An appeal for help

I dont normally do this. I try to keep India Helps separate from my other blogs. But sometimes, forgive me if I get the begging bowl out and climb on the soap box. This, I feel, deserves all the visibility it can get. For those of you who come here for your daily laughs, forgive me, I’m in a kind of serious mood today.

This is an appeal from Goonj for aid for the flood victims in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. God knows, but this flood is not getting the attention it deserves. People have dies, lakhs have been rendered homeless overnight, diseases are bound to come in now thanks to decaying corpses and flood waters.  The news in today’s TOI has been relegated to Page 19. That is the level of indifference the media has to this horrific disaster.

Please read this, pass it on. And please help.  

Dear Friends,
Thanks for an overwhelming support to VASTRA-SAMMAN during the Joy of Giving week. Even before the campaign ended the horror of the massive floods sweeping Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Maharashtra started unfolding before us.
This is an URGENT APPEAL to join GOONJ in its campaign ‘RAHAT FLOODS’ to provide support to the victims of one of the worst floods in the last hundred years. The situation is grim and millions of people are affected by the devastation.
GOONJ has been working extensively in disaster relief for many years now. During the devastating Bihar floods last year, with large-scale civic participation, GOONJ channelised about 1500 tonnes of material. More recently, in Cyclone Aila in West Bengal, we were again actively involved in relief operations.
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 need based relief efforts will continue for the next few months.
Possible options for joining this campaign
Material support (Needed- large quantities of..)
* Dry ration- Rice, pulses, biscuits, packed eatables
* Water purifier tablets
* Basic medicines
* Sarees & Children clothing
* Tarpaulins and thick plastic sheets
* Bed sheets, Blankets & Mosquito nets
* Export surplus/ Cotton cloth for making sanitary napkins
* Stoves, cooking and water storage utensils/buckets
* Lanterns, candles, matchbox, torch & batteries
* Feeding bottles, ropes and also 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 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-
Mumbai- Mr. Rohit Singh Tel.- 9322381600, Email- 
Chennai- Mr. Vimal Tel.- 9842665320, Email-
Kolkata- Mr. Iftikar Tel.- 9748691735, Email-
Jalandhar- Ms. Daljeet Tel.- 9855023391, Email-
Saharsa (Bihar)- Mr. Sheoji Tel.- 9631568989, Email-
Voluntary set ups-
Hyderabad- Mr. Ramana Tel.- 9849600002 Email- & Ms. Nitu Tel.- 9908607775, Email- (please call between 7.00 p.m.  & 9.00 p.m. only)
Bangalore- Ms. Smitha Tel.- 9986213181 Email-
Pune- Ms. Gauri Bapat Tel.- 9881090695 Email-

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


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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2 Responses to An appeal for help

  1. Ruchira says:

    Done the needful – through the delhi goonj.
    I have been interacting with Goonj for a long time now and they really do very very good work.


  2. Kiran Manral says:

    Ruchira: Thanks dear. Every little bit counts.


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