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“Through Volunteering, I Have Discovered How To Manage When Things Go Haywire That Never Involved Raising My Voice”

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” Volunteering at CRY, across the schools, the children we met year on year, the events we conduct, the campaigns, the fundraising, Soccer for Child Rights, Ride for Rights, the familiar yellow and black logo, proudly displaying the CRY badge on my bag, the anecdotes, summer camps, all it never fails to put a big smile on my face. I distinctly remember how it all began. Full of ideas, brimming with excitement after my induction at CRY on the August of 2016 I was at school a couple of weeks later for my first ever meet and there has been no looking back ever since. Working with children has its own charms. I keep marvelling at their curiosity towards everything, their innocent questions, their innovative ideas, the talent that every child exhibits and in the process, relive my childhood, uninhibited and precious.

I remember a certain child who took it upon himself to train children from smaller classes when his partners for a group activity were absent and how proud he was to have led and guided them. I remember groups dividing tasks amongst themselves and collaborating in an exemplary fashion. I remember for a Drama event one child improvised his act without any assistance from any of the volunteers. I distinctly remember how the children took the lead during the community walk in Nellarupuram, Bangalore and urged their classmates to join school who had dropped out of school. And it was last week at the ArtSpark Foundation’s session when the children were asked to make self-portraits I saw a couple of kids adding glasses and long hair to their portraits. When I intervened asking this does not look like self-portrait they replied to me that they would like to be like me when they grow up! I was awestruck and happy, happy to have done something right to inspire the children.

Volunteering with children comes with its own set of challenges. It requires patience and persistence. Certainly, you cannot scream and shout to reach out to children. Through volunteering, I have discovered how to manage when things go haywire that never involved raising my voice. Children come with short attention span and I think I have learnt how to tap this and ensure activities or tasks we have at school are short but effective. Appreciation works wonders and so does the thrill in your voice even if that means being melodramatic. Many volunteers have often spoken about language being the biggest hurdle. I beg to differ. Yes, it always helps to set the tone of a session towards the beginning and thereafter language plays no hindrance. I ask my children the local word for a certain English or Hindi word and ask them for explaining and guiding me. Moreover, there are always a couple of children who understand better and they have acted as wonderful mediators wherever language was an issue.


I would have to add that volunteering has helped me better understand the issues that we see around us. It is not easy to eradicate every problem that we encounter and the challenges are multifaceted. Nonetheless, it has widened my understanding and now I know how do I go about a certain challenge, the risks factors and differentiating the rights-based approach from the needs-based approach. ”

– Parikhit Dutta, RF Engineer

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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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.

The need is huge.. We are there.. Need You too !!

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