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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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Rajasthan: No more walk-for-water

Rajasthan: No more walk-for-water

When it is common for people, including pregnant women, to walk 5 km under the scorching sun just to fetch water for daily use, something must be very wrong with society. But, for the people of Lalpada village in Banswara district of Rajasthan, this has been the reality for years. When the handpumps failed and people were forced to drink dirty water,

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Kerala: Unclogging the arteries of Kuttanad

Kerala: Unclogging the arteries of Kuttanad

What roads are to us, canals are to the people of Kuttanad. To tackle the invasive growth of water hyacinth in the backwaters of Edathua panchayat, our team in Kerala motivated the locals towards the cleaning of a 300mx12m stretch of canal. With the water hyacinth removed, adequate water now reaches the paddy fields, apart from being available for domestic use.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Let’s go back to school:

Jammu & Kashmir: Let’s go back to school:

The residents in Harrog region of Ramban district, Jammu, received Goonj’s support for a makeover… makeover of a school. The parents were sceptical to send their wards to the unkempt premises, where classes are to resume by July. As the annual school maintenance work couldn’t be undertaken this year following the lockdown and the non-availability of labour,

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Maharashtra: A clean drop to drink

Maharashtra: A clean drop to drink

In Palghar district of Maharashtra, water scarcity during intense summers, combined with the receding water levels in the wells, forced the people of the region to consume mucky water. Moreover, with the fear of an impending outbreak of water-borne diseases, Goonj motivated 207 people from the 15 villages of Vikramgad, Dahanu and Palghar blocks to work towards the cleaning of 15 wells of the region.

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West Bengal: Building bridges…

West Bengal: Building bridges…

 

Three years ago, rains washed away the bamboo bridge at Foskadanga village in Alipurduar district of West Bengal. This led to the dwellers of the tribal hamlets in Kalchini block to travel an additional distance of 20 km to reach schools, health centres and local markets. Goonj, in collaboration with its partner organization NEST,

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For the natives of South Mandabari village…

For the natives of South Mandabari village…

For the natives of South Mandabari village in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, the absence of an irrigation system made paddy the only cultivable crop in the region during monsoon. With a resolve to tackle this issue, 75 people from the village, under Goonj’s DFW (Dignity for Work) initiative, worked tirelessly for 10 days towards the digging of a pond (50ftx25ftx12ft).

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