Visited Goonj as part of the fellowship for setting up and getting books for 70 libraries of government schools in Rajasthan.
Before the meeting, got an opportunity to know a little about how goonj works. And this is when I encountered this beautiful room full of cotton sanitary pads.
While 90 percent of Indian women used unsanitary products like rags, ashes, newspapers and sand during their menstrual cycle, Goonj came up with their campaign called NJPC.
Under 'Not just a piece of cloth' (NJPC), there is an intervention which not only starts with providing a physical product but stresses more on changing practices, behavioural patterns, education and replication in the long term. MY Pad, Goonj's clean cloth pad is developed out of old cloth collected from urban masses. It is made with highly indigenous processes while also educating the user to make it on their own.
This was one out of the many initiatives I absolutely loved about Goonj.
They're so resourceful that they take absolutely anything and everything and turn that into something useful for the underprivileged. So next time you're about to discard something, take a pause, keep it aside and donate it to such NGOs.
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