Born and brought up in Delhi Ruchika started off as a volunteer in GOONJ and has been with the organization for over a decade now. Second youngest among six sisters she made up her mind very early on ‘Why GOONJ’ and why not something else. Many people still wonder that ‘why’. At GOONJ, she is known for her untiring energy and ready to take up any task that comes on her table. She is closely involved in interacting with various stakeholders including corporate, schools, implementation partners and instrumental in the overall management of the organization. She is passionate about traveling in rural parts, meeting people and tries to give her best in whatever she does.
He also hails from Banaras and started his career as a ‘Data entry operator’ in Delhi. Imran often recalls his first day at GOONJ, it was also Goonj’s annual event Pratibimb’s first day. He easily mingled with the participants, kids, highlighting his strong people skills at GOONJ. Now he is managing GOONJ’s biggest processing team nodal processing centre head quartered at Delhi. His invaluable & meticulous approach is a big value add in the entire material management which consists of sorting, repairing, packing, making of cloth sanitary napkins & other recycled products as well as dispatch of sorted material to different parts of the country. Imran known for his untiring energy, zeal and always wanting to do more attitude. He also travels to remote parts and plays a critical role at the grassroots level, by matching the material closely to the needs of people.
She grew up in the pious city of ‘Banaras’(Varanasi) and came to delhi after finishing her Masters in Social work. After interning with some NGOs in Delhi she formally joined GOONJ 6 years ago. While her father was keen on getting her into banking, Priyanka chose a different path. At GOONJ, she took up a hard core administrative & HR person role and interacts with the entire team on various levels and also handles the most critical leg i.e city logistics in Goonj’s operations. Her easy communication skills with the processing team, volunteers, dropping Centers makes her the dearest person people meet.
Sussana joined Goonj in 2013 when she saw the Goonj Founder Anshu Gupta speak about menses at an award ceremony. She soon joined Goonj’s Mumbai office heading the organisation’s biggest urban teams and operations in western region. Armed with masters in social work in criminology & correctional administration from TISS Sussana has, over a decade long career, gained a rich experience of working both in urban and rural parts of India. At Goonj, she is the face of the organization to a very vibrant base of urban volunteers, contributors and partner organizations in Mumbai and other cities in the region. Her gentle and humble nature and her commitment to the work stands out in every interaction. About Goonj she says “ It’s one organisation that is behind you, not only in good times but also in bad times.”
Susaana has also worked for few years with women in prostitution and their children in her prior work.
Ajaz Rashid joined Goonj at what was probably the lowest point in his life.. the 2014 Kashmir floods wiped away his 16 years of film making work including hundreds of hours of professional video-footage, audios and thousands of digital images. Not one to give up, he found a new purpose in helping the flood hit individuals and institutions in Rebuild their lives, working with Goonj as a volunteer.
A masters in Mass Communication & Journalism from Kashmir University & Member of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association Mumbai (IMPPA) & The Film Writers Association Mumbai (FWA) Ajaz later went on to join Goonj’s central team as a valued team builder. He currently leads Goonj’s J&K operations apart from working closely with one of our biggest team and operations in Maharashtra.
GOONJ’s small leaflet brought him here in 2006. In his words, “what people study in MSW is completely different from what you experience when you actually do it. Of course, it gives a much better realization of what it means.” Coming from Buxar (in Bihar) from a middle class family, Sheoji joined GOONJ in 2006, his first job in Delhi. From studying Goonj’s partners files to visiting their field work made him stronger and analytical. With his enterprising spirit and courageous attitude he was given an opportunity to lead one of the biggest ‘relief and rehabilitation operations for GOONJ in Bihar post Kosi floods. Since 2008, he is heading GOONJ’s Bihar operations and has looked after various innovative projects like Vaapsi, Sujni etc. His immense field experience and close connect with the rural communities brings in valuable inputs and results in dynamic implementation of our ongoing initiatives in different remote parts of Bihar.
Born in Hooghly district, West Bengal and a political science graduate Iftikar had previous experience in RTI related projects. Fairly new in the field but he somewhere had a strong urge to fight against odds and create opportunities for people that he didn’t see in his childhood. In one of the sessions he heard Anshu’s speech and there he found his calling. In 2009, he joined GOONJ and geared up to manage GOONJ’s relief operations post ‘Alia’, a natural calamity in West Bengal. Since then, he is leading GOONJ’s Kolkata operations and has traveled extensively in remote parts of eastern India. He is proactive in building partnerships with various NGOS, CBOs, social activist etc.
Joined GOONJ in 2007. His past experience with various NGO’s primarily on health segment came in handy when GOONJ’s ‘Not Just a piece of cloth’ initiative, won World Bank’s DM Project. He was closely involved in implementing the project despite the fact that it involved the difficult task of communicating with rural women on highly sensitive and taboo subject of menstrual hygiene. He also gained lot of exposure on other areas, becoming a valuable member of the team. His dedication brought him another big opportunity to build the base in Orissa post floods in 2010. He travels extensively in the tribal remote parts of Orissa to execute GOONJ’s various initiatives. He now speaks Oriya fluently and is instrumental in communicating with rural audience on diverse issues. Suresh has been deeply and personally involved in building a strong network of grassroot organizations in Orissa and is taking up exemplary experiments around ‘Cloth for Work’.