Water, sanitation and the schoolyard

Story by Samara McRae Many places in India face a water crisis of some sort, and this is certainly true of the country’s government schools which often struggle with poor sanitation and water shortages.  Improving the situation requires fresh thinking and new ideas. In this article we take a look at three different approaches. Better, cleaner … Continue reading Water, sanitation and the schoolyard

Millet on the menu: Climate cleaver crops make a comeback

Story and Photography by Samara McRae More than 1.3 billion people live in India, with 12 million in Bangalore alone. And if estimates are correct India will need to feed an additional 394 million people by 2050.  Yet many agricultural regions are chronically water-stressed and struggle with cumulative nutrient deficiencies putting farmers under pressure to … Continue reading Millet on the menu: Climate cleaver crops make a comeback

Regreening the concrete jungle

Story by Courtney Thomas and Photography by Adam Waters The south Indian city of Bangalore was once known for its beautiful lakes and rich greenery, but due to urbanisation over recent decades, much of that natural greenspace has been lost and the city is now dominated by concrete. In fact, experts say the city has … Continue reading Regreening the concrete jungle

Along the Mithi

Photography by Dylan Crawford The ever-expanding city of Mumbai has put immense pressure on the natural environment. Mumbai’s largest river, the mighty Mithi, now turned into a stormwater drain, wends through the city carrying with it the garbage and the sewage of millions. On its banks is Dharavi, India’s largest slum – the second largest … Continue reading Along the Mithi

Keeping it Clean

https://vimeo.com/374650218 DOTTED throughout Bangalore are hundreds of Dhobi ghats. Forests of sheets, towels, shirts and pants, nestled in pockets of suburbia. The hanging laundry billows in the wind, and the madiwala – traditional washermen – can be found slipping between these rows of linen, weaving their way through it, bundles of clothes in their arms. In … Continue reading Keeping it Clean

Waste Not

https://vimeo.com/374649179 WASTEWATER. It’s common enough in a bustling city such as Bangalore and yet one man’s waste holds untapped potential for another. In the small town of Vijayapura, nestled on the edge of the city, water scarcity and distribution are a daily struggle. The farmers of this vibrant little town have been among the first to … Continue reading Waste Not

Digging Deep

https://vimeo.com/374650664 THE BHOVI have long been shapers of Bengaluru’s landscape, digging into the once arid Deccan Plateau to create one of India’s largest hydraulic civilisations. They were the first to dig the iconic lakes of Bangalore connected with a network of intricate waterways. But today, it is their centuries-old practice of well digging that is bringing … Continue reading Digging Deep

Cleaner and Safer

Story by Tanya Awasthy “Apna to life hi badal gaya” - our lives changed completely, says Kalpana Sampatrao Kamble, 60, about the transformation Tulshet Pada saw about 15 years ago. Located in Bhandup, Tulshet Pada could well be a quintessential suburban Mumbai slum, except that it is remarkably clean.  The lives of its residents saw … Continue reading Cleaner and Safer