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...
Jan 3, 2014

" Dignifying Relief !! "

School girls walking on a newly constructed bridge
School girls walking on a newly constructed bridge

Goonj's flagship initiative 'Cloth for work' is a humble act of dignified giving where people receive material with dignity and not as charity. We experimented the same approach successfully after the floods in Kosi, Bihar. Here are some glimpses of “Dignifying relief” in Uttarakhand where our teams from all the three centers of Goonj in Uttarakhand (Rishikesh Hub, Guptkashi and Uttarkashi ) are reaching  out to far away areas on a daily basis.

It is certainly encouraging to see how people have accepted Goonj's 'Cloth for Work'  (CFW) initiative to receive the woolens kits with dignity instead of getting it as simple relief. People of village Naugaon (Bhatwari block) in Sangam Chatti in Uttarkashi area took up various activities to make their village more accessible and clean under this initiative. Over 100 people gathered to make two bridges - of 12x3 feet and 30x3 feet to bring back the connectivity of the village. They also undertook cleaning of road-side bushes, cleanliness drives and repairing of roads. Here are some glimpses of the actions from the field….

Bridge made under CFW in village Naugaon, Bhatwari
Bridge made under CFW in village Naugaon, Bhatwari
Repair of 5 km stretch from Sangamchetti to Agoda
Repair of 5 km stretch from Sangamchetti to Agoda
Dangerously crossing a high water gorge on a trunk
Dangerously crossing a high water gorge on a trunk
40 people from village Seku make a 6ft high bridge
40 people from village Seku make a 6ft high bridge
CFW - a connect between local wisdom and problems
CFW - a connect between local wisdom and problems
Cleaning of drains in village Naugaon, Bhatwari
Cleaning of drains in village Naugaon, Bhatwari
Cleaning of road-side bushes in village Naugaon
Cleaning of road-side bushes in village Naugaon

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Dec 9, 2013

Filling up gaps in rural schools through recycling

Children enjoying themselves!
Children enjoying themselves!

Goonj’s “School to School” initiative is about filling the gaps in basic educational material, often a distant dream for many children in remote parts of the country. An integral part of this initiative is ‘GOONJ School kits’ made of waste cloth. It includes a school bag, a water bottle cover, a pencil pouch, a belt, balls, sitting mats and skipping ropes etc. Here are some glimpses from Bichhia & Mawai block of Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh, where 1000 kids of local Baiga and Gonda tribes, studying in 21 different schools of the region have got it. Do refer 

School to School - Connect Urban & Rural Children (#11908)

 if you want to contribute for school kits.

Article in Marketing Booster
Article in Marketing Booster
Children with their School Kits!
Children with their School Kits!

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Dec 9, 2013

GOONJ's 'My Pad' brings dignity & comfort to women

Awareness session in progress!
Awareness session in progress!

Goonj is opening up one of the most taboo and ignored subject of menstrual hygiene and creating awareness about its health and hygiene aspects among rural women. The shame and silence associated with the issue forces women in the interiors to use all kinds of unhygienic things from sand, rags to ashes. Goonj started opening up this most taboo subject in 2004-05 and came up with a very cost effective, biodegradable sanitary pad made out of waste cotton and semi cotton cloth. A number of national and international agencies have recognized this very basic solution.Today GOONJ's 'MY-PAD" is reaching a lot of villages across the country. Some glimpses of our interaction with women in Uttarakhand where this initiative has found huge acceptability post disaster. You can join GOONJ’s “60 Dignified Days” campaign to reach this basic of life to maximum women in the villages of India.

A contribution of Rs 1000 or $24 will reach 12 packs of “My Pad” and 3 undergarments to 4 women for a year with lot of information to open up this subject. 

Girls with
Girls with 'My-Pad
Trying out how to make the pads!
Trying out how to make the pads!
Understanding the process of making pads..
Understanding the process of making pads..
Delighted to receive
Delighted to receive 'My-Pad'

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