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Parivar - Sewa Pride Month 2022

Parivar - Sewa Pride Month

Save Indian Trans Hijrah Livelihoods: Trans, hijrah, kinnar people in India are being sustained by our micro-entrepreneurship funds. This Pride month we need YOUR HELP to sustain and grow these livelihood projects! With the support of Sewa International, we have been able to rebuild Transgender Hijrah Kinnar lives across India after saving thousands of their lives with relief and recovery. Sewa International has stood with Pariwar bay area in providing project grants to start these livelihoods across 11 states.

Overview

SITAL (Save Indian Trans AllINDIA Lives) emerged from 2021 COVID relief efforts focused on Indian trans, hijra, intersex, third gender, and non-binary communities facing unprecedented neglect, isolation, infection, and starvation during the COVID-19 second wave in India.

Details

In 2021 at the height of India's second-wave COVID-19 outbreak, ParivarBayArea launched SITAL (Save Indian Trans AllINDIA Lives). SITAL is focused on Indian trans, hijra, intersex, non-binary, and other gender minority communities that have been subjected to unprecedented historical neglect, isolation, discrimination, and violence resulting in their social, political, and economical marginalization, and which have been further pushed into a huge crisis of survival because of the 2021 COVID-19 pandemic. It is a strategic pan-India effort working vigorously to support over 50+ communities/birdaris across 23 states, to call attention to the socio-political-economic inclusion of Trans Hijra Kinnar lives in India, and to facilitate community building of LGBTQ+ people centering Trans Hijra folks. Now we are focused on providing continuing support to the rehabilitation efforts and livelihood projects we began in 2021.

After a HUGE showing of support from Sewa international in the form of food & medical kits, we sailed through phase #1, Relief and, where we provided immediate disaster support in the form of medical and food rations, vaccination drives and quarantine housing. Together, SewaInternational and ParivarBayArea moved quickly onto phase #2, Rehabilitation and Rebuilding, where we stood up 18 small livelihood projects that turned out to be a huge success. Today, 16 livelihood projects are thriving, and growing and require additional funding to expand, employ more transgender, hijrah, and kinnar people, survive their growth and tough markets they are in. And become self-sustaining.

We ask our transgender community and allies to help us continue this powerful, life-sustaining work! For many decades now, the Trans Hijra communities within the South Asian Diaspora have been isolated, neglected, and pushed into further poverty and desperation, given social stigma, false myths, and ignorance. The pandemic furthered our marginalization. Our community was left behind in all the large-scale relief efforts happening internationally and right here at home. We need your valuable help to rebuild from the devastation in the wake of COVID-19. Please support and save our lives.


Rajesh Shastry

How Can You Support?

  1. Donate generously: No donation is too small! Most companies match or double the contributions! Please check your company's Matching Gift program.
  2. Sewa is a registered non-profit under IRS 501[c][3] in the US.
  3. Spread the word:
    Let us collectively help these communities in need. 
Goal: $12,000.00
Collected: $151.00
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