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Social, Civic & Community Development
Address: Goonj 6 B Raju Indust. Estate Penkarpada NE Dahisar Checknaka Dahisar East Mumbai 401104

Aligned to the following Sustainable Development Goals

Who We Are

GOONJ (means an echo) a multi award winning social enterprise, using the cities surplus for fueling widespread development work across village India. Goonj aims to build an equitable relationship of strength, sustenance and dignity between the cities and villages using the under-utilized urban material as a tool to trigger rural development with dignity. It reaches thousands of tons of material as a resource, a parallel currency, with dignity to communities across India bartering it with their efforts and wisdom. Goonj mobilizes and involves communities in self-select their own neglected issues and self-evolve and implement thousands of development projects like recharging water bodies, rebuilding local infrastructure, education as their own solutions with dignity and urban material as reward. Goonj’s pan India work in disaster relief & rehabilitation has led to systemic changes with multi-sectoral impact while its work on menstrual hygiene has contributed towards mainstreaming menstruation as a human issue beyond the culture of shame and silence and establishing cloth pads as a viable biodegradable environment friendly solution. Goonj envisions to grow as an idea across regions, economies and countries using surplus material as a tool to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity of the underprivileged people of the world. You too have a stake in this collective responsibility. For details, please refer-

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Our Fundraisers

Rashmi Sinha

Fundraiser Bronze
` 22200
of ` 50000
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Neha Chaubey

Fundraiser Bronze
` 16000
of ` 20000
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Shahzad Barodawala

Fundraiser Bronze
` 13000
of ` 100000
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Ankita Avinash Chauhan

Fundraiser Bronze
` 10100
of ` 25000
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` 100
of ` 25000
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Arpita Mallick

` 0
of ` 50000
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Our Corporate Fundraisers

  • Shriram transport finance company limited
  • Raising Funds For

    The marginalized communities constitute a large proportion of agricultural laborers, casual laborers, plantation/ industrial laborers etc. They belong to the poorest strata of the society with erratic livelihood opportunities and unstable income which results to poverty, low education levels, unhealthy living conditions etc. Multidimensional nature of poverty attacking various fronts of mankind opens a broader spectrum for Goonj to address this ongoing challenge and design community led interventions for their betterment.
    Turn material into a motivator and resource to empower communities to resolve their developmental issues while upholding the dignity and self-respect of the people involved. Extending simple solutions around water- that improves agriculture, improved sanitation impacts community health positively, a road repaired/ made results in increased accessibility to markets, healthcare, schools etc.
    Cloth for Work (earlier known as Dignity for Work), Goonj's flagship initiative, dignifies receiving while putting the decision making (about what issues to work on) in the hands of rural communities, giving them a sense of empowerment in solving their own problems. Instead of donor, beneficiaries, everyone is a stakeholder. The work is about holistically and locally addressing the difficult rural problems with the participation of rural communities, their efforts, wisdom and resources. Family kits are rewarded to people for their hard work and freeing up their meager resources for other urgent needs.

    Fund Utilization in 2020

    Total funds raised in 2020 - INR 372602

    Project NameGoonj
    Amount Utilized (INR)372602
    Project DescriptionGoonj’s award winning School to School initiative is addressing the educational needs of thousands of remote & resource starved village/ slum schools by channelizing under-utilised material of city’s affluent schools not as a thing to distribute but as a tool to bring about comprehensive behaviour change in the recipients and the contributors!
    School to School builds a relationship of empathy and dignity between urban and rural children, on two opposite sides of a big divide of resources and opportunities. Urban children learn to value their abundant resources as they become more aware about another India. Rural children learn about achievement as Goonj’s school material brings together all stakeholders; teachers, parents and village community.

    Scores of children leave schools for unimaginably reasons like lack of note book, pencil, water bottle or inability of parents to pay the recurring expense of stationery, which are abundance in urban schools.

    For Rural Children
    Emphasize achievement instead of charity.
    Nudge positive behavioral practices around hygiene, attendance and social issues.
    Fulfill basic education material needs.
    Involve all rural stakeholders; school management, teachers, parents and entire village community in solving local school issues.
    Locations Pan India
    CausesEducation > Early childhood learning,Education > Awareness & advocacy
    Beneficiary GroupChildren
    Beneficiary DescriptionPrimary school children - Age group - 3 to 10 years
    ImpactUrban Kids learn to value their resources and empathy with issues of rural kids.
    School material Kits motivate rural school children to continue their education.
    Parents, teachers and entire school community gets deeply engaged in improving urban and rural school environments.
    Activities Conducted
    NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
    1 Goonj 372602

    Fund Utilization in 2019

    Total funds raised in 2019 - INR 495600

    Project NameGoonj
    Amount Utilized (INR)495600
    Project DescriptionGoonj works with the core philosophy that the excess material lying unused in urban households could be channelized to rural needy areas and could be used as a tool to carry out developmental activities. Materials that have been sitting in a corner of the cupboard could be shared with someone who needs it. Goonj, a 20 years old organization, thus channelizes around 4000 tonnes of a variety of usable material like clothes, school material, sanitary pads, utensils etc. as a critical development resource in remote parts of 22 states of India. The material is not given free of cost rather people get it with a lot of dignity and self- respect in lieu of practical development works that they choose to work on like road cleaning/ repair, making a bamboo school, cleaning water bodies, drainage system etc. Please refer our website for more details:
    Locations Pan India
    CausesEnvironment > Others
    Beneficiary GroupChildren,Women,Elderly,Persons with Disabilities,Tribal community,Others
    Beneficiary DescriptionGoonj.. works cross sector and the activities take place mostly in rural areas. We work with people in parts of 22 states in the country. Please refer for more details.
    Activities Conducted
    NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
    1 Goonj 495600

    Fund Utilization in 2018

    Total funds raised in 2018 - INR 431086

    Project NameSchool to School
    Amount Utilized (INR)428861
    Project DescriptionThe School to School initiative targets the urban as well as the rural children. The urban children learn the importance of recycling resources which would otherwise reach the dumping grounds and feel empowered by helping a child their age get back to school. The rural child is provided the supplies as an award and not charity. This helps improve the involvement in class (awards for involvement and attendance) and general hygiene (cleanliness award) and increase their self confidence.
    LocationsVisakhapatnam > Andhra Pradesh (AP),Kandhamal > Odisha (OD)
    CausesEducation > School Adoption
    ImpactReaching resource deprived schools and anaganwadi’s with under –utilized material from urban schools. Goonj’s School material is a tool of motivation for children, thus it’s about a behavioral changes in the long run. These will largely be qualitative changes but also quantitative changes which will manifest in many ways like better attendance, more admissions, more involvement of students in school work, better hygiene levels etc.
    Activities Conducted
    NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
    1 Reached children with educational material 600 plus
    ` 971000 of ` 2500000
    Raised by 56 contributors.
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    Donors On This Page

    Akshat Mangal
    Vineet Singh
    Shahzad Barodawala
    Shahzad Barodawala
    Rohan Joshi