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DFW at Ramsai village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal

DFW at Ramsai village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal

Today, one cannot imagine a snake charmer without intertwining it with some intriguing element of mythology. However, for anyone visiting Ramsai village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal – home to a group of nomadic tribes – the idea of snake charmer will be an element of realism. Geographically, Ramsai is a low-lying region where every time it rains it results in severe waterlogging.

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To ensure safe travel

To ensure safe travel

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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Cyclone Nisarga-hit Bandarwadi village in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district

Cyclone Nisarga-hit Bandarwadi village in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district

“If there was an emergency in our village, we would have been completely stuck and given today’s circumstances, emergencies can happen anytime,” says Niketan, a resident of cyclone Nisarga-hit Bandarwadi village in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district. It was this disposition of theirs and a little motivation from Goonj that encouraged 17 residents of his village to work under our ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative towards the cleaning of their 500-metre stretch of the main road that was completely covered with cyclone debris.

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DFW from Puri, Odisha

DFW from Puri, Odisha

There was a time when the waters of the village pond of Melaksahi in Puri district, Odisha, never ceased to ripple. However, with the invasive growth of water weeds, once a bustling hub of activity soon became a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As water-borne diseases became rampant in the area, Goonj motivated 52 locals to work towards cleaning the pond,

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Building boundaries, but blurring lines

Building boundaries, but blurring lines

When the walls of the irrigation canal at Karminga village in Ramban district of Jammu were being pulled down time and again by roaming cattle that came to quench their thirst, it often resulted in water runoff. To curb this crisis, locals of the region were motivated and mobilized to come together under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative to build a boundary wall for the irrigation canal.

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An awareness session on sanitation & hygiene

An awareness session on sanitation & hygiene

Keeping in mind the health concerns of the present day, in nine villages of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, our team members conducted awareness sessions on sanitation and hygiene to home-bound school kids. Moreover, as the children were wearing adult-size face masks, they were gifted with kids’ masks for better protection. As on June 15, we have made 3,20,000+ face masks.

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A rainwater harvesting pit for the upcoming monsoon

A rainwater harvesting pit for the upcoming monsoon

To tap the rainwater of the upcoming monsoon, 14 villagers of Shahpur in Thane district, Maharashtra – under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative – worked towards the making of a rainwater harvesting pit to ensure perennial availability of water for their needs.
Storyteller – Dattatray Patil (Goonj Fellow)

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Making the Pond ready for monsoon

Making the Pond ready for monsoon

In Manchia village of Puri district, Odisha, keeping the monsoon in mind, 29 locals came together under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative, to clean 400 sqm of the village pond to make it suitable for use.
Storyteller – Jagdish Kumar (Team Goonj)
Partner organization- Gram Vikas Sahayak Sanstha
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Livelihood generation…

Livelihood generation…

In Sansargarh village of Rajnandgaon district, motivated by Goonj team member Prahlad Patel, 23 locals planted saplings of elephant foot yam and taro root. Under Goonj’s ‘Dignity For Work’ initiative and with the support of our partner organization Samagra Srishti Sansthan, the plantation happened on the ridge of the newly-constructed village pond. Owing to their high nutritional value,

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Tamil Nadu: Ensuring food security

Tamil Nadu: Ensuring food security

For the people of Guduvancheri, Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu, given the high price of paddy, the availability of freshwater in the paddy field of the region is crucial to ensure their livelihood, as well as the food security of the region. However, when the parched village pond clubbed with the presence of overgrown aquatic weeds in the irrigation canals hindered the flow of freshwater through their paddy fields,

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