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Ground Report – 5

Ground Report – 5

By this week we have reached 800,000 kgs of ration and other essentials, 152,000 face masks and focussed majorly on procuring from the locals. This time we highlight some neglected vulnerable communities we are trying to reach …highlighting their struggles.. Going forward we want to focus on the efforts, wisdom and dignity of these people. We are there… Need You Too… To know more about our works & to donate,

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Multiple approaches to revitalize rural Bengal:

Multiple approaches to revitalize rural Bengal:

Bengal is emerging as one of our biggest hub of initiatives in rural India. While in north Bengal our teams are reaching out to farmers to purchase potatoes in bulk and including these in our local ration kits, in Sunderbans, where our teams had earlier (before the lockdown) worked with the communities to plant kitchen gardens, they are now growing and selling back fresh vegetables to us, which are being added to our local ration kits.

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Responding to tomato farmers’ desperation in Karnataka:

Responding to tomato farmers’ desperation in Karnataka:

Goonj is buying tomatoes in bulk directly from the farmers of Kolar, adding these and other vegetables to our ration kits in the region. WHY? Kolar in Karnataka is popularly called the “Golden Land” of India – for its mine fields and also for horticultural crops like tomatoes, yielding 4 lakh tons every year. This time of the year tomatoes are supplied all across India and internationally, giving farmers a handsome return of 5 lakh on investment of 1 lakh per acre,

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Seeking applications for Goonj Fellowship- 2020-21

Seeking applications for Goonj Fellowship- 2020-21

COVID19 is a pandemic which has hit us all hard.. but you can turn it into an opportunity to imagine new possibilities.. This year the Goonj Fellowship will be a different experience and journey of rediscovering what matters and where we want to go..

Last date of application – 5th June, 2020.

To know more about the Goonj Fellowship and for the application process refer https://goonj.org/fellowship/.

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From the fileld #RahatCOVID19, Stitch-in-time in Tamil Nadu:

From the fileld #RahatCOVID19, Stitch-in-time in Tamil Nadu:

With the spread of COVID-19 and the national lockdown affecting the lives of millions, Goonj teams are working round-the-clock to reach basic ration and other hygiene material to people. In Tamil Nadu, we turned our processing centers and workshops into 3 face mask-making units, with trained team members in each unit, taking up a daily production of 2,500 masks. Till now, 18,000 masks have already been made. We are also reaching relief material to families and communities struggling for basics in parts of the state.

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From the field – #RahatCOVID19 West Bengal

From the field – #RahatCOVID19 West Bengal

Our team, with around 7 grassroots partner organisations, local governing bodies and volunteers, has started working in the state for distribution of essentials like rations and basic utilities. We have been able to reach out in parts of districts of Alipurduar, Malda, Birbhum, Medinipur, Jhargram, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Uttar Dinajpur and Kalimpong, prioritising landless farmers and vulnerable sections like the transgender community and sex workers, who traditionally have less access to resources.

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From the Field – #RahatCOVID19 Bihar

From the Field – #RahatCOVID19 Bihar

Bihar has seen one of the biggest reverse migration with thousands of workers, returning back in the last few weeks. Some glimpses of our work – Our teams reached out to people in 42 villages in 4 districts of West Champaran, Madhepura, Saharsa, and Buxar, reaching essential rations and basic hygiene packs, face masks, sanitizers etc. apart from providing help in disinfecting 7 villages.

Monetary donations for logistics and bulk purchases —

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From the Field.. #RahatCOVID19 Karnataka

From the Field.. #RahatCOVID19 Karnataka

Some glimpses of reaching out thousands of cooked meals to family kits among the migrant labours from Bihar, UP, Assam, to Tamil Nadu and also the daily wagers and local casual workers of the closed factories in Bangalore. Also working with local grassroot organisations to reach the daily wagers, rag pickers and banjaran communities, Construction Labors and the villagers in Bangalore, Kolar, Koppal and Raichur to start with..

Do join..

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From the Field – Rahat Covid 19

From the Field – Rahat Covid 19

In Maharastra, one of the worst-hit Coronavirus hit states, Goonj’s team, together with on-ground volunteers, community workers, is running a community kitchen reaching out cooked food packets and also essential ration kits to migrant worker families.
Goonj is also providing material and monetary support to 8+ partner grassroots organisations in Beed, Mumbai, Solapur,Pune and Kalyan. Many of these organisations have been working with Goonj for many years, on different development issues with rural communities.

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From the Field: #RahatCOVID19

From the Field: #RahatCOVID19

From Goonj’s Rishikesh Center where Face Masks and Cloth Sanitary Pads ( MY-Pads ) are being produced. The Center is being sanitised by the local authorities. Face Masks are also being made in our Delhi and Chennai Center.
We are there, need you too..To Donate: https://bit.ly/2wgi5nC .
Act ..and Share..
#Goonj

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By Anshu Gupta

By Anshu Gupta

कोविदी’ लिख रहा हूँ ..कवितायें वापस आ गयी है। जब तक वायरस से मुक्ति मिलेगी, शायद किताब ही बन जाये..अभी कुछ दुःख वाली होंगी,.दुःखी हूँ ना.. फिर खुशियों पर लिखेंगे. कोविदी में ही !! सुना है और विश्वास है, कि खुशियाँ लौटेंगी। ‘वापस न आने’ वाली पूरी हो गयी है..शुरुआत उसी से ..- अंशु ..


सुनो..
तुम, अब गांव में ही बस जाना..
दो सूखी रोटी खाना..

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From the field.. #RahatCOVID19

From the field.. #RahatCOVID19

 

Running and supporting Community Kitchens, Reaching out food and Ration Kits to migrant workers on the roads, production of masks and supporting the efforts of many other agencies working on the ground; our vast network of partner organizations, volunteers, stakeholders and contributors in urban and rural India, built over the last 2 decades of work, has been activated and intensified. Please continue your support and efforts for this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home. This is how we make Goonj MY Pads. This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads. We would love to hear how you make your cloth pads.

Please do share this video in your own network.

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Thank you for joining #RahatCOVID19.

Thank you for joining #RahatCOVID19.

From using our facilities to make cloth masks to preparing food for migrants, supporting some kitchens to standing with individuals and organizations, in many parts of country to reach out essential rations for migrants who are stuck and the villagers, GOONJ is doing all this and more. Our huge network of Grass-root Organizations across India, created over the years through our routine works in the cities to remote villages is one of our biggest asset at this time.

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Further to the FB..

Further to the FB..

Further to the FB live with Mr Anshu Gupta here are the subject lines you can use to send your queries/suggestions.contribution on mail@goonj.org . we will segregate the same and respond asap. Also will frame some guidelines as required and will put all across Goonj’s social media by tomorrow-
SUBJECT LINES for the mails-
– To Volunteer
– To contribute financially
– Need of Relief material

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Sochta hoon..

Sochta hoon..

सुनो..
तुम, अब गांव में ही बस जाना..
दो सूखी रोटी खाना..
पर वापस ना आना !!
हम, तुम्हें दीन-हीन,
ग़रीब, बेचारा कहते हैं ना..
खुद घरों में घुसकर,
तुम्हे सड़कों पर भूखा, पैदल छोड़ते हैं ना..
बस तुम वापस न आना !!
यकीन मानना..
यह सारे शब्द बदलेंगे..
बेचारा कौन है, हम यकीनन समझेंगे !!

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Hello all.. thank you for many messages and calls.. look out this space in the late evening.. Goonj is already working at the back end to run a sustained and long term campaign, for the low-income group/village people affected in terms of livelihood and basic needs due to the corona.

Anshu Gupta

#rahatcorona #reliefcoronabygoonj #vaapsi #GOONJ

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Sandeep Raj, a team Goonj member took this picture..

His story about the picture- Sandeep works in Goonj’s Office and was visiting Puri, Odisha, to cover the aftermath of Fani Cyclone in April 2019. He says about the picture “I could feel how much people must have suffered and lost after the cyclone. It was raining and the roofs were missing, No place to be in, no food to eat and they were managing with whatever little they were left with.

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This one-act is not only shameless but fundamentally wrong at so many levels

This one-act is not only shameless but fundamentally wrong at so many levels

This one-act is not only shameless but fundamentally wrong at so many levels; treating women as second-grade human beings and citizens and violating their human rights and dignity. Forcing women to remove their panties to see if they are menstruating is also a telling comment on how the taboos around “purity & “impurity” in menstruation are still so deeply rooted in our society. The fact that this bigotry surfaced in the campus is especially disturbing as campuses are meant to be a safe place where women feel empowered.

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