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A neighbor’s pride…

A neighbor’s pride…

Akkolli, a remote village with little access to even bus services, is nestled in Wayanad district of Kerala, home to the tribal settlement of Churuli. It is here, on the slopes of a hilly forest, Jincy lives… in a poorly built home made out of dried mud and brick-tiles and covered with plastic sheets for the roof.

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‘Now, mothers won’t lose their lives while on their way to give birth’

‘Now, mothers won’t lose their lives while on their way to give birth’

Karamba, a remote village in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, houses just 19 families. To reach the village, one has to cross 3 km of dense forest and a rivulet. During monsoons, the settlement gets completely cut off as the water level of the rivulet, Jhari, rises to life-threatening levels, and the absence of a pucca road adds to the locals’ woes.

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‘I have never seen such enthusiasm in the villagers before…

‘I have never seen such enthusiasm in the villagers before…

’When our team spoke to the residents of Nibapur village in Dahanu Block of Palghar district, Maharashtra, they expressed a need for a community centre for meetings, celebrations or simply for the children to play in. Several constructive dialogues took place within the community after which a collective decision was taken to build a community centre and a garden under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ (DFW) initiative which would be useful for the entire community.Observing the enthusiasm and to partake in,

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Taking care of Mother Nature…strengthening lives

Taking care of Mother Nature…strengthening lives

Located in the foothills of the Aravalli, Alshigad village in Udaipur district of Rajasthan has been subjected to continuous deforestation and soil erosion for a long time. It was in the wake of this situation that the concerned villagers decided to act on it. Soon, they were joined by their brethren who had migrated to the cities but had returned to the village following the lockdown.

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

The temple of Chowdeshwari in Srinivaspur village of Kolar district in Karnataka is a century-old structure wrapped in history and beauty. Located close to it is the temple pond from where the locals had been drawing their drinking water since time immemorial. Added to that, the pond was also used by the devotees for their ritual cleansing and other related activities.

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Giving wings to hope with a poultry farm

Giving wings to hope with a poultry farm

Narayanjote village in Jalpaiguri recently witnessed how the collective efforts and resolve of families towards the building of a community poultry farm could bring about a bright ray of hope for a stable livelihood in spite of the trials posed by Covid. With one of the families even offering their farmland for free, along with Goonj’s initial one-month support of chicks,

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Ensuring quality with Groundnut procurement

Ensuring quality with Groundnut procurement

In Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha, villagers being marginal and small-time farmers have been facing distress sale of groundnut since the beginning of the pandemic. Goonj reached out to families under its ‘Vaapsi’ initiative and procured tonnes of groundnut, to be added to its relief kits. Our teams, during the Rahat-COVID work in the area,

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Tuning to smell and taste with tea packet making

Tuning to smell and taste with tea packet making

In Keranipara of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, Goonj reached out to support a group of people under ‘Vaapsi’ initiative towards the procurement of packets of tea leaves. Hailing from ethnic tribal communities, they were earlier employed by the local electricity department. However, with the advent of digital meter boards, they too were forced to look for other employment options.

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Hailing sustainability with handicrafts

Hailing sustainability with handicrafts

The village of Gharbhanga Jenasahi in Kendrapara district of Odisha recently saw how the joint efforts of the resident families towards community cleaning and livelihood projects could bring about a stable livelihood option to the locals. Villagers have been facing severe water-related problems and with no source of income, young boys are forced to search for livelihood elsewhere.

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Nobody listened to our problems

Nobody listened to our problems

Even today the word ‘menstruation’ is surrounded by stigma and talked about with hesitation. People of Apithi village in Odisha are no exception. With similar apprehensions, the village women were unable to talk about their menstrual health and hygiene till Team Goonj reached Apithi to conduct an NJPC session. Initially, the women were shy and embarrassed but soon they opened up about their issues.

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