Fellows by Category

Sharafat Azad is addressing the gaping hole in occupational health hazard prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in India. With the majority of India’s work force in the informal sector, most laborers work in dangerous health conditions for little pay and without access to insurance or treatment for their occupation-related diseases. Focusing first on dust-induced silicosis, Sharafat is...

Organization: KALA RAKSHA

Judy Frater believes that the traditional craftsperson is the best designer to make the work of the craftsperson economically viable to consumers and a larger market. Through practical and relevant education on technology and marketing, Judy is building the expertise of the craftsperson to make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the craft tradition.

Rajiv Khandelwal’s Aajeevika Bureau (Livelihood Bureau) is among the first attempts in north India to provide support services to the millions of unskilled laborers and migrants who seasonally move across the country in search of work. The bureau seeks to protect the livelihoods and dignity of these migrants and reinforce their valid identity as legitimate contributors to the nation’s economy...

Roma Malik has worked closely with forest tribes, local authorities, and the judicial system to design a forest governance model for her native India. She is ensuring that the marginalised forest tribes often neglected by the State are included in the policy-making process, and that they benefit from pending legislation. Her work is significant at a time of rapid privatisation of forest land...

Organization: Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Mumbai

Pralhad is helping India's industrial workers attain the health care services guaranteed to them by law. By teaching workers about their rights, organizing them into watchdog committees, uniting them with related organizations, and lobbying for reform, Pralhad is fixing a corrupt and ineffective public health insurance system.

Ashru Kumar Mandal, for 19 years a village school teacher in West Bengal, India, has developed a number of ways villagers can build Bio-Gas plants that hold up over fire and then maintain and operate them successfully.

Organization: Occupational Health and Safety Association ( OHSA)

Raghunath K. Manvar, a mechanical technician in a Gujarat power station, is organizing a comprehensive approach to occupational health hazards in power plants across India. He is building multiple coalitions among factory workers, health officials, and lawyers to raise awareness of preventive measures and to lobby for reform of worker health and safety laws.

Organization: SAHAS

Dr. Vibha Marfatia is working to create a network of peer educators to dispel myths about male sexuality and encourage responsible decision-making. Targeting migrant workers in India's diamond cutting and polishing industry, Vibha's program discourages risky sexual behavior as a way to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS.

By setting up rural labor associations to monitor the transparent and effective implementation of the new National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Seema Prakash and Prakash Michael are creating a grassroots democratic process that improves food security and rural labor relations in India.

Haushala Prasad Mishra is spearheading a workers' movement in India for occupational safety from his position as a textile worker. He has also been instrumental in uncovering and disseminating information about byssinosis ("brown lung disease"), a major cause of death among textile workers.

With roots in the child labor movement, Solomon J.P. is taking a systemic, industry-based approach to poverty in India, addressing livelihood issues while increasing structure and regulation in low wage jobs.

By setting up rural labor associations to monitor the transparent and effective implementation of the new National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Seema Prakash and Prakash Michael are creating a grassroots democratic process that improves food security and rural labor relations in India.

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