Vote for Goonj’s Cloth Sanitary Napkin Project

June 7, 2009

Update:  Goonj is one of three winners in the Designing for Better Health category of the Changemakers Innovation Awards, getting US$ 5,000.  Congratulations Goonj!


What started out as a small initiative (“…a voice, an effort”) of a group of friends going door-to-door in their apartment complexes to collect pieces of clothing to give to the needy in the streets of New Delhi has become a social movement involving hundreds of volunteers and the distribution of over 20,000 kilograms of material in 20 states in India.  (Last year, Goonj celebrated its 10 year anniversary.)

During his visits to impoverished rural areas throughout India, Anshu Gupta, the founder and director of Goonj, came across a hidden problem facing women five days a month.  Many women did not have enough cloth in their homes to use during their menstrual cycles.  Some had to resort to using ash, straw, or sand, living with the livestock for that period of time.  Others shared the same piece of cloth which never saw the light of day to get properly cleaned and sanitized.

In 2005, Anshu started an initiative:  Not Just a Piece of Cloth, to provide sanitary napkins for women.  This initiative is up for a Changemakers Award in the Designing for Better Health category.  Please vote for Goonj.  (You will have to register in order to vote.) I have posted Anshu’s message below.

Dear friends,

GOONJ ‘s  “Cloth Sanitary Napkin” initiative is a finalist for the prestigious Changemakers Innovation Award on ‘Better Design for Health’.

Please take out two minutes & vote for GOONJ on

Your vote will not only bring recognition for our work but GOONJ will also receive an award of $ 5000, which by all means is a big amount for us to move on…In turn it will highlight a most neglected basic need of a woman, to the global community.

Last date for voting is May 27th. Please forward this mail to all your friends, colleagues & family to spread the word further. Write back in case you face any problem in voting.

With best,

Tel.- (m) 98681-46978, (o) 011-26972351


2 Responses to “Vote for Goonj’s Cloth Sanitary Napkin Project”

  1. 1 rahul May 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Goonj got my vote! Thanks for the heads-up, Yoo-mi 🙂

  2. 2 kishor deshmukh August 11, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Attended programmee on dt.10/08/09 really impressed. ready forever to participate

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