Bera.


  823. How a successful medical surgeon from Pune gave up his practice to live a medicine-free life by converting a barren land into a thick forest

  824. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    We are all aware that in today’s time, almost all the life-giving sources are majorly polluted for the sake of urbanization and development which in turn are causing several health related issues and acute diseases. From senile to toddlers, no one is spared by the devastating health impact extended by a reckless trend of consumerism […]

    The post How a successful medical surgeon from Pune gave up his practice to live a medicine-free life by converting a barren land into a thick forest first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  825. The story Pooja Mishra, an IIM C alumnus, who left the corporate jumble to establish a school for hundreds of underprivileged kids in her village of Purasi, Raebarelli

  826. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    Pooja Mishra, the eldest amongst her 3 sisters, always had her roots deeply embedded in the village of Purasi near Raebareli. But, her parents chose to educate her in Lucknow as there was no place for quality education in Purasi. She completed her schooling from a school affiliated to an International Board, pursued Engineering as […]

    The post The story Pooja Mishra, an IIM C alumnus, who left the corporate jumble to establish a school for hundreds of underprivileged kids in her village of Purasi, Raebarelli first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  827. Bukkaraya Samudram: A school in Andhra Pradesh educating differently abled children through sports and cultural engagement and encouragement

  828. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    Everyone is differently unique and uniquely different. Bukkaraya Samudram School (BKS) in Andhra Pradesh embodies this notion and employs sports and cultural activities to empower children with hearing and speech impairment. BKS was pitched in 2008 when the Rural Development Trust (RDT) commissioned the school to be a singular institution in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh which […]

    The post Bukkaraya Samudram: A school in Andhra Pradesh educating differently abled children through sports and cultural engagement and encouragement first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  829. How Promila Bahudar’s work in spreading computer literacy has empowered hundreds of rural women across Uttar Pradesh

  830. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    In 1991, India, it wasn’t usual for a 14-year old teenager to teach herself on how to use a computer. But Promila Bahadur accomplished this and what she did with this knowledge has profoundly changed the lives of many young women in a poor village just 15 kilometres from her hometown of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. […]

    The post How Promila Bahudar’s work in spreading computer literacy has empowered hundreds of rural women across Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gunjan Mishra.


  831. Stanford scientists develop new tool to reduce risk of triggering manmade earthquakes

  832. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    A new software tool can help reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes by calculating the probability that oil and gas production activities will trigger slip in nearby faults. A new, freely available software tool developed by Stanford scientists will enable energy companies and regulatory agencies to calculate the probability of triggering manmade earthquakes from […]

    The post Stanford scientists develop new tool to reduce risk of triggering manmade earthquakes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  833. Two blind brothers are leading a fashion brand to garner money for medical research

  834. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    The tagline of the cause-driven brand, Two blind brothers clothing, is “Feel the Difference” and that’s what they do – to make a difference through the feel of their clothing products. Started by two brothers and students at the University of Virginia, Bradford and Bryan Manning, the e-commerce site sells luxury casual wear and the […]

    The post Two blind brothers are leading a fashion brand to garner money for medical research first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  835. The Solar Urja Lamp (SoUL) project of IIT Bombay is creating solar entreprenuers out of semi-literate tribal women in Rajasthan

  836. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    Many villages in the Dungarpur district of Rajasthan had never seen light after sundown. Without any stable connection to the state electrical grid, they mostly resorted to Kerosene lamps. But today, the situation has changed drastically. The Solar Urja Lamp (SoUL) project – a brainchild of IIT Bombay – which was started in 2015 by […]

    The post The Solar Urja Lamp (SoUL) project of IIT Bombay is creating solar entreprenuers out of semi-literate tribal women in Rajasthan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  837. Students from a school in Assam are toiling away to make a road and toilets for the locals who are mostly low daily wage earners

  838. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    850 students of the Assam Valley School at Balipara, around 200 km northeast of Guwahati, are accomplishing what the civic bodies of there couldn’t. These students have collected and contributed over Rs.3.5 lakh, along with their own physical efforts, to pave a 90-metre road to Khelmati weekly market near Balipara on which the farmers and […]

    The post Students from a school in Assam are toiling away to make a road and toilets for the locals who are mostly low daily wage earners first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  839. A teenager’s attempt to bring light in the dejected lives of hundreds of Widows of Martyred Jawaans

  840. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    For most people, their teenage years are a swirling mixed bag of emotions and introspection. Some spend their years in uncertainty, worrying about the future, while others think about their greater purpose in life and make an effort to bring about a change in the society. And one such person with a heightened sense of […]

    The post A teenager’s attempt to bring light in the dejected lives of hundreds of Widows of Martyred Jawaans first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  841. A start-up by 3 students of Standard 10th raises an investment of Rs. 3 crores

  842. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    School was never the only means to an end for Chetanya Golechha, Mrigank Gujjar and Utsav Jain who are Class X students of Neerja Modi School in Jaipur. They always felt that they had the capacity to go beyond of what they were being taught in the conventional setup. This thirst of venturing into the […]

    The post A start-up by 3 students of Standard 10th raises an investment of Rs. 3 crores first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  843. How a group of volunteers are setting up examples of rural tourism and organic farms in Uttarakhand to inspire thousands of villagers to come back home

  844. Tue, 20 Mar 2018

    The hills are alive and maybe it is the efforts of the Green People that is keeping them alive. The mountains of Uttarakhand that are now bustling with fresh energy and a flurry of activities, are in stark contrast to how dismal the situation was just a few years ago. More than 2300 remote villages […]

    The post How a group of volunteers are setting up examples of rural tourism and organic farms in Uttarakhand to inspire thousands of villagers to come back home first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  845. How a biker duo is riding from India to Scotland to create educational, ecological & sustainable solutions for thousands along the way

  846. Mon, 19 Mar 2018

    After meeting in a Pune artist residency, Ben Reid-Howells, a peace educator and Kumar Prashant, an Indian upcycling artist decided to sell everything they owned and embarked on a journey of motorcycle travel from India to Scotland—one motherland to another. Aptly titled Vasudhaiva Ride, during the journey, the duo decided to carry out a series […]

    The post How a biker duo is riding from India to Scotland to create educational, ecological & sustainable solutions for thousands along the way first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vasudhaiva Ride.


  847. How a couple is creating employment for mental illness survivors using a cup of tea

  848. Thu, 15 Mar 2018

    “Understanding of Mental disability is virtually non-existent. Even in the hierarchy of disability, Mental Illness gains the lowest rung. Society needs to have provisions for accommodation and adaptation for the mentally disabled.” says Ambareen Abdullah who has always loved to know people closely. Be it the days of her graduation in Psychology or the Masters […]

    The post How a couple is creating employment for mental illness survivors using a cup of tea first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tannison Mathews.


  849. Sarbjeet Singh “Vella Bobby” – The selfless man from Shimla

  850. Mon, 12 Mar 2018

    Sarbjeet Singh lives a happy, normal life in the calm hills of Shimla. And if we just stuck on to appearances, we would probably stash away Sarbjeet as just another face in the crowd. But, Sarbjeet is not your regular next door Joe. It all began in 2007 when Sarbjeet Singh started operating a free-of-cost […]

    The post Sarbjeet Singh “Vella Bobby” – The selfless man from Shimla first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  851. 9 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees NOW

  852. Thu, 01 Mar 2018

    LIST CURATED VIA GLOBAL CITIZEN Donate to International Red Cross The International Red Cross is standing at the ready to help Syrians still trapped in Eastern Aleppo. You can support their efforts to treat the wounded, make sure children are properly fed and cared for, and to get people to safety as quickly as possible […]

    The post 9 Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees NOW first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  853. When Hollywood stars and Internet celebs used Social Media to raise $1 million to help end the hunger crisis for 6 million Somali nationals

  854. Wed, 28 Feb 2018

    “This is the story of what can happen when the power of social media is leveraged for something good,” said popular YouTuber and Filmmaker Casey Neistat in a recent video explaining how prominent social media artists and celebrities can harness their social media status and popularity to bring about a good change. It all started […]

    The post When Hollywood stars and Internet celebs used Social Media to raise $1 million to help end the hunger crisis for 6 million Somali nationals first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  855. Popular musician and rapper Chance would be donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools

  856. Wed, 28 Feb 2018

    Popular musician and rapper Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, revealed in the month of March that he would be donating a total of $1 million to numerous Chicago Public Schools. The rapper made the announcement during a news conference at Westcott Elementary School, which sits a few blocks away from where he […]

    The post Popular musician and rapper Chance would be donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  857. Famous NBA player donated $1,000 for every point and assist he made during a match to help people affected by the New Orleans Tornado

  858. Wed, 28 Feb 2018

    A severe tornado ravaged the lives of thousands of residents of New Orleans in Mid-February 2017, taking away numerous lives and damaging millions of dollars’ worth of property. The New Orleans Pelicans’ point-back Jrue Holiday was extremely moved and traumatised by the catastrophe. As a personal effort to ease the pain of the victims he […]

    The post Famous NBA player donated $1,000 for every point and assist he made during a match to help people affected by the New Orleans Tornado first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  859. How Lee Duck Hee defeated his hearing impairment to become the 2nd highest ranked player in the under-18 category

  860. Thu, 15 Feb 2018

    Lee Duck Hee, the 143rd best tennis player in the world, and the 2nd highest ranked professional in the 18-and-under category, was diagnosed deaf when he was only 2 years old. Instead of whining for days and staying put, his parents bravely researched for a place where he can be properly educated. The main criteria […]

    The post How Lee Duck Hee defeated his hearing impairment to become the 2nd highest ranked player in the under-18 category first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  861. Wheeliz – Uber for Disabled – A company in Paris is providing accessibility to individuals on Wheelchairs

  862. Tue, 13 Feb 2018

    Charlotte de Vilmorin from Paris spent most of her life in a wheelchair, struggling to find accessibility in every nook and corner she visited. It was during such a trip to Florida that she realised it was almost impossible for people with disabilities to use public transport. This was a testament to the fact that […]

    The post Wheeliz – Uber for Disabled – A company in Paris is providing accessibility to individuals on Wheelchairs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  863. Two differently abled girls from SOS Village Bhopal will represent India in the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria

  864. Sat, 10 Feb 2018

    Sports play an integral role in developing a cohesiveness and mental sharpness for any individual, playing any game. Especially, for those suffering from a mental or physical disability, sports can help them in going much beyond cohesiveness and can help them in gaining a new life. Two girls, Vidushi and Kiran, from the SOS Children’s […]

    The post Two differently abled girls from SOS Village Bhopal will represent India in the 2017 Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  865. A yatra to encapsulate Kabir for a new age

  866. Thu, 08 Feb 2018

    For the last 10 years, Malwa Kabir Yatra has been carrying musicians, listeners, travelers, seekers, nomads, old, young, rich and poor together at the same time, on the same path to inspire people from various demographic diversities. Scooched in between thousands of people where boundaries of rich and poor seem to fade away, when consciousness […]

    The post A yatra to encapsulate Kabir for a new age first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  867. How a youngster initiated change in the society by instigating constitutional literacy in his home first

  868. Mon, 05 Feb 2018

    Rohit, a youth facilitator, decided that instead of spreading awareness on the constitution to others, why not begin it with his own family first. He shared the concept of the public initiative, Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project designed by ComMutiny – The Youth Collective (CYC) with his father and made him perform tasks as a […]

    The post How a youngster initiated change in the society by instigating constitutional literacy in his home first first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshika Maheshwari.


  869. How rural girls from Gujarat are living the constitution through social action tasks

  870. Mon, 05 Feb 2018

    Girls from Serisha village in Gujarat are helping in the betterment of their community and breaking their orthodox cages by playing simple games that help them understand the constitution. Bhavik Sharma, a graduate in Gujrati Literature, first started working in the field of education when he joined Sauhard – a non-profit organization from Ahmedabad working […]

    The post How rural girls from Gujarat are living the constitution through social action tasks first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  871. How young changemakers in MP are working to spread constitutional literacy

  872. Thu, 01 Feb 2018

    In an exclusive conversation, Key members of Synergy Sanstha, Anhad Pravah, Bharat Calling and Agrini talk about their take on constitutional literacy and the steps they have taken for its implementation with ComMutiny – The Youth Collective’s Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project Even as we celebrate India’s rich diversity and plurality, we need to sit […]

    The post How young changemakers in MP are working to spread constitutional literacy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  873. A platform unveiling the immense creative potentials of 500 underprivileged children, ‘Makkala Raaga’

  874. Wed, 31 Jan 2018

    To bring forth the talents of those whose potentials otherwise remain hidden behind rags of dust, filth, discomfort and unrest, Makkala Jagriti, an NGO working with children and youth from the underprivileged communities, is holding an event ‘Makkala Raaga’, at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall in Bengaluru on February 2nd, 2018. The event marks the 15th year […]

    The post A platform unveiling the immense creative potentials of 500 underprivileged children, ‘Makkala Raaga’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  875. Village In Punjab to Displays Women’s Name on Their Nameplates

  876. Sun, 28 Jan 2018

    Recently, Himmatpura, a small village in Bathinda district of Punjab, took a different step towards empowering the women in their village. The 350 residents of the village, reversed the state-wide trend of displaying the male member’s name on the House Number plates and now, proudly adorn their houses with the names, mobile numbers of the […]

    The post Village In Punjab to Displays Women’s Name on Their Nameplates first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  877. A Pune-based couple’s attempt to revive and rejuvenate the perception of Hindustani classical music for the masses

  878. Sun, 28 Jan 2018

    Picture a group of children in your next door urban setup. These children are extremely hardworking and are already conscious about their career and further education. They see scientists like Einstein to entrepreneurs like Bill Gates as their inspiration and rightly so, want to be successful like them. Somehow their dreams circle around the path […]

    The post A Pune-based couple’s attempt to revive and rejuvenate the perception of Hindustani classical music for the masses first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Niveditha Purushothaman.


  879. All women team of Indian Navy create History

  880. Wed, 24 Jan 2018

    Marking a proud moment for India, Navy’s all women team of Six members set sail to one of the most  dangerous sea terrains on earth.Last week they crossed the Cape Horn, located in the Tierra del Fuego islands near the southern tip of South America. This 1391 foot high headland is also dubbed as “The […]

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    | Author: Anjila Qureshi.


  881. A fundamental GAME to achieve a GOAL for communal peace and harmony

  882. Mon, 22 Jan 2018

    Siraj from Titagarh, West Bengal organised a friendly football, under ComMutiny – The Youth Collective’s Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project, with people from various religious and communal groups to create a bridge for a new dialogue of peace. Football is a term that most of us might be familiar with. The sport is not only […]

    The post A fundamental GAME to achieve a GOAL for communal peace and harmony first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  883. When a 13-year-old re-wrote the preamble to make others inclusive towards her fellow, minority, school mates

  884. Mon, 22 Jan 2018

    The Youth Collective’s Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project, 13-year-old Diksha encapsulated the values of our constitution by making a more inclusive preamble for her school mates in a tribal district in Madhya Pradesh. Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project is a nationwide initiative designed and anchored by ComMutiny – The Youth Collective (CYC), in collaboration with […]

    The post When a 13-year-old re-wrote the preamble to make others inclusive towards her fellow, minority, school mates first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshika Maheshwari.


  885. When a college lecturer left the pen for the broom and cleaned a 16th century heritage site

  886. Sun, 21 Jan 2018

    Under ComMutiny – The Youth collective’s Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project, Gayatri and Pradip lived the constitution through the social action task of cleaning a archaeologically important 16th century coastal fort in Arnala, Maharashtra The Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan initiated by the NDA government has covered a large part of the country by motivating people to […]

    The post When a college lecturer left the pen for the broom and cleaned a 16th century heritage site first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Akshada Bhise.


  887. Leaving behind an impoverished upbringing to create street plays & awareness sessions on women equality & safety

  888. Sat, 20 Jan 2018

    Saloni, with her friends, understood their constitutional rights and duties by convincing the People of Harda to educate their daughters under the Samvidhan Live! The Jagrik Project public initiative by ComMutiny – The Youth Collective Saloni had lived in a slum her whole life. She saw mothers of her friends working as house maids. She […]

    The post Leaving behind an impoverished upbringing to create street plays & awareness sessions on women equality & safety first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Akshada Bhise.


  889. Lost & Found in Translation: How a linguistic start-up Chatter Box is helping hundreds of Refugees in London

  890. Fri, 19 Jan 2018

    Where there is will, there is a way. However, for the refugees, despite the absence of a way, their will remains persistent. This statement mirrors the situation for almost every refugee across the globe. Mursal Hedayat, an Economics graduate, came to the United Kingdom at the mere age of four as an Afghan refugee along […]

    The post Lost & Found in Translation: How a linguistic start-up Chatter Box is helping hundreds of Refugees in London first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrija Ganguly.


  891. A waterless toilet by a team at MIT to achieve healthy sanitary conditions for millions for refugees

  892. Fri, 19 Jan 2018

    Today, most of the Middle Eastern strata is in a deadly gamut of war and death. And with this incessant increase of war, there is a wide increase in the number of people affected by it. Many Middle Eastern and European countries are facing an exponential rise of refugees everyday on their doorsteps. A temporary […]

    The post A waterless toilet by a team at MIT to achieve healthy sanitary conditions for millions for refugees first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Alveena Ahmed.


  893. Science Ashram: An Ashram grooming and producing entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and artists of tomorrow

  894. Fri, 19 Jan 2018

    In the world of constant approval and competition, there resides a place, where all the young minds are wired and rewired off the tangibility of the preexisting norms of the society. Such a seclusion is called Science Ashram. Science Ashram is an unique hands-on science learning centre where children learn the concepts of science by […]

    The post Science Ashram: An Ashram grooming and producing entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and artists of tomorrow first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  895. The Story Sharath Gayakwad: A Record breaking para-athlete, a coach and an entrepreneur

  896. Fri, 19 Jan 2018

    Sharath Gayakwad  has come a long way. From being forced into learning a life-saving skill to falling in love with that sport and earning record breaking medals for the country. Yes, Sharath became the first Indian to win six medals in a multi-disciplinary sport event at the Asian Para-games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014 […]

    The post The Story Sharath Gayakwad: A Record breaking para-athlete, a coach and an entrepreneur first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  897. Auto Rickshaw Driver’s Daughter Clears Indian Economic Service Exam With Flying Colours

  898. Fri, 19 Jan 2018

    AIR 8 Megha Arora from Agra proves by action that if determined enough, one will find ways to do things despite odds. Dreams begin where accomplishments halt. It is believed that children follow their parents’ footsteps and their growth stagnates once they reach the accomplishment of their parents. However, Megha Arora, the daughter of an […]

    The post Auto Rickshaw Driver’s Daughter Clears Indian Economic Service Exam With Flying Colours first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  899. This 16 year old dreams to be the CEO of Google, here’s why we believe he can.

  900. Wed, 17 Jan 2018

    Kunal Chandiramani, a 16 year old from Bhopal is a programmer in practice and an innovator at heart. Kunal has two successful start-ups as of now and has won 9 awards in total for his coding skills, the most prestigious being the National level Ethical Hacker Award, IIT Bombay. Pulled by his inquisitiveness on how […]

    The post This 16 year old dreams to be the CEO of Google, here’s why we believe he can. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  901. How one initiative bridged the lives of two youngsters and a starving family in a remote village of Rajasthan

  902. Tue, 16 Jan 2018

    In this world of deep rooted cynicism, hatred and negativity, it is rare to find a ray of hope, passion and love. But there are still some stories which still makes us believe in the power of humanity and empathy and rekindles our hope in the society. It is even more heartwarming when youngsters come together to create […]

    The post How one initiative bridged the lives of two youngsters and a starving family in a remote village of Rajasthan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshika Maheshwari.


  903. Happy Naari: Bhopal Becomes The First Railway Station In India To Install Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

  904. Sun, 14 Jan 2018

    An initiative by the Madhya Pradesh Railway Authorities and Aarushi for Maintenance of Menstrual Hygiene among women. The New Year indeed began on a happy note for the women at Bhopal Railway Station when a Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine was installed and inaugurated on the 1st of January. Bhopal became the first ever city in […]

    The post Happy Naari: Bhopal Becomes The First Railway Station In India To Install Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Akshada Bhise.


  905. A Labour’s IITian son establishes an NGO for the underprivileged students

  906. Mon, 08 Jan 2018

    For Brijesh Saroj, the son of a daily wage worker in Uttar Pradesh, getting into IIT was a dream come true. Many youngsters get busy with their personal lives  once they achieve their dream. But Brijesh was different,  he has decided to pay back by taking care of the current underprivileged students. Brijesh came to […]

    The post A Labour’s IITian son establishes an NGO for the underprivileged students first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  907. Once saved from child marriage, this 15 year old is saving many others from the same

  908. Sat, 06 Jan 2018

    It was never easy to change stereotypes, but this girl did not settle for anything less. According to a report by the United nations,India comes second in the number of,child marriages.However,15 year old Priya Jangid, from Alwar is determined to remove this name from the list. She has made a considerable contribution to the field […]

    The post Once saved from child marriage, this 15 year old is saving many others from the same first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anjila Qureshi.


  909. From under the flyover to the land of fairies

  910. Fri, 22 Dec 2017

    Settling in the forward rows of the auditorium, our hands clasped in amazement, our mouths wide open in awe – all because of the scene being re – enacted in front of us. The production – the classic tale of Cinderella – though familiar was unfolding in a seemingly unfamiliar fashion – especially due to […]

    The post From under the flyover to the land of fairies first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  911. A modern compass for traditions – The New age Sarpanch of India

  912. Tue, 12 Dec 2017

    Ankit Ashok Bhai Shah (Montu Bhai to his people) is a 36 years old ‘Modern Sarpanch’ from Pavi Jetpur Gram Panchayat of Chota Udepur district whose philosophy of governance is simple. It is about access to services and opportunities to improve the quality of life for people without uprooting them from their traditional base. Start […]

    The post A modern compass for traditions – The New age Sarpanch of India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Vision India Foundation.


  913. 50 fractures in 26 years of existence and he still finds a way to keep thousands inspired

  914. Thu, 30 Nov 2017

    The day Kaustuv was born, his parents’, Kaushik & Shila Dasgupta, happiness was painfully overwhelmed by a stark shock. That day they came to know that their son was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disease. A disease that can lead to bones breaking in the fashion of how easily a […]

    The post 50 fractures in 26 years of existence and he still finds a way to keep thousands inspired first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshika Maheshwari.


  915. How cartoons are changing the landscape of education in rural Bihar

  916. Wed, 29 Nov 2017

    “Home is where the story begins. When I start something, it should be in my home state.” With this thought, the journey of Surya Prakash – an IIT Bombay alumnus – of educating the children in Gopalganj district in rural Bihar in the most effective ways started. After interacting with many school children, he realised […]

    The post How cartoons are changing the landscape of education in rural Bihar first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  917. A school, under a flyover, in New Delhi is transforming the lives of hundreds of deprived children

  918. Mon, 27 Nov 2017

    A first year college dropout from Aligarh, Rajesh Sharma lives in Delhi with his family and owns a small grocery shop. Born and brought up in difficult circumstances, Rajesh had to give up his dream of acquiring higher education as his family could not afford to pay his fees and the college was located at […]

    The post A school, under a flyover, in New Delhi is transforming the lives of hundreds of deprived children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  919. Agaaz-e-Baatcheet: An initiation for FAITHful conversations

  920. Thu, 16 Nov 2017

    “We have to sit down, have a meal together, pray together and then actually talk together. Then we realize that, yes, although we have some differences they are not impassable differences.”  ~ Pauline Tangiora Tangiora’s words resonate louder than ever in the world we live in today. The relevance of these words has grown visibly over the last few decades that have seen ethnic, racial and religious conflicts spreading fear, discord, and violence across the globe. India, also, is home to diverse religions, cultures, […]

    The post Agaaz-e-Baatcheet: An initiation for FAITHful conversations first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Rubaroo.


  921. Community radios in Odisha help improve gender parity

  922. Sat, 04 Nov 2017

    Broadcasting programs on gender inequality and against stigmas suffered by women in Odisha, community radio stations have effected a positive change in rural communities where girls are still the ignored population As news of rampant female feticide in the Nayagarh district of Odisha broke in July 2017, it shocked Usha Patnaik, a social activist and […]

    The post Community radios in Odisha help improve gender parity first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Village Square.


  923. Making the world a better place – One video at a time

  924. Fri, 03 Nov 2017

    YouTube videos go viral and spread their message to a global audience. There are some creators who are using this platform for good! When you think of viral YouTube videos, your mind will probably veer towards the likes of Dhinchak Pooja, Omprakash Mishra, and Taher Shah. While the Internet is full of such mindless content, […]

    The post Making the world a better place – One video at a time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Media Konnect.


  925. Transgender Armenians stitch and sew their way out of prejudice

  926. Wed, 01 Nov 2017

    Armenia is one of the least LGBT-friendly countries in Europe YEREVAN, Oct 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When she was 14, Lilit Martirosyan decided she wanted to start earning money for herself. But finding a normal job was complicated – employers didn’t like the way she looked. So, like many transgender women in Armenia, she […]

    The post Transgender Armenians stitch and sew their way out of prejudice first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  927. Today’s Meerabai quenches thirst in Rajasthan villages

  928. Mon, 30 Oct 2017

    Stepping into an all-male preserve, mechanic Meerabai Meena of Padoona village in Udaipur district traverses hilly terrain every day, repairing hand pumps to ensure safe drinking water for residents in five villages Padoona village in Udaipur district of Rajasthan is nestled in the Aravalli mountain range. Though quite close to Udaipur city, the district headquarters, […]

    The post Today’s Meerabai quenches thirst in Rajasthan villages first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Village Square.


  929. How 3 Teenagers from Bengaluru are (STRIVE)ing hard for environmental preservation

  930. Wed, 25 Oct 2017

    If a few conscious young minds can make significant impacts in the conservation of our environment, imagine what an ocean of such cognizance of youngsters will be capable of. In the day and age, we are living in, a natural crisis has been sought whereby through humanity’s mindless activities, mother earth and its resources are […]

    The post How 3 Teenagers from Bengaluru are (STRIVE)ing hard for environmental preservation first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  931. 50,000 inspired for a New Swacch Bharat | The Optimist Citizen

  932. Wed, 11 Oct 2017

    Digital media agency Gozoop has started the campaign Swacchta #ForNewIndia to lead people to take seemingly small tasks of cleanliness for a larger impact. Recently, Honourable Prime minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, held a session called ‘Champions Of Change’ where he invited young CEOs and entrepreneurs to become a part of policy making and using […]

    The post 50,000 inspired for a New Swacch Bharat | The Optimist Citizen first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshika Maheshwari.


  933. New Delhi gets India’s first ATM that creates drinking water out of thin air!

  934. Tue, 10 Oct 2017

    Connaught Place in New Delhi, with its concentric structure and Georgian style buildings, can easily be called the heart of the city. People stand in long queues and muscle through crowds to check out a new shop, an apparel store, a milkshake stand, get reservation at a new restaurant or even try out a new […]

    The post New Delhi gets India’s first ATM that creates drinking water out of thin air! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  935. In Gandhi’s Gujarat, potters keep shine on Hindu-Muslim amity

  936. Mon, 02 Oct 2017

    Every morning, Rehman Sumra of Kheralu village in Mehsana district rummages through his wares, salvaging whatever he can, packing them for his annual journey to work. Each passing day brings increased anxiety to the Muslim potter who, like his fellow potters, was hit the worst by the most recent floods in Gujarat. “With the rains having […]

    The post In Gandhi’s Gujarat, potters keep shine on Hindu-Muslim amity first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  937. When two 17-year old girls from Delhi brought access of clean water to slum dwellers

  938. Mon, 18 Sep 2017

    Manya Kalra and Sana Kharbanda from The Shri Ram School in Delhi managed to raise Rs. 4 lakh to install non-electric water purifiers in the homes of slum dwellers. We often take the availability of clean drinking water in our homes for granted. But, the elixir of life is often a scarce commodity in the […]

    The post When two 17-year old girls from Delhi brought access of clean water to slum dwellers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  939. College students in Andhra Pradesh using creative programs to give government school students a heads up for life

  940. Mon, 11 Sep 2017

    In an excessively ambitious era, our pursuit of ‘success’ leaves behind a week comprising of a hefty schedule, with the weekend being the only glimmer of hope that we hold on before every Monday. And yet, there are a group of college students in the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh, utilizing their weekends to bring […]

    The post College students in Andhra Pradesh using creative programs to give government school students a heads up for life first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Parthabi Kanungo.


  941. Stones2Milestones: A Indian start-up that is working to create a nation of readers

  942. Mon, 11 Sep 2017

    A little girl of grade one couldn’t read simple words and usually ended up copying the question instead of the answer, as an attempt to cover her embarrassment. Two adorable kindergarten kids couldn’t read or recognize alphabets when they entered the senior kindergarten of their school. Although, the examples represent seemingly harmless mistakes done by […]

    The post Stones2Milestones: A Indian start-up that is working to create a nation of readers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Alveena Ahmed.


  943. When a teenager from Delhi help built playgrounds and libraries for hundreds of underprivileged kids in rural Leh

  944. Tue, 05 Sep 2017

    Ananya Saluja is a senior in The Shri Ram School in Haryana who is busy studying for her board examinations. Post that, she wants to pursue Psychology as a subject for her Bachelors Degree. She has also been writing on her blog “Ananya Learns to Julley” and where she eloquently chronicles her summers spent in […]

    The post When a teenager from Delhi help built playgrounds and libraries for hundreds of underprivileged kids in rural Leh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Abesh Bera.


  945. How a team of young marketers are working for the greater good, 1SmallStep at a time

  946. Sat, 02 Sep 2017

    The 1SmallStep Foundation has successfully executed 35-40 projects including distribution of high quality raincoats to 600 children suffering from cancer to raising money for the education of 120 students in a village. A somewhat stereotypical representation of Marketers has been that of a bunch of individuals who sit in a room discussing the right marketing […]

    The post How a team of young marketers are working for the greater good, 1SmallStep at a time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Reshmi Nair.


  947. Sally Holkar from the Holkar Royal family of Indore is ‘weaving’ stable lives for hundreds of women

  948. Thu, 20 Jul 2017

    Sally Holkar’s work with Women Weave has supported hundreds of women weavers and provided them with cutting edge training to rekindle Traditional Handloom weaving. The moment you lay your eyes upon Sally Holkar, her wandering gaze and a warm smile firmly establish her grace. Although, a “foreigner” if looking from a crude perspective, Sally Holkar […]

    The post Sally Holkar from the Holkar Royal family of Indore is ‘weaving’ stable lives for hundreds of women first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  949. A physicist who transformed the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children from minority communities of Gujarat

  950. Thu, 20 Jul 2017

    Education is a significant tool that empowers and enlightens an individual. Unfortunately, even though it is pronounced to be the birth right of every citizen of the world, a monumental proportion has been deprived of it. Nevertheless, there are many who dedicate their efforts to extend education to the destitute and give opportunities to those […]

    The post A physicist who transformed the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children from minority communities of Gujarat first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  951. Pune based software Engineer is making sanitary hygiene affordable for rural women

  952. Tue, 18 Jul 2017

    For a woman in a well-developed urban location in India, getting a hygienic sanitary napkin when she menstruates is not even a considerable question. Geeta Bora, who herself was far from difficult circumstances, noticed these harsh realities. Geeta Bora, a software engineer by profession, did her Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science in India and […]

    The post Pune based software Engineer is making sanitary hygiene affordable for rural women first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  953. The story of Deepa Malik: An Arjuna awardee who overcame 3 spinal surgeries, 183 stitches between her shoulder bones and a spinal tumour to win a silver medal at Rio Paralympics

  954. Sat, 15 Jul 2017

    For Deepa Malik, life has never been able to pose an obstacle that could dim her spirit. Brought up in a family of Army personnel and wife to an armed forces officer, she was accustomed to overcoming challenges that the vast majority of us can’t even think of. She experienced 3 spinal surgeries and got […]

    The post The story of Deepa Malik: An Arjuna awardee who overcame 3 spinal surgeries, 183 stitches between her shoulder bones and a spinal tumour to win a silver medal at Rio Paralympics first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  955. The story of popular Blues artist Kanchan Daniels and her HAPPY fight against Cancer

  956. Sat, 15 Jul 2017

    Appearances are deceptive. This holds true for its associated sense of physical appearance and something that goes beyond the regular meaning as well; the power of humans to camouflage their struggles by wearing their best smiles and their sense of a never die attitude. The aforementioned words can be called a snippet showcasing the life […]

    The post The story of popular Blues artist Kanchan Daniels and her HAPPY fight against Cancer first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  957. The generosity of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is redefining philanthropy for popular athletes

  958. Fri, 14 Jul 2017

    What in the world is ours? It is but everyone’s and Colin Kaepernick is a man who believes in this pristine dogma of sharing. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has generously donated a part of his massive sneaker collection to homeless shelters and orphanages in the Bay Area, as shown in a video posted on Instagram […]

    The post The generosity of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is redefining philanthropy for popular athletes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  959. How a corporate professional is using the unique sport of stand-up paddle-boarding to spread the message of a clean Ganges

  960. Fri, 14 Jul 2017

    The planet is governed with the blue seas, green flora and the omnipresent soil. Although the most beautiful, but they are also the most vulnerable aspects of our natural habitat and this vulnerability is aggravated by reckless human intervention. M Kumaran, a corporate professional, took a 3 month sabbatical from his job to pursue his […]

    The post How a corporate professional is using the unique sport of stand-up paddle-boarding to spread the message of a clean Ganges first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  961. A 19-year-old engineering student is using his pocket money to serve the dejected of the society

  962. Fri, 14 Jul 2017

    Ribhu Mukherjee of Mumbai is your regular 19 year old. Studying for an engineering degree at Symbiosis International University, Pune, he is extremely enthusiastic like many his age. He studies hard and harbors hobbies like travelling, writing, sketching and music. But, what sets Ribhu apart is that beyond his study and interests, he spends his […]

    The post A 19-year-old engineering student is using his pocket money to serve the dejected of the society first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  963. The Blanket Project: Spreading warmth for thousands who are fighting the brutality of a harsh winter

  964. Thu, 13 Jul 2017

    Mohamad Farukh, majored in Engineering and pursued his Masters in International Development from the University of Manchester. After coming back to India, he felt a strong need for a citizen based and volunteer-based participation system of response in times of a natural catastrophe. With that thought in mind, he started Rapid Response, an Emergency and […]

    The post The Blanket Project: Spreading warmth for thousands who are fighting the brutality of a harsh winter first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  965. Paperfuge: A low cost, hand powered centrifuge based on the concept of a whirligig toy

  966. Wed, 12 Jul 2017

    We all remember a Whirligig toy. A simple toy made out of paper, twine and plastic that can be played with endless joy for as long as we wanted. But, what if we were to reveal that this toy can have capabilities much beyond our comprehension? Capabilities that can help in detecting diseases and in […]

    The post Paperfuge: A low cost, hand powered centrifuge based on the concept of a whirligig toy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Niveditha Purushothaman.


  967. India’s First boarding school for transgenders Launched In Kochi

  968. Tue, 11 Jul 2017

    Sahaj International School is India’s first residential transgender school in Kochi. It was inaugurated by transgender rights activists and artist Kalki Subramaniam on 30th December, 2016.This school is a pioneering initiative to curb the existing taboo in the society surrounding transgenders and to enhance the quality of life for them by providing them quality education. […]

    The post India’s First boarding school for transgenders Launched In Kochi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  969. Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre devise a method to cheaply desalinate sea water and produce 6.3 million litres of water everyday

  970. Tue, 11 Jul 2017

    In the backdrop of water crisis and drought that hit almost 13 states across India, scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have come up with a solution to help us grapple with this crisis with the help of desalination of sea water. This is being achieved by a desalination plant, situated at Kalpakkam […]

    The post Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre devise a method to cheaply desalinate sea water and produce 6.3 million litres of water everyday first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Arushi Chadha.


  971. How a teacher disrupted the existing math curriculum in schools with the Mathnasium model of teaching

  972. Mon, 10 Jul 2017

    What happens when a passionate teacher with an innovative teaching idea goes above and beyond his classroom? He disrupts the educational landscape of his city. Mathnasium, an idea that was conceived and created by Larry Martinek, from Los Angeles, who spent 40+ years designing, developing, and refining the approach based on his extensive teaching experience. […]

    The post How a teacher disrupted the existing math curriculum in schools with the Mathnasium model of teaching first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Niveditha Purushothaman.


  973. Divya Nayan: A text-to-speech device that can become a new light for the visually impaired

  974. Mon, 10 Jul 2017

    This year has indeed been path breaking for the technological innovations that came in to solve the problems of the visually impaired. And one such innovation has been brought forward by the Chandigarh based Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO). They have developed a reading machine for the visually impaired, called the “Divya Nayan”, which can […]

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    | Author: Shrija Ganguly.


  975. 12th grader Bengaluru girl gets a planet named after her, through a research project

  976. Mon, 03 Jul 2017

    Sahithi Pingali just wanted to research about water pollutants destroying the natural water bodies of Bengaluru. This led her to conduct a research and present her paper at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), world’s largest pre-college science exhibition. Post this, her life changed. She couldn’t believe that, what started as a research […]

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    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  977. Bhopal’s Habibganj railway station to become India’s first private railway station

  978. Mon, 03 Jul 2017

    Habibganj Railway Station will once again create history. India’s first ISO 9001 certified railway station will now also become the country’s first private railway station. Habibganj Railway Station, a railway station in the suburbs of Bhopal will ideate a new concept for railway stations in India. Getting renovated under a public-private partnership (PPP), people will […]

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    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  979. India’s first Digital Sanitary Pads Bank established in Mumbai

  980. Mon, 03 Jul 2017

    Every girl deserves the right to live a natural, safe and hygienic life. Though this might sound shocking but in India, many women don’t have the access to sanitary napkins and they are still considered as a privilege by many. May 29th 2017, saw the birth of an initiative that can prove to be a massive […]

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    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  981. How a Mumbai based start-up is bringing art to everyone and changing the way they socialize

  982. Sat, 01 Jul 2017

    Art has always been utilized as a medium of expression. May it be a prehistoric cave painting, medieval masterpieces or pop art, art has always expressed the opinion of an era by just a stroke of the brush. But even today Art, specifically painting, is considered to be the forte of an ARTIST and not […]

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    | Author: Shrija Ganguly.


  983. Dramebazz: An organization which is using the art of theatre to change the lives of hundreds of impoverished children

  984. Fri, 23 Jun 2017

    Prasanth Nori and Soumya Kavi founded Dramebazz in 2015 in Hyderabad. It utilizes the art of Theatre to bridge the gap between what children learn in classrooms and the skills required to make practical use of that knowledge in real life. Through theatre, Dramebazz aims to inculcate four life skills in students – Problem-solving, collaboration, […]

    The post Dramebazz: An organization which is using the art of theatre to change the lives of hundreds of impoverished children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  985. 71-year-old Noida resident’s 20 year long journey of teaching street children

  986. Thu, 22 Jun 2017

    71-year-old Meena Nijhawan from Noida started teaching four children, who were living on the streets, in a small garage. She never had a faint comprehension that this small garage with these four innocent children would change her life and lives of thousands of children. “Since I hail from an army background, the urge to serve […]

    The post 71-year-old Noida resident’s 20 year long journey of teaching street children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Smile Foundation.


  987. How a group of NRI’s from US is tying the knots of digital learning in villages

  988. Tue, 20 Jun 2017

    “I was asked to teach for an hour. The students were so enthusiastic to learn that I ended up teaching for up to three hours! ”, says Hemanth, a volunteer with AP Government’s digital training programme. Besides being well-informed, India’s youth today is also sensitive to issues and harbors a keen desire to give back […]

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    | Author: Shreeya Arora.


  989. SETU – A Bridge for the artists of dying traditional art forms

  990. Mon, 19 Jun 2017

    A blend of diverse cultures and art forms practiced in different communities in India indeed makes it one of the most vibrant and colourful nations in the world. Be it embroidery, painting, wood carving, stone carving, sculpturing, India has traditionally been a heritage of craft and art forms and immensely creative and talented artists. If […]

    The post SETU – A Bridge for the artists of dying traditional art forms first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  991. A ‘profitable’ sandwich shop chain that gives away every penny of profit to tackle social problems

  992. Sat, 17 Jun 2017

    Alice Thompson was an events student at the Queen Margaret University when just in a span of two years she realised that mere studying will not help her accomplish her goals and hence left to join with Capital Events as an intern. At the same time, Josh was looking for an intern who would join […]

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    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  993. A single mom’s determined upbringing in China helped her son with cerebral palsy reach Harvard Law School

  994. Thu, 15 Jun 2017

    A new born always brings happiness and the lives of his parents and a feeling of contentment and peace to everyone around. But, this did not happen when Ding Ding was born. He was born with celebral palsy due to a complication during his birth. The doctors in Hubei province, China predicted at the time […]

    The post A single mom’s determined upbringing in China helped her son with cerebral palsy reach Harvard Law School first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ayushi Jain.


  995. A company using trash to empower Kabadi wallahs and to contribute to various social causes

  996. Wed, 14 Jun 2017

    Economic stability, occupational shaming, cleanliness and a sensitized society are some of the most important goals for any country and the efforts of an individual in achieving these goals go a long way. Paperman, a Chennai based company founded in 2010, believes in contributing for the successful achievement of these goals. In a span of […]

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    | Author: Ishita Lohani.


  997. A soul search of a student from Delhi University led him to start an unconventional school in Kherwara village, Rajasthan

  998. Fri, 09 Jun 2017

    Life for Rahul Dubey always seemed like a mixed bag of interactions and experiences. Growing up in a family with ties to the army, he moved around a lot. After getting a taste of various cities and numerous schools, he landed up at Delhi University to complete a degree in Mathematics. “I have always followed […]

    The post A soul search of a student from Delhi University led him to start an unconventional school in Kherwara village, Rajasthan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  999. Affordable emergency medical rooms and services at western and central Railway platforms started, as ordered by the Bombay HC

  1000. Thu, 08 Jun 2017

    Recently, the Bombay High Court made a welcoming move by ordering the railways to consider setting up medical centers on railway stations that are close to accident prone spots on the Western and Central railway routes. This praiseworthy decision of the Bombay High Court was made after information accessed through the Right to Information act […]

    The post Affordable emergency medical rooms and services at western and central Railway platforms started, as ordered by the Bombay HC first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Alveena Ahmed.


  1001. Kerala government to distribute sanitary pads and install vending machines in all schools, under the ‘She Pad’ scheme

  1002. Thu, 08 Jun 2017

    Every woman has a right to a clean, healthy and hygienic life. But, sadly, a major chunk of the female demographic of our nation has been distantly lacking a hygienic lifestyle. The status of their hygiene decreases exponentially when it comes to their menstrual cycles. Unavailability and costly price structure of mainstream sanitary pads often coerce women […]

    The post Kerala government to distribute sanitary pads and install vending machines in all schools, under the ‘She Pad’ scheme first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1003. Painting for peace: Using arts and games in Nagaland to engage youth into discussions and to disengage them from violence

  1004. Wed, 07 Jun 2017

    The Union Home Ministry, in a notification issued on 30th December 2016, invoked the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for another six months, stating that the area comprising the whole of the state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of Armed Forces in aid of the civil […]

    The post Painting for peace: Using arts and games in Nagaland to engage youth into discussions and to disengage them from violence first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Chandrani Sinha.


  1005. This Environment Day, use your waste bin as a ‘Resource’

  1006. Tue, 06 Jun 2017

    When the entire world is talking about environment conservation and sustainable development, do you wonder if that is even possible? Do you wonder if you, as a part of an urbanised locality held into inevitable product consumption and waste generation, can ever contribute towards the larger goal the world wants to seek? Yes, you can. […]

    The post This Environment Day, use your waste bin as a ‘Resource’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1007. Once a victim of illegal blood selling, this young man’s virtual blood donation platform today has saved 700 lives across 9 nations

  1008. Mon, 05 Jun 2017

    According to a World Health Organisation factsheet, “Of the 112.5 million blood donations collected globally, approximately half of these are collected in the high-income countries, home to just 19% of the world’s population.” For developing countries with low per capita income like India, the blood donation rate stands at a low 4.6 donations for every […]

    The post Once a victim of illegal blood selling, this young man’s virtual blood donation platform today has saved 700 lives across 9 nations first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Parthabi Kanungo.


  1009. Janwaar Castle: India’s first rural Skateboarding Park set up by a German Lady for children of Janwaar Village

  1010. Fri, 02 Jun 2017

    Grey clouds of apprehension and difficulties mired the daily lives of people in the village of Janwaar in Madhya Pradesh. But, a silver lining came in form Ulrike Reinhard, a German Traveller, biker and a community activist. After extensively travelling in India for more than 2 years, Ulrike happened to visit the village of Janwaar. […]

    The post Janwaar Castle: India’s first rural Skateboarding Park set up by a German Lady for children of Janwaar Village first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1011. 100 differently abled kids paint, dance and feast as special wedding guests at a dentist’s marriage in Bhopal

  1012. Thu, 01 Jun 2017

    When you give others reasons to be happy, life gives you reasons to be happy. Although, not a very popular practice today, some people really do go out of their way to spread joy in the lives of others. With this firm belief, Dr. Chandresh Shukla too diverged from the conventional to make his special […]

    The post 100 differently abled kids paint, dance and feast as special wedding guests at a dentist’s marriage in Bhopal first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1013. Victoria Memorial to get a virtual reality revamp as an addition to the Google Arts and culture project

  1014. Wed, 31 May 2017

    Google Arts and culture has been a fundamental milestone in providing access of thousands of museums to millions worldwide. Enthusiasts can experience a 360 degree view of the famous museums around the globe from the comfort of their homes and can virtually explore the art galleries and museums by just clicking their computers. Previously, people […]

    The post Victoria Memorial to get a virtual reality revamp as an addition to the Google Arts and culture project first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1015. Kochi Metro Rail hires transgenders as employees

  1016. Fri, 26 May 2017

    We have seen them on the roads, on traffic signals, on trains, in markets and during festivals, soliciting money, not to extort but instead as an attempt for survival. Though times have changed for many across the country, the condition of transgenders still remain more or less the same. Kochi Metro Rail might have an […]

    The post Kochi Metro Rail hires transgenders as employees first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1017. Created by an Indian student, world’s lightest satellite to be launched by NASA soon

  1018. Fri, 26 May 2017

    Hailing from a relatively lesser known town of Pallapatti in Tamil Nadu, 18-year-old Sharook has created a 64 gram satellite which is the lightest in the world. This extraordinary satellite named KalamSat – in honor of Former India President and Scientist Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – is all set to be launched by NASA […]

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    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1019. Fifty years of peace-building efforts in Nagaland

  1020. Tue, 23 May 2017

    Natwarbhai Thakkar and the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram established by him in Chuchuyimlang village of Mokokchung district have worked unceasingly to integrate Naga society with the national mainstream. For many Indians even today, the northeastern states of the country and its people are in the limelight most of the time for the wrong reasons. Be it […]

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    | Author: TOC Network.


  1021. Billionaire owner of Chobani Yougurt is employing hundreds of refugees and has donated 10% of his wealth to his workers

  1022. Mon, 22 May 2017

    Hamdi Ulukaya is the founder and CEO of Chobani, the best-selling Greek-style Yogurt brand in America. Chobani was valued at over $1 billion in annual sales in less than five years after launch and became the biggest brand in the U.S. in 2011. Hamdi Ulukaya’s personal net-worth lies around $2 billion. But, the article is […]

    The post Billionaire owner of Chobani Yougurt is employing hundreds of refugees and has donated 10% of his wealth to his workers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  1023. Instead of giving in to Polio, Iftkhar Ali worked hard to get admitted into IIM-C and start a company of his own

  1024. Sat, 20 May 2017

    The fruits are never hanging low for some people. For them, even simple acts such as getting out of the bed on their own or being able to walk the perfect way is very difficult. But those, who instead of surrendering to their misfortunes take them as a challenge and overcome their disabilities, are the […]

    The post Instead of giving in to Polio, Iftkhar Ali worked hard to get admitted into IIM-C and start a company of his own first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1025. A firefighter in California breathes life back into a Lifeless Dog

  1026. Fri, 19 May 2017

    ‘Dog is a man’s best friend’.  This phrase has probably crossed our ears and grazed our ears thousands of times and phrase lies in the numerous instances wherein a dog has indeed saved lives. But how many times have we heard that a man did something to save a dog’s life? It’s quite a rare […]

    The post A firefighter in California breathes life back into a Lifeless Dog first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1027. A 13-year old from Nigeria finds an affordably cool solution to beat the scorching summer

  1028. Wed, 17 May 2017

    When everyone across the globe is feeling the atrocious wave of the scorching heat, a 13 year old has decided to make the world a better (and cooler) place to live in with the help of wireless fans. Ukoma Michael, a 13 year old kid from Nigeria created a wireless fan that can work upto […]

    The post A 13-year old from Nigeria finds an affordably cool solution to beat the scorching summer first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1029. A week full of medals for India in multiple sporting events across the globe

  1030. Wed, 17 May 2017

    In India, adulation for cricket holds a deep place in the hearts of millions and is almost insurmountable. However, over the years, players and athletes across the country have emerged in different sports that have crossed the fringes of the mainstream, have brought panache to these games, engaged the spectators’ attention and have made the […]

    The post A week full of medals for India in multiple sporting events across the globe first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1031. An IT professional from Mumbai who provides Shelter to Hundreds of Birds and Butterflies

  1032. Wed, 10 May 2017

    The concept of giving gifts stem from an affinity to show affection to those we love. While, at times, some gifts are just bought and passed along as mere formality, others have a thoughtful foundation to them. These are gifts that can practically change our lives and our perspective towards it. Arundhati Mhatre, a software […]

    The post An IT professional from Mumbai who provides Shelter to Hundreds of Birds and Butterflies first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Prajwala Ghate.


  1033. The story of Elrhino and the father-daughter duo who are making paper products out of animal dung and saving thousands of lives in the process

  1034. Sat, 06 May 2017

    “My father is an innovator, an inventor and it is his inventive and inquisitive nature that has driven me forward”, Nisha Bora, co-founder of Elrhino, states that proudly. And the work of Elrhino is indeed a reaffirmation of the ingenuity that Nisha’s father holds and how that is capable to change our opinion on producing paper.  […]

    The post The story of Elrhino and the father-daughter duo who are making paper products out of animal dung and saving thousands of lives in the process first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1035. This couple lost their 1 year old daughter to a rare disease. What they did next will melt your heart!

  1036. Thu, 04 May 2017

    Middle-aged married couple Sandeep and Neha were living a happy life. They had successful corporate careers with various multinationals, had financial security, and most importantly, had a beautiful daughter, Zarouhi, born in 2015. But, the pall of sadness didn’t waste any time to cover their streak of happiness. Zarouhi was born with a rare liver […]

    The post This couple lost their 1 year old daughter to a rare disease. What they did next will melt your heart! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Parthabi Kanungo.


  1037. A Gender Peace Fellowship Program to lead youngsters in creating a world without gender violence and bigotry

  1038. Sat, 29 Apr 2017

    Even though a lot has been said and done across the world about establishing gender peace and acceptance, we still witness that the mindset of a chunk of the world population across the world has yet not come to terms in accepting the same. People for Parity, a Delhi-based non-profit organization, works with the youth […]

    The post A Gender Peace Fellowship Program to lead youngsters in creating a world without gender violence and bigotry first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1039. Scientists at MIT develop a device that can read books without opening them

  1040. Fri, 28 Apr 2017

    Often while handling books of an antique variety, archaeologists, historians and, enthusiasts get extremely apprehensive about touching or opening it. The reason behind this is that the oil and dirt in our hands can damage these rare books, can erase the centuries old ink and can also cause a loss of important archaeological information. A […]

    The post Scientists at MIT develop a device that can read books without opening them first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1041. These MIT Graduates are making affordable Sanitary Pads out of Banana Fibre for rural Tribal women

  1042. Thu, 27 Apr 2017

    India is increasingly becoming the shimmering face of a global superpower. But, beyond this glittering image lies a more distressed, realistic one, which represents the majority of rural and tribal population who combat poverty each day and grapple for basic survival needs. The condition of women is even worse there. With negligible access to safe […]

    The post These MIT Graduates are making affordable Sanitary Pads out of Banana Fibre for rural Tribal women first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1043. RPS is winning hearts of people for their contribution towards Paraplegic Indian Soldiers

  1044. Sat, 22 Apr 2017

    This IPL season, Team Rising Pune Supergiant has pledged to bestow their love and support towards the differently-able soldiers for their unparalleled service to the country. They have started an initiative in partnership with the crowdfunding website Ketto to extend Lifelong care for 100% paraplegic and quadriplegic disabled soldiers including psychological and Medicare at the Paraplegic […]

    The post RPS is winning hearts of people for their contribution towards Paraplegic Indian Soldiers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1045. Delhi based youth groups wins Goalkeepers Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  1046. Tue, 18 Apr 2017

    Aashish Beergi led MASH Project Foundation (MASH) has received  Goalkeepers Global Goals Award. The recognition is awarded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for it’s work on empowering young people towards UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). MASH is the winner of The 2020 Campaign Award category for furthering global cooperation and partnership that addresses Global […]

    The post Delhi based youth groups wins Goalkeepers Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  1047. Jail inmates of Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison will soon run a plush men’s salon

  1048. Tue, 11 Apr 2017

    Want a haircut? A new plush men’s salon by Jail inmates of Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison might soon satiate your haircut needs. Prison is a harsh reality we all prefer to be left unaware of.What we have picked up from journals, memoirs and the word of mouth is that the conditions are abysmal, food is […]

    The post Jail inmates of Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison will soon run a plush men’s salon first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1049. How a Norwegian group of ex-convicts constructed a public toilet for women in Mumbai

  1050. Tue, 11 Apr 2017

    A 15 member group of ex-convicts and former drug addicts from Norway have devoted a month of their time to construct a public toilet for the women of Mumbai. The group is aptly named “Back in the Ring” and is led by Alexander Medin, a yoga enthusiast. The project began on 17th February 2017, and […]

    The post How a Norwegian group of ex-convicts constructed a public toilet for women in Mumbai first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tamanna Sengupta.


  1051. Kshamtalaya Foundation: Nurturing children in rural pockets of Rajasthan to recognize their potential

  1052. Tue, 11 Apr 2017

    Vivek Kumar and Alokesh Sharma started the Kshamtalaya Foundation – The school of potential – in the dejected village of Kotra, Rajasthan, to not only nurture the potential of children but to also help the children in identifying their potentials on their own. The small village of Kotra lies smudged in the back pocket of […]

    The post Kshamtalaya Foundation: Nurturing children in rural pockets of Rajasthan to recognize their potential first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1053. Witness the work of a Grandmother’s school in Thane which is directing old women toward literacy

  1054. Sat, 08 Apr 2017

    The advantages of literacy are endless. From the destiny of an individual to the fate of a society, literacy can play a huge role in swaying both in the right direction. But, often, in the sheen of literacy we neglect the majority of those who are illiterate. Be it maids, local vendors or farmers. Despite […]

    The post Witness the work of a Grandmother’s school in Thane which is directing old women toward literacy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1055. How Intellectually Disabled individuals are turning waste flowers into powdered colours and are selling them in Walmarts across the country

  1056. Mon, 13 Mar 2017

    Individuals with intellectual disabilities have mostly faced the hostile, ignorant end of society, with few patches of empathy sewn through. But, even just empathising with the intellectually disabled may not be enough. There is much more that we can do for them. Dr. Madhumati Puri, a specialist in genetics research with All India Institute of […]

    The post How Intellectually Disabled individuals are turning waste flowers into powdered colours and are selling them in Walmarts across the country first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  1057. Tamil-Nadu government’s Two-wheeler ambulances are saving thousands of lives in Chennai

  1058. Fri, 10 Mar 2017

    Road and vehicular mishaps are unfortunately are the dark spot of our ever-growing nation. According to reports, there is one serious injury and one death every minute, taking place on Indian roads. Sadly, most of these deaths happen as medical-care is unable to reach the victims within the crucial “golden hour”, often called the defining […]

    The post Tamil-Nadu government’s Two-wheeler ambulances are saving thousands of lives in Chennai first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1059. Frieda Pinto helps in distributing the leftover food from the Oscars to 800 people living in shelter homes

  1060. Tue, 07 Mar 2017

    Beyond the glitter, abundant talent and the last moment Best Picture mismatch, the Oscars would be remembered for one more uneventful event. An initiative supported by Frieda Pinto. As reported in Mashable, the Slumdog Millionaire actress, accompanied with a San Francisco-based non-profit organization named Copia, took over the responsibility of distributing excess food from the […]

    The post Frieda Pinto helps in distributing the leftover food from the Oscars to 800 people living in shelter homes first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  1061. Deep learning algorithm does as well as dermatologists in identifying skin cancer

  1062. Thu, 02 Mar 2017

    In hopes of creating better access to medical care, Stanford researchers have trained an algorithm to diagnose skin cancer. Universal access to health care was on the minds of computer scientists at Stanford when they set out to create an artificially intelligent diagnosis algorithm for skin cancer. They made a database of nearly 130,000 skin […]

    The post Deep learning algorithm does as well as dermatologists in identifying skin cancer first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1063. Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village

  1064. Wed, 01 Mar 2017

    The residents of Hesatu village have successfully raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without any intervention from the state or civil society organizations that now supports livelihoods in many ways There are many instances of communities coming together for a common cause but such action is usually catalyzed by government schemes or […]

    The post Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1065. Breaking the Ice: India’s first all women’s Ice Hockey team from a small village in Leh is striving hard to make the nation proud in a sport considered “unconventional”

  1066. Tue, 28 Feb 2017

    Meet India’s first all women’s Ice Hockey team, from a small village in Leh, which is trying hard to break the mould of stereotypical sports promotion Do you know that India has an all-women’s Ice Hockey team? While for most in country the sport might be alien, but in a nestled corner of the Himalayas, […]

    The post Breaking the Ice: India’s first all women’s Ice Hockey team from a small village in Leh is striving hard to make the nation proud in a sport considered “unconventional” first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1067. How a belt invented by 3 young students will help the visually impaired to automatically detect obstacles while moving

  1068. Wed, 22 Feb 2017

    When the youth of the country thinks of making life easier for the people are struggling with mental and physical disabilities, there’s no force that can stop them. Three students from the YMCA Institute of Science and Technology, Faridabad have created a belt that can make life for those with a visual impairment a lot […]

    The post How a belt invented by 3 young students will help the visually impaired to automatically detect obstacles while moving first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  1069. Drummer girls of Bengal step up with a new beat

  1070. Sat, 18 Feb 2017

    Despite long neglect, the dhak might be getting a new lease of life as women have stormed a male bastion and have taken up playing Bengal’s traditional big drum This Durga Puja was momentous for 23-year-old Promila Das of Machlandapur village of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. The newlywed Promila created a stir […]

    The post Drummer girls of Bengal step up with a new beat first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1071. How a good judgement call of 2 teens from Delhi saved 194 lives aboard an airplane

  1072. Thu, 16 Feb 2017

    Quick thinking and vigilant actions lead to pronounced results. These words were infused with life after the actions of two teenage Boys, Rohti and Nitin, from New Delhi. They were nonchalantly sitting in their balcony when they spotted a GoAir flight with its tail on fire and a streak of smoke arousing out of it. […]

    The post How a good judgement call of 2 teens from Delhi saved 194 lives aboard an airplane first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  1073. How Graffitis in Navi Mumbai would help change the lives of tribal children in Chattisgarh

  1074. Wed, 15 Feb 2017

    The society is what builds us and contributes to our holistic development. But, the thought of even remotely giving something back to the society seldom crosses our mind. And it is not an isolated incident, but a reaction that most of us harbour when the question of giving back to society arises. Even Deepika Goyal […]

    The post How Graffitis in Navi Mumbai would help change the lives of tribal children in Chattisgarh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Debarati Choudhary.


  1075. Once considered the scum of the society, Joyita Mondal, a transgender herself, fought for and gave recognition to thousands of individuals from the LGBTQ community

  1076. Mon, 13 Feb 2017

    It has been one year and Sapna Debnath (originally Sapan Debnath) is no more afraid of going out alone.  She takes pride in her identity. Being a transgender, after all, is not something to shy away from anymore in Dinajpur, West Bengal. The credit for this fiercely fought and achieved liberty goes to the Dinajpur […]

    The post Once considered the scum of the society, Joyita Mondal, a transgender herself, fought for and gave recognition to thousands of individuals from the LGBTQ community first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shrija Ganguly.


  1077. Oliver D’Souza from Mumbai becomes India’s First Wheelchair-Bound Professional Football Coach

  1078. Thu, 09 Feb 2017

    Oliver D’Souza, from Mumbai, has become the first ever wheelchair-bound qualified football coach in the country after earning his AIFF-D license coaching certificate and would be eligible to coach in schools and at the grassroot level. “I am very happy that I have cleared the course. It was a long wait but nevertheless a sweet […]

    The post Oliver D’Souza from Mumbai becomes India’s First Wheelchair-Bound Professional Football Coach first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tejaswini Singh.


  1079. How the efforts of young people from a remote village in Assam set a benchmark for cleanliness by making their village the cleanest in the country

  1080. Wed, 08 Feb 2017

    The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation, which has today resulted in the village being one of the cleanest in the entire country. Most people in the sleepy village of Shikdamakha, some 100 km from state capital Guwahati, haven’t heard of the Swachh […]

    The post How the efforts of young people from a remote village in Assam set a benchmark for cleanliness by making their village the cleanest in the country first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1081. A World Bank Consultant who wove a network of opportunities for thousands of neglected rural artisans and weavers

  1082. Mon, 06 Feb 2017

    The diversity of the Indian culture is mirrored in the immense diversity of art and handicraft in our 29 states. But, while our economy remains in transition, the handicrafts sector is still reeling in from the fatal blow of the colonial rule. Our rural artisans and weavers continue to face challenges in terms of productivity, […]

    The post A World Bank Consultant who wove a network of opportunities for thousands of neglected rural artisans and weavers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1083. How Aagaaz Theatre is instilling new thoughts in the minds of children in Nizamuddin Basti of Delhi and is compelling the audience to think on deeper issues in society

  1084. Sat, 04 Feb 2017

    Sanyukta Saha, a graduate of Delhi University, fell in love with theatre the minute she stepped on stage for her first performance at a college fest. Along with theatre, she worked with various organisations, especially those working in the education sector. Her work provided her the opportunity to visit places like juvenile detention, rural centres […]

    The post How Aagaaz Theatre is instilling new thoughts in the minds of children in Nizamuddin Basti of Delhi and is compelling the audience to think on deeper issues in society first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  1085. The man, who was once a 17-year old cold blooded murderer, is now a Ratcliffe scholar and is the owner of 2 successful startups

  1086. Wed, 01 Feb 2017

    Chris Wilson was a simple child with a wondrous mind who loved to read books. But after an incident which saw his cousin getting shot, he moved with his mother to Prince George’s County. Deeply scarred by the loss, Chris’s sadness was aggravated by the abuse he faced from his mother’s boyfriend that changed his […]

    The post The man, who was once a 17-year old cold blooded murderer, is now a Ratcliffe scholar and is the owner of 2 successful startups first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1087. The story of Padma Shri Janak Palta McGilligan who is making Sustainable and Waste-less living into a reality

  1088. Sat, 28 Jan 2017

    Meet Mrs. Janak Palta, the pioneer behind sustainable living in Central India. She is a known social worker for the world, but for the villagers in Sanawadia village of M.P, she is the ever-smiling and gentle Didi. A woman so dedicated to her cause, that even after surviving a tragic accident that left her a […]

    The post The story of Padma Shri Janak Palta McGilligan who is making Sustainable and Waste-less living into a reality first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aparna Shastri.


  1089. Witness how 500 youngsters from across the country injected a new life into the Indian Constitution

  1090. Thu, 26 Jan 2017

    67 years… I remained mute… lifeless… They had only put me into words which were meaningless in their own lives… They took my ‘ownership’ but never owned me… They had pledged… They had pledged to follow every bit of me… But could not truly abide by me. That aside… A large number of them are […]

    The post Witness how 500 youngsters from across the country injected a new life into the Indian Constitution first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1091. Setting up a model for government primary schools

  1092. Wed, 25 Jan 2017

    A government school in Kardelwadi village in Pune district taught by a husband and wife duo has established a benchmark for primary education in Savitribai Phule’s Maharashtra Raghunath S. Kardile is an alumnus of the hamlet’s primary school. As an alumnus, he’s doing his bit to support the effort to run a primary school that […]

    The post Setting up a model for government primary schools first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1093. How a renewable source of fuel made out of natural needles of Chir Pine trees is giving livelihood to hundreds in Kumaon

  1094. Wed, 25 Jan 2017

    As one walks through pathways weaved in the hilly heartland of the remote mountain villages in Uttarakhand, there is much to behold. The towering mountains, the wind sweeping through the trees, the brisk mountain air and a picturesque serenity are striking features of this natural beauty. But, beyond this picturesque beauty, lies the quietness of […]

    The post How a renewable source of fuel made out of natural needles of Chir Pine trees is giving livelihood to hundreds in Kumaon first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kritika Vidyarthi.


  1095. How a trio of TISS graduates is bringing an educational resurgence in remote villages near Kolhapur

  1096. Tue, 24 Jan 2017

    While the plethora of young people in our nation dream of hitting it big in the globalized world with a proclivity towards western nations, there is some who decide to stay back and solve the persistent problems, by working on a grass root level. Once such example is that of the exemplary individuals behind ‘Vidyoday […]

    The post How a trio of TISS graduates is bringing an educational resurgence in remote villages near Kolhapur first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1097. A Professor who begged in the local trains of Mumbai for 5 years to build schools for the impoverished by promoting Vidya Daan

  1098. Mon, 23 Jan 2017

    As a Kid, Sandeep saw maids in his neighbourhood slogging hard for a day’s meal, while their children sat helplessly and never went to school. His mother, a teacher, was helping these kids with their studies. Her dedication made a strong impact on little Sandeep. Decades later, he made this mission of spreading education, the […]

    The post A Professor who begged in the local trains of Mumbai for 5 years to build schools for the impoverished by promoting Vidya Daan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1099. A boy LIVED the Indian Constitution for 2 months and this is how it changed his life

  1100. Sun, 22 Jan 2017

    “Constitution was nothing more than just a book for me until I came to realise that it has a lot to do with my being in this nation and a lot more with the way I conduct my own life and affect my fellow citizens.” These words from Sirish Chauriya gave a very insightful description […]

    The post A boy LIVED the Indian Constitution for 2 months and this is how it changed his life first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1101. A group of friends who left their jobs to become genies for hundreds of underprivileged children in Delhi

  1102. Mon, 16 Jan 2017

    Our lives have always pivoted on numerous wishes and desires. From Travelling around the world, meeting our favourite celebrity, skydiving, to buying the sports car of our dreams; all of us have created a metaphorical bucket list to tabulate our list of desires. But, what do you think are the bucketlists of children living on […]

    The post A group of friends who left their jobs to become genies for hundreds of underprivileged children in Delhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tamanna Sengupta.


  1103. Susan Murabana’s Travelling Telescope is changing the lives of thousands of children in Kenya

  1104. Sat, 14 Jan 2017

    More often than not, semblance of the word Africa conjures up an image of an eternally impoverished continent whose sole global identity is that of a third world nation. To prove this notion wrong, one woman is working out there with her telescope to change the stars of the nation and to project an image […]

    The post Susan Murabana’s Travelling Telescope is changing the lives of thousands of children in Kenya first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1105. A District collector from Indore holds a screening of ‘Dangal’ for 250 underprivileged girls

  1106. Thu, 12 Jan 2017

    In today’s era of rampant technology and high professionalism, every striving step aims for furtherance within diverse arenas. But, one area that still feels a void is women empowerment. Even, after numerable outreach programs and policies, a majority section of the female gender has been neglected for long. To supplement the impact of the outreach […]

    The post A District collector from Indore holds a screening of ‘Dangal’ for 250 underprivileged girls first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sidhant Kandpal.


  1107. Read the endless possibilities of a new Bacteria-powered battery manufactured on a single sheet of PAPER!

  1108. Thu, 12 Jan 2017

    Envision the possibility where an individual would require a single sheet of paper to charge his device and extra batteries. Forget rooms for storage. The energy source could be stored and availed in reams. Well, the researchers at Binghamton University– SUNY (State University of New York) are spearheading this pioneering move into the future of […]

    The post Read the endless possibilities of a new Bacteria-powered battery manufactured on a single sheet of PAPER! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sidhant Kandpal.


  1109. How a 15-year old realised his fundamental duties by creating a jogging track on a barren land in his village

  1110. Wed, 11 Jan 2017

    Our constitution labels us as productive citizens, capable to be active participants of the democracy, once we cross the age of 18. But, often, even after crossing the threshold of age and receiving the right to vote,  many of us tend to shed off our responsibility as ‘citizens’ of the democracy; taking a backseat and […]

    The post How a 15-year old realised his fundamental duties by creating a jogging track on a barren land in his village first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1111. These young students from DU are educating hundreds of impoverished children in the slums of Delhi. Read How!

  1112. Mon, 09 Jan 2017

    LECIN : A youth organisation educating underprivileged children with a uniquely developed curriculum Out of all imaginable symbols of a gift, if there is one which can be felt, cherished and celebrated, it has to be education. And 2 students from New Delhi are selflessly imparting this gift to hundreds of impoverished children in the nation’s […]

    The post These young students from DU are educating hundreds of impoverished children in the slums of Delhi. Read How! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1113. Smile Express: A start-up which is providing mobile dental services and spreading smiles across the rural belt of Rajasthan

  1114. Mon, 09 Jan 2017

    Dr. Mukesh Panwar always had an acute sense of service to the helpless. Studying in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, he was an active scout and also received an award from the President. Scouting instilled this deep sense of service in him. After finishing school, he went on to pursue Dentistry in college. It was during his […]

    The post Smile Express: A start-up which is providing mobile dental services and spreading smiles across the rural belt of Rajasthan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kritika Vidyarthi.


  1115. Surgeons in the UK are using a pioneering technology that keeps a donor’s heart pumping outside the body

  1116. Sun, 08 Jan 2017

    Heart in a box, better known as Organ Care System, devised by Harefield Hospital, Middlesex is a revolutionary technology that has enabled surgeons to carry out heart transplants with ease and flexibility. This system stimulates the conditions of the human body, pumping oxygenated blood inside the heart so it can continue to function as it […]

    The post Surgeons in the UK are using a pioneering technology that keeps a donor’s heart pumping outside the body first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ujjwala Sinha.


  1117. A software engineer from Bengaluru who has saved and nurtured more than 700 dogs on his farm

  1118. Sun, 08 Jan 2017

    45 year-old software engineer, Rajesh Shukla, had sufficient money, ample opportunities to travel and a successful career. But, a void always persisted in the deepest corner of his heart, eagerly aching to be filled with something meaningful. And a new ray of hope came in 2009 when he found KAVYA, a distraught golden retriever puppy whom […]

    The post A software engineer from Bengaluru who has saved and nurtured more than 700 dogs on his farm first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Diksha Kakkar.


  1119. How Aam Aadmi Party is bringing about a paradigm shift in the education sector of Delhi with a slew of progressive reforms

  1120. Thu, 05 Jan 2017

    Although the colonial British government was evicted from India 70 years, but sadly the educational policy set up by Lord Macaulay has been ardently followed without any snap. With every sector transforming, our rusted education system hasn’t been able to surmount the fundamental requirements necessary for laying down a firm foundation for our children. Every […]

    The post How Aam Aadmi Party is bringing about a paradigm shift in the education sector of Delhi with a slew of progressive reforms first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sidhant Kandpal.


  1121. How a group of youngsters are overcoming the turmoil in Manipur by doing simple tasks to realize their fundamental rights & duties

  1122. Tue, 03 Jan 2017

    Highway blockades, riots, bomb blasts, immobilised transport, closed shutters, empty racks, economic crisis, scarcity of basic resources- Manipur is going through a steep downfall for the past few months. Political unrest and disputes are giving rise to a huge turmoil in the state. The on-going blockade of the national highway leading to Imphal Valley, imposed […]

    The post How a group of youngsters are overcoming the turmoil in Manipur by doing simple tasks to realize their fundamental rights & duties first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1123. How a London-based company is making beachwear out of plastic bottles

  1124. Fri, 30 Dec 2016

    Life without water is unimaginable. Sadly, despite being well aware of the importance of clean water, we act ever so recklessly. The amount of plastic that is found in the oceans today speaks of the indifference that we showcase towards clean water and the marine life. The University of Georgia recently deduced in a research […]

    The post How a London-based company is making beachwear out of plastic bottles first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1125. How a company in Tirunelveli is changing the fate of rural youngsters by pulling them out of the desolation of drugs, diseases, and unemployment, with the help of International volunteers

  1126. Wed, 28 Dec 2016

    13-year-old Suman from Nanjankulam Village has weak bone density and growing up as a healthy individual is extremely challenging for him. 17 year old Kannan from Therkupatti, studying in Industrial Training Institute (ITI), is 148cm tall with a BMI of 11.41, has scores of grey hair and by July 2017 wants to enter the job […]

    The post How a company in Tirunelveli is changing the fate of rural youngsters by pulling them out of the desolation of drugs, diseases, and unemployment, with the help of International volunteers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kritika Vidyarthi.


  1127. Over 800,000 Syrian children to be integrated into the Turkish education system

  1128. Wed, 28 Dec 2016

    “In the quest to safeguard Syria from a blotted future of a “Lost generation”, the Turkish government has lent out a hand by taking up the mammoth task of educating 800,000 Syrian children. This noble cause has been inspirational to many movements across the globe and has provided a boost in restructuring Syria. Laying the […]

    The post Over 800,000 Syrian children to be integrated into the Turkish education system first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sidhant Kandpal.


  1129. Thousands of Muslims from East London acted as Secret Santas for the homeless and donated food on Christmas

  1130. Mon, 26 Dec 2016

    Above all religion, above every division, resides humanism. And this conviction has been bravely portrayed by the Muslims of London who gathered in large number to donate food to the homeless people on Christmas. The people from the Mosque of East London, acted as a Secret Santa to all those who search for food and […]

    The post Thousands of Muslims from East London acted as Secret Santas for the homeless and donated food on Christmas first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1131. Mizoram welcomes its first school for the deaf

  1132. Mon, 26 Dec 2016

    Mizoram, the southernmost sister of the north eastern states, saw the opening of their first deaf school in the state’s capital city Aizwal. Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were the only two states in Northeast not to have a deaf school. But, this year, the former opened its first school for children with hearing impairment. The […]

    The post Mizoram welcomes its first school for the deaf first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1133. Two 17 year old students are breaking the taboos of superstition in India

  1134. Sun, 25 Dec 2016

    You must have seen people believing in superstitions like not crossing a path walked by a cat, not walking over a black cloth lying on the road, believing that waking up to the sight of a pair of mynah birds on a tree branch would bring them luck, and so on. Apparently peculiar, but these […]

    The post Two 17 year old students are breaking the taboos of superstition in India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1135. A start-up’s attempt to put tribal farmers back on top of the food chain

  1136. Fri, 23 Dec 2016

    Rakesh Kumar Gupta had worked in the development sector for more than a decade. But, one assignment with SRIJAN in Pali district of Rajasthan changed his worldview about agriculture, farmers and farm produce. During this assignment, he came in contact the Bhil and Grasiya tribal community, who used to sell custard apple at a throwaway […]

    The post A start-up’s attempt to put tribal farmers back on top of the food chain first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1137. Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao builds over 1000 houses to help the poor of Philippines

  1138. Fri, 23 Dec 2016

    Poverty, in today’s world is a state of relentless destitution that needs our immediate attention. But often, our attention gets stuck between the notion of help and charity. Nelson Mandela once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a […]

    The post Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao builds over 1000 houses to help the poor of Philippines first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1139. Where animals are killed for pleasure, one woman is valiantly working for 25 years to save hundreds of animals from the horror

  1140. Thu, 22 Dec 2016

    “Survival of the Fittest” often tends to become the (mis)guiding principle for human beings. In the quest of superiority as a species, we often lose compassion towards other co-species. We become so blinded by our needs that we develop an attitude of making use of animals and other species on Earth for our egocentric purposes. […]

    The post Where animals are killed for pleasure, one woman is valiantly working for 25 years to save hundreds of animals from the horror first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1141. Next gen Dabur kid Diya Burman sets up hygiene startup Rogfree to improve hygiene standards among the poor

  1142. Mon, 19 Dec 2016

    Our generation is often condemned for its vanity, shallowness and lack of focus but some gems overwhelms us in all ages with their firm determination and focus. Here is one more girl, who is carving her own niche with ideas anew, confidence intact and mission so virtuous. Diya Burman, the daughter of Amit Burman the chairman […]

    The post Next gen Dabur kid Diya Burman sets up hygiene startup Rogfree to improve hygiene standards among the poor first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1143. In this chilling winter cold, a group of school children from bhopal are distributing blankets to the homeless

  1144. Thu, 15 Dec 2016

    Our lives are often entangled in the web of our needs and it instantly retreats back to a pungent monotony whenever there is even a speck of change for the better. But we often forget to see that beyond our oddities and needs, there are millions of individuals who are unable to acquire three meals […]

    The post In this chilling winter cold, a group of school children from bhopal are distributing blankets to the homeless first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sidhant Kandpal.


  1145. This health startup by two sisters in Chandigarh is solving health problems of the Urban Poor

  1146. Thu, 15 Dec 2016

    It is deplorable yet true that in a “welfare” nation like India, health care costs alone push around 60 million persons into poverty every year. The Government is evidently negligent of the needs of the urban poor; public health systems and timely quality health services at an affordable cost are evasive for them. In 70% […]

    The post This health startup by two sisters in Chandigarh is solving health problems of the Urban Poor first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kritika Vidyarthi.


  1147. Witness how these 3000 ordinary men in Syria are saving thousands of lives in Aleppo everyday

  1148. Wed, 14 Dec 2016

    A bomb went off again…someplace far from where we live. Another family was torn to shreds; another home became a rubble of bricks. Amid all the mayhem a mother called out for help in the Aleppo city of Syria, wailing for her 10-day old child buried in the debris. Adorning white helmets, some men came in […]

    The post Witness how these 3000 ordinary men in Syria are saving thousands of lives in Aleppo everyday first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1149. The reaction from a Chief Ticket Inspector on a confession letter from a 20-year old for not buying tickets will amaze you!

  1150. Tue, 13 Dec 2016

    Thousands of passengers avail the services of the local trains every day in bustling heartland of Mumbai. But, more often than not, most of these passengers travel without tickets and often brandish it as a sign of privilege and wit. Very few truly realize that it is their duty, as a citizen of this nation, […]

    The post The reaction from a Chief Ticket Inspector on a confession letter from a 20-year old for not buying tickets will amaze you! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1151. A pub owner in Manchester is offering free food and drinks to the homeless this Christmas

  1152. Sat, 10 Dec 2016

    Christmas is a time for families to come together, enjoy the day with their loved ones and indulge in the warmth of sparkling wrapping paper, surprise gifts and sumptuous food. But, more often than not, we fail to feel that true essence of Christmas lies in the happiness of others. Sean, the owner of the […]

    The post A pub owner in Manchester is offering free food and drinks to the homeless this Christmas first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1153. A deep effort by a couple from West Bengal to resurrect the dying art of Muslin weaving

  1154. Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Our latest parinda, Arup Rakshit, was teaching students at a government school in Howrah, West Bengal after he completed his post-graduation in botany. As he had a keen interest in this field, Arup was also simultaneously working on a research project on Indian medicinal plants. It was during this research phase that he came across […]

    The post A deep effort by a couple from West Bengal to resurrect the dying art of Muslin weaving first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1155. Moraa Educational Complex: The first educational institution in Afghanistan to provide education, solely for girls and women

  1156. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    Afghanistan has been tagged as a nation with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world by major international organizations and think tanks. Insurgency and civil disruption has shattered the backbone of the nation with a literacy rate of only 38.2% being a dreadful evidence for that. But what comes as a sadly highlighting […]

    The post Moraa Educational Complex: The first educational institution in Afghanistan to provide education, solely for girls and women first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shreya Dutta.


  1157. This Nine-year-old physically challenged boy is making the Disabled new kind of Celebrities

  1158. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    Accepting people for who they are and treating them as equals is one big challenge. People with disability, in specific, are victims of this challenge more than one can even think of. Some give them sympathy, some treat them as a burden, and worse, some treat them as if they don’t exist. This fight for […]

    The post This Nine-year-old physically challenged boy is making the Disabled new kind of Celebrities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1159. A man who turned a 30 acre-barren land into a thriving forest with over 60 species of trees

  1160. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    Yacouba Sawadogo is a man who was once considered a madman by people in his village for preparing the soil for agricultural in a morbidly dry season. Little did they knew about the changes that were about to happen. Yacouba sawadogo revived an ancient African agricultural style called ‘Zai’ that helped turn acres of barren […]

    The post A man who turned a 30 acre-barren land into a thriving forest with over 60 species of trees first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Angeline Alex.


  1161. After witnessing the struggles of differently-abled batchmates, IIT-Kharagpur students develop driver-less bicycle iBike.

  1162. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    Going about their daily lives is also a huge struggle for the differently abled. It takes extra efforts for them to do things we don’t really even pay attention to. transportation is specially difficult for them since regular means of transport are not always adapted according to their needs. The entire struggle increases in multifold […]

    The post After witnessing the struggles of differently-abled batchmates, IIT-Kharagpur students develop driver-less bicycle iBike. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1163. A start-up from Ahmedabad is making Eco-friendly lifestyle products from recycled material to reduce carbon footprints

  1164. Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    Art has always been one of the fundamental building blocks of our society. But, often, due to the commercial cogwheels, our sensibility towards art gets restricted to a niche and thus, true appreciation of arts and artists goes down the drain. To tackle this notion, two brothers from Ahmedabad, Rutul and Ronak, have come up […]

    The post A start-up from Ahmedabad is making Eco-friendly lifestyle products from recycled material to reduce carbon footprints first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1165. 500 young Indians coming together to ‘LIVE’ the Indian Constitution through Jagrik Project

  1166. Fri, 25 Nov 2016

    The constitution is perhaps the most important piece of documentation for any country. In fact, it is the very essence of any democracy on which it builds itself, functions and survives. India touted as the world’s biggest democracy also governs and runs itself based on the various acts and “rules” as a layman would call […]

    The post 500 young Indians coming together to ‘LIVE’ the Indian Constitution through Jagrik Project first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1167. A couple’s attempt to drive out pesticides by creating Chennai’s first Organic Food Market

  1168. Fri, 11 Nov 2016

    Parthasarathi and Rekha, a couple from Chennai,  were living a happy, married life with respectable positions in multinational companies. Their life took a new course when a member of their family fell prey to several diseases. The couple started questioning modernity. It was then that they stumbled upon organic farming and life has never been the same since. […]

    The post A couple’s attempt to drive out pesticides by creating Chennai’s first Organic Food Market first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1169. This Signal School in Thane gives street children a new beginning through education

  1170. Mon, 07 Nov 2016

    Signal Shaala or the Signal School, is a school like no other. For one, it does not stand tall in a well-structured building. Signal Shaala is a shipment container transformed into a mini-school, sitting smug under a bridge in a heavy-traffic area of Thane city. The container shuts out the noise from the traffic above. […]

    The post This Signal School in Thane gives street children a new beginning through education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1171. Dutch Artist creates Smog-Sucking towers which can convert smog into diamonds

  1172. Thu, 03 Nov 2016

    Let’s convert all the smog around us into diamonds. Sounds crazy? But China is literally giving shape to this crazy science fiction analogy into a reality. It recently launched a project where numerous ‘Smog-sucking’ towers are to be installed to clean up its cities. These 7 metre tall towers are the brain child of Dutch […]

    The post Dutch Artist creates Smog-Sucking towers which can convert smog into diamonds first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gunjan Mishra.


  1173. How traditional weaving liberated five Manipuri women of from the clutches of debt

  1174. Tue, 01 Nov 2016

    Re-imagining the design of a centuries-old dress appeared to be far-fetched. It seemed too simple to work: update the phanek, a traditional Manipuri wrapping skirt to a more modern, stylish fashion. But what started out as an ambitious idea between five determined manipur women blossomed into a lucrative business that none of them could fathom. […]

    The post How traditional weaving liberated five Manipuri women of from the clutches of debt first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1175. A Museum where the exhibits are 850 different varieties of Rice and the curator is a farmer from Karnataka

  1176. Sat, 22 Oct 2016

    “It is said that in the Puri Temple of Orissa, the deity is served a different variety of rice every day during the Daily Puja. This means that there is a serving of at least 365 different varieties of rice every year”. At first, this claim might seem exaggerated to an astronomical extent, but the […]

    The post A Museum where the exhibits are 850 different varieties of Rice and the curator is a farmer from Karnataka first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Yogendra Singh.


  1177. A couple’s efforts to strengthen a village economy by creating handicraft out of coconut shells

  1178. Wed, 19 Oct 2016

    Like most people from middle-class families, Girija and Anand had simple and common dreams. Anand enjoyed travelling, spending time amid nature and learning new things. And these were interests stayed with him even after he got married to Girija. He was lucky that his life partner was somebody who understood and shared the same views and […]

    The post A couple’s efforts to strengthen a village economy by creating handicraft out of coconut shells first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1179. A Bakery run by Sikh Volunteers is serving free food to thousands of Refugees in Syria every day

  1180. Tue, 18 Oct 2016

    The Sikh community has always been traditionally synonymous with benevolence, largely due to their constant efforts in the form of Langar or free food for all. But their recent efforts in Syria have given, altogether, a new dimension to their magnanimity. Syria, which has been diseased by incessant violence and war for the past couple […]

    The post A Bakery run by Sikh Volunteers is serving free food to thousands of Refugees in Syria every day first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shiuli Bhattacharya.


  1181. Mumbai students come up with a garbage bin that provides free WiFi connectivity to anyone who uses it

  1182. Fri, 07 Oct 2016

    WiFi connectivity through garbage bins? Sounds absurd, but not anymore. The concept has been turned into a reality by two commerce graduates, Prateek Agarwal and Raj Desai, from Mumbai. They have come up with a garbage bin that provides WiFi connectivity to anyone who uses it. The bin when used to throw trash, provides a […]

    The post Mumbai students come up with a garbage bin that provides free WiFi connectivity to anyone who uses it first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Angeline Alex.


  1183. Meet Jayaprakash and Yasmin: They Want to Build Bengaluru’s First Cat-Only Shelter

  1184. Thu, 06 Oct 2016

    Passionate about rescuing animals, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy is the founder of an animal welfare trust called Animal Aid Alliance and he runs the Bengaluru-based cat adoption page, Moni’s Home For Needy And Hungry Cats on Facebook. Having dedicated last nine years to animal rescue, Jayaprakash says, “While there are several mixed shelters in the city that […]

    The post Meet Jayaprakash and Yasmin: They Want to Build Bengaluru’s First Cat-Only Shelter first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1185. A tribal girl from Madhya Pradesh is all set to study in an Oxford School in UK

  1186. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Asha Gond, a 16-year-old tribal girl, grew up in Janwaar village in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. With her family entirely dependent on their, often, paltry farm produce, life was extremely difficult for them. But, their perilous financial condition never smothered Asha’s affection towards her education. Working hard, she found a deep interest in […]

    The post A tribal girl from Madhya Pradesh is all set to study in an Oxford School in UK first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tejaswini Singh.


  1187. Italian Master Chef fighting the world food wastage problem by feeding the refugees and working poor

  1188. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    There are different ways in which one can help others. Education, social awareness, medical services, and whatnot. But one thing that is undisputedly the most difficult and probably the most important to provide, is someone’s dignity. One can donate thousand of things, but providing someone with their dignity, especially when it’s lost in a whirl […]

    The post Italian Master Chef fighting the world food wastage problem by feeding the refugees and working poor first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1189. This Community initiative of ‘Badmash Peepal’, is preventing animal abuse worldwide

  1190. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    In animal friendly families, children get to hear from childhood that a domestic animal is the best and most trusted companion of Man. But Man on the contrary, has used and exploited the same domestic animals for security, pleasure, transport, wearables, ornamental, and even food. Robin Singh came visiting from US to Auroville India in […]

    The post This Community initiative of ‘Badmash Peepal’, is preventing animal abuse worldwide first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1191. An attempt by STRISVARA to bring tribal and international musicians on a single platform to empower thousands across the globe

  1192. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Moved by the Delhi Rape incident, Arun Sivag, a specialist in Latin and African music, decided to use music as a tool to empower women across the globe and started STRISVARA. With a new musical journey featuring tribal and international musicians, it is attempting to create a new octave of freedom and awareness Arun Sivag began his musical […]

    The post An attempt by STRISVARA to bring tribal and international musicians on a single platform to empower thousands across the globe first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kshitija Chavan.


  1193. Delivering Independence to the disabled: The miraculous story of MIRAKLE COURIERS

  1194. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    “When was the last time, you saw or interacted with a person with hearing disability and actually stopped for a moment to think about their lifestyle? What kind of a life do they live when they become adults, and what does socio-economic independence mean to them? Do they also not want to stand on their […]

    The post Delivering Independence to the disabled: The miraculous story of MIRAKLE COURIERS first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shreya Dutta.


  1195. A modelling agency started to help trans-models make their own statement in the fashion Industry

  1196. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    “The Transgender community worldwide has long fought a battle to go beyond the societal classification of a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ and to achieve the fundamental virtues of acceptance and dignity for themselves. The whole community had been fighting hard and their fight now has a new bastion of hope in the form of a […]

    The post A modelling agency started to help trans-models make their own statement in the fashion Industry first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1197. Abha Khetarpal, who contracted polio at the age of 3, is helping hundreds overcome the hurdle of disability

  1198. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    “Even while sitting on a wheelchair, one can stand up for one’s rights,” she declares. This one line defines all the actions taken up by fiery and feisty Abha Khetarpal, a counselor for people with disabilities and a well-known activist for the rights of the disabled. She also teaches college kids, writes books, blogs about […]

    The post Abha Khetarpal, who contracted polio at the age of 3, is helping hundreds overcome the hurdle of disability first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1199. This French Journalist Is Putting Indian History on the Forefront with this unique Museum in Pune

  1200. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    In an attempt to create greater awareness about India’s rich, multi-layered history, French journalist Francois Gautier has set up the Shivaji Museum of Indian History in Pune. As children, we studied the pre-colonial history of India in Class 4, memorised a few details and promptly forgot them as we approached adulthood. Stories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s administration […]

    The post This French Journalist Is Putting Indian History on the Forefront with this unique Museum in Pune first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1201. Maa Ula – India’s first bike-taxi service by the differently abled

  1202. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    We often complain about our lives as being tough without thinking about all the privileges we have been blessed with. As much troubled as we may be, having a full functioning body is something most of us can be thankful for. The ones who do not have this privilege are the ones who struggle through […]

    The post Maa Ula – India’s first bike-taxi service by the differently abled first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1203. An IITian’s bicycle ride of over 7000kms, encompassing five states to spread awareness about Solar Power

  1204. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    While the world has started giving sustainable, renewable energy its long due importance and the support for a greener world has been rampant, the awareness for an average John Doe in our nation on the issue is still on the thin end of the fabric. Sushil Reddy, a graduate from IIT Mumbai who has been […]

    The post An IITian’s bicycle ride of over 7000kms, encompassing five states to spread awareness about Solar Power first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyanshu Mani.


  1205. Bollywood director Mansoor Khan now making Cheese in the hills of Coonor to promote sustainable living

  1206. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Bollywood’s well-known director Mansoor Khan, who has made successful films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, is now settled in the small but beautiful town of Coonoor amid the mesmerizing Nilgiris. When I met him, my first question was, “What made you leave the glistening world of Bollywood and settle in […]

    The post Bollywood director Mansoor Khan now making Cheese in the hills of Coonor to promote sustainable living first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1207. Scientist develop a credit-card sized, personal ECG monitor

  1208. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Heart-related diseases are increasing rapidly on a daily basis in India. Around 7-13 per cent of the total population in urban areas and about 2-7 per cent of the total population in rural India is suffering from some form of cardiovascular diseases. Augmenting the effect of these diseases is an overtly long and tiresome process […]

    The post Scientist develop a credit-card sized, personal ECG monitor first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anubhooti Jain.


  1209. Witnessing the Magic of the Dohas of Kabir with modern, fusion Music

  1210. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Kabir, his writings and their learning have always been deeply rooted in our cultural identity. Usually witnessed in childhood anecdotes, textbook alliterations, spiritual texts, devotional songs and wise musings, his writings have always been the epitome of spirituality and harmony. But, what If we tell you that Kabir’s words are being used in progressive ROCK. […]

    The post Witnessing the Magic of the Dohas of Kabir with modern, fusion Music first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1211. Born in a slum in Pune, Amar Shrirang Pol changed the lives of over 1000 children using education as a tool

  1212. Mon, 03 Oct 2016

    Amar Shrirang Pol, now 34, was raised in the slums of the Industrial Estate in Marketyard, Gultekdi in Pune. A mother who worked as a maid and a father who drove an auto-rickshaw, Amar got a vicious taste of poverty right from his childhood. Working hard, he studied in the Sant Namdeo Pune Municipal Corporation […]

    The post Born in a slum in Pune, Amar Shrirang Pol changed the lives of over 1000 children using education as a tool first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Kshitija Chavan.


  1213. How an 8-year-old grew his hair for 2 years to make wigs for Cancer patient

  1214. Thu, 29 Sep 2016

    8-year old Thomas Moore went about with his life like any carefree and fun-loving kid would. But, he found a new dimension to life, when he saw his mother watching a video involving a little girl, on social media, who was battling cancer. Initially, he thought that the girl in the video was a boy […]

    The post How an 8-year-old grew his hair for 2 years to make wigs for Cancer patient first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Sonal Paliwal.


  1215. How an organization in U.P is Changing lives by changing minds

  1216. Tue, 27 Sep 2016

    Somewhere, some place, sometime ago; a wise man said “It’s all in the mind”. The brevity of this sentence clearly shows that its whole substantiality is well beyond measurement and whose implication can do wonders. Milan, a non-governmental organization based in Uttar Pradesh echoes in alignment with this thought and understand the importance and often, […]

    The post How an organization in U.P is Changing lives by changing minds first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1217. When a Langar at a local Gurdwara changed the mindset of a large group of youngsters in Hyderabad

  1218. Tue, 27 Sep 2016

    Hyderabad has always been a shimmering example of diversity. But, amidst this gleeful diversity there has been, looming for sometimes , an underlying notion of group, community and religion based identities. But despite witnessing deep differences, a lot of youngsters don’t hesitate to mingle up with people of  different communities. Seeing this as an opportunity, […]

    The post When a Langar at a local Gurdwara changed the mindset of a large group of youngsters in Hyderabad first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1219. How an innovative campaign is addressing the burning question of Bangalore’s waste

  1220. Mon, 26 Sep 2016

    If you live in Bangalore and have been concerned about the growing piles of burning waste dotting the cityscape, then you finally have something to smile about. Over the last 4 weeks, Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation that harnesses citizen power to bring about change, has been actively promoting #BangaloreIsBurning  — a campaign to end the burning of garbage around […]

    The post How an innovative campaign is addressing the burning question of Bangalore’s waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Eartha.


  1221. When a businessman decided to fund the education of children of all the Uri Martyrs

  1222. Sun, 25 Sep 2016

    While the entire country mourned with the scarred families of the Uri martyrs, Mahesh Savani, a businessman, a philanthropist and a social activist, took it upon himself to contribute to the lives of the family members who were beyond themselves with grief. He extended a helping hand to the families by offering to sponsor the […]

    The post When a businessman decided to fund the education of children of all the Uri Martyrs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shiuli Bhattacharya.


  1223. How youth in the remote pockets of Harda, M.P. were SYNERGIZED by a train of thought for change

  1224. Sun, 18 Sep 2016

    In a country where democracy prevails; equality is followed; and fraternity is cherished; there are still many sections of the society where these practices exist only in the folded pages of a political science textbook. And It is not, indeed, a hidden story that we are not as free as we think we are. Striving […]

    The post How youth in the remote pockets of Harda, M.P. were SYNERGIZED by a train of thought for change first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1225. Mumbai’s College Students come together to clean Juhu Beach post Ganpati Visarjan

  1226. Sat, 17 Sep 2016

    Every Mumbaikar boasts of the majestic sea and beaches that adorn the city. However, what they cannot boast of, is the garbage that is left behind every year after Ganpati Visarjan on the beaches of the city. To show strength and the impact of collective action, Free A Billion in collaboration with Indian Development Foundation conducted […]

    The post Mumbai’s College Students come together to clean Juhu Beach post Ganpati Visarjan first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1227. How a campaign is breaking notions of discrimination in the minds of youngsters amidst the BIMARU image of a hollow Bihar

  1228. Thu, 15 Sep 2016

    While CYC’s Samjho Toh Express was running on time throughout the nation, the Express reached well in time at Bihar as well. Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) organized the junction event with the Samjho Toh Express campaign, 9 month long campaign initiated in 14 states by Commutiny -The Youth Collective which broke religious […]

    The post How a campaign is breaking notions of discrimination in the minds of youngsters amidst the BIMARU image of a hollow Bihar first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1229. How these siblings are creating a wasteless world, one changed mindset at a time

  1230. Wed, 14 Sep 2016

    Much of the problem of waste lies in our attitudes and behaviour towards it. The economic reforms and liberalisation of the 90s kickstarted India’s transformation into a consumerist society. Our consumption patterns changed, but our education system and waste management infrastructure did not, and when new forms of waste are thrust upon primitive systems, comes […]

    The post How these siblings are creating a wasteless world, one changed mindset at a time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Eartha.


  1231. Seventh Grade Indian origin girl from U.S.A lighting poor Indian houses for free

  1232. Mon, 12 Sep 2016

    Born to a Punjabi father and Kashmiri mother, Meera who studies at Sartartia Middle School, in Houston, Texas was working on her school’s science project when she heard of Indian government’s move UJALA YOGANA to replace 77 crore existing bulbs with energy saving light emitting diode (LED) ones. The 13 year old found that India’s […]

    The post Seventh Grade Indian origin girl from U.S.A lighting poor Indian houses for free first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1233. This young Indian architect is using ancient art & traditional techniques of natural architecture to create homes with a soul

  1234. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

     “Education, indeed, plays an integral role in the journey of a person from childhood to youth. And to achieve this education, it is important to perpetually gain new experiences. However, these experiences are often limited and plastered within the boundaries of the four walls of a classroom. But, I have always strongly believed that “travel […]

    The post This young Indian architect is using ancient art & traditional techniques of natural architecture to create homes with a soul first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1235. A doctor’s attempt to give free cancer treatment to the poor in Assam

  1236. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    Barak valley, 350 kms from Guwahati, is a scenic wonder nestled between beautiful hills and stands as a manifestation of nature’s serenity. But when one wanders beyond this curtain of beauty, a grim reality can be encountered here. For years, rising incidents of cancer and associated problems had plagued the valley. In an effort to counteract […]

    The post A doctor’s attempt to give free cancer treatment to the poor in Assam first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aparna Shastri.


  1237. An upscale restaurant in Mumbai where every member of its service team are individuals with hearing and speech impairments

  1238. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    Out of the vast and diverse population of India, a large number of individuals are those who suffer with some form of disability. Although it is not a hidden fact, but the abjection and differentiation they receive from the majority is evident. And while the acceptance from society for such individuals has been lukewarm, there […]

    The post An upscale restaurant in Mumbai where every member of its service team are individuals with hearing and speech impairments first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshul Sharma.


  1239. A group of Refugees who started an international Orchestra to build harmony through Music

  1240. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    Migration has always been a central issue and feature for the evolution of human race and the development of the modern civilization. But, in the past century and this present decade, we have witnessed that migration has been the outcome of Violent and tumultuous upsurges across the world. May it be the World War II, […]

    The post A group of Refugees who started an international Orchestra to build harmony through Music first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Arunima Bhattacharya.


  1241. Two IIT Bombay students invent a machine which gives water in return of waste

  1242. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    275 million metric tons is the amount of plastic waste generated every year worldwide! With our forever growing demands,the amount of non- biodegradable waste generated every year in increasing in multiple folds. This improper waste management leads to various serious issues like pollution, global warming, etc which consequently hamper our growth by causing other problems […]

    The post Two IIT Bombay students invent a machine which gives water in return of waste first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Khyati Pathak.


  1243. How a 21 year old ‘Gabru’ is changing the face of youth, in the drug infested state of ‘Punjab’

  1244. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    Born and brought up in a remote village on the border of India and Pakistan, Inderpreet Singh has seen the changing conditions of the youth of Punjab, getting addicted to malicious stuff with no sensitization, whatsoever, to the societal issues. Ever since he was an undergraduate, he believed in improving the substandard condition of India, […]

    The post How a 21 year old ‘Gabru’ is changing the face of youth, in the drug infested state of ‘Punjab’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  1245. A 15 year old girl who took on professionals in the tennis court with just 3 fingers in each hand

  1246. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    15-year-old Francesca Jones might be the most remarkable and certainly is the most inspirational tennis player who competed at the Wimbledon this year. She was born with Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia (EED), a rare condition that caused her hands and feet to develop abnormally and has left her with only three fingers in each hand. Even […]

    The post A 15 year old girl who took on professionals in the tennis court with just 3 fingers in each hand first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Manya Gumashta.


  1247. These young corporate professionals from Chennai are spending their weekend by working as laborers on fields for local Farmers 

  1248. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    In India, 7 out of every 10 families belong to a lineage that can trace their history to a prosperous agrarian family. Moreover, our country ranks 2nd in the world in total farm output where agriculture accounts for as much as quarter of the Indian economy. But despite the heavy importance of agriculture, it is […]

    The post These young corporate professionals from Chennai are spending their weekend by working as laborers on fields for local Farmers  first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anidhia Singh.


  1249. An American lady’s innovation of a Solar Suitcase is saving lives in rural clinics across 27 countries

  1250. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    Her incredible idea of ‘Solar Suitcase’ came when she went to Nigeria on a research trip. During the trip, Dr. Laura Stachel was astounded to witness a situation when a physician was performing an emergency cesarean section and then lights went out! Stachel was even more surprised to see people’s casual reaction to the horrendous […]

    The post An American lady’s innovation of a Solar Suitcase is saving lives in rural clinics across 27 countries first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Acchi Khabre.


  1251. How a corporate honcho jumped the corporate cubicle to save the last of our nature and wilderness

  1252. Wed, 07 Sep 2016

    “Save the Tiger” is a phrase that has been heard, read and written by many in the past few years. Surprisingly, it has been seen, that the support for saving the majestic predator has aroused mostly from the digital pockets of our society; namely the SOCIAL MEDIA. But as soon that virtual thumb goes up, […]

    The post How a corporate honcho jumped the corporate cubicle to save the last of our nature and wilderness first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyanshu Mani.


  1253. When waves of stigmas hit the shores of certain communities in Mumbai, SAHER navigated them to a peaceful haven

  1254. Mon, 05 Sep 2016

    “Amidst all the difficulties, there will be a hope to overcome; amidst all the problems, there will be a chance of a solution. And when you take these chances, with the hope of changing the bad, that will be the time you will succeed” ; for some, mere words, but for SAHER, their way of […]

    The post When waves of stigmas hit the shores of certain communities in Mumbai, SAHER navigated them to a peaceful haven first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1255. Here’s How GeoHazards Society Is Helping People to Be Prepared for Calamities

  1256. Sat, 03 Sep 2016

    Let’s admit it – if an earthquake hits us right now, most of us wouldn’t know what to do. GeoHazards Society India wants to change that. It is an organization in Mizoram that is committed to enhancing disaster preparedness of citizens by carrying out capacity building, holding training sessions, and awareness programmes. “In 2008, all […]

    The post Here’s How GeoHazards Society Is Helping People to Be Prepared for Calamities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1257. Teenage Syrian Refugees in Germany develop an ‘App’ to simplify Germany’s bureocracy

  1258. Fri, 02 Sep 2016

    Working through jargon is tough, and when you are an immigrant in a foreign land and you have to go through files of paper work, it’s a tall order. The experience Munzer Khattab and Gaith Zamrik went through when they entered the German land and went through their paper work was enough to make them […]

    The post Teenage Syrian Refugees in Germany develop an ‘App’ to simplify Germany’s bureocracy first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Angeline Alex.


  1259. This couple left their corporate jobs to change the world, one Plastic Bag at a time

  1260. Thu, 01 Sep 2016

    Polythene bags were first introduced into our lives in 1977 when New York-based supermarkets replaced paper bags with plastic bags. Since then, plastic bags have become a part and parcel of our daily lives. On an average, every individual in the world uses about 200 polyethene bags in a year before disposing them in the […]

    The post This couple left their corporate jobs to change the world, one Plastic Bag at a time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1261. This 10 Year Old whiz kid is the Youngest Indian to speak at TED Youth conference

  1262. Sun, 28 Aug 2016

    “Standing here today, I urge all of you, that next time when you talk to you a child, instead of asking them what do they want to do in the future, ask them what do they wish to do now? Ask them what is their idea of a better word? Tell them that age is […]

    The post This 10 Year Old whiz kid is the Youngest Indian to speak at TED Youth conference first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anjuli Thawait.


  1263. A lady from Bengaluru who rescued 53 street dogs and gave them a new life

  1264. Wed, 24 Aug 2016

    “If I don’t rescue them, how will they live on the streets? There is no one to take care of them,” says Amee. Amee is a resident of Horamavu, Bengaluru and she rescues dogs ill-treated by the society. She nurtures them in her own house, where 53 dogs now have taken over every single inch […]

    The post A lady from Bengaluru who rescued 53 street dogs and gave them a new life first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Milaap.


  1265. How a train of thought eliminated the fog of misunderstanding and intolerance in the hills of Manipur

  1266. Mon, 22 Aug 2016

    What are awkward questions? They are the ones we are too afraid to ask, but have the potential to break barriers that disintegrate our society.  Look at our friends and their habits. Do we have a homogenous set of friends, who have similar eating habits, who belong to the same religious community and pray in […]

    The post How a train of thought eliminated the fog of misunderstanding and intolerance in the hills of Manipur first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1267. This 9-year old girl started a library in her slum to educate other slum children

  1268. Sat, 20 Aug 2016

    The Story of Muskan Ahirwar who is bringing a revolution just with a few books, some tattered mats, a dingy house, and an unflinching desire to spread education. Common public thought around children living in slums consists of helpless children surviving in egregious living conditions, are prone to hunger, illiteracy, and poor physical as well […]

    The post This 9-year old girl started a library in her slum to educate other slum children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aradhya Singh.


  1269. A graphic designer who left his job in U.K & came back to India to convert a barren land into a lush green forest

  1270. Tue, 16 Aug 2016

    When Snehal Trivedi, a graphic designer by profession, got the chance to spend two years in the UK, he soon found himself tired of the western culture and the fast-paced city life. So he returned to India and decided to settle down in a small village near Auroville in Puducherry. That was the start of […]

    The post A graphic designer who left his job in U.K & came back to India to convert a barren land into a lush green forest first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: 52 Parindey.


  1271. Tribal, Rural, Urban: How one campaign in Jharkhand taught that beyond the distinctions there is only one singularity; our identity as Human beings

  1272. Sun, 14 Aug 2016

    Carved out of Bihar, Jharkhand was named after its lush, forested landscapes. But, the state has always been defined by those who made it their abode. It has witnessed itself get defined by the intermingling of native tribes and castes with a modern, contemporary population which provided it with a unique image. And it was […]

    The post Tribal, Rural, Urban: How one campaign in Jharkhand taught that beyond the distinctions there is only one singularity; our identity as Human beings first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1273. This yougster is helping thousands of people to sell their waste online through Kabadiwala.com

  1274. Mon, 08 Aug 2016

    Technology is all pervasive and is found in almost every walk of life. A large number of startups are now banking on technology for their products and services and are highly dependent on the same to mark a competitive edge. But can you imagine that junk collection too can become a business based on technology? […]

    The post This yougster is helping thousands of people to sell their waste online through Kabadiwala.com first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nikita Motwani.


  1275. Former banker on a mission to turn around the life of tribals

  1276. Mon, 08 Aug 2016

    Every day we witness that our lives have always been encumbered and entangled in numbers. The highest percentage in school, the figures of GDP growth rate, the fall of the stock market or the millions who died in a year. Although seemingly logical by their outlook, numbers often reduce even the most genuine human lives […]

    The post Former banker on a mission to turn around the life of tribals first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1277. H.R College students creating a Water Revolution through Project Jalvruddhi

  1278. Thu, 04 Aug 2016

    Imagine carrying a 25 kg briefcase on your head and walking a distance of 2.5km every day to office. Now imagine having to do this tedious task three times, every single day. This is typically what every Indian woman in rural India is required to do to fulfill the water needs of her family, resulting […]

    The post H.R College students creating a Water Revolution through Project Jalvruddhi first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1279. From industrial corridors of Jamshedpur to the rural colonies of Khurai, how one campaign answered the deep religious, economic & gender based differences in our educational system

  1280. Mon, 01 Aug 2016

    Samjho Toh Express is an initiative by ComMutiny The Youth Collective which aims at cultivating cross border friendships through an experiential journey which will help the youth in reflecting and breaking the stereotypes that they hold for other communities, genders, castes, religions, ethnic backgrounds etc. A journey through this campaign will help in internalizing the […]

    The post From industrial corridors of Jamshedpur to the rural colonies of Khurai, how one campaign answered the deep religious, economic & gender based differences in our educational system first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1281. Bengaluru School Students sell cupcakes on roadside stalls to raise funds for underprivileged dropout students

  1282. Fri, 29 Jul 2016

    What did we do during our summer vacations in 12th grade of our schooling? We might recall the day long tuition classes, long hours of self studies, rigorous training and internship periods and so on. For most of us, the entire period during high school has been one of the most stressful phases of our life. […]

    The post Bengaluru School Students sell cupcakes on roadside stalls to raise funds for underprivileged dropout students first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1283. When a Campaign changed religious differences to long lasting friendships

  1284. Thu, 28 Jul 2016

    Inclusion, Peace, Harmony, Brotherhood – These words, when read in books and heard in public talks, indeed motivate us and present a beautiful picture of the world to us. But when we actually practice these, we realise that there are numerous social stigmas and stereotypes within us. We hesitate to take a step beyond those […]

    The post When a Campaign changed religious differences to long lasting friendships first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1285. A veteran who is bringing a revolution in the field of alternative education through ‘Puvidham’

  1286. Thu, 21 Jul 2016

    Puducherry : Today, a major part of the world is reeling under the consequences of climate change that have been caused by mankind over the years. The degrading quality of water, soil erosion, floods, rising temperatures, unexpected changes in the pattern of rainfall, loss of biodiversity and rising water levels in the sea are some […]

    The post A veteran who is bringing a revolution in the field of alternative education through ‘Puvidham’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1287. Now Farmers Won’t Have to Depend on the Rain Gods, Thanks to SayTrees!

  1288. Mon, 18 Jul 2016

    Concerned about Bengaluru’s shrinking green cover, Kapil Sharma, a software engineer decided to do something about it. What started as a small initiative eventually grew into a full-fledged operation. Kapil’s passion gave birth to the NGO, SayTrees. He is transforming the city and making it green once again. “A recent study has shown the number of trees per […]

    The post Now Farmers Won’t Have to Depend on the Rain Gods, Thanks to SayTrees! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1289. The Harvard student from Bhopal who shot her way to Commonwealth Games

  1290. Wed, 13 Jul 2016

    From a tender age parents ask their children to aim high and aspire to become a bureaucrat, technocrat, medico, lawyer or sportsperson. Although choices are many, but the child has to choose one and pursue that all his/her life. If the choice comes through academics, sports gets a back seat, and vice versa. But some […]

    The post The Harvard student from Bhopal who shot her way to Commonwealth Games first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1291. Hoshangabad SP teaching students of local government schools facing staff crunches

  1292. Sat, 09 Jul 2016

    Breaking the stereotypical clamour of corruption, the Hoshangabad SP and his team of police personals are using blackboards and Chalks to bring about a change in the society Government schools, especially in remote tribal and rural spaces, have often faced a disgusting apathy from numerous stakeholders in the society. We see the lack of interest […]

    The post Hoshangabad SP teaching students of local government schools facing staff crunches first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyansh Soni.


  1293. A man who reinvented the Rickshaw and created a Rickshaw Bank after a ride on a Cycle Rickshaw

  1294. Wed, 06 Jul 2016

    Providing veterinary services all over Guwahati meant a lot of commuting for Pradip every day. Once, when he did not get any transport, he hired a Cycle Rickshaw to reach the place. During the ride he got into a conversation with the rickshaw puller, which opened his eyes. Their plight, cycling in the scorching heat […]

    The post A man who reinvented the Rickshaw and created a Rickshaw Bank after a ride on a Cycle Rickshaw first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1295. A village boy’s journey from a remote village school to University of Oxford

  1296. Sat, 02 Jul 2016

      Story of Yashveer Singh  – Country head of Ashoka Youth Venture who started his life from a remote village school in Pilani “Dreams are not that you see in sleep, Dreams are those that do not let you sleep”, these famous words from the People’s President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, resonate in […]

    The post A village boy’s journey from a remote village school to University of Oxford first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1297. An organisation whose innovation can help you ‘Live’ even after Death

  1298. Thu, 30 Jun 2016

    CAPSULA   MUNDI’S   ATTEMPT   FOR   A   GREEN   FINISH   TO  THE   CIRCLE   OF  LIFE ITALY : In today’s world, the notion of living green has established a fledgling yet a strong presence. The presence has gathered a strong communal conscience in saving the planet by wearing, eating and […]

    The post An organisation whose innovation can help you ‘Live’ even after Death first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nikita Motwani.


  1299. A Bollywood Music Director who bought a hill to start his own Wildlife Reserve

  1300. Thu, 23 Jun 2016

    STORY OF MUSIC DIRECTOR ABHISHEK RAY WHO STARTED HIS OWN WILDLIFE RESERVE WHICH IS NOW HOME TO TIGERS, LEOPARDS AND 600 VARIETIES OF BIRDS AND OTHER SPECIES Since childhood, there were just two things around which the life of young Abhishek Ray revolved. They were Music and Wildlife. Singing hymns and visiting the zoo was […]

    The post A Bollywood Music Director who bought a hill to start his own Wildlife Reserve first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nazneen Kachwala.


  1301. While some fanatics are using religion break communities, a handful of youth are teaching how different religions can unite us together

  1302. Sat, 18 Jun 2016

    “The wedding hall was all set. The shimmering lights and the glittering décor made the aura mesmerizing. It was my Appi’s Nikah. Amidst the hustle of the ongoing wedding preparations, I noticed someone whose presence at the Nikah was quite unexpected. It was Tanu.” Being a Hindu, Tanu had never attended a Nikah before. Only […]

    The post While some fanatics are using religion break communities, a handful of youth are teaching how different religions can unite us together first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1303. A Retired Bank Employee who transformed the lives of hundreds of children of Prison Inmates

  1304. Thu, 16 Jun 2016

      Whenever we think about crimes, justice and judgement, the first image that conjures up in our mind is the image of a notorious criminal behind bars. The visual confirms our contentment for the judgment that has been served to this heinous stratum of our society. But we forget, that behind every bolted bar, there […]

    The post A Retired Bank Employee who transformed the lives of hundreds of children of Prison Inmates first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Praneta Agrawal.


  1305. Robin Chaurasiya’s KRANTI empowering girls from the Red Light area of Mumbai

  1306. Sat, 11 Jun 2016

     LEADING A ‘KRANTI‘ FROM KAMATIPURA TO ‘LIFE’ Titled as one of Newsweek’s “25 Under 25 Women to Watch” and honoured with ‘Youth Courage Award’ by UN, 19-year-old Shweta Katti is pursuing a course in psychology at NYC. 19-year-old Kavita Hosmani is attending ‘Semester at Sea’ on a scholarship. The endless list of achievements of these […]

    The post Robin Chaurasiya’s KRANTI empowering girls from the Red Light area of Mumbai first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1307. Son of a tailor, this man makes unbelievable portraits just by a few needles and threads

  1308. Mon, 06 Jun 2016

    STORY OF THE NEEDLE MAN OF INDIA – ARUN KUMAR BAJAJ It is said that creativity presents itself to the prodigy as a mystical gift which he hones throughout his life in order to give shape to the shapeless and give form to the unseen. But creativity is not just limited to the gifted. Instead, […]

    The post Son of a tailor, this man makes unbelievable portraits just by a few needles and threads first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1309. These Cops in Bhopal are educating Slum Children in Thanas in their free time

  1310. Thu, 02 Jun 2016

    “अ से अनार, अा से अाम….  A for Apple, B for Ball”…. Hearing the familiar chaotic sound, my ears assured that it was a montessori School. Instantly, my eyes moved around in search of the source of noise, just to stop at a big blue board with flashy large words- HANUMANGANJ POLICE THANA. Peculiar! A rapid […]

    The post These Cops in Bhopal are educating Slum Children in Thanas in their free time first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1311. Story of Madhavi Latha, a National Para Swimmer who is changing the face of Wheelchair Basketball in India

  1312. Sun, 29 May 2016

      Eight years ago, Madhavi Latha’s life came to a standstill when she came to know that she was suffering from Polio. Doctors said she had only a year left to live. The disease had compressed her Spinal cord. Moreover, with one of her lungs covered by the spine, the lack of oxygen had made […]

    The post Story of Madhavi Latha, a National Para Swimmer who is changing the face of Wheelchair Basketball in India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1313. This IITian left his job in U.S to build a ‘NearGroup’ App which connects Neighbours to bring Social Change

  1314. Sat, 28 May 2016

    It is well known that social media is a great tool that works wonders to connect people across geographies. It helps us to stay connected with the world and voice our opinions on the web. But do we know each and every person living in our immediate neighborhoods? How well are we connected to our […]

    The post This IITian left his job in U.S to build a ‘NearGroup’ App which connects Neighbours to bring Social Change first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aparna Shastri.


  1315. Once a street kid himself, this man has saved more than 9000 street children till date

  1316. Fri, 27 May 2016

    Story of S.Murugan who has saved more than 9000 children till date with just sheer Will and an Auto Rickshaw While receiving the award from the then President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan tears rolled down his eyes. The Five Star Hotel where he rested in a double cot transverse to […]

    The post Once a street kid himself, this man has saved more than 9000 street children till date first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1317. This 24 Year old Girl fulfilled the Wishes of 110 Underprivileged Children, just through a Social Media Campaign

  1318. Mon, 16 May 2016

    As a kid, we always hoped to have a genie who would secretly make all our dreams come true. But would you believe if we say that such genies exist in real. Yes they do. Nikita Kothari, a 24 year old MA graduate from Bhopal acted as a genie and fulfilled the wishes of 110 […]

    The post This 24 Year old Girl fulfilled the Wishes of 110 Underprivileged Children, just through a Social Media Campaign first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1319. FROM ROLLING BEEDIS TO GROWING A BODHI TREE – STORY OF ASHWEETHA SHETTY

  1320. Mon, 09 May 2016

    STORY OF  YOUNG INDIA FELLOW AND ASHOKA YOUTH VENTURER- ASHWEETHA SHETTY “There is not much to write about me”, she said when I spoke to her for the first time. By the end of the conversation, I realised she was wrong! Mukkudal Village of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, lives out of beedi rolling and […]

    The post FROM ROLLING BEEDIS TO GROWING A BODHI TREE – STORY OF ASHWEETHA SHETTY first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1321. An Engineer whose Digital Aanganwadis are attracting rural children towards Education

  1322. Fri, 06 May 2016

    “I never studied social work or sociology and my engineering background had nothing to do with the work I started doing. But later I realised that this ignorance actually helped me, as I had no boundaries to draw, when it came to innovation”. These words might open many eyes, and push many young professionals waiting […]

    The post An Engineer whose Digital Aanganwadis are attracting rural children towards Education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shiuli Bhattacharya.


  1323. Story of Deepak Ramola, who has impacted more than 54,000 lives, just through his ‘LIFE LESSONS’

  1324. Thu, 28 Apr 2016

    The article was Originally Published in April 28,2016  and updated in March 2019. Meet   26   Year   Old   Deepak Ramola,   A   lyricist , An  Actor,  A  Journalist, A  Script Analyst,  An Educator   and The  FOUNDER   of   PROJECT   FUEL. What is your life lesson?, I asked him. “SHARE YOUR STORY”, he answered. Having said this, he […]

    The post Story of Deepak Ramola, who has impacted more than 54,000 lives, just through his ‘LIFE LESSONS’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1325. These two ‘Young India Fellows’ are reinventing the Magic of SOLEFUL Designs

  1326. Wed, 20 Apr 2016

    Story of KARMANTIK – An organisation which is bringing traditional footwear to the forefront We all understand the importance of footwear. Shoes, Boots, Sandals and Chappals. There is always a pair, carefully designed for every occasion and situation. But behind this essential commodity lies another indispensible asset without whom, the footwear might never exist – […]

    The post These two ‘Young India Fellows’ are reinventing the Magic of SOLEFUL Designs first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shiuli Bhattacharya.


  1327. Making KAHANIS available to the Visually Impaired just through a Website

  1328. Mon, 18 Apr 2016

    The Kahani of KAHANI PROJECT Panchatantra, Akbar Birbal, Malgudi Days – These are stories without which a childhood is unimaginable. Nights spent on the cozy beds reading your favorite bedtime stories or your grandparents narrating those for you in the most thrilling fashion. Ah… It used to be fun! Now imagine a scenario where all […]

    The post Making KAHANIS available to the Visually Impaired just through a Website first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1329. SAMPURN(E)ARTH – A Mumbai based Start-up which is converting Waste into Wealth

  1330. Sun, 10 Apr 2016

    SAMPURN(E)ARTH – A MUMBAI BASED START-UP WHICH IS REVOLUTIONISING THE WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN INDIA In a city that never sleeps, people run around day and night to make two ends meet. But in this chaos, when one sees women in uniform, lined up with safety gloves and wheel barrows filled with collected waste, it […]

    The post SAMPURN(E)ARTH – A Mumbai based Start-up which is converting Waste into Wealth first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Praneta Agrawal.


  1331. How one man’s SOCH changed the lives of 1100 abandoned Children

  1332. Mon, 04 Apr 2016

      Adolescence can unequivocally be called as the most exuberant period of one’s life. The carefree conscience and the ever hungry mind make this period one to be cherished for. But often this carefree outlook leads to confusion and a constant repulsion from the child towards the world and its affairs. This leads to many […]

    The post How one man’s SOCH changed the lives of 1100 abandoned Children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1333. This Indian Team player played a Ranji match the next day after his father’s Death

  1334. Fri, 01 Apr 2016

    Of all the stories which exemplify Virat Kohli’s fighting spirit, the one which stands out is when his father passed away. In a Ranji Trophy match in 2006, Karnataka amassed 446 against Delhi who were soon tottering at 14/4. An 18-year-old Virat Kohli waged a lone battle and ended the day on 40. It was […]

    The post This Indian Team player played a Ranji match the next day after his father’s Death first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1335. This award winning chef of Taj Hotels left his job to feed the Homeless and Mentally Disabled

  1336. Sat, 26 Mar 2016

      STORY OF  NARAYANAN KRISHNAN  WHO FEEDS LOVE WITH MEALS TO HOMELESS AND  UNDERPRIVILEGED  A country which has an equally diverse set of palettes as the number of cultures and religions embedded in it, the love of Indians towards food is evident. Maybe it is the simple Dal and roti cooked by your mother or […]

    The post This award winning chef of Taj Hotels left his job to feed the Homeless and Mentally Disabled first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyanshu Mani.


  1337. This Lady is changing the lives of thousands of people with Hearing Disabilities. Read how!

  1338. Sun, 20 Mar 2016

    Story of Ruma Roka who started the Noida Deaf Society to change the lives of children with hearing impairment One day while watching a T.V. show, Ruma witnessed a news item which was being translated into the sign language for the deaf. How some random hand gestures can translate and transcend a barrier of such […]

    The post This Lady is changing the lives of thousands of people with Hearing Disabilities. Read how! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Shiuli Bhattacharya.


  1339. Hrithik Roshan joins hands with India’s first Transgender Band ‘The 6 Pack’

  1340. Fri, 18 Mar 2016

    Hrithik Roshan has clapped hands with India’s first transgender band for a music video for their next single. India’s first transgender band, 6-Pack Band, has been sparking off plenty of excitement since its first single, “Hum Hain Happy”, a cover of Pharrell Williams’s popular 2013 track, “Happy” (2013), with a video shot across the city. […]

    The post Hrithik Roshan joins hands with India’s first Transgender Band ‘The 6 Pack’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1341. Ashoka India’s Youth Venture Program leading social transformation through Young Changemakers

  1342. Thu, 17 Mar 2016

      With its vision ‘Everyone a Changemaker world, Ashoka’s Youth Venture Program was launched in India to empower Indian youngsters to become agents of social change by encouraging them to emerge with innovative ideas and social ventures. Ashoka’s Youth Venture is an international community of young changemakers, with over 6,000 Venture teams in 23 countries […]

    The post Ashoka India’s Youth Venture Program leading social transformation through Young Changemakers first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1343. This organisation is “Making a Space” for hundreds of Orphans. See how!

  1344. Wed, 16 Mar 2016

    Have we ever considered what happens to the children who lose their parents and have nowhere to go? If they are fortunate, they end up in an orphanage. But what becomes of those young orphans when they move out of those orphanages? Destitute, vulnerable and lacking basic skills for employability, they move into a world […]

    The post This organisation is “Making a Space” for hundreds of Orphans. See how! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aparna Shastri.


  1345. Bhutanese citizens plant 108,000 Trees to celebrate the birth of Bhutan’s Prince

  1346. Tue, 15 Mar 2016

      Tens of thousands of citizens of the tiny kingdom of Bhutan came together earlier this month to welcome their newborn prince with Buddhist symbols by planting 108,000 trees, each sealed with a prayer for the heir to the throne. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, three of his ministers, and the leader of Opposition were among the 100,000 […]

    The post Bhutanese citizens plant 108,000 Trees to celebrate the birth of Bhutan’s Prince first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1347. At 16, she is an author of 2 novels & Ambassador of Oxford Academics Program

  1348. Mon, 14 Mar 2016

    Story of whiz kid, Devanshi Khetrapal, a literati who’s love for literature is changing the tale of her life everyday And in this big world, I sit in my room,  Safe and secure, under this blanket I own I hear those leaves calling me with their soft rustles, I look at that man aspiring for […]

    The post At 16, she is an author of 2 novels & Ambassador of Oxford Academics Program first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Aayushi Mehra.


  1349. This 67 year old is filling potholes on road to prevent accidents

  1350. Sat, 12 Mar 2016

    STORY OF GANGADHAR TILAK – FOUNDER OF SHRAMDAN Roads can undoubtedly be called as the nervous system of any prosperous nation. They not only create a stable geographical link, but also conjoin a spectrum of religious and cultural diversity. But in a nation like ours, what comes as saddening is the deterioration of these roads. […]

    The post This 67 year old is filling potholes on road to prevent accidents first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1351. This 12-year old specially abled boy’s cover of Eminem’s song redefines passion for music

  1352. Fri, 11 Mar 2016

      Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a rare and incurable disease which causes bones in the body to become extremely fragile right from birth. The disease is so dangerous that even a firm handshake can break a bone. Sparsh Shah, a 12-year old boy living in America suffering from this disease recently uploaded a cover of the […]

    The post This 12-year old specially abled boy’s cover of Eminem’s song redefines passion for music first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1353. From desolate confinement to a healer, the AAYAM of Viva Joshi never ends

  1354. Thu, 10 Mar 2016

    It took her 2 years and tremendous amount of courage, to come out of her situation and face the world. But when she did it, she brought smiles on many faces. Studying in the best school and college of her city, gave her a vibrant personality, but not any inner peace. Just like any other […]

    The post From desolate confinement to a healer, the AAYAM of Viva Joshi never ends first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1355. A girl who is breaking the shackles of discrimination with a Karate chop

  1356. Wed, 09 Mar 2016

    While the nation feels pride in women power, and Ministers keep announcing policies to empower girls and women, society follows its own pace to allow and absorb the same. Harda, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, still believes that girls are meant only for marriage and to rear a family. In a population with stereotyped […]

    The post A girl who is breaking the shackles of discrimination with a Karate chop first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1357. A young man’s SKILLful attempt to voice the demands of hundreds of students

  1358. Mon, 07 Mar 2016

      With a Youth population of around 356 million, India lies at the forefront of harnessing the exuberant youth power. But what gets portrayed in numbers lacks heavily in value. With a dismal rate of employability and necessary skills, there lies a huge gap between our prevalent education system and the youth.  During a survey […]

    The post A young man’s SKILLful attempt to voice the demands of hundreds of students first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1359. The story of Arjun Rathod: A Sex worker’s son who changed the lives of 1000 Sex workers by raising a voice

  1360. Sat, 05 Mar 2016

    GB Road in Delhi, one of the largest red-light areas in the country, has long faced the humiliation from society for being a home to more than 1000 sex workers. Even setting foot in the area is considered a taboo by the standards of the “civilized” society. But a different story of this area which […]

    The post The story of Arjun Rathod: A Sex worker’s son who changed the lives of 1000 Sex workers by raising a voice first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1361. The Menstruation Man of India who changed the lives of millions of women in India

  1362. Fri, 04 Mar 2016

    Story via :  Al Jazeera Arunachalam Muruganantham was obsessed with making the perfect sanitary pad for his wife. After years of work, his invention has changed the lives of millions of women in India. It all began in 1998, when Arunachalam Muruganantham, the son of poor handloom weavers in South India, realised that his wife […]

    The post The Menstruation Man of India who changed the lives of millions of women in India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1363. Coaches across Continents : Using Sports to change the lives of millions

  1364. Thu, 03 Mar 2016

      Picture a small kid in a remote village in Northern Uganda who has a gun to his head and being ordered by a merciless group of lunatics to kill his parents with a machete or witness the murder of the whole community.  Now imagine the same kid, grown up and matured by the merciless […]

    The post Coaches across Continents : Using Sports to change the lives of millions first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1365. This man changed the lives of hundreds of Beggars. Read How.

  1366. Wed, 02 Mar 2016

    The story of Sharad for whom beggers were a Responsibility and not a Liability! Often in our fast paced lives, the appeal of material pleasures becomes so strong for us that we often forget the pain of the lowermost strata of our society. They are the ones who are crumpled under the pressure of financial […]

    The post This man changed the lives of hundreds of Beggars. Read How. first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gurvinder Kaur.


  1367. Born to illiterate parents, this man is working to bring Education to his Tribe

  1368. Tue, 01 Mar 2016

      India is a diverse land and a homogenous mixture of multiple tribes and ethnicities . The tribal communities in India form the lowest strata of the society as they are often left unnoticed. Governments come and go and the urban urbanise further but minimal attention is given to the development of the tribal areas. […]

    The post Born to illiterate parents, this man is working to bring Education to his Tribe first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Ashita Rathore.


  1369. A man who left his family’s farming tradition to carry the voice of Nagaland’s Youth

  1370. Sat, 27 Feb 2016

    Story of Samwell – The figurine of strength for Nagaland Born in Nagaland, Samwell belonged to a simple family engaged in the pastures for 48 years. Samwell, the youngest one in the family, joined the Public College of Commerce for higher studies. Here, while studying accountancy he realized that beyond the farmlands of the state […]

    The post A man who left his family’s farming tradition to carry the voice of Nagaland’s Youth first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1371. How 12 year old kids snatched a school from Goons and Drug Addicts on Children’s Day

  1372. Sat, 27 Feb 2016

    While children across the country were celebrating Children’s Day on 14th November 2014 in their schools, children of drug addicts, criminals and ragpickers in Tikiapara, Howrah (WB) had their own plans. An old dilapidated 150 year old building in the area, with a 2 acre dumping ground and pond in its backyard, was home to […]

    The post How 12 year old kids snatched a school from Goons and Drug Addicts on Children’s Day first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1373. This couple founded a School for Deaf in the quest for a school for their Deaf Son

  1374. Thu, 25 Feb 2016

      Sometimes it is the denial of certain essential rights which forces individuals to go out of their way to help others. Such is the story of Prof. SC Handa and Mrs. Kiran Handa who, in the quest of a school for their deaf son founded a school for the deaf themselves. The foundations of […]

    The post This couple founded a School for Deaf in the quest for a school for their Deaf Son first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyanshu Mani.


  1375. This girl is trying to curb rural malnutrition through ‘MIRACULOUS MILLETS’

  1376. Mon, 22 Feb 2016

      Have you ever thanked a ‘farmer’ while having your lunch or dinner? At the very start of the interview, she raised this question to me and it hit my consciousness at the very moment. Our negligent mind probably never realizes the value of the producer. While we sit comfortably in our dining chairs, relishing […]

    The post This girl is trying to curb rural malnutrition through ‘MIRACULOUS MILLETS’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1377. This girl is questioning the stereotypes around Marriage. Here’s how!

  1378. Fri, 19 Feb 2016

      Growing up in India can be an overwhelming experience. The sheer amount of diversity and traditional facets often defines one’s life here. And being a young adult in India, the first thing the traditions decide is the notion of your marriage. As soon as you grow up you are inadvertently coerced to earn a […]

    The post This girl is questioning the stereotypes around Marriage. Here’s how! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Disha Malviya.


  1379. The ROBINHOODS of today, eliminating Hunger and Food Wastage Globally

  1380. Wed, 17 Feb 2016

      Who doesn’t know Robinhood? Young or old, rich or poor, everyone has read or heard about the fairy tale Robinhood, who robbed the rich to give to the poor. While all of us wish, that there was another Robinhood today to remove all inequalities, none of us ever tried to become one. Until one […]

    The post The ROBINHOODS of today, eliminating Hunger and Food Wastage Globally first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1381. “Yelo” – A desk, a writing pad, A bag, A study Lamp, A small tool for a bigger change!

  1382. Mon, 15 Feb 2016

      Accessibility to education has always been hindered by innumerable factors in India especially by the sporadic allocation of educational and infrastructural resources.  This inefficient allocation has impeded the development of millions of children. Manish Mathur an alumnus of a government school in Kanwarpada was left appalled to witness a similar lack of infrastructure as […]

    The post “Yelo” – A desk, a writing pad, A bag, A study Lamp, A small tool for a bigger change! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Priyanshu Mani.


  1383. These 2 Girls from a suppressed community are challenging the suppression through Education

  1384. Sun, 14 Feb 2016

      Coming from a community that offers nothing to girls except resistance and discrimination, life was never easy for Sahiba and Khushboo.  These two students of 12th class were even deprived of their basic right to education at different points in their lives. Sahiba had her studies cut short after class 10th because her father […]

    The post These 2 Girls from a suppressed community are challenging the suppression through Education first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Disha Malviya.


  1385. A man who made a ‘Cardboard Incubator’ to save infant’s lives in Rural India

  1386. Thu, 11 Feb 2016

      Irrespective of financial backgrounds, the fun of childhood revolves around playing in the mud, jumping into a puddle splashing water around, building dream castles in the sand, and rolling on the soft grass. As the child grows, it tries to play with colors, mold objects out of dough, and give life to toys around. […]

    The post A man who made a ‘Cardboard Incubator’ to save infant’s lives in Rural India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1387. A lady who fought the most dreadful disease Cancer, with just a Smile

  1388. Thu, 04 Feb 2016

       Story of  Mrs. Suma Gupta who gave the most humiliating  defeat to the deadly disease Cancer with a weapon called ‘Smile‘   A disease that shakes even the most confident person from inside, a name that shatters the will to live, a fear that breaks a family into pieces is called CANCER.When the same […]

    The post A lady who fought the most dreadful disease Cancer, with just a Smile first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1389. An Israeli man who left his job and came to India to grow 70 acres of Edible forest

  1390. Wed, 03 Feb 2016

     Story of Aviram Rozin – Founder of Sadhana Forest The story was originally published on 3rd Februrary 2016 and updated on March 3 2019 Along with many tourists, Aviram Rozin too wanted to explore and experience India’s rich culture and diversity in every way. Coming from a brown (concrete) jungle in Israel, he wanted to […]

    The post An Israeli man who left his job and came to India to grow 70 acres of Edible forest first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1391. A Father Fills Up City’s Potholes As A Tribute To His Young Son Who Lost His Life Due To Them

  1392. Tue, 02 Feb 2016

      Every time Dadarao Bilhore spots a pothole on the road, he stops. Using his bare hands, he fills it up with broken paver blacks and debris from construction sites that he collects. And then he stomps on it to level the pothole. Once the job is done, he carries on, keeping his eyes peeled […]

    The post A Father Fills Up City’s Potholes As A Tribute To His Young Son Who Lost His Life Due To Them first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1393. In search of a “Perch” she brought back the child in hundreds of children

  1394. Mon, 01 Feb 2016

      The story of Kamya Dargan, Founder of MY PERCH Childhood, a time in an individual’s life, when there’s an insatiable hunger for answers to everything, the will and the time to play all day and the inquisitiveness to explore the delightful treasures that the world.  But if we look closely, we can see that […]

    The post In search of a “Perch” she brought back the child in hundreds of children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1395. This youth organisation is bringing happiness in the lives of people in their ‘2nd Innings’

  1396. Sat, 30 Jan 2016

      In a time when every single human being is yearning for happiness, a group of youth is striving incessantly hard to bring happiness in the lives of others. ANSH HAPPINESS SOCIETY, a close knit group of like-minded youngsters, is coming up with another glorious attempt to bring smiles on hundreds of faces. This time […]

    The post This youth organisation is bringing happiness in the lives of people in their ‘2nd Innings’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Praneta Agrawal.


  1397. Out of the many journeys in life, He found the ones with meaning!

  1398. Wed, 27 Jan 2016

      From school to college, to a professional study and then a job, that’s the route most children from economically comfortable families take. Performance pressures, cut-throat competition, thirst for recognition, lead to a meaningless rat race, that ends up with stress, health issues, and early age burn out. While many stay put calling it their […]

    The post Out of the many journeys in life, He found the ones with meaning! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1399. ‘MAN FOR MANGROVES’ – THE REVIVAL OF SUNDERBAN

  1400. Mon, 18 Jan 2016

    STORY OF CHANGELOOMER PRANABESH MAITI Climatic and environmental disturbance vouched for its destructive consequences when the water level shot up and started submerging the island in its depth. Ecological imbalance and loss of biodiversity started reaching its deadliest form. Mangrove, the lifeline of the beautiful Sundarban  islands began losing its life because of unwanted and […]

    The post ‘MAN FOR MANGROVES’ – THE REVIVAL OF SUNDERBAN first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1401. A girl who is ‘Voicing Up’ to create a safe state for girls in Uttar Pradesh

  1402. Wed, 13 Jan 2016

    THE STORY OF SHIVANI AND HER EFFORTS TO AWARE THE YOUTH ON WOMEN RIGHTS ON WOMEN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY Growing up amidst an air of explicit discrimination where even the basic rights of women are violated can be a brutal revelation. In a country where millions face such violations and negligence every day, very […]

    The post A girl who is ‘Voicing Up’ to create a safe state for girls in Uttar Pradesh first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Disha Malviya.


  1403. How a film-maker showcased the beating retreat of an adrift Community

  1404. Mon, 11 Jan 2016

      STORY OF CHANGELOOMER DEBGOPAL MANDAL Lights, Camera, Action and the silver screen were the first words in his vocabulary. Speaking his heart out and reaching the heart of the audience using just some moving pictures was his way of speaking. And he spoke valiantly. Born and brought up in Birbhum, West Bengal, DebGopal was […]

    The post How a film-maker showcased the beating retreat of an adrift Community first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1405. Low CAT Scorers, yet Social Changemakers!

  1406. Sun, 10 Jan 2016

       The CAT results are just out. While the students with high percentiles are celebrating their success in the fiercely competitive exam,  there are a large number of students who are dejected and disappointed by their own performances.  Thus we introduce to you 4  Social Changemakers  who couldn’t score well in CAT, but did big […]

    The post Low CAT Scorers, yet Social Changemakers! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1407. Forced into the rat race, he jumped out of it to start out on his own

  1408. Sun, 10 Jan 2016

      Ask any IT professional, why he chose this profession, pat comes the reply: well, there was more money, got influenced by friends, parents wanted, did not get any job, or I liked computers. But when you hear that “I wanted to become a Doctor, but because of poor financial condition, could not afford to […]

    The post Forced into the rat race, he jumped out of it to start out on his own first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1409. Denied of basic rights in childhood, she is ensuring it for others

  1410. Fri, 08 Jan 2016

      We live in a country where 5.5 million children are held in the clutches of child labor, 40,000 are abducted every year, exploited and trafficked… 300,000 hungry ones roam around with begging bowls on streets… many become victims of domestic violence in their own homes every day… and despite all fundamental rights as defined […]

    The post Denied of basic rights in childhood, she is ensuring it for others first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1411. Now accident victims will not lose their lives on the roads. Thanks to SAVELIFE Foundation!

  1412. Fri, 08 Jan 2016

    The sight of ambulances and police-cars racing to the scene of a road accident in the city or on the busy highway is so commonplace in India that few heads turn even in idle curiosity. According to statistics, there is 1 death in every four minutes due to a road accident in India, earning the […]

    The post Now accident victims will not lose their lives on the roads. Thanks to SAVELIFE Foundation! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1413. This young man is giving LIFE to the innovators of tomorrow through LIFELAB

  1414. Tue, 05 Jan 2016

    Meet Lewitt Somarajan the founder of LIFELAB who is changing the stereotypical approach of teaching science through innovative and practical methods In the clutches of the competitive world, the prevailing Indian education system has lost its incomparable uniqueness of innovative curriculum and teaching methodologies which showcased a holistic understanding of topics. The conventional teaching approach […]

    The post This young man is giving LIFE to the innovators of tomorrow through LIFELAB first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1415. An Orchestra formed by the beggars on railway station : Swaradhar

  1416. Fri, 01 Jan 2016

      What is the thought that comes to your mind, when you find beggars on the streets, at traffic signals, at railway stations, in the local trains, etc? Give them money, food, or talk about beggary racket? While all efforts to rehabilitate them with freebies and work has failed, little do the beggars know, that […]

    The post An Orchestra formed by the beggars on railway station : Swaradhar first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1417. This man feeds hundreds everyday, without charging a penny!

  1418. Mon, 28 Dec 2015

    There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. And then there will be you, but with hard work, there are no limits, and these limitless efforts can win you any battle! One such firm believer in hard work is Mr. Azhar Maqsusi. A resident of Hyderabad, life was never a ‘merry […]

    The post This man feeds hundreds everyday, without charging a penny! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshul Sharma.


  1419. See how Soccer is changing the lives of thousands from the marginalized communities

  1420. Tue, 22 Dec 2015

    THESE YOUTH FROM SLUMS ARE ACHIEVING GOALS BY SCORING GOALS – SLUM SOCCER Football has always been the most favorite sport on the planet where billions of people around the globe follow it as a religion and acts as an emotional epicenter for many nationalities. A group of 22 people chasing a ball around and […]

    The post See how Soccer is changing the lives of thousands from the marginalized communities first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1421. Story of Nivedita Vasant, who fought Spasticity to become a Piano Virtuoso

  1422. Sat, 19 Dec 2015

    LEAVING BEHIND HER DISABILITY TO CONQUER THE PATH OF ‘MUSIC‘ Blessed with all the virtues of life, she had everything, but…… But when she chose Music to beat the only adversity, the world resonated with the keys of the Piano Virtuoso. Inspite of her physical limitations she is an achiever. 22 year old Nivedita , […]

    The post Story of Nivedita Vasant, who fought Spasticity to become a Piano Virtuoso first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1423. A Mechanical Engineer invents a cure for Gangrene

  1424. Sun, 13 Dec 2015

    Simplicity beats Complexity of Science – Story of Supreet Deshpande When children in Indian education system, choose pathways of engineering, medical, commerce, humanities and arts at early stages of schooling, they either try to run away from fearful and non-interesting subjects, or they chalk out a career path early. But little do they realize the […]

    The post A Mechanical Engineer invents a cure for Gangrene first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1425. These angels are extending help for Chennai Floods through Social Media

  1426. Tue, 08 Dec 2015

    Chennai has been hit by the worst floods of year and people from all around the world have come up to extend help through Social Media Here are some of the tweets by generous individuals who have extended help through Twitter  

    The post These angels are extending help for Chennai Floods through Social Media first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1427. Meet the man who ventured to feed his Family and created a ‘Food Chain’ instead

  1428. Sun, 06 Dec 2015

    FROM SOUPS ON CYCLE TO A CHAIN OF RESTAURANTS Someone has rightly said that the road to a Man’s heart passes through his stomach, but what seems unbelievable is that how good food – elixir for the stomach can redefine a  man’s fate, his identity, his stature and propel him in the league of stalwarts […]

    The post Meet the man who ventured to feed his Family and created a ‘Food Chain’ instead first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1429. CHENNAI FLOODS : Here’s how you can extend a helping hand to the victims!

  1430. Sat, 05 Dec 2015

    Chennai is inundated with this century’s maximum rains resulting in terrible consequences.  The airport has been closed, roads cut off , hundreds have died and millions have lost their livelihood, belongings and homes.  Various organizations and individuals have come together to mobilise resources and to make sure that these resource materials  reaches all those victims […]

    The post CHENNAI FLOODS : Here’s how you can extend a helping hand to the victims! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1431. ‘The Optimist Citizen’ wins the Manthan Award 2015 in ‘E-News and Journalism’ Category

  1432. Fri, 04 Dec 2015

        The 12th Annual Manthan Award for best South Asian Digital Content recently honoured a host of winners in 12 categories who are using ICT for developmental purposes on 3rd December 2015 at The Indian Habitat centre, New Delhi. It will be ecstatic for our readers to know that amongst the 27 winners who have […]

    The post ‘The Optimist Citizen’ wins the Manthan Award 2015 in ‘E-News and Journalism’ Category first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1433. A man who left behind a thriving business to start an Orphanage ‘Bal Sambal’

  1434. Thu, 26 Nov 2015

    A single life is too short to do everything. But when one divides his life into two parts, nothing seems unbelievable. And when 2 generations decide to follow the same pattern, everything seems possible. Son of a freedom fighter hailing from Jaipur, Panchsheel Jain observed, how his father had worked towards societal issues, where he helped the […]

    The post A man who left behind a thriving business to start an Orphanage ‘Bal Sambal’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1435. Charge your mobile phones with a glass of ‘Salt Water’

  1436. Fri, 20 Nov 2015

    Some students of Philippines are generating 8 hours of electricity from 1 glass of ‘Salt Water’ We live in an era of accelerated progress where technology forms the backbone for a well functioning community and tries to answer the most of the problems which exist in the present world. It delves innumerable aspects of this […]

    The post Charge your mobile phones with a glass of ‘Salt Water’ first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshul Sharma.


  1437. A Professional Horse Rider, Younger than the Horse

  1438. Sat, 14 Nov 2015

    AT THE HEIGHT OF A SADDLE, HE WON THE EKLAVYA AWARD FOR HORSE RIDING Story of PRANAY KHARE – THE HORSE RIDER VIRTUOSO 40 Medals, a Gold and a Bronze at the National level competition, awarded EKLAVYA award by the State Government – All at the age of 13. For many this would be just […]

    The post A Professional Horse Rider, Younger than the Horse first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1439. FIFA : Finally Indestructible Footballs Available

  1440. Thu, 12 Nov 2015

    ‘One World Futbol’ Project comes up with Indestructible Football for children to promote Sports Rabindranath Tagore said: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” In simple terms, helping is divine. The best way to find oneself is to lose thyself in […]

    The post FIFA : Finally Indestructible Footballs Available first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1441. A Civil Engineers’s innovative idea which saved crores of tax payers’s money

  1442. Sat, 07 Nov 2015

    While scores of Indian youth qualify to become Engineers every year, only few of them try out innovative ways and applications of Engineering. In 2007, a Civil Engineer found the need of major repairs of heavy RCC structures. He explored and examined that most of the RCC structures suffered from hollowness, falling of concrete, cracks […]

    The post A Civil Engineers’s innovative idea which saved crores of tax payers’s money first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1443. Canadian PM chooses the most diverse and equal Cabinet because “Its 2015”

  1444. Fri, 06 Nov 2015

      The newly elected Prime Minister of Canada,  has come up with an uncanny yet the most stunning composition of the cabinet which is being lauded as the most ‘diverse and equal composition  of ministers’ in the world. The cabinet includes people from diverse backgrounds including aboriginals, minorities and even a Nobel Laureate. The Canadian […]

    The post Canadian PM chooses the most diverse and equal Cabinet because “Its 2015” first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1445. Visually Impaired musician couple singing their way to success

  1446. Thu, 05 Nov 2015

    People have Eyes to SEE ..They had “Vision” for Music Usually we get so engaged in our lives that we forget to take notice of the extremely precious gift of eyesight that has been endowed upon us. What if one day we realize that our eyesight ceases to exist? Have we ever thought what will […]

    The post Visually Impaired musician couple singing their way to success first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1447. From a slum to the Captain of the Indian National Basketball Team (Jr)

  1448. Wed, 28 Oct 2015

    MEET THE HOOPSTER – AMIT KANARJEE One day when one of our TOC reporters brought a young athletic tanned guy in his early twenties to the TOC office, we all thought of taking a small break, and hear him out. What can be so inspiring about this guy, who was almost our age, and looked […]

    The post From a slum to the Captain of the Indian National Basketball Team (Jr) first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Gurvinder Kaur.


  1449. A Prince who is creating his own “Kingdom of Entrepreneurs”

  1450. Fri, 23 Oct 2015

    Meet Rajeev Kumar – A serial entrepreneur and investor who is mentoring budding entrepreneurs from all around the country. World over, although kingdoms have turned into democratic republics, but royal families have basked in their royalty over generations. Born in one of the oldest royal families of the world in Mavelikara district in Kerala, a prince did part […]

    The post A Prince who is creating his own “Kingdom of Entrepreneurs” first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1451. The Man who jumped out of the corporate cubicle to eliminate Poverty by creating Abundance

  1452. Sat, 17 Oct 2015

    How Kalyan Akkipeddi transformed a barren land into a space of Abundance. The story was originally published on Oct 17,2015 and updated on March 2019 Born and brought up in Hindupur, Anantpur Dist. Andhra Pradesh, Kalyan Akkipeddi never liked school. So after being homeschooled till 12th, and pursuing B-Tech and MBA, he followed his peers, […]

    The post The Man who jumped out of the corporate cubicle to eliminate Poverty by creating Abundance first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1453. Youngsters reviving the archaic language Sanskrit through India’s First Sanskrit Band – Dhruvaa

  1454. Thu, 15 Oct 2015

    At a time when westernization is conquering almost every domain of our culture and lifestyle, the richest asset of Indian tradition- its art forms are losing significance in the minds of the citizens, especially the youth. These art forms can be practiced and conserved only if their essence and soul is felt by the artists […]

    The post Youngsters reviving the archaic language Sanskrit through India’s First Sanskrit Band – Dhruvaa first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1455. Meet the man who is communicating through Theatre to create Social Awareness

  1456. Wed, 07 Oct 2015

    Story of Fahad Khan and his “ANTRAAL : A Theatre for change” Social evils and atrocities have always stirred the conscience of concerned and spirited citizens nationwide. With that spirit, the outrageous minds then put their reformative thoughts into actions. There are numerous approaches- Some choose activism, protest rallies and presentations; some take up writing […]

    The post Meet the man who is communicating through Theatre to create Social Awareness first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1457. Meet this Bihari Superwoman who is changing lives in Rural Bihar

  1458. Tue, 06 Oct 2015

    In the present scenario, meeting true Indians who wish to work for the society and for bringing a change is like a dream come true. But, youths like Sungandha Munshi tend to prove this notion wrong. Sugandha, hailing from Bihar, moved to Delhi in order to pursue her Master’s degree in Political Science. Her passion […]

    The post Meet this Bihari Superwoman who is changing lives in Rural Bihar first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1459. ISRO’S WINGS TAKE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT

  1460. Mon, 28 Sep 2015

    Making the nation proud, the first multi wavelength space observatory launched by ISRO on 28th September 2015 makes its extraordinary way to the space, placing itself on the orbit at 650 km above the Earth’s surface. Simultaneously accompanied by Canada’s NLS-14 nanosatellite, Indonesia’s LAPAN-A2 microsatellite and four identical LEMUR nano satellites for the United States, ASTROSAT was […]

    The post ISRO’S WINGS TAKE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1461. IT Professional duo who are educating rural children through Skype

  1462. Wed, 23 Sep 2015

    e-Vidyaloka : Taking e-School to Rural India   While quality education is oversupplied to children in urban India, it still remains an elusive dream for children in rural India. On one hand, there are plenty of passionate teachers with abundant knowledge and effective teaching skills across the country, on the other hand there are not enough to […]

    The post IT Professional duo who are educating rural children through Skype first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1463. A celebrated author, filmmaker and teacher who started his life from a tea stall

  1464. Thu, 17 Sep 2015

    While stories of a newspaper delivery boy and a tea vending boy, walking up to head the biggest democracy of the world, have inspired many, only few have really tried to walk similar roads in their life. But what happens to a child, who never gets to read such stories, because he is not literate […]

    The post A celebrated author, filmmaker and teacher who started his life from a tea stall first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1465. See how two MIT Students are making millions out of POTHOLES

  1466. Tue, 15 Sep 2015

    Who could ever think that potholed roads in Boston can parent two students of Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) into acclaimed Entrepreneurs ! The young Indian American , Shakeel Avadhany, because of his frustration in drive to college through the potholed roads in the city, made him observe what actually happens to the shock absorbers […]

    The post See how two MIT Students are making millions out of POTHOLES first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1467. Two Slum Kids from Kolkata who will be walking as Mascots of MAN U in Liverpool vs MAN U Match

  1468. Sat, 12 Sep 2015

    For those who dream high and are determined to turn those dreams into a reality, barriers like Slums and non recognition are no hindrances. And it was the determination of 2 kids from the slums of Kolkata that got them noticed by the automobile giant Chevrolet and achieve their dream – Football. Chevrolet has always […]

    The post Two Slum Kids from Kolkata who will be walking as Mascots of MAN U in Liverpool vs MAN U Match first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Anshul Sharma.


  1469. Chauffeur to a Chartered Accountant

  1470. Thu, 10 Sep 2015

    CA Mukesh Rajput, the man who worked as a Chaiwala, Watchman and a Driver before clearing Chartered Accountancy Exam after 6 attempts.  Chartered Accountancy, a course that is more of an astriction than an orbit of success, which needs more of patience and emotional strength than intelligence and acumen and which includes four years of […]

    The post Chauffeur to a Chartered Accountant first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1471. A model, dancer, painter and now the Youngest CS of India

  1472. Mon, 07 Sep 2015

     In conversation with Avani Mishra – The youngest Company Secretary of India  (AIR-1 -CS Exams 2015) “Winners Don’t Do Different Things, They Do It Differently”- Yes, these lines fit to that Youth Icon who has created a history in the field of education. She believes working in silence and letting the success make noise. Q:-  […]

    The post A model, dancer, painter and now the Youngest CS of India first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tanima Chakraborty.


  1473. A Couple and a cat who walked & hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India in 511 days

  1474. Fri, 21 Aug 2015

    Trekking, camping, hitchhiking, couchsurfing, walking miles following an old map, spending months without a cell phone or internet connectivity… and all this in the harsh mountainous regions of Kazakhstan and in the dense forests of Laos- these words might give a shaking shiver of excitement to most of us. For many, this might seem to […]

    The post A Couple and a cat who walked & hitchhiked from Bulgaria to India in 511 days first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1475. At just 24, He is a Karmaveer Chakra awardee and CEO of a Technology Company

  1476. Tue, 18 Aug 2015

    Meet RAKESH BISWAS – Chairman of IYSERT Energy PVT. LTD. who is changing the way we perceive alternate energy through his projects and is inspiring youth all over. “I wanted to be an Army officer, but destiny always had something else stored for me”, He said promptly in between the interview. This answer of his portrayed […]

    The post At just 24, He is a Karmaveer Chakra awardee and CEO of a Technology Company first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1477. “When we started, we did not even have a chair or table to work” – Anshu Gupta (Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner)

  1478. Wed, 12 Aug 2015

    As the phone kept on ringing, numerous thoughts occupied our mind. “He might be extremely busy, even tired of the busy schedule and the tremendous events going on in the past few days?” But when the voice from the other side answered, it vanquished all our scepticism instantly. The unusual benevolence and sheer clarity of […]

    The post “When we started, we did not even have a chair or table to work” – Anshu Gupta (Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner) first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1479. A boy without legs who got selected in Google after graduating from IIT Chennai

  1480. Mon, 10 Aug 2015

    Source : Yahwant Gupta (Facebook) Naga Naresh Karutura has just passed out of IIT Madras in Computer Science and has joined Google in Bangalore. You may ask, what’s so special about this 21-year-old when there are hundreds of students passing from various IITs and joining big companies like Google? Naresh is special. His parents are illiterate. […]

    The post A boy without legs who got selected in Google after graduating from IIT Chennai first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyush Ghosh.


  1481. A BHU-MBA graduate, who started a Yatra for the youth, to the remote Himalayan Villages

  1482. Thu, 06 Aug 2015

    Have you ever wished to go for a holiday to the remotest villages of India to discover their culture? Have you ever thought of taking a break and go for a trip to Himalayas and stroll in the hilly villages of Nepal? Meet Ritesh Garg, a management professional and an alumnus of FMS – Banaras Hindu […]

    The post A BHU-MBA graduate, who started a Yatra for the youth, to the remote Himalayan Villages first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1483. Story of visually impaired Rohit Trivedi who co-founded an NGO “ARUSHI” for the differently-abled Children

  1484. Wed, 05 Aug 2015

    For some, satisfaction comes by serving the needy, for some, the happiness and well being of others matters more than their own. Such is the story of, Rohit Trivedi, an English professor born with an impaired vision, who co-founded an NGO for the blind. “In the beginning, when my parents got to know about my […]

    The post Story of visually impaired Rohit Trivedi who co-founded an NGO “ARUSHI” for the differently-abled Children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Nikhil Sharma.


  1485. Meet Laxman Rao : A Chaiwala in the morning, an AUTHOR by the evening

  1486. Mon, 03 Aug 2015

    A writer constantly writes because he is tormented by his thoughts, he constantly needs to prove to himself and to others that he is actually worth something. Laxman Rao is one such story teller who has 24 literary works to his name out of which 12 have been printed and 6 re printed. But his […]

    The post Meet Laxman Rao : A Chaiwala in the morning, an AUTHOR by the evening first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1487. Meet Ponni : A TRANS – WOMAN who teaches Bharatnatyam to Slum Children

  1488. Sun, 02 Aug 2015

    TRANSGENDER – Does the word ring a bell? Does it acquire your unwarranted attention? For those who are socially aware and conscious about sensitive issues this word might not bring about earth shattering changes but for most of the inhabitants of our country the word and the associated meaning might be very well still considered […]

    The post Meet Ponni : A TRANS – WOMAN who teaches Bharatnatyam to Slum Children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Piyuli Ghosh.


  1489. A Modern India’s Sarpanch who is breaking religious stereotypes to bring in a change in the lives of innumerable Muslim women

  1490. Sat, 01 Aug 2015

    Born in a Muslim family in Makhtapur, a small village in Khirka Block in Harda District, Firoj Khan was always concerned about the plight of Muslim women. He saw that Muslim girls had very little education, because of an orthodox thinking, the purdah system, etc, and as compared to other communities, their condition was severely […]

    The post A Modern India’s Sarpanch who is breaking religious stereotypes to bring in a change in the lives of innumerable Muslim women first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1491. Meet Girish Mahale : The IITian who left a job at IBM to bring a change in our current education system

  1492. Wed, 29 Jul 2015

    If you have an M.tech degree from IIT Kharagpur, with a great job package and a job with the IBM, what would you do with your life? Work hard, Party harder , excessively socialize and enjoy life? Meet Girish Mahale, who came back to his hometown of Pandurna in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh, leaving […]

    The post Meet Girish Mahale : The IITian who left a job at IBM to bring a change in our current education system first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1493. Preparing the Slumdog billionaires – Story of Parvarish : The Museum School (A Museum based School for Slum Children)

  1494. Sat, 18 Jul 2015

    A usual afternoon scene in a slum, throws an image of children playing around in the dirt and mud, and shouting abuses. Often left to fend for themselves by their illiterate working parents, these children have no interest in education, as they do not wish to get regimented into a regular routine. Instead they learn […]

    The post Preparing the Slumdog billionaires – Story of Parvarish : The Museum School (A Museum based School for Slum Children) first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1495. This unique Internship by ANSH Happiness Society is using the power of the youth for social developement

  1496. Mon, 13 Jul 2015

    While the stereotypical internships bind their interns into complex organisational structures and pre defined areas of activity, a youth led organisation called ANSH (Act Nonsense Spread Happiness) came up with a one of its kind summer internship opportunity. In the 30 day program the interns were not only given an insight into the various problems […]

    The post This unique Internship by ANSH Happiness Society is using the power of the youth for social developement first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1497. See how these intellectual students of HR College Mumbai are transforming lives through Social Projects | ENACTUS – HR

  1498. Sat, 11 Jul 2015

    Mumbai | TOC Network The word youth has always been shrouded by ambiguity since times immemorial. A flurry of researches, studies and debates have been conducted to find out the core emotions, aspirations and motivations attached with a youth, but the ambiguity still persists. A sort of radical and bleak perspective says that youth represents the […]

    The post See how these intellectual students of HR College Mumbai are transforming lives through Social Projects | ENACTUS – HR first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: Tuhin Sen.


  1499. Story of visually impaired Rajendra Dhurve – The youngest resource person of the Parliament Committee 2015

  1500. Wed, 08 Jul 2015

    Born with normal eyesight, Rajendra, like every other child enjoyed the natural beauty while playing in parks or gardens. He loved nature. The lad of two forest department officials was closer to the green mesmerizing beauty of nature than anything else. But he never knew that this ‘green’ will turn into ‘black’ one day. At […]

    The post Story of visually impaired Rajendra Dhurve – The youngest resource person of the Parliament Committee 2015 first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1501. THIS ABILITY – Defying all Odds against Disability

  1502. Thu, 18 Jun 2015

    “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have”. The story of Ms. Poonam Shroti who has defied all odds and is inspiring a generation   Ms. Poonam Shroti “I am suffering from OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECT-A by birth. It is a disease in which you suffer from multiple fractures . It is a very […]

    The post THIS ABILITY – Defying all Odds against Disability first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1503. A Wonder Boy – INNOVATOR UNBELIEVABLE !

  1504. Tue, 16 Jun 2015

    Interview of Susant Pattnaik who has won 6 President Awards at the age of just 22 years “To raise new questions , new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle , requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science” said Albert Einstein. This quote aptly suits a person whose thirst for knowledge, […]

    The post A Wonder Boy – INNOVATOR UNBELIEVABLE ! first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


  1505. The Art for a Living : SWANS organize Summer Camp for Slum Children

  1506. Sat, 13 Jun 2015

    What can citizens of a city do together to bridge all socio-economic gaps between them? A glaring example of this was set recently by a volunteer association SWANS (Social Welfare Association of Neo Socialites), who conducted a summer camp for underprivileged children in Bhopal. The month long summer camp, commenced on 3rd May 2015 at […]

    The post The Art for a Living : SWANS organize Summer Camp for Slum Children first appeared on The Optimist Citizen.

    | Author: TOC Network.


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