Goonj’s disaster relief initiative RAHAT has evolved into a reliable and time tested, need based disaster relief & rehabilitation approach that engages a network of stakeholders in urban & rural India. With systemic approach from relief to rehabilitation, every year Goonj works through its interventions in big and small disasters from cloud burst, floods, earthquakes, landslides, tsunami to human-made disasters like fire or highlighting ignored disasters like winters. water crisis, lost livelihoods etc. that have never been considered disasters despite the deep and persistent impact they have on the lives of people.
On 11 March 2020, World Health Organization declared Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic and the nation scaling up response to treat, detect and reduce transmission to save people’s lives. With COVID 19 threatening to spread like wildfire (Stage 3), business activities have been discontinued. The biggest calamity has struck for the daily wage workers and the people working in the unorganized sectors have been severely impacted by the virus and such lockdowns. A lot of them are stuck in cities with hardly any resources, they are out of jobs and lot of them are going back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them will now struggle to support their families. Apart from instant support measures, Goonj is gearing up for the aftermath of this pandemic and intends to reach out to families in remote villages who due to paucity of resources and livelihood options are badly affected.
- Reach comprehensive family kits of essentials – largely dry ration, personal care material to the affected communities in areas well known for migration and related geographies.
- To bring a larger impact on family income and resources other health related issues, debt, education will be looked upon as per need as a lot of these areas are known to us well