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Unprecedented floods in Tamil Nadu & AP..
Reminder that disasters can happen anywhere, anytime..
Hundreds of villages, many parts of Chennai submerged in water
for many days.
Damage to basic household stuff, structures and valuable assets..
support from all
Volunteers also pitched in..
Relief Material reached to the flood hit
• 1,00,000+ kgs ration, 28000+ utensils
• 18,000+ blankets ,2 lakh+ clothes,
6000+ Sitting mats , 11000 shoes
• 15,000 sanitary napkins, medicines,
mosquito nets , toiletries etc..
Our first consignment from
Goonj’s Bangalore office,
organizations helped in
First Priority: Reaching emergency relief material to thousands of
families as per need
Some more glimpses of the initial phase..
Team and Volunteers- on the job in Thiruvallur District
A Goonj Center set up on
(on the outskirts of
Center at OMR.
Will be shifting
soon to a new
As per Goonj’s time tested Hub & Spoke Rahat model..
Provided basic provisions in initial phase.
Second phase; started providing comprehensive Goonj family kits
(Each Family Kit has essentials like light blankets, general clothing,
sanitary pads, shoes, soaps, biscuits, utensils, mats, bed sheets etc)
Working closely with
organizations working with HIV
positive, Trans Gender's and
sex workers, one of the most
Positive Women Network
*Faces are blurred due to
Breaking the Myth; People in Chennai won’t accept old
clothes; salwar suits in particular.
Reality; Need of clothes emerged as key need since most
clothes were either lost/damaged or soaked in sewer
water for many days
Over 2 lakh
What matters is
how you GIVE !!
district of Chennai
but hardly in
for a week due to
lost their study
Goonj relief and rehab operations running simultaneously in
Chennai & Nellore..
Medical Camp at
Puritipalem ST Colony
80 benches soaked
in floods, were
painted and made
suitable for use
People undertook various community level works under
Goonj’s ‘Cloth for Work’ (CFW) and received Family Kits.
Locals whole heartedly
embracing the idea of
Cloth for Work in
Tamil Nadu & AP
despite having access to
Our aim has been to work beyond the city as well..
Flood- affected communities in over 20 villages in Pooneri block
(Thiruvallur Dist.) participated in Goonj’s CFW initiative. They
cleaned their villages besides plantation and repair works.
Cleaning a 150 meters (approx) long choked irrigation canal
Mosquitoes & muddy streets posing a threat to public health.
Goonj’s long term focus on Cleaning of villages and reviving their local
Repairing/construction of 100 meters of drainage canal.
80 members participated, also cleaned 100 meters of road.
More than 10,000 kits have
been distributed in Tamil
Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh
A lot of CFW activities,
including a large number of
biggest slum of Chennai,
1500+ families participated
Fencing of saplings
and plantation work
under CFW initiative
Reach and Spread of Work
Reached 15,000+ families in 5 districts.
(Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur (TN) & Nellore (AP)
People accepted clothes under Cloth for Work,
Not as charity/relief but with a lot of dignity
as a reward for work done in their own areas
Our On Ground Partners
- Positive Women Network +
- Transgender’s Rights Association
- Doctors for You (DFY)
- Ekam Foundation
Key highlights & learning's
• A full time Goonj team of 25 people managing relief operations in Tamil
Nadu & AP, with a base coming up in Thoraipakkam.
• Clothing emerged as an important but ignored need in Chennai & other
parts. Not a part of relief material provided by most agencies.
• In initial phase Goonj focused on filling gaps and supporting groups,
actively working in Chennai when provisions were not accessible.
• Essential supplies also sent to employees of some corporates in dire need
of basic amenities.
• Goonj reached many badly affected remote & tribal areas that didn’t get
Focus on livelihood - our top priority
• Goonj’s ‘Vaapsi’ initiative will identify local occupations
and support people with tools lost during floods.
• Extensive work in schools and anganwadis
• Reaching out comprehensive School kits to children in
government and small rural and slum private schools
• Providing support in shelter, health and prevention
• Work on cleanliness, damage repair of infrastructure
through Cloth for Work.
Some stark realities…
Challenges of daily life are becoming more evident as
we go deeper in flood- affected areas. Now these areas
certainly need greater attention and material support.
City is back on its feet after 2 months of floods but
remote areas still have a long way to go .. Some areas,
streets, colonies, still under 3-4 ft water..
Thank You !!
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