“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 recent 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.
The chilling cold is certainly a bigger disaster, 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 situation is more alarming. It’s time to act… We always say- ‘The Cold doesn’t kill people, lack of clothing does.. !! Do contribute and organise Rahat Winters camps..
good quality woolens, blankets, sweaters, socks, woolen caps (refer http://goo.gl/kbpxfo
for important tips before you purchase) or pool in monetary resources through http://goonj.org/?page_id=55
for the campaign and to procure this material in bulk.
Join Goonj to mark January 1st as ‘Cloth Day’. Goonj has been observing it is a symbolic event for many years now. The idea is to start our year with a humble gesture of giving a cloth to someone in need. It’s a simple idea to highlight cloth as a non disaster need. Do spread the ‘Cloth Day’ idea in your family, friends and colleagues. Do your bit this time.
Here comes a different kind of recognition to Goonj in the shape of the prestigious Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award
, which celebrates initiatives that improve the quality of life and environment in cities. Certainly a big one for us.. as we always thought we are making a small difference in the villages only
Rahat Campaign Reports – Do refer the detailed presentations on Goonj’s extensive work in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Meghalaya apart from extensive ongoing work in Jammu and Kashmir.
1. For Jammu & Kashmir; http://goonj.org/JK-Report-14.pdf
2. For Other flood affected areas; http://goonj.org/Otherstates-14.pdf
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