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My Story: My Co-Passenger Left A Period Stain On The Cab Seat, The Driver Cleaned It With A Smile

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“A few days ago I had taken a share-cab ride. As I settled in my seat, I noticed my co-passenger, a guy in the front seat. He seemed pretty tall, well dressed. His watch and iPhone reeked of wealth. Chiselled jawline, Dirty stubble. He was speaking on his phone. His fluency and vocabulary in our ‘national’ language English stunned me. “Pakka English medium hoga (Must be from English medium)“, I thought. Soon, the next pick up point arrived. The lady who joined us seemed pretty cautious and quite uncomfortable. I could feel her shifting uneasily in her seat for a long while. Then like any ‘responsible’ teenager, I plugged in my earphones and dozed off.

Inko toh bas gandagi failaani hoti hai har jagaah. (They only know how to make every place dirty),” I woke up startled to hear the swanky guy in the front seat saying this.
Aise public car me daag chhodke gayi, sharam hai bhi yaa nahi? (She has left stains on a public car, does she have any shame or not?)”
I checked my jeans carefully. It was my 5th day of periods. I was not supposed to be bleeding this bad. And then I turned my head. A red stain greeted me on the seat. It was exactly where the other lady was sitting a while ago. I could still see her silhouette fading away in the distance. She had clutched her bag close to her hips while waiting for the cab, I recalled. The awkwardness of the situation left me numb.
The front-seat guy was still ranting.
Devi maiyaa ke puja chadhane jaa rahe the. Pata nahi kya aafat aa gaya aur share book kar lia. Ab pura gadi kharab ho gaya. Humko toh yehi utaar dijie bhaiyya. (I am going to the temple. I don’t know what came upon me that I booked a share-cab. Now, the entire cab is spoiled. Please drop me here, brother)”

After that guy got off the car, the driver who was silent till now got down and opened the door opposite to me. I could feel an eerie sensation coming up. It was just 6 PM, but thanks to the cold December winds this bylane seemed quite deserted.

Baas do minute madam (Give me two minutes, madam),” he bent down and started scrubbing the blood stain with a damp cloth. I sighed in relief.

Bhaiyya, ek baat bataiye, aapko sach mein ajeeb nahi laga? Aapke gari mein daag laga aur aap mitaye use khud (Brother, tell me one thing, you really did not feel weird? Your car seat got period stains and you cleaned it on your own),” I asked while paying the fare. The driver smiled.
Madam humare ghar mein bhi auratein hai. Humse zyada ajeeb toh woh madam ko laga hoga. (Madam I have women in my home as well. That madam must have felt more awkward than me)

Unke bas mein hota toh woh kabhi aisa nahi karti. Aur madam kitne log chai coffee gira dete hai seat ke upar. Wo daag bhi toh humi ko mitana padhta haina. Toh baas daag tha, mita diya. (She would have never done it knowingly. And madam, so many people spill tea or coffee and leave stains on seats. I also clean those stains too, right? So, it was just a stain, I cleaned it.”

And I stood dumbstruck on the pavement trying to grasp once more the true meaning of education.”

– Sneha Bhattacharya, MBBS Student

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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