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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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Photo of the Week – Postcards from another India

Photo of the Week – Postcards from another India

Photo of the Week – Postcards from another India –
1 picture every weekend,.
Picture from Uttarakhand, India.

A picture is worth a thousand words! Starting this week, every week we will share one of our teams favourite photographs, giving you a glimpse of the scenes of people and places that our teams witness, with their own story behind clicking the picture.

Watch this space for more updates.

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It will hopefully also create a livelihood for women selling the saplings in local markets!

It will hopefully also create a livelihood for women selling the saplings in local markets!

20 women of local self-help group of Bamdiha village in Jhargam took the lead in sourcing and creating a nursery with 4700+ seeds of different vegetables such as brinjal, green leaf, chilly, gourd, tomato etc. To prepare the soil for the saplings they first created a structure and covered it with polythene while they also made a boundary to protect the nursery from wild animals. Our teams mobilised, motivated and stood with these women and rewarded all participants with carefully made Goonj Family Kits!

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The students also enthusiastically took part in fun sports activities! All kids were rewarded with Goonj School to School kits for their participation.

The students also enthusiastically took part in fun sports activities! All kids were rewarded with Goonj School to School kits for their participation.

For many years now Goonj has been mobilising village communities to build kitchen gardens in their schools. In Lohardaga village in Jharkhand, our team recently motivated 70 students and teachers of a local school to build a kitchen garden in their premises. The students also enthusiastically took part in fun sports activities! All kids were rewarded with Goonj School to School kits for their participation.

We motivate and mobilise the entire community –

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Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!

Till November 2019, over 5,000+ mats were made at this centre!

‘In 2018 less than a quarter of women aged 15 and above participated in the labour force despite India’s rapid economic growth in the past decade’, says World Bank’s September 2019 Report. Even though we see this all around us, in Palghar, not too far from Mumbai, a largely tribal area, most tribal women only find work as labourers in nearby field, only in monsoon season.. Rest of the year they struggle to get odd jobs to survive.

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Goonj is back with the 4th Baithak on 20th and 21st January 2020..

Goonj is back with the 4th Baithak on 20th and 21st January 2020..

Baithak is a platform for organisations working on development issues to brainstorm on ideas, discuss challenges, talk about solutions to build an inclusive ecosystem of co-learning and collaboration. With the experience of people involving in interesting and enthusiastic conversations on diversified topics of development sector in the past 3 Baithaks’, we are glad to invite applications for the 4th Baithak..

For more details and application process, refer https://forms.gle/LzsNBrEEzoMStyE1A.

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Cambridge Dictionary has named ‘upcycling’, the activity of making new items out of old or used things, as its Word of the Year 2019.

Cambridge Dictionary has named ‘upcycling’, the activity of making new items out of old or used things, as its Word of the Year 2019.

Upcycling added as the word of the year by Oxford!! About time.. We say.. May we suggest some more. Community intelligence, parallel economies, resurgent development..

Our work is hinged on the principles of reuse, recycling, repair and upcycling.. Currently, under the #GreenByGoonj label, we create over 100 different upcycled products from the last shreds of cloth.

Check out the entire range: www.goonj.org/gbg

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/upcycling-crowned-cambridge-dictionarys-word-of-the-year-2019

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No one could blame 17-year-old Reshma

No one could blame 17-year-old Reshma

No one could blame 17-year-old Reshma, for her reluctance in taking a bath at the local dug well in her village. In the name of public convenience, it was made in the middle of the village, where it was constantly surrounded by people. On her period days, it became much tougher for here and other women to bathe out in the open. It’s no wonder that most preferred to skip the bath altogether.

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The 12th Jagriti Yatra of 400 Yatris was at Goonj yesterday

The 12th Jagriti Yatra of 400 Yatris was at Goonj yesterday

The 12th Jagriti Yatra of 400 Yatris was at Goonj yesterday. The atmosphere was charged with Mr Anshu Gupta’s session and discussions that followed. We wish a big ‘Lagey Raho’ to each one!! Also repeating what our founder said to the Yatris.. “Agar Neend Sey Pyara Hai Sapna To Ye Jagah Tumhari hai..” You are always welcome at Goonj if you want to replicate Goonj’s model and start something of your own anywhere.!

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Now Dilli Haat (INA) is Goonj Dropping Centre!..

Now Dilli Haat (INA) is Goonj Dropping Centre!..

Friends of Goonj in Delhi! Delhi Haat INA is now a Goonj Dropping Centre..More information below.

Venue: Dilli Haat entrance, Near PNB ATM, INA, Delhi
Timings: 11 am- 8pm
Contact : Team Goonj (011-41401216, 26972351)

In case of any issues you can enquire from the security guard; for dropping material no ticket is needed.

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If you are feeling warm this winter share it!

If you are feeling warm this winter share it!

It’s getting quite cold already! Share your warmth to keep someone warm this winter. Contribute your new/used woolens 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

 

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3rd day of #ClothWeek

3rd day of #ClothWeek

3rd day of #ClothWeek, we bring your attention to the urgent need of Sarees.. You and I may wear suits, western dresses, jeans etc but a vast majority of rural women still wear sarees.. You can give any new/old but usable sarees and add colour and dignity to someone’s life..

Scan the QR code or refer this link to contribute – https://goonj.org/dropping-centres/

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Chaupal 25th January, Saturday

Chaupal 25th January, Saturday

A new year, new opportunities for us to sit together and have meaningful conversations. We invite you to join the first stop of #Chaupal of this year in Dubai! Check out the details below:

Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Time: 2 pm to 6:30 pm Gulf standard time
Venue: Warehouse Four, 4B street, Al Quoz, Dubai

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Chaupal2020

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2nd Day of #ClothWeek

2nd Day of #ClothWeek

2nd Day of #ClothWeek with one simple realisation.. In winter if in the same city, I live and someone dies on the road it is not cold but lack of clothing.. It’s highly preventable suffering.. One that can be fixed with giving our new/old but usable woollens with the ones who need it most. To contribute to Goonj go to www.goonj.org/odz

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Happy Cloth day January 1

Happy Cloth day January 1

It’s really cold in many parts of India. Whatever else you do, please make it warmer for someone who has little to go on…Smiles and blessings are guaranteed 🙂
Happy Cloth Day to You!!!

Spread the word in your family and friends to build a more humane and kind world.

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Last year (2018-19) our teams held menstrual awareness sessions with more than 400 adolescent girls and women in slums, shelter homes, government schools in Delhi/NCR alone (apart from similar ongoing menstrual hygiene work in rural India).

Last year (2018-19) our teams held menstrual awareness sessions with more than 400 adolescent girls and women in slums, shelter homes, government schools in Delhi/NCR alone (apart from similar ongoing menstrual hygiene work in rural India).

Last year (2018-19) our teams held menstrual awareness sessions with more than 400 adolescent girls and women in slums, shelter homes, government schools in Delhi/NCR alone (apart from similar ongoing menstrual hygiene work in rural India). Many of these young girls move to cities from villages.and end up in slums with little or no sanitation facilities. Lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge and other challenges further turns menstruation into a monthly disaster for them..

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Celebrating CLOTH WEEK

Celebrating CLOTH WEEK

The New Year brings a sense of renewal, reinstills feeling of belongingness and an opportunity to celebrate that through #ClothWeek! We urge you to keep your clothes, woollens, stationery etc., ready to celebrate the first day of the new year as #ClothDay. Spread the word, act on and let’s build a culture of giving together. Stay tuned for more!
visit www.goonj.org to read about our work..

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285 people of Mudgal village, Raichur, Karnataka create a check dam on their own!

285 people of Mudgal village, Raichur, Karnataka create a check dam on their own!

Karnataka; Raichur’s water situation has severely deteriorated in the last few years affecting the local agriculture and animals as well. Families surviving on less than 10 water pots a day are forced to sell their cattle for meagre amounts as they can’t fulfill their water needs.

For the people of Mudgal village in Raichur district, their local check dam was their only water source and the one place their rainwater was collected.

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50 people of Langtha, Golaghat Assam built this 100 ft X 6ft bamboo bridge, just in 3 days!

50 people of Langtha, Golaghat Assam built this 100 ft X 6ft bamboo bridge, just in 3 days!

It only took 50 people to make this 100 ft X 6ft bamboo bridge, just in 3 days.. No engineers or experts from outside and no money paid. Goonj team motivated people of Langtha (Porja chuk), Golaghat district, Assam to reduce their commute of 5 kms to half a kilometer!!! Everyone received carefully made Goonj Family Kit as a reward for their efforts.

With Your Material, Money Matters: https://goonj.org/contribute/
Partner NGO: PUPS

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बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

ये कहानी है बुंदेलखंड के ललितपुर जिले के एक छोटे से गाँव महौली की हैं , जहाँ गाँव के एक तालाब के सूख जाने के बाद गाँव वालों को पानी की समस्या का सामना करना पड़ा | ये बात उस वक़्त रौशनी में आई ,जब गूँज की टीम ने इस गाँव का दौरा किया | पानी की कमी से न केवल गाँव वाले परेशान थे बल्कि इसका असर उनके मवेशियों पर भी पड़ रहा था | एक ग्रामीण ने कहा कि ”

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10 cold days in a row in Delhi- NCR

10 cold days in a row in Delhi- NCR

Worst hit are the ones living out in the open. This #OdhaDoZindagi, spread the warmth by contributing woollens and sarees. Your giving could mean so much!
Read more about our Annual WInter Campaign & to contribute your woollens, visit www.goonj.org/odz

Read the full story here

Media Courtesy: India Today

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This time will go to new friend

This time will go to new friend

There are many people that help us get through our daily lives. This festive season, Goonj encourages you to also include them in your celebrations. Put a smile on a face by giving a gift to people having a hard time finding cheer in the midst of all the festivities..🙂

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