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...
Apr 15, 2016

Impact of School Kit

Children excited with school kits..
Children excited with school kits..

In the midst of their day to day life challenges children in village India also struggle for small things for their learning needs. Goonj's work across the country reaching children & their families in far- flung areas highlights that these little things given with care, dignity & love make a world of difference to these young minds.

Children who received Goonj's School Kits not only cherished them as a close & special companion but this also influenced their interest and motivation towards learning apart from instilling a sense of confidence and attraction towards going to school.  

Instead of giving the School Kits as charity Goonj works with the school managements to give the school material as a reward for personal, social and academic development shown by the students.

Harish Chandra Bera, Head Teacher, Govt. Primary School, Andharisolesaid about initiative - “Material support is necessary to secure student participation & community involvement” He would know since he has played a critical role in the gradual process of behavior change with material as motivation under Goonj’s School to School (S2S) initiative.

Another teacher shared- “This project came up as a good opportunity to enhance their creativity, encouraged them to speak boldly and explore their own talents. Full enthusiasm was seen among children, as they got a platform of their very own interest”. 

Over the past one year thousands of School Kits have been channelized to remote parts of multiples states in India with the support received from individuals, corporate, organizations like Global Giving & others. This year, we want to work extensively in 1000 schools and aaganwadis across the country, impacting 1 lakh children by bringing about behavioral change using these kits as a tool. 

Showing off school kits...
Showing off school kits...
Waiting for their kits!
Waiting for their kits!
Distribution of school kits!!
Distribution of school kits!!
Excited about school kit...
Excited about school kit...
Before distribution..
Before distribution..

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Mar 21, 2016

Some Glimpses of relief & rehab work ...

A common consensus among most of us is that floods are over and life is back to normal is far from truth as daily life challenges are becoming more evident as we are going deep in the flood- affected areas. City life is for sure running smooth, while the worst affected who anyways had very little in the name of their personal belongings are the ones in the remote areas are struggling the most to make their ends meet.

Goonj has been working in disasters for the last 17 years and we were in Chennai last when Tsunami happened. This time when the news of floods in Chennai spread, Goonj activated its urban pan India network to start the collection of relief material at the earliest. Our 4 offices (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad) were involved in the process of generating and reaching out relief material to Chennai.  On ground, Goonj is operating from its temporary nodal centre based at OMR Thoraipakkam from where we are providing the comprehensive relief kits through grass root organizations based in Chennai & Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), voluntarily group and reaching out the essential supplies to the flood affected areas. We are focusing on the neglected areas, communities and their needs and committed to take up relief & rehab work here for long- term. So far, we have reached out to more than 15000 families in 5 districts, however, given the lack of attention from other stakeholders we understand that these areas would need great attention and supplies in future as well. Our work in disasters is focused on addressing gap areas like material which people are not able to get usually and reaching communities who are mostly left out in the mainstream relief work.

In the 2nd phase, many disaster- hit communities also took up some basic sanitation activities as that was a major threat to their health & hygiene under Goonj’s flagship initiative ‘Cloth for Work’. Here is a Comprehensive report of our ongoing major relief and rehabilitation work in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The relief and rehab activities are slowed down a bit now, due to code of conduct (elections in the state) but will be resumed again once the state- level elections are over. 

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with best 

ruchika

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Jan 19, 2016

The Journey of Not Just a Piece of Cloth..

Accessibility, Affordability & Awareness
Accessibility, Affordability & Awareness

Goonj’s ‘MY Pad’ is a better piece of cloth for women who have very little. It is meant for women, families and communities where cloth is still a scarce commodity. We are using MY Pads to reach these women and talk to them about their menstrual health and hygiene. In this process MY Pad has become a tool to get women to speak, to share and to better understand this basic biological process.

Many women in rural and slum India reuse cloth for menstruation but often don't have a safe and clean way of carrying their used pads (to wash and reuse later). Keeping in mind this practical difficulty, at Goonj we devised an innovative idea. We are adding a little pouch with Goonj cloth pads (MY Pads) made from flex banners and tarps (used ones) going out to rural India. These pouches are leak proof,cheap and a sustainable way of making reuse of cloth possible.

The journey of Not Just a piece of Cloth better known as NJPC is over a decade old now. It has gone through many trials and changes based on the inputs of the women who use it. My Pad is made after removing the hooks, button, elastic and any other hard material from the sorted cotton and semi cotton cloth. Soaked overnight in sanitizers followed by washing and then sun dried in open, first the outer cover of MY Pad is cut in the size of 12x 16 inches. It’s then ironed to make it moisture free. Then the smaller cloth pieces/shreds are wrapped in the outer cover as fillers. The outer cover is then folded, giving it a shape of a pad. Each packet of MY Pads has 15 pieces.

In this financial year alone more than 31,000 packets (@15 pads each packet) have been produced so far along with more than 16,000 undergarments (made out of waste hosiery material). These are not only reaching women in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Bengal, MP and other states but also many slums of Delhi and NCR apart from going as an integral part of relief material. Right now MY Pads are being produced in Delhi only, with a daily production average of around 150 packets (i.e. 2250 pieces).

Cover for Protection
Cover for Protection
Making of Cover
Making of Cover
My-Pad making unit
My-Pad making unit
Process of making My-Pad
Process of making My-Pad

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