Goonj works on turning old urban material as resource for hundreds of rural development activities. Communities have built huge bamboo bridges, dug up wells, developed small irrigation canals, have built drainage systems, built village schools and have taken up massive exercises of repairing roads, developing water harvesting systems to clean up ponds. All these are done by making people understand their own community power and by using old material as reward when they solve their own issues around water, sanitation, education, agriculture etc.
GOONJ is using urban material as an entry point into people’s lives. While also bringing last shreds of waste material into recycled products, in the process it generates employment plus it saves more from going to landfills. This is a work where not only underutilized material fills up gaps of resources in development works but also dignifies act of Giving.