In remembrance of our beloved CEO, Mr. Mario Noronha
The ever smiling, quietly efficient Mario Noronha
It is with great sorrow that Charkha announces the passing away of Mario Noronha, 55, CEO of Charkha Communication Development Network, on April 24 due to Covid-19. He leaves behind his wife, Melvina, daughters Michelle and Melissa and son Maxim, the youngest of the siblings, who is in class 10.
Joining Charkha in 2012 and rising to the position of CEO in 2015, Mario strengthened its communication work in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand, empowering aspiring journalists and development activists through writing skills to access government facilities and entitlements at the grassroots. Read More…
Payments to Charkha Writers
About Charkha Development Communication Network
Charkha works towards the social and economic inclusion of marginalized
communities in remote and conflict areas through the creative use of media. Many of these areas are highly inaccessible and socially, economically and
Charkha conducts five day skill building workshops for youth with each
participant undergoing a cycle of three workshops; the first two workshops aim to train participants to report and write on local issues while the third builds their capacity to become social advocates.
Ratanpur, a village in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, recently saw the planting of a fresh gooseberry sapling (amla), named as Sonam in front of a small dwelling.
मध्य प्रदेश की राजधानी भोपाल की रहने वाली शिबानी घोष एक ऐसी महिला है, जिन्होंने अपनी पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद न सिर्फ अपने परिवार के लिए बल्कि वंचित समुदाय के बच्चों को शिक्षित करने का बीड़ा उठाया.
‘When I first wrote the article, I was sure it was worthy of being discarded in the waste bin. Now everyone in my school remembers me. My father and brothers are very proud of me,’ says an excited Shagufta Wani, a school teacher from Khumriyal Village, close to the LoC in the Kashmir Valley, had written an article during the Charkha Writing Workshop on the poor state of widows in the area. The article won the UNFPA-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity 2010for its sensitive portrayal of the plight of the widows of the region.’
District Kupwara, Kashmir Valley
Jammu & Kashmir State
‘Being associated with Charkha in 2004 was a turning point in my life. After the learnings from those workshops, I started my own organization, Janmat Shodh Sansthan, on the same lines as Charkha. Charkha has been my mentor in my growth as a development writer and activist,’ says a solemn Ashok Singh. He has instituted media awards and fellowships and has developed strong links with the local media to create space for the articles thus generated. He remains committed to using media as a platform to bring about change.
Prof. Vidyanath Jha
‘I want to thank Charkha for creating such an opportunity for our students – their writings are now being published in various newspapers. The students have shared these published articles with the faculty. In recognition of their efforts and exemplary initiative to speak on behalf of the disadvantaged, we have recognized them with Awards on Independence Day, August 15, 2009. The Skill Building Workshop was very necessary for students of this Girl’s College as most of these girls hail from marginalized villages. As a teacher, it is our duty to encourage them,’said Shri Vidyanath Jha,then-Principal of MRM Girls College, Darbhanga, in a college function shortly after Charkha had conducted writing workshops for the girls who, as per convention, led extremely sheltered lives. With the support of the Principal, the girls travelled to remote parts of the district and wrote about the difficult conditions in which the poor live, particularly in flood-prone areas around the Kosi River.
Prof. Vidyanath Jha
‘Small steps can become a giant leap,’ is how Nazam Mir sums up his three-year association with Charkha as its Project Coordinator from 2012 to 2015. He understands that change cannot be brought overnight. A resident of Keerni, a village right at the Line of Control in the Jammu region, Nazam graduated from Poonch Degree College despite harrowing experiences of growing up at the volatile border. He’d walk for hours from his village to reach college but such was his dedication that he went on to gain not just the admiration of his peers but also valuable experience of working in the development sector with international NGOs in the area.
District Poonch, Jammu region
Jammu & Kashmir State