September 30, 2011 1:36:33 am
With this years Joy of Giving Week (JGW) set to be celebrated from October 2 to October 8,Delhi-based NGO Goonj has started inviting people to contribute under-utilised material from their homes,offices and schools for the benefit of resource-starved regions across rural India.
Goonj has planned three major campaigns as part of JGW-2011,said founder director Anshu Gupta. While Vastra Samman will involve collection of unused cloth from urban households and their distribution in rural areas,School to School will ensure sourcing of school material from students in urban educational institutions for their less-fortunate counterparts.
Through the Make your lazy newspapers work campaign,people can donate old newspapers to Goonj,which will use them as packing material in its sanitary napkin project Not just a piece of cloth. Goonj distributes around two lakh sanitary napkins every month among women in rural India.
Goonj despatches 80-100 tonnes of material every month,and has been a part of Joy of Giving Week celebrations since its beginning. We,being a volunteer-driven organisation,look forward to people joining in, Gupta said.
Among the other initiatives to be held in Delhi are fund-raising auctions,awareness campaigns and various workshops. Over 340 events have been registered across the nation as part of the Joy of Giving Week,as compared to 220 last year. We hope that nearly five lakh people from all walks of life will join in the celebrations this year, said Hema Lumba,a JGW volunteer.
People can pitch in by visiting the Joy of Giving Website joyofgiving.org,or by dialling 079-30401919. Goonj can be contacted at goonj.org,or by telephone at 011-41401216 or 011- 26972351
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