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, the torrential creek water poses a threat to the farmers making it difficult for them to venture out into the fields. Moreover, as children have to cross the creek to reach their school, they too were compelled to skip classes. However, today, as a result of the bridge, the locals have continuous access to essentials and no longer have to walk the extra 2 km to reach the other part of the village. “Last year, under Goonj’s guidance, we made a road in our village. Before that, no four-wheeler could enter our village. And now, we have made this bridge! People have started coming together and have realized the strength of community spirit,” said a very content Swapnil Jairam Waag, a local.
Story Teller: Avinash Chauhan
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