Community Member Spotlight: Sunitha Chandran

Every day, Sunitha Chandran wakes up at 5:00 am to begin the day’s cooking and cleaning.  At 8:00 am, she heads out for a full day of farming activities.  By 5:30 pm, she returns home to finish her household duties, look after her two children, Abhinav and Anadhu, and spend time with her husband. Like many women of Wayanad, Sunitha’s daily routine reflects a staggering work ethic.  But somehow, on top of all of her

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Ethically Shopping in 2020 Made Simpler

COVID-19 destroyed many livelihoods and businesses. Along with this, news sources say that by 2030 global warming and its effects will be irreversible (Neslen). Undocumented workers continue to be exploited by every day (Cárdenas-Vento and Sims). All of this is overwhelming and even depressing, but if you’re in a place of privilege like me, ask yourself, “What can I do to aid in the fight for justice?” One of our most powerful forms of protest

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the globe and presented  them with many challenges. Rural communities are facing unique challenges in response to the virus. Many residents are already plagued by economic instability and health-related issues, and the COVID-19 outbreak is not helping. The risks and challenges that are unique to rural communities mean their needs might get left behind in legislation or funding for treatment and care. Despite rural communities having less people,

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Sustainability in a Post-Covid World

While the effects of Covid-19 on the planet and people may vary widely, it is clear that it has and continues to leave a significant impact. The almost total shut down of many industries has dramatically decreased air pollution and fostered a resurgence in nature. Images of wildlife reclaiming popular tourist sites and major cities prove that change is possible. Yet, as we enter a Post-Covid world it remains unclear what this new normal will

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Field Update

These are challenging and unprecedented times.  Our love and prayers are with all of you.  We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. We wanted to provide an update on the situation here in Wayanad, India.  There’s been a strict national lock-down since March 24th that has been extended until the end of May.  The Kerala state health authorities have been handling the situation precisely, efficiently, and proactively.  The number of

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