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