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Last updated: November 03, 2020

November 3, 2020

Twenty-one-year old Phul Kumari, who is from Jharkhand, a state in the eastern part of India, is known as a “Girls’ Champion” in her home village. And for good reason!  Raised in a poor  family, she was married off immediately after her Class 10 examinations at just 16 years of age.  Her husband was an abusive man and though she stayed in the marriage for three years, the physical and mental torture forced her to make the difficult decision to return to her mother’s house.

November 3, 2020

Rita Sahoo contracted polio during her childhood, when the disease still caused death and disability among large numbers of Indian children and adults. Sahoo was sent by her family to live in an ashram (residential facility) at the age of four. As she got older, the ashram refused to keep her and she had to return home, where she lived with her parents, two sisters, and brother.

November 3, 2020

B Chinmayee is a classical Indian dancer from Odisha, a state on India’s eastern coast. After she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017, a bout of TB meningitis left her paralyzed in a hospital, where she subsequently suffered a miscarriage and discovered that the serious but treatable disease was only the beginning of her challenges.

July 13, 2020

In mid-May 2020, while people in India were grappling with the lockdown in response to the COVID-19, farmers in the states on the east coast braced for a second threat – the cyclone Amphan.

June 4, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID programs working in outbreak hot spots in India provide crucial assistance to urban slum dwellers.