We know that cloth is a basic need of a woman as is her self-respect and dignity . The symbiotic relationship between these two defines Goonj’s ‘Not Just a Piece of Cloth’ (NJPC) initiative. We started with the simple- of making cotton cloth available to women.
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For the last 2 decades, Goonj has been working on varied disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami, drought, fire, cyclones, floods, etc.
Goonj’s initiative-Rahat has evolved into a reliable and time-tested, need based disaster Relief & Rehabilitation work along with a network of stakeholders all across.
Through the year we educate common masses about sensitivities of giving in disasters, creating a culture of mindful giving.
Bring attention to preventable disasters like winter to reduce deaths and suffering in this season primarily due to non- availability of clothing. Focus on rehabilitation activities.
Disasters and the people amidst it facing the biggest crisis of their lives, have been our biggest teachers. Here are some innovations that have emerged from our work in disaster affected areas in 2 decades.
Biodegradable cloth sanitary pad made from unwearable cotton/semi cotton cloth. Emerged in a big way from Goonj’s work on 100 truck loads of Tsunami Wastage in Tamil Nadu (2005).
Evolved as trauma free learning spaces for disaster affected children where behavioral change aspects are also introduced among them. Opened 16 Chehak centres across many flood hit areas, some of which are operational till now.
Sujni is a mattress/quilt hand stitched by women in villages. Used as a mattress in summer Aasan is a small sitting mat, made out of layering up torn cloth pieces and is channelized to schools.
Initiated after Bihar floods in 2008 to restore livelihoods of affected communities and too ensure sustenance for it.
Current Disasters and and updates
Over the years, disaster relief works has gained an alternative meaning for charity. Working extensively on wide range of disaster for 2 decades,
Goonj has built strong culture of mindful giving throughout the year through urban collection camps and campaigns.
* Figures in FY16/17/18