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Now the village stands taller with structures ensuring dignity

Now the village stands taller with structures ensuring dignity

Recent actions by the women of Sankarpurva village in Bundelkhand has not only transformed the village infrastructure but have also addressed many persistent problems of the community. It started with Team Goonj travelling 55 km from Banda (district headquarters) to Sankarpurva to organize an NJPC session with the village community. The meeting primarily aimed to raise awareness and foster education on the subject of menstruation,

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DFW activity on hygiene & sanitation in Latur district of Maharashtra

DFW activity on hygiene & sanitation in Latur district of Maharashtra

When our team visited Tanda Basti in Latur district of Maharashtra, they were surprised to see the village lanes piled up with dirt. “The roads were covered with all sorts of unhygienic materials and the surrounding gave off a stench,” a team member said. So, after a meeting with the local residents, it was decided to dig soak pits outside the houses to ensure the cleanliness of the surroundings.

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We are afraid of hunger more than of COVID

We are afraid of hunger more than of COVID

In Sandhiha village, 30 km from Hazaribagh district headquarters in Jharkhand and situated in a valley guarded by mountains, people from all communities live together in harmony. Majority of the villagers usually migrate to the city for work. However, due to COVID and the following lockdown, they are all back and stuck in their homes without any work.

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Unlearning Myths, Learning realities.

Unlearning Myths, Learning realities.

In 2018 Goonj team first reached Kerala in the midst of unprecedented floods, starting a unique journey of relief and rehabilitation work in God’s Own Country. It broke many myths about the people of Kerala, disasters and the acceptance of pre-used material, especially as a development resource. As we complete 2 years of large scale ongoing rehabilitation work in Kerala we share some highlights!

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Growing green with care…

Growing green with care…

“During the lockdown, we were sitting idle in our homes as our regular work had stopped…now life has become boring without a job”. These were the words of Shobhana when she and six others were met by our team member to discuss the possibilities of conducting community farming at Edathuruth in Ernakulam district of Kerala.

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Devastated but not Defeated

Devastated but not Defeated

For the people of Sunderbans, cyclone Amphan might have wrecked their land but not their resolve. And proving it by example is a group of 20 enthusiastic women from Ramkrishnapur village who actively participated in the making of a mangrove nursery and plantation under ‘Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative. Having planted around 10,000 saplings, the group now looks forward to planting more by the river bank to prevent the erosion of soil.

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Not Just a Piece of Cloth

Not Just a Piece of Cloth

In this pandemic and lockdown as millions of menstruators took recourse to the humble option of cloth…for their dignity in menstruation, we too prioritized this need as a basic in our disaster response and relief material. We also urge the world to look at disasters with a much-needed gender lens, especially prioritizing menstruation as a basic human need.

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Pinapadu village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh

Pinapadu village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh

For the residents of Pinapadu village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, access to freshwater sources often posed a challenge. When the periodic rainfall and the consequent slippery pathways hindered their walk to the village water bodies (two springs and a well), the locals decided to act on it. This was when 50 individuals, motivated by Goonj,

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Kurujanga’s women…the green warriors

Kurujanga’s women…the green warriors

A group of local women in Kurujanga, a village in Puri, Odisha, took health matters in their own hands. They teamed up to fight malnutrition and unavailability of local green vegetables, during their menstrual cycle, by making a nutrition garden of their own. Having no land themselves, the group of 25 women and a couple of men had to manage the nutrition garden (20m x 10m) in a nearby land close to the village temple.

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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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