Kousalya was married at an age of 19 and by the time she turned 20, she was already a widow, HIV positive and thrown out of her marital home. She caught the virus from her husband, who had kept his positive status a secret from her. This is when she decided to fight for her rights and became the first woman in India to publicly disclose her HIV positive status. Today, over 30,000 HIV+ women and children are positively impacted by Kousalya's amazing work.
When the students of a school lacked access to clean drinking water in Belgaum, a 22-year-old engineer came up with a portable, affordable and effective water filter to solve the issue. The pocket-sized water filter costs just Rs 20 and can purify water instantly.
An infant was abandoned by her parents because Rekha, a transgender donated blood to her. They left the baby in front of Rekha’s door and never came back. Rekha adopted the baby and raised her. Rekha’s story is not new. Often transgenders face discrimination when it comes to blood donation. Read more about Rekha’s journey, how the LGBTQ community has been “banned” to donate blood and what you can do about it.