Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fw: GOONJ's initiative in Leh...

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From: Rohit Singh <>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:11:22 +0530
Subject: GOONJ's initiative in Leh...

Dear Friends,
Here I have posted pictures from my recent visit to Leh after the cloud burst disaster. The area is certainly devastated – financially, geographically and more importantly psychologically. Imagine a place known for dry mountains and mud houses, where people had never seen rain water in the lanes. All they had seen was the melted water from the glaciers. In comparison to other disasters in the past, the number of people affected might sound less but in a population of around 20,000, 200 recovered dead bodies, 500 missing people, hundreds of houses totally crumbled, heavy loss to crop, cattle and property is not a small loss.  Refer-
Many families have been wiped off completely; even the dead bodies are still under the 6-7 ft. of mud, which suddenly entered their homes as they were sleeping.
Like in many past disasters, GOONJ will be working through local people/partners and will be focusing on gap areas. The prime concern is the upcoming winter. In winters the temperature of Leh goes down to -20 degree centigrade and this time due to lack of homes its going to be quite a miserable time. There is also a bigger question of food security as the affected people have lost the stocks they created to use in the 6 months of harsh winters..
There are certain specific requirements, which are listed below. As the transportation cost is really high for this area it'll not be feasible to collect material all across and transport. We are therefore planning to do essential purchases from nearby cities.

Material support

  • Dry ration- Rice, pulses, biscuits, packed eatables
  • Basic medicines
  • Good quality woolen and blankets
  • Tarpaulins and thick plastic sheets
  • Export surplus/ Cotton cloth for making sanitary napkins
  • Cooking and water storage utensils/buckets
  • School material- toys & games, stationary, notebooks etc.  
  •  Lanterns, candles, matchbox, torch & batteries
 (For the list of collection centers, please log on to

Logistical support

* Transport support to reach the material to affected areas

* Space for collection centers

* Facilities for local pickups

* Transportation of material from different cities to GOONJ processing centers in a few cities.

Financial support-

Donations in India- Please send cash/cheque/draft in the name of GOONJ and send it to GOONJ.., J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76 (Kindly send your full name, address & Pan No. 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 E-mail-

To keep the logistics low cost, GOONJ will be sending material only from Delhi.

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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