Stories


SMART NGO’s Shaan-e-Mewat event to become an annual tradition

By on June 26th 2024

NUH, HARYANA: The vibrant spirit of Mewati culture took center stage on June 10th, 2024, at the “Shaan-e-Mewat” cultural event. Organized by Smart NGO and Radio Mewat in collaboration with the District Administration and Nuh Police, the event aimed to showcase the region’s unique heritage and challenge prevailing misconceptions.     Hosted at Shaheed Hasan […]

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My money, my dream: Mewat women’s fight for financial inclusion

By on June 6th 2024

In Mewat (renamed Nuh), women’s dreams of entrepreneurship are often stifled before it takes flight. Despite a staggering 77% of women yearning for a business loan, their aspirations are suffocated by fear and mistrust of the banking system. The heartbreaking stories of over 2,400 women surveyed in Nuh, Haryana, under SMART NGO’s financial literacy program […]

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When will local governmental bodies face the scorching truth of Climate Change

By on May 30th 2024

Coimbatore/Nilgiris: The winding roads through the lush forests of the Nilgiris often open into towns carved into the mountain faces. These towns, the spiraling roads, coffee plantations, and tea gardens, over the past week, stand drenched by unseasonal, unexpected heavy showers that have caught most people by surprise. The rains, preceded by record-breaking heat, largely […]

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SMART NGO empowers Mewat’s women to forge their financial futures

By on May 14th 2024

Shehnaaz stretched on tiptoes, reaches out for the tin sugar container kept on a high shelf in her kitchen. She pops open the tin and quickly sifts through three well-worn ten-rupee notes and two crisper twenties, tucking them into the naura, the specially designed drawstring of her salwar, which functions like a hidden pocket. It […]

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How community Radio is fighting India’s domestic violence crisis

By on April 10th 2024

Domestic violence poses a grave public health threat in India, as underscored by the 2019-2021 National Family Health Survey (NFHS). Disturbingly, 29.3% of married Indian women aged 18 to 49 have faced domestic or sexual violence. Even more alarming, 3.1% of pregnant women in the same age group have suffered physical violence during pregnancy, endangering […]

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SMART collaborates with WCD Haryana to enhance nutritional standards

By on March 28th 2024

In a groundbreaking effort to empower women with essential knowledge in nutrition and health, the Department of Women and Child Development in Haryana has partnered with the Delhi-based SMART NGO. Together, they’ve introduced “Poshan ki Potli ” and “Purak Ahaar Potli,” two innovative card games designed to enhance maternal and neonatal nutrition, developed by SMART NGO. This pioneering initiative […]

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Creating gender-inclusive Community Radio Stations

By on February 22nd 2024

For those of us who were part of the Community Radio movement in the early 2000s, reaching the 20-year milestone is a moment of great pride. It signifies our transition from infancy to early adulthood. Two decades is ample time not only to build a sector but also to lay the foundations of our core […]

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The incredible 20 years of Community Radio

By on February 12th 2024

In the last two decades, Community Radio Stations have transformed themselves into vibrant hubs of mobilization, communication, and cultural celebration, thanks to the courage and passion of visionary broadcasters and countless grassroots workers.

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The Radio Festival: A celebration of sound and storytelling

By on February 12th 2024

The airwaves are buzzing with excitement as the seventh edition of The Radio Festival, a unique event hailed by both the United Nations and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, approaches.

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A festival for audio lovers

By on February 12th 2024

The Radio Festival, a one of a kind event endorsed by the United Nations and the I&B Ministry, is gearing up for its seventh installment. Each year, a myriad of radio and audio enthusiasts converge at the India Habitat Centre on 13th February for a day filled with fun.

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