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#KeralaUpdate

Did you know that 2018 massive floods in Kerala were followed by floods in the state in 2019 as well? Meeting people of Muttil village in Wayanad in 2019 we heard about the tough time they were facing as their bridge had collapsed due to landslides triggered by floods. This bridge meant a 2 kms shortcut between Chazhivayal and Ezhitharavayal. When our teams mobilised and motivated the residents, they unanimously decided to work together to fix this bridge.

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The Trans-India Challenge

The Trans-India Challenge

The Trans-India Challenge drove from Mumbai; meeting our volunteers in Pune, our field in Solapur, processing work in Goonj Hyderabad and field activities Puri in Odisha ending the first leg of the Challenge. Next up, they will be travelling to Goonj office and field in Kolkata exploring our work in the region.
Prof. Alan and Pat are on a 30 day pan India journey on their Morgan 3 wheeler to raise funds and awareness about Goonj’s work.

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#ChuppitodoTuesdays

#ChuppitodoTuesdays

Menarche or first period is an important milestone in a woman’s life, not just a biological process but changing a lot of things in a woman’s life. Chandana from the Prajaghari village of Jharkhali in Sundarbans, was the sole earner of her family of three. Everyday she risked her life to catch fish in the nearby creek. Struggling for basics, she used anything from mud to leaves during her periods.

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Don’t Pack Your Unwanted Wollens!

Don’t Pack Your Unwanted Wollens!

#MindfulGivingMondays
Don’t Pack Your Unwanted Wollens!
Planning to pack away your woolens for next winter? Don’t pack away your unused woolens, socks, jackets, mufflers, caps etc. For millions of people winters are an annual disaster as they struggle for basic woolens.
Contribute your woolens, socks, jackets, mufflers, caps etc. to Goonj and do your bit! You can also organize camps in your locality, society, colony,

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Picture of the Week #2

Picture of the Week #2

Location – Goonj’s Delhi Office
This picture is from the early days of Goonj.. Anshu Gupta, Founder Goonj sitting down to fold leaflets with one of earliest team members Sunil Bhaiya. Both doing their bit.. at Goonj’s famous Head office at J-93 Sarita Vihar.. On the 21st year of Goonj, this picture is an apt reminder, to stay grounded and respect each and every work.. That time the team was small and everybody did everything..

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Kitaab- A Book Fair of Books people loved

Kitaab- A Book Fair of Books people loved

A shout out to the people of Delhi!!
As winter turns into warmer days and you slowly open up to longer days what better companion than much-loved books.. Join us for KITAAB, A Book Fair of Books people loved..
Venue: Chabootra, Goonj Processing Centre, Madanpur Khadar, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 76
Date: 15 February 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Contact: Prachi Jain (prachi@goonj.org / 9999298527)

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Goonj’s work with the tribals of Saura of Odisha

Goonj’s work with the tribals of Saura of Odisha

The tribals of Saura of Kantagaon village in Gajapati District of Odisha have seen their land turn into a wasteland due to recurring landslides due to cyclones and floods. Over the years as little work was left, these disasters also led people to migrate for survival, leading to further neglect of the land. Our teams working in Odisha mobilised and motivated the tribals to find a way to revive their land.

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#MaharastraUpdate

#MaharastraUpdate

If you ever heard that in villages parents don’t care for their children’s education and wellbeing, this story will break that myth for you. The students of Z.P. School, Bhoirpada, in Palghar, Maharashtra were super excited to perform at the upcoming Republic Day but the school didn’t have a stage. When our Maharashtra team got wind of this unique problem it motivated the parents and teachers to do something. “We were really looking forward to the students’ performing on this stage on Republic day” said the school teacher,

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With Material, Money Matters!!

With Material, Money Matters!!

There are some unseen, unsaid things in our day to day life..that matter.. Same goes for Goonj’s work.. Along with Material.. Money Matters..

Every year ​pan India, ​thousands of tons of urban material make ​their way to remote villages ​through Goonj​’​s initiatives. Th​is is a ​journey ​of ​hard passionate work ​and ​massive costs
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Take it forward.. To do a monetary contribute: https://goonj.org/donate/

#Goonj

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Next Stop for #Chaupal2020 will be the garden city- Bangalore!

Next Stop for #Chaupal2020 will be the garden city- Bangalore!

Join us for an afternoon of meaningful conversation on “Main Gyani, Tu Moorkh”- The wisdom of grassroots on February 16th 2020! We eagerly look forward to seeing you there. Details below:

Date: February 16th, 2020
Time: 10:30 onwards
Venue: SJP 2, Banquet Hall, 4th Floor, (Opp – Juice Junction) Wipro Ltd, Doddakannelli, Kaikondrahalli, Sarjapur Road Bangalore

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Chaupal2020 or log on to https://goonj.org/chaupal2020/

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Alan & Pat Braithwaite’s Trans-India Challenge – They’re off!!

Alan & Pat Braithwaite’s Trans-India Challenge – They’re off!!

And.. They’re off!! Alan & Pat Braithwaite’s Trans-India Challenge is underway. The intrepid crew and the Morgan 3 Wheeler left Mumbai yesterday morning after being flagged off by Meenakshi Gupta, Co-Founder of Goonj. She also drove with Alan for the first two hours of the journey till Amby Valley. Later in the evening, the couple arrived at the first halt to meet a passionate group of Goonj volunteers in Pune.

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Toys Matter!!

Toys Matter!!

Toys Matter!!

Because childhood matters, innocence matters as do the simple joys of life.. For kids who have a palm shell in the name of toys or nothing at all..

Do send at the nearest dropping centre or organize collections in your area/society/office or neighbourhood. For more info refer goonj.org

Act & Share.. #Goonj

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What else can You give beyond clothes?

What else can You give beyond clothes?

Did you know? People often ask us what else can I give beyond clothes.. Well, One can give almost everything – from utensils, footwear, furniture, even doors and windows, construction material, everything that can be of use to someone else.. That’s the power of Goonj’s channel and pipeline from the cities to the villages, dealt with over 5000 tons of material in 2018-19.

#Goonj

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Agriculture & Goonj

Agriculture & Goonj

Agriculture and farmers are still the backbone of this country. Every year they take up thousands of development activities with Goonj- building check dams, land bunds, community plantation etc mobilized and motivated by our teams. It’s sustainably impacting their lives like curbing migration, increasing productivity and nutrition etc.in far-flung villages of India. In the FY 2018-2019, The focus was clearly visible with 145 plantation drives, leading to plantation and nutrition of 22,614 trees and 136 activities conducted around kitchen gardens,

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Trans-India Challenge | Update

Trans-India Challenge | Update

Trans-India Challenge is all set to flag off on 1st Feb, from Mumbai. The inspiring couple at the driver’s seat – Prof Alan and Mrs Pat Braithwaite have already reached Mumbai – to start their 3000 miles journey across India in 30 days, to raise funds and awareness about Goonj’s work.. More on: http://www.transindiachallenge.com/
Have you done any interesting event/activity to raise material, money or spread awareness about Goonj..

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4th Baithak | Goonj

4th Baithak | Goonj

17 inspiring organizations joined 4th #Baithak at Goonj’s Delhi Centre last week.It was two days of thought-provoking and engaging activities and conversations. Founder Goonj, Anshu Gupta also joined in for a motivational session sharing his personal and Goonj’s journey of challenges and successes.

More Baithaks are lined up in the coming months.. Do write to meena@goonj.org if you would like to join in.

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A human issue disguised as a Women’s Issue

A human issue disguised as a Women’s Issue

A human issue disguised as a Women’s Issue.

“When half the humanity is women.. Menstruation can’t be a women’s issue.It is a human issue.’ says Anshu Gupta, Founder Goonj, Magsaysay award winner. In 2018 -19 we reached over 1.2 million Cloth Pads to women across rural India.. To see the whole report log onto http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

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Share your warmth this Winter

Share your warmth this Winter

#OdhaDoZindagi
It’s getting quite cold already! Share your warmth to keep someone warm this winter. Contribute your new/used woollens that are in good condition in a nearby Goonj dropping location. Also with your material, money matters.

For material contribution : https://goonj.org/dropping-centres/
https://goonj.org/collection-camps/

For monetary contribution : https://goonj.org/contribute

Read more about our Annual Winter Campaign : https://goonj.org/odz

#Goonj #Contribute

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“Sometimes the world does not need thinkers only, we need doers, we need action, we need initiatives..”- Mr. Anshu Gupta( Founder, Goonj)

“Sometimes the world does not need thinkers only, we need doers, we need action, we need initiatives..”- Mr. Anshu Gupta( Founder, Goonj)

#MindfulGivingMondays: “Sometimes the world does not need thinkers only, we need doers, we need action, we need initiatives..”- Mr. Anshu Gupta( Founder, Goonj)

Last week, Mrs. Anita Swaroop delivered a package of 8 sweaters at Goonj’s Delhi office. A retired professional, Mrs Swaroop had hand-knitted these colourful sweaters and caps for toddlers and infants, with the help of her friends. A great example of a champion Mindful Giver!

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Agriculture and farmers are still the backbone of this country

Agriculture and farmers are still the backbone of this country

Agriculture and farmers are still the backbone of this country. Every year they take up thousands of development activities with Goonj- building check dams, land bunds, community plantation etc. mobilized and motivated by our teams. It’s sustainably impacting their lives like curbing migration, increasing productivity and nutrition etc.in far-flung villages of India. Few Highlights from FY 2018-19..

More details in our latest annual report: http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

With your Material,

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#PhotoOftheWeek – Postcards from another India..

#PhotoOftheWeek – Postcards from another India..

#PhotoOftheWeek – Postcards from another India…

1 picture every weekend, giving you a glimpse of the amazing, heart touching scenes of people and places that our teams witness, with their story behind it.
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Location – Government High School, Maniyarankudy, Idukki Kerala

Picture taken by – George Yeldho, Goonj Team

His story about the picture; “These kids made their own ladder by climbing on each other’s back,

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Let’s Improve before changing the world

Let’s Improve before changing the world

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.. Maybe a lofty goal we struggle within cities.. At Goonj our goal is ‘Let’s Improve before changing the world.’ Throughout the year we empower communities to clean their villages, clear their paths, schools, public spaces, cleaning and repairing drains etc. In 2018-19 we conducted over 2000 sanitation-related activities in parts of rural India.. For full report visit http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

With Your Material Money Matters for transportation,

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#Chaupal2020 – Chennai

#Chaupal2020 – Chennai

#Chaupal2020 will be in Chennai on February 2nd, 2020! Join us for a session of meaningful conversation on “Our Pride vs. Receiver’s Dignity.”
You will be joined by a stellar panel of speakers. We eagerly look forward to seeing you there. Details below:
Date: February 2nd, 2020
Time: 10:30 onwards
Venue: Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Chaupal2020

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Mumbaikars setting a new record

Mumbaikars setting a new record

Thank you, Mumbaikars for setting a new record.. Last Sunday at the famous Tata Mumbai Marathon more than 90 volunteers, friends, and the Goonj Mumbai team were on the start line to support Goonj’s work on education. Mr Anshu Gupta, our Founder was there to boost the spirit of this enthusiastic group.

Congratulations also to our star fundraisers..Shaina Michael, Vaibhav Bhandari, Neelima Akhtor, Shahzad Barodawala, Ankita Avinash Chauhan,

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A long way to go.. lot of work needed.. If this disturbs you.. Do your bit..

Long read alert !! A long way to go.. lot of work needed.. If this disturbs you.. Do your bit.. Good news is that We – You and I reading this story, already on or above the mean income, are the best placed to do something..
Contribute/Volunteer/Work With Goonj or any credible organisation/initiative, working on the ground.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/economy/how-india-remains-poor-it-will-take-7-generations-for-india-s-poor-to-reach-mean-income–68898?fbclid=IwAR2gbLxfeP5gCbS7C9_08k1Ln_Q2B40dxECu3hVxkPkbx1NSBRro–A8t0k

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Here is a beautiful read..

Sharing a beautiful read on why we hold on to things… Everyone who has ever given something dear to them will love this.. https://www.livemint.com/mint-lounge/features/the-things-we-leave-behind-11579262516169.html

#Goonj

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A CFW activity from Khadara, Uttarkashi

A CFW activity from Khadara, Uttarkashi

People of Khadara village in Uttarkashi had to walk through an agricultural field to avoid a damaged path, thus disturbing the work on that field. When Goonj mobilised and motivated the villagers 140 people decided to repair this path, all on their own. They also brought stones from far away to make a wall to prevent people and wild animals from entering the field. Goonj rewarded all participants with carefully made Family Kits with basic essentials and woollens.

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Our markets, roads, hospitals, schools etc. are the basics of our life..

Our markets, roads, hospitals, schools etc. are the basics of our life..

Our markets, roads, hospitals, schools etc. are the basics of our life.. BUT it’s not the same in the villages. Some highlights from FY 2018-19…

For more details please refer our latest annual report: http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

With your Material, Money Matters..Do Contribute https://goonj.org/contribute/ as Goonj’s innovative model uses the money for logistics and admin aspects while urban surplus material is used as a powerful development resource to trigger this work.

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Children should not be made victims of Charity

Children should not be made victims of Charity

‘Children should not be made victims of Charity’ is one of our guiding principles. Every year thousands of kids in schools and Anganwadis across rural India take up some learning activities and then as a reward for their efforts, get Goonj School Kits having basic learning material like books, toys, stationery, uniforms etc.

Our latest annual report: http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

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The recent rains in Delhi have made the city a bit colder..

The recent rains in Delhi have made the city a bit colder..

The recent rains in Delhi have made the city a bit colder.. surely you also must have added one more layer to your clothing.. to be comfortable. BUT that’s not true for everyone..
Many men, women, and children are struggling on the roadsides, construction sites, and shanties all around us, with the bare basics.

Goonj’s Delhi team, over and above our ongoing work of reaching woolens to villages across India,

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Creating large scale livelihood from disaster wastage

Creating large scale livelihood from disaster wastage

While most people know Goonj’s disaster relief work but few know about our livelihood generation work using huge quantities of disaster wastage. Started in 2005 after the Tsunami with 100 trucks of cloth leftover on Tamil Nadu roads to recent Kerala floods where Goonj took up big containers of waste cloth and partnered with Kuthumbshree, (a SHG led by thousands of Kerela women), to create employment for hundreds of women who have made large quantities of cloth quilts,

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People of Madikinal village in Raichur district of Karnataka used water running through a nearby dirty canal that had accumulated silt and debris over time

People of Madikinal village in Raichur district of Karnataka used water running through a nearby dirty canal that had accumulated silt and debris over time

People of Madikinal village in Raichur district of Karnataka used water running through a nearby dirty canal that had accumulated silt and debris over time. Their agriculture and livelihood were worst affected by this limited availability of water. Mobilized and motivated by Team Goonj 86 people here came together to clean the entire canal using local techniques. Every participant was rewarded for their efforts with carefully made Goonj Family Kits.

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Working deeply on Water with people| Glimpses from 2018-19

Working deeply on Water with people| Glimpses from 2018-19

Working deeply on Water with people| Glimpses from 2018-19

Just in one year (2018-19) when hundreds of villages across India work on more than 1010 water-related projects including cleaning and reviving of local water bodies, digging of ponds and wells, rainwater harvesting and re-building of check dams. Its time to acknowledge that something interesting is unfolding here. Goonj mobilized and motivated these communities across India to trigger this and more..

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The countdown begins! We hope to see you at the first stop of #Chaupal2020 in Dubai! Please note that there has been a change in the venue. Details given below:

The countdown begins! We hope to see you at the first stop of #Chaupal2020 in Dubai! Please note that there has been a change in the venue. Details given below:

The countdown begins! We hope to see you at the first stop of #Chaupal2020 in Dubai! Please note that there has been a change in the venue. Details given below:

Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Time: 2 pm to 6:30 pm Gulf standard time
Venue: One Life Kitchen and Cafe, Unit R04, Building 5, Design District, Dubai

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Chaupal2020

#Goonj

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Our 2018-19 annual report in a new avatar!

Our 2018-19 annual report in a new avatar!

Our 2018-19 annual report in a new avatar!

2018-19 was our 20th anniversary – a year of introspective journey and some firsts. Do look out for details on Chaupal – No Agenda Conversations’, ‘Witnessing Disasters’ a specially curated pictorial exhibition, introducing disasters to urban India. Publications highlighting learnings on disaster relief and menstrual hygiene and new initiatives started with the flood hit people of Kerala.. Read here: http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819

‘With Your Material,

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From the time 8 years old Kartik found out that that everyone in his class was going to get brand new shiny shoes the next day, he couldn’t wait for the day to end. He woke up a little earlier than usual that morning got ready and ran to school.

From the time 8 years old Kartik found out that that everyone in his class was going to get brand new shiny shoes the next day, he couldn’t wait for the day to end. He woke up a little earlier than usual that morning got ready and ran to school.

From the time 8 years old Kartik found out that that everyone in his class was going to get brand new shiny shoes the next day, he couldn’t wait for the day to end. He woke up a little earlier than usual that morning got ready and ran to school.

Kartik lives with his parents in a Karigudda village, a remote village near Maski town in Karnataka (Raichur district).

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