31 August, 2008

Bihar, India - Floods - an appeal from Goonj

Received via email.

Dear Friends,

Here is a recent picture of Bihar inundated by one of the worst floods ever in recent history. [Photo below the fold - ed.]

For many years now, GOONJ has been working extensively in Bihar through its grassroots partners, with a special focus on the annual floods.

This is an URGENT APPEAL to join GOONJ in its campaign RAHAT FLOODS to provide support to the victims of this unprecedented disaster. The situation is grim and millions of people are affected by the devastation.

With a wide network of organizations and people present in most of the affected districts we are confident of reaching relief at the earliest possible. While the dispatch of material has already started the relief efforts will continue for the next few months.

Possible options for joining this campaign

Material support-

Dry ration, Medicines, candles & matchbox, torch & batteries,
utensils, tarpaulin, feeding bottles, buckets, ropes, bedsheets, all
kind of usable clothing & footwear. (For the list of collection
centers, please log on to

Logistical support-

¨ Transport support to reach the material to effected areas
¨ Space for collection centers
¨ Facilities for local pickups,
¨ Transportation of material from different cities to GOONJ
processing centers in Delhi, Chennai & Mumbai

Needed- large quantities of

¨ Rice, Chiwra, biscuits, packed eatables
¨ Water purifier tablets
¨ Basic medicines
¨ Sarees and children clothing
¨ Tarpaulins or thick polythene
¨ Bedsheets
¨ Export surplus/ Cotton cloth for making sanitary napkins
¨ Mosquito nets
¨ Stoves, cooking and water storage utensils/buckets

Financial support-

¨ Donations in India- Please send cash/cheque/draft in the name of GOONJ and send it to
J-93, Sarita Vihar,
New Delhi- 76

(Kindly send your full name & address with the contribution for receipt/accounting purpose. (All donations to GOONJ in India are tax exempted u/s 80 G of IT act.)

¨ Overseas donation can reach us through Cheque (in the name of GOONJ with your full particulars) or by wire transfer with an information on

Rotate it (valid only for overseas donations ) through Wacovia Bank, New York swift code- 2000193008933, GOONJ, A/C No- 2591101004644

Bank- Canara Bank, H block, market Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76


Contact- GOONJ

H.O Delhi-J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76
Tel.- 011-26972351, 41401216,
GOONJ Mumbai- Mr. Rohit Singh Tel.- 9322381600,
GOONJ Chennai- Ms. Padma Tel.- 9842665320,

Do spread the word, talk to your friends & relatives, help us to organise campaigns in the offices, residential areas and schools.

With best,

Anshu Gupta (Ashoka Fellow)
Founder Director

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