We are the World Blogfest is back with its second edition.
To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest, and the cohosts for the April 2017 WATWB are: Belinda Witzenhausen, Inderpreet Uppal, Mary Giese, Peter Nena, and Simon Falk.
In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” here’s a link to a heartwarming piece of news from India, about the upcycling of urban wedding attire and religious offerings to create wedding kits for underprivileged rural folk:
“Weddings in India are a grand affair in every possible way. However, these become a financial burden for several families who have limited means to spend on the occasion.
A Delhi-based non-profit, Goonj has taken up the responsibility to make sure that those people with a tiny wedding budget end up with almost everything they want. Goonj has been involved in collecting used wedding attires from urban cities, remodeling and distributing them in rural villages through the local panchayats. They recycle and use ‘mata ki chunni’ (used in bulks for religious ceremonies) to make lehengas for brides. While many discard those chunnis in the rivers and some give them away, Goonj urges and requests people to give them those Chunnis so that they can make wedding kits for people.”
In a country like India, where the gap between the rich and the poor is very wide, it is non-profits like Goonj that bridge the divide. I’ve met Goonj’s founder Anshu Gupta, a Magsaysay award winner, and been part of their initiatives in whatever small way I can.
If you want to know more about Goonj and its beautiful concept of the economy of trash, you can do so here, or on its website. The folks at Goonj are doing a magical, effective job of poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and social justice with two simple concepts: What’s trash for someone is treasure for another, and giving is not about the donor’s pride, but the receiver’s dignity. Here’s a video that explains the vision further:
I hope you’d consider supporting Goonj with material, if you live in India, or with monetary support, internationally.
If you liked this piece of news and would like to take part in this blogfest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.
- Keep your post to below 500 words.
- All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity.
- Join us in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
- Place the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More We Are the World Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
- We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
#WATWB also wants to link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support. Here’s the organization I’ve come to love and support: PROJECT WHY— and here’s one of my previous posts on the work they do. Feel free to send them a little of your help– every little bit counts.
What piece of positive news have you read lately– would you like to talk about it in the comments, or make a post of your own? Would you like to visit Goonj or replicate its model in your community? Have you signed up for We are the World Blogfest? If not, please consider it: it is just a link to a positive post, once a month, and we’re fine with combining it with your regular posts!
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