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					                                     GOONJ.. a voice an effort
Initiated 7 years ago, GOONJ.. is a strong force of over 300 volunteers. Our goal is to highlight the
importance of cloth as basic need like food and shelter. For most of India, one doesn’t need to wait
 for a disaster to support people. GOONJ.. works through the year to channelise this resource from
  the cities to the far-flung areas. Started with just 67 clothes we now provide over 10,000 kgs of
    material every month in 14 states of India. Many other countries have also shown interest in
                                     implementing our programmes.

                                           Our Initiatives..
                                ‘ VASTRA-DAAN ’- a nationwide movement..
 A unique resource mobilisation initiative to provide clothes and other basic amenities to millions of
 people in the far-flung areas just by turning one’s wastage into a resource for another. Vastradaan
   channelises vital resources lying in excess in urban households to rural India. The effort goes
      beyond the   realm of ‘charity’ and plays a crucial role in the development process.

         ‘SCHOOL to SCHOOL’–Winner of the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award
  supports thousands of deprived children of rural & slum schools by turning wastage from urban
 schools into a resource. The focus is on sensitizing urban students and their parents to the needs
 of their counterparts in the remote villages. Material like old books, uniform, shoes, school bags,
               etc is being channelised to benefit over 30000 children this year itself .

                         ‘ RAHAT ‘ - an initiative for disaster relief
  GOONJ.. is now known for its need based collection and systemetic distribution of relief material
                          during disasters, be it natural or man made.

               ‘ NOT JUST A PIECE OF CLOTH ‘ - the very basic of health
    Every women needs a piece of cloth or a sanitary napkin for five days in a month. Countless
 women in the villages end up using dirty and useless clothes in the absence of resources to afford
  anything better. We even have cases where a woman used a piece of blouse, which had a hook
 and she died of tetanus. GOONJ.. is campaigning to generate awareness and find solutions for this
              most neglected basic need of women by offering a clean piece of cloth.

  ‘TURNING TSUNAMI WASTAGE INTO RESOURCE’ – first ever initiative
  after any such disaster of re-routing huge quantities of excess material . GOONJ.. has taken
   up the massive task of need based segregation, mending and redistribution of over 2 million
clothes. Lying as wastge in Chennai, this is now going to the most needy across the country.

                    ‘ CLOTH FOR WORK ‘- turning old clothes into wages
  Villagers work for the betterment of their own village- build roads, repair schools and get clothes
               in return… means clothes not as charity but as development resource.

                                  HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT ?
  By buying- our hand made products developed out of recycled/ waste paper & cloth.
  By financially supporting- different aspects of our initiatives.
  By spreading awareness- among more people across India & the world.
  By donating- clothes, woolens, foot wear, bed sheets, blankets, utensils, toys, school items,
    story books, newspapers, one side used paper, magazines and cash donations..
  By providing – office equipments like computer, printer, fax etc.
  A support of Rs. 5000/- (approx. $ 125) from you would provide sitting mats and note books
    to 150 needy children OR Rs.3500/- (approx. $ 85) would provide sitting mats and
    notebooks to 100 needy children of a remote village school.

For stories of change & to know the impact: - please visit- www.goonj.info
   Cont.-GOONJ.. J-93, sarita vihar, New Delhi- 76 Tel.- 98681-46978 (m), 011-26972351
       E-mail- anshu_goonj1@yahoo.co.in, anshu_goonj@indiatimes.com
    * GOONJ.. is registered under societies act & all donations are exempted u/s 80 G of IT act

				
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