Dear Friends,

As the whole country comes together to celebrate 70 years of Indian independence, we stand on a threshold moment. It is time for us as a nation to take a pause and look upon what we have achieved, how far we have come, and what lies ahead - assess our strengths and address the gaps.

Taking a cue, the Cover Story analyses one of the most crucial development indicators - health, in the Indian context. It discusses the current challenges that are being faced in taking medical services to the last mile in rural India, and presents mobile hospitals as an alternate solution to further strengthen the existing healthcare delivery system.

In Focus brings to the fore some extraordinary stories of ordinary people from the interiors of India - a group of women from the villages of Tamil Nadu who are rewriting their future through newly acquired skills, children from Chakrabhata village in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh from the beggars community who have become a beacon of hope for their mothers, and a determined daughter from the Mumbai slums who is the first girl in her family to complete her education and take up a job.

The Special Feature for this edition is a Q&A with Janki Vasant, a social entrepreneur and a long time grassroots partner of Smile Foundation, where she talks about her journey from being captured as a hostage on the Panama flight in Karachi in 1986, to winning the Nari Shakti Puraskar - the highest national honour awarded to a woman for outstanding work done for women upliftment.

Updates from the Ground and Civic Driven Change narrate select handpicked achievements, innovations, partnerships, and events that were the highlight for us during the period.

We are immensely thankful to you, and all of our supporters, well-wishers, and partners who continue to encourage and motivate us on our journey. This is our attempt of sharing with you just a few glimpses of the change that has been made possible with your contribution over the years. Hope you find it an interesting read!

Sanjeev Dham
Chief Operating Officer