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Grow them green…

Grow them green…

With these two new kitchen gardens made in Biridi Block of Jagatsinghapur district in Odisha, Goonj completed its 399th kitchen garden in the state in the last three months, under the ‘Dignity For Work’ (DFW) initiative. The 1,500+ DFW activities completed within this time span across India includes 600+ kitchen gardens, 1,17,000+ sq.m. of pond cleaned/made and 34,000+ sq.m.

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DFW at Naghsari village in Kupwara district, Kashmir

DFW at Naghsari village in Kupwara district, Kashmir

For the residents of Naghsari village in Kupwara district, Kashmir, the protection wall of the bridge, damaged in the flash floods two years ago, was a matter of concern. So, when Goonj visited their village, the locals expressed their interest to take up the repair of the bridge under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative. Being the only road for three villages,

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DFW at Katkaripada, Talwada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra

DFW at Katkaripada, Talwada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra

To ensure safe travel for the 50 families of the village during the monsoon, 25 residents from Katkaripada, Talwada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra, came together to work under Goonj’s ‘Dignity for Work’ initiative to build a bamboo bridge across the village creek. Goonj motivated them and rewarded their efforts with Rahat Kits. Though paddy cultivation is at its peak during the monsoon,

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River crossing…no more a saga

River crossing…no more a saga

For the locals of Banka Tola Babhani in Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand, a walk to the village market or the school meant a brave stunt of crossing river Soti. During the monsoons, crossing it would be an act that not even the daring would opt for. Every time, rains raised the water level of the river,

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Into oblivion…and back

Into oblivion…and back

Can a village pond, which was once used for daily activities – bathing, fishing, washing, irrigation – be a matter of oblivion for its community for over a decade? For the people of Pallassena in Palakkad district of Kerala, it has been.

The recurrent sightings of poisonous snakes clubbed with the contamination of water by people bathing cattle in summers forced them to forsake their village pond nearly a decade ago.

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Harvesting hope…

Harvesting hope…

At Pallassena village of Palakkad district, Kerala, community farming project continues to change the lives and fortunes of these ladies. Losing their job at tailoring shops and juggling between working as daily laborers at different sites, when Covid robbed them of all opportunities to earn money, they turned to a barren land. Today, they are harvesting organic vegetables like brinjal,

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Conversations start here!

Conversations start here!

For someone who has walked under the scorching sun for miles, words cannot express the happiness of sighting a bench, or the memory of a hearty conversation on it, waiting for a bus. The locals of Palghar Block in Maharashtra too felt a need for a spot where people could just come, sit and talk devoid of any discrimination.

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DFW at Foksadanga village in Alipurduar district of West Bengal

DFW at Foksadanga village in Alipurduar district of West Bengal

How we all loved to walk into those classrooms with its bright-hued walls painted with our favourite cartoons. For the kids of Foksadanga village in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, their emotions towards their ICDS centre (Anganwadi) was no different. However, when they were left without a play area due to the dilapidated condition of the centre,

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DFW at Chakbasto village in Kupwara district, Kashmir

DFW at Chakbasto village in Kupwara district, Kashmir

According to the locals of Chakbasto village in Kupwara district, Kashmir, the annual snowfall (of about 8 feet) and its subsequent melting often affects the stone structures in the region…one such was the boundary wall of a natural spring. It was in the wake of this situation that team Goonj motivated the locals towards the making of the boundary wall under our ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative.

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DFW at Rayagada district, Dalmeridi village in Odisha

DFW at Rayagada district, Dalmeridi village in Odisha

Located 13 km away from the Block headquarters in Rayagada district, Dalmeridi village in Odisha is home to 20 tribal families. For its residents, every year with the coming of rains, the sight of gushing rainwater from the hills making its way into the village pond has become a common sight. However, as the pond was getting buried with sediments,

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