GOONJ

Re-positioning cloth and other underutilized material, beyond charity, adding dignity and turning it into a big resource for development. Spreading the idea beyond geographical boundaries so that world over people take it as a subject to work on. GOONJ works on 3 levels:material, people & idea Material level: GOONJ started with 67 personal clothes, today dealing with more than 1000 tonnes of material to parts of 21 states of India, every year. GOONJ has over the years painstakingly built vast country wide network;sort of pipeline grid from cities to villages through which material moves continuously. While general clothes, woolens and other household material etc goes to the masses t...
Mar 19, 2015

Filling small gaps to facilitate big changes !

Kids excitedly sifting through their new gifts
Kids excitedly sifting through their new gifts

Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to hear about big challenges like climate change, poverty and lack of education. One wonders, is there anything one can do to make a difference?

How about one School kit at a time; we move towards a change! Goonj believes in filling these small gaps to facilitate the big changes.  The School to School initiative pays attention to a child’s unattended need for school material. A ‘Goonj School Kit’ is created completely out of recycled material and comprise of some essential school supplies like school bag, water bottle cover, sitting mat, stationary pouch, and also includes things like a ball and a skipping rope to take care of children’s inherent need to play, helping in their mental & physical growth.

Recently Goonj has reached a chunk of these kits i.e. 584 kits to children belonging to 35 micro-communities via our implementation partner Kajla Janakalyan Samiti  in East Medinipur district of West Bengal. The children shortlisted were those having limited or no educational resources as they belong to economically-weak families & minority groups. The glimpses of the activity are here

Happy faces of Netaji Children Club at Dariapur
Happy faces of Netaji Children Club at Dariapur
Distribution of material
Distribution of material
Parents are happy as their children receiving kits
Parents are happy as their children receiving kits

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Dec 29, 2014

Overwhelming Response for Rahat - Floods campaign!

Locally made winter bedding for the flood affected
Locally made winter bedding for the flood affected

“Paani sey to bach gaye kisi tareh ab thand sey bachna baaki hai.” (somehow we were saved from the water but saving ourselves from the winters is a big challenge) Rafeeq says it all in a few words. He lost everything at home in the devastating floods in Kashmir. This year millions of people across 8 states – from Meghalaya to Andhra Pradesh have gone through one of the worst floods/cyclones. Even though early warnings minimized the deaths, other losses were still enormous.

A quick and swift appeal was sent out as soon as the floods hit Jammu & Kashmir. There was an enormous material, volunteer and monetary support from all across. During the first phase of relief work since the roads were blocked around 28 tons of need based material was airlifted to Srinagar with the help of Indigo and other airlines. Later, we started sending material via trucks from our Delhi Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad offices . Over 50 trucks have been sent so far. As of now, Goonj has channelized over 400 tonnes of relief material to the affected areas of J&K. Relief material included dry ration, medicines, utensils, sanitary napkins, blankets, woolens, solar lights, ORS, tarpaulins and other essentials.

Goonj now has a base office in Srinagar to carry out long term work. We are also committed to address the needs of areas and communities who got the least attention but are worst affected like migrants, people living on the streets, rag pickers etc. Goonj would also be initiating computer and stitching centers as income generation and training activities. 

Extensive work was carried out in the other flood or cyclone affected areas of across Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, where millions were displaced and rendered homeless and possessions, agriculture and livestock worth millions were destroyed !!

Do refer the detailed presentations on Goonj’s extensive work 

1. In Jammu & Kashmirhttp://goonj.org/JK-Report-14.pdf 

2. In other flood affected areashttp://goonj.org/Otherstates-14.pdf

The chilling cold is certainly a bigger disaster in flood affected areas, with severely damaged homes and very little in the name of possessions. For 15 years Goonj has shared gruesome stories/facts on how people die or suffer due to lack of clothing in winters. This year the situtation is more alarming. We always say - ' The Cold doesn't kill people, lack of clothing does..!! Do contribute for Rahat Winter campaign of Goonj.. 

For regular updates refer- www.goonj.orghttps://www.facebook.com/goonj

Crossing knee deep water to get needy materials.
Crossing knee deep water to get needy materials.
Medical camps conducted...
Medical camps conducted...
Rafts helped in rescue & relief..
Rafts helped in rescue & relief..
Proper Monitoring of relief materials...
Proper Monitoring of relief materials...
Blankets & other materials for the winters!
Blankets & other materials for the winters!

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Nov 28, 2014

NJPC-A Million Voices campaign in Delhi colleges!

Interaction with Team Goonj..
Interaction with Team Goonj..

Goonj has produced and delivered 2.5 million sanitary pads since 2004 by converting 500,000 meters of discarded cloth into this vital product. In order to break the taboo and the shame and silence around this issue, Goonj launched the Not Just A Piece of Cloth – A Million Voices campaign to bring together voices of people from all over the world on menstruation.

Youth Alliance, a team of budding young people took up the NJPC-A million voices campaign to colleges in Delhi. The project kicked off with a lot of interaction and awareness building activities among the youth. A Theatre group also lent support by holding street plays at different locations highlighting the various aspects of this sensitive issue. 

Reaching out to youngsters!
Reaching out to youngsters!
Presenting the idea to more voices..
Presenting the idea to more voices..
Signing up to join the campaign..
Signing up to join the campaign..
Voices leading to more voices...
Voices leading to more voices...
Raising a generation free from menstrual taboo!
Raising a generation free from menstrual taboo!

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