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Sanitation

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 a persistent problems of the community. It started with Team Goonj travelling 55 km from Banda (district headquarters) to Sankarpurva to organize a 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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De-silting of the canal network

De-silting of the canal network

  1. To live on a land surrounded by a network of inland canals might seem like a dream to many. But, for the people of Kottuvally village in Ernakulam district of Kerala, it sometimes can turn out to be their biggest nightmare. The accumulation of waste and muck hinders the natural flow of the water in these canals…thus,

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Nobody listened to our problems

Nobody listened to our problems

Even today the word ‘menstruation’ is surrounded by stigma and talked about with hesitation. People of Apithi village in Odisha are no exception. With similar apprehensions the village women were unable to talk about their menstrual health and hygiene till Team Goonj reached Apithi to conduct a NJPC session. Initially, the women were shy and embarrassed but soon they opened up about their issues.

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In Sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district

In Sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district

In Sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, women are the major workforce comprising tea garden estates; they are the primary labor engaged in the process of cultivation and harvesting. While there is huge focus on production, women who toil the whole day, their menstrual hygiene and sanitation take a backseat on most cases.

Lack of menstrual health awareness and sanitation implies that women are more susceptible to infections and allergies.

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Toilet Making

Toilet Making

Toilet Making in School (Odisha) We talk about toilets. What does it mean for a kid going to school? Students and teachers of a School in Odisha got a gift from their village mason, who built a toilet for them with material support from Goonj.

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Drain Cleaning

Drain Cleaning

Goonj’s work on neglected issues is often about sanitation as rural communities self-identify that as a priority issue.. People from Agunkumari, Jharbardoba, Jiabandhi, Pachadahara villages in Bankura (West Bengal) weren’t perturbed by the unpleasant job of cleaning their sewage drain. It took hard labour to remove plastic wraps and other filthy contaminations from their village drains.

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Bathroom Making

Bathroom Making

Tribal women who made a bathroom for themselves. One of the participants happily shared, "It’s really nice to know that now we won’t have to take a bath in the open.”

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