Many women in India do not have access to menstrual management tools, and they resort to dirty rags, newspaper and even sand and ash as a result. Goonj works with women in some of the remotest parts of India, helping to divert material from cities to villages. Support their “Not just a piece of cloth” campaign, through which they provide affordable cloth pads. Know more: goonj.org/njpc
It’s heart-breaking to see the updates about the ongoing refugee crisis. There might be no simple way of putting an end to this horror and tragedy, but those of us sitting in our safe, well-protected environments do have the power to help, in whatever capacity. Every bit counts.
The Guardian has a useful list up here of what we can do to help.
India faces one of the worst water crises it has ever faced. I remember the wave of desperation that swept over my colony last year when our borewell dried up. With frantic calls to water tankers, our problems were solved fairly quickly. Many of us are among the fortunate, whose offices and homes manage to arrange for some kind of water supply or the other. But there are an unimaginable number ofpeople with no affordability or access.
There are a lot of free drinking water stalls that crop up during summers, which provide some respite and relief to many. Some kind folks put out water bowls for dogs, cats, birds. While there are a lot of bigger issues to be addressed, here are some small things you can do, if you have the capacity to share.
You can help, too!
There are new policies being talked about, and new colour-coded garbage bins being distributed. We live in a land of irony, where we promote world peace on the banks of a river we’re already choking to death.
I once saw a man peeing outside (and on) the walls of a free public toilet. On a recent trip to Bombay, I saw pieces of its famed vada paav floating in the sea opposite the Taj.
We see these things every day, and it’s so damn disheartening.
Here are some elementary tips for a #SwachhBharat.