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This mail, may be first of its kind in the last 12 years of our work, is not about what we are doing or plan to do. (Please refer www.goonj.org for regular updates)
Here are 6 critical requirements, ways to engage to strengthen the work. Do read, revert, act and pass on the message to your friends, colleagues and relatives if you think they can also join this movement!!
1. TEAM 2000: It’s about bringing together a strong team of 2000 people who contribute a sum of Rs. 10,000/- or more in a year. (About $ 250 or just about Rs. 800/- a month) It’s NOT like an EMI or a lifelong commitment. Give till you feel comfortable or trust the work. Commit less or more…although we are looking for 2000 people to commit Rs. 10,000/- or more... Apart from taking care of major regular expenses, the money will be used for growth, expansion and wider replication.
We are sure that it is achievable and like all other initiatives of GOONJ, we want TEAM 2000 also to be driven by the volunteers.. do sign up, spread the word, talk to people to join TEAM 2000.A simple form is enclosed giving the money transfer options. Contributions in India are tax exempted u/s 80G of IT act.
2. Vehicles: With the spread, transport cost has gone up and material inflow at GOONJ is increasing. Pick up vans are an immediate need in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata & Jalandhar (@ approx 4.5 lakh rupees). An Informal group, Focus India Forum from Singapore has just taken care of the vehicle in Chennai. Possible contacts with vehicle companies or to get the discounted rates are welcome.
3. Computers/laptops: For the past many years we have somehow managed with the used lot of computers. Now when we are focusing on MIS, trying to use technology to maximize the potential, we need high end, good systems. Laptops are preferred as most team members spend a lot of time in the field. Our requirement is of 25 Computers/laptops and 7 printers/photocopy machines .
4. Transport support: or linkages with transport companies to reach out material to hundreds of towns/villages across the country.
5. Space: We are looking for about 2000 sq. ft. space for a processing centers/storage in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Jalandhar, Chennai and Hyderabad either pro-bono or on minimum possible rent. Chennai and Hyderabad are most urgent.
6. Linkages with garment industry people: primarily dealing with cotton and hosiery surplus, under/non utilized material.We are producing about 2,00,000 (2 lakh) sanitary pads and undergarments for women right now and the demand is much more !!
Feel free to write back with your queries/suggestions/comments. Do send out this message to as many people as you can. A form to join ‘Team 2000’ enclosed below…
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TEAM 2000 form and options for transferring contributions
Download- http://www.goonj.org/Team%202000%20form.doc or use the form below-
Anshu Gupta ( Ashoka Fellow)