“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..

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Contribute 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

For regular updates refer- www.goonj.org, https://www.facebook.com/goonj.orghttps://twitter.com/goonj

with best
anshu


Anshu Gupta
Founder Director
GOONJ..