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Goonj's RAHAT efforts in Cyclone & Quake affected Bihar
Comprehensive Report on Goonj’s ongoing relief & rehabilitation work in
Quake & Cyclone hit parts of Bihar
Rahat Quake & Cyclone (April’ 2015 - Oct.’2016)
Bihar was hit by dual disaster: A strong cyclone on April 21st and then
earthquake on April 25th 2015
Goonj created base camp in Purnea , got into wide spread
field analysis and intensified relief operations
Local volunteers joined hands
in reaching the relief to the
Some of the team members, who handled massive Kosi floods relief and rehab
efforts moved to this area from other parts of Bihar
Over 400,000 Kgs of essential materials including food to family
Kits reached out in the affected areas..
Major focus was reviving infrastructure & reaching ‘Relief with Dignity’..
287 development activities taken up so far.. with grit and resilience, disaster hit
communities got together to revive infrastructure under Goonj’s “Cloth for Work”.
Community meetings got everyone to think,
identify the issues and design solutions locally..
Broadly categorized development activities
under ‘Cloth for Work’
AFTER At Vill. Padarkhap, Valmiki Nagar
Glimpses of pond
At Vill. Bhelahi, West Champaran
At Vill. Khamaura, Valmiki Nagar
At Vill. Katharwa, Valmiki Nagar
Making of Bandstand - a community space
At Araria Leprosy Colony
Abandoned structure converted into an aanganwadi center
At Kulha Village, Purnea
New Aanganwadi center 24 ft x 10ft
At Idgah Tola, Purnea
A secured & colorful place for the kids- a dream for many
At Hazma Tola, Maintained, West Champaran
Making a bamboo bridge for better trade, cultural exchange & mobility..
At Vill. Panchfedhva, Valmiki Nagar
Soak Pits for Ground water recharging..
Abandoned area converted into Public park
At Mahuwawa, Valmiki Nagar
At Vill. Chhatraul, Valmiki Nagar
Cleaned up well..
At West Champaran
Water channel cleaning for irrigation purposes...
At Vill. Bakuli, Valmiki Nagar
With Dignity and Community intelligence!!
Over 9400 kits, filling basic material gaps
& restoring local infrastructure
‘Vaapsi’ : Restoring livelihood
70 Kirana and tea Shops owners have been supported with essential
material like ration, utensils, solar lanterns etc. to revive their profession..
Sujni; Means livelihood for women..
More than 4500 Sujni’s have been made converting 16000 kg’s of waste material into
Reaching basic school material to fill up the key gaps while also bringing
positive behavioral change among kids..
** Channelized 61,200
pairs of new shoes &
** Reached 74 Schools
Improving Health Practices especially around menses has been a key priority
Working with women closely to open up the issue. Over 80,000 My-Pads have been
channelized and 199 sessions conducted to initiate a dialogue around menstrual hygiene
under Goonj’s ‘Not Just a Piece of Cloth’ initiative..
Fire – an unnoticed but regular disaster
While people in Bihar were settling down from the impact of dual disasters-
Earthquake & Cyclone, many fire incidents caused massive destruction to
lives and meager belongings they somehow rebuilt to some extent
287 families have been supported with immediate relief material..
People of the area suffered again with the foods in 2016..
Goonj got into action immediately and provided comprehensive ‘Rahat kits’ to over
Goonj’s Rahat-Kit comprises of General clothing, Woolens, Sujni/Blanket, Dari, Shoes, Socks,
Utensils, Toys, Undergarment, Tarpaulins, toiletries etc.
Channelized 400,000 kgs of material in the affected areas.
9400 disaster- hit families got comprehensive family kits as reward after
taking up focused development activities under Cloth for work in their areas.
287 development activities initiated by people.
199 Awareness meeting held on menstrual hygiene issue and over 80,000
My-Pads ( Cloth sanitary pads) are provided.
In Purnea & West Champaran, 8100 Rahat-kits were provided in various
disasters like floods, fire also.
4500 Sujni made so far. Approx. 16000 kgs of waste material converted into
Identifying and supporting local livelihood is another prime focus. So far,
74 Vaapsi kits have reached out to individuals to support in employment.
More than 84,200 new shoes reached out under S2S and CFW/Rahat
covering 103 schools and 229 Aanganwadis
Some facts and figures..
Infrastructure and water/agriculture- In 100 villages, Goonj will take
community led development activities more comprehensively to fill up the
Livelihood- Identifying local profession and support people to establish their
own works under our time tested employment initiative- Vaapsi .
Home based employment- to women in making Sujni out of non usable
Education- Focused intervention in over 100 Aaganwadi and schools which
means a constant supply of essential school material like uniforms,
stationary, school kits, toys, shoes etc.
Health- Work on menstrual hygiene and sanitation/ cleanliness issues under
our initiatives Cloth for Work and Not just a piece of Cloth.
Village resource development- Tent house to be developed in the villages
for the local events apart from creating some libraries and bank of
accessories like crutches and wheel chairs for differently-able individuals.
Our plans ahead..
Flipkart Internet Pvt. Limited
Crompton Greaves Limited
M.M.Lal Charitable Foundation
Aristocrat Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Ernst & Young
And hundreds of individuals, schools and companies for
supporting our efforts in Bihar for relief & rehabilitation work .
Our Sincere Thanks to..
Address: (H.O.)- J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi-
Disasters in recurring
phenomenon for the
State of Bihar.
But more than that
poverty is an ongoing
disaster which needs
Do join our efforts by
Feb. 24, 2017
A comprehensive glimpse of Goonj's work in dual disaster affected Bihar ( April' 2015 to Oct' 2016)