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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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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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