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Many states in India are battling floods and Kerala is especially affected with over 50,000 people needing immediate help. There is an urgent need for civic participation to bring timely relief to them.
For the last two decades, Goonj has been deeply involved in disaster related work across the country. It has an existing network of communities and partners that are active throughout the year in areas of rural development. At the time of disaster, this network is intensified as a powerful tool of change.
Through the initiative “Rahat Floods”, Goonj channelizes this network to bring specific immediate relief kits to flood affected communities and then after a few weeks provides continued assistance and long-term rehabilitation. Urban masses join the effort with both material and money contributions.
This year again, with the massive damages and loss of lives, there is a dire need for monetary funds to cover logistics, and material contributions. Goonj's Team headed by founder Anshu Gupta is in the field assessing the situation and is setting up relief operations the way it has done in the last twenty years. First, Goonj will address the basic urgent needs of the flood affected communities. Later in the rehabilitation process, through the initiative "Cloth For Work" material kits will motivate and trigger local communities to action and restore infrastructure like roads, schools, dams etc. and rebuild lives along with way. The affected communities are not mere passive recipients but collectively work with us as an equal stakeholder - be it in assessing the critical situation or in the decision-making.
Your monetary contributions will help Goonj cover the crucial logistics in reaching relief materials and to purchase basic essentials in large quantity.
Over the years, Goonj has brought significant behavioral changes in the culture of giving where focus has shifted to 'Dignity" from "Charity". Comprehensive disaster relief kits called "RAHAT Kits" are given to the affected communities and they act as a catalyst in the dignified relief and rehabilitation process. Furthermore, the communities are key players in the decision making and rehabilitation process. They participate equally in reviving and restoring their life back to normalcy. And so a sense of ownership is instilled within them even amidst grave disaster and havoc.