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Providing min. survival amount to 30 acid attack survivors in COVID 19

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Introduction

Sheroes Hangout, a small community of around a hundred survivors, one of many communities for whom when disaster strikes they become very scared. Indeed, humanity has not seen before something like this, We all are hopeful & definitely we will win over COVID 19. Like this pandemic there is something equally nasty & threatening called Acid Attacks, which everyone is not well aware & in the result Country has witnessed averagely more than 250 incidents of this heinous crime every year post-2015. As the crisis around the pandemic grows, the livelihoods of many survivors and their families surviving on daily wages have been shaken up. There are many, who rely on the support provided by their carers are particularly at risk during this difficult period.


As the COVID’19, Corona Virus hit the various countries across the globe, we too, are not unaffected by this global pandemic. Various countries have been put to complete lockdown in the amid of this virus. In this very high atmosphere, both the outlets of Sheroes Hangout have been shut off accordingly. The closing of the cafes has directly affected the livelihood of the survivors associated with the cafe. They have to nourish not only themselves but to their families, kids who are directly dependent on these survivors.


Sheroes Hangout Cafe & Its History : 

Sheroes Hangout, an initiative of Chhanv Foundation was started in Agra in December 2014. Today, with two cafes, in Agra & Lucknow, foundation has employed 30 survivors and added value in the life of hundreds of other girls by providing them counselling, medical help, career and education opportunities.

With an aim that survivor women have equitable opportunities to thrive and participate in inclusive communities, we run Cafe Sheroes Hangout Project that not only provide employment opportunities to women but also a platform where they come out with courage, a first of its kind initiative in a country where beyond suppression, there’s fierce trauma and a scarred life. The seed of both our cafes is awareness. It’s a fight against stigma, against discrimination, a battle for normalcy after suffering, and for equal opportunities.


The Role Sheroes plays in the lives of acid attack survivors 

While helping survivors to rehabilitate and providing them jobs, organisation found that many of them lacked professional skills and so we thought that a café could be the only place where both the skilled and non-skilled ones can work and earn together besides spreading awareness to other people about acid attacks. Thus, the idea of Sheroes Hangout came up. A venue where new wave feminism evolves every day to overcome the challenges faced by women in societies and cultures.

Today, with two cafes, in Agra & Lucknow, cafe has added value in the life of hundreds of other girls by providing them complete rehabilitation involving counselling, medical help, career and education opportunities for them & their kids.

It is the support of Sheroes which has ensured many survivors to live a life like other normal people. They found acceptance in the society, earning their livelihood with a pride & are self dependent.


What we are fund raising for ?

We need the urgent funds because at present, the employment of 30 survivors is on stake. India has no hope in the upcoming months as the number of COVID 19 patients is increasing day by day. As we are estimating it might take six months or more to be everything normal. We know that cafes will not be operated until one year, considering the help conditions of survivors. Most of them are immune-compromised. We are trying to save the employment of 30 acid attack survivors at the moment. We are also trying to provide minimum survival amount to 100 acid attack survivors in our network. So far, if you ask, How much Government pays to these people, it is just Rs 350 a month. We have received more than 100 requests from different states of India & most of them are in typical situations. The first phase of this campaign will ensure the minimum survival amount to 30 acid attack survivors.

Why Should you Donate?

This is a very crucial moment and we are looking for your participation. We must recognise that the weakest among all, most vulnerable will be the hardest hit. A crisis like COVID19 outbreak presents challenges that touch many areas of the lives of this small community of acid attack survivors. We are fighting, with tooth and nails, to bring all possible solution to normalise the lives of our team members. At this time, we are seeking your assistance with funding this urgent program, providing a survival opportunity for the acid attack survivors.

What Sheroes Has Done in past two months:
  1. Sheroes has ensured two months salary without any delay to all 30 survivors when the country was imposed with complete lockdown for an indefinite time. This salary ensured them with all the basic needful commodities to nourish their families.

  2. My Fellow survivors started winning hearts of thousands of our social media followers during LIVE shows broadcasted on Sheroes Hangout Instagram page. They did really well, there is no semblance of victimhood in them but they are in dire need of help after the lockdown. They're never so vulnerable than today, so fragile that slightest financial or emotional pressure can break them.
  1.  Sheroes did whatever was possible to support hungry labours when they were walking for miles after the announcement of a month long lockdown. We helped each other like sisters and brothers, they are spreading love and hope.

    Together, we get an opportunity to solve so many important problems, sometime acute like COVID19 but sometime just long term human problems of the people with different needs.

Budget 

S No
Particular 
Amount 
1
Survival Amount of ₹ 5000 to 30 Survivors for 6 months 
₹ 9,00,000
2
Emergency fund for unpredicted situations including medical & other 
₹ 1,00,000


Thank you 

Garima Awasthi
Member, Sheroes Hangout 



 
Ask for an update
4th July 2020
Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support throughout the campaign, which has helped us to bring back the smile on the faces of acid attack survivors.

Chhanv Foundation launched its Crowdfunding Campaign on 31st May, 2020 aiming to provide a minimum survival package to the survivors for the next six months working at the Sheroes Hangout Café. The widespread Coronavirus across and the globe and the forced shutdown of the café due to the lockdown brought in a lot of difficulties for the survivors and they also had to lose out on their income. It had a de-motivational and negative impact on the psyche.
 
But today, almost after two months, we are extremely delighted to share that we have completed the First Phase of our Fundraiser. They say the journey is more beautiful than the destination and hence, we are grateful to you for your support throughout this journey.
 
In our first phase of crowdfunding, we have managed to provide an amount of Rs. 10,000 for the month of June and July to our onboard 30 Survivors.

We also launched a Helpline Number in the month of May through which we have reached out to 30 new survivors and have assured them the financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 for the next 6 months and the instalment for the month of June and July has been given out. Our Reach Out Team is leaving no stone unturned to find new acid attack survivors every day who are in dire need of funds.
 
However, in the words of Robert Frost, ‘Miles to go before I sleep’, we still have a long journey ahead. This is just the beginning and we shall need you to be by our side akin to the way you have been so far while we push our goal amount from 10 Lakh to 30 Lakh this time.

We’re truly thankful to each one of you, the ones who contributed, and the ones who enthusiastically helped us spread the word across. Keep supporting us and keep showering the love that you have been always and we are sure, we shall definitely overcome these trying times.

With the aim of Extending  the Monetary support of Rs 10K to 30 beneficiaries of Sheroes Hangout & Rs 5K to other 30 survivors who have reached out to us,  the goal amount is revised to 30Lakhs. However the support to outside beneficiaries is not limited, it is open we will definitely support to all the needful who are in dire need. The helpline number is +91-96 1593 1593.

Thank you.

Garima Awasthi
Sheroes Hangout
Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support throughout the campaign, which has helped us to bring back the smile on the faces of acid attack survivors.

Chhanv Foundation launched its Crowdfunding Campaign on 31st May, 2020 aiming to provide a minimum survival package to the survivors for the next six months working at the Sheroes Hangout Café. The widespread Coronavirus across and the globe and the forced shutdown of the café due to the lockdown brought in a lot of difficulties for the survivors and they also had to lose out on their income. It had a de-motivational and negative impact on the psyche.
 
But today, almost after two months, we are extremely delighted to share that we have completed the First Phase of our Fundraiser. They say the journey is more beautiful than the destination and hence, we are grateful to you for your support throughout this journey.
 
In our first phase of crowdfunding, we have managed to provide an amount of Rs. 10,000 for the month of June and July to our onboard 30 Survivors.

We also launched a Helpline Number in the month of May through which we have reached out to 30 new survivors and have assured them the financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 for the next 6 months and the instalment for the month of June and July has been given out. Our Reach Out Team is leaving no stone unturned to find new acid attack survivors every day who are in dire need of funds.
 
However, in the words of Robert Frost, ‘Miles to go before I sleep’, we still have a long journey ahead. This is just the beginning and we shall need you to be by our side akin to the way you have been so far while we push our goal amount from 10 Lakh to 30 Lakh this time.

We’re truly thankful to each one of you, the ones who contributed, and the ones who enthusiastically helped us spread the word across. Keep supporting us and keep showering the love that you have been always and we are sure, we shall definitely overcome these trying times.

With the aim of Extending  the Monetary support of Rs 10K to 30 beneficiaries of Sheroes Hangout & Rs 5K to other 30 survivors who have reached out to us,  the goal amount is revised to 30Lakhs. However the support to outside beneficiaries is not limited, it is open we will definitely support to all the needful who are in dire need. The helpline number is +91-96 1593 1593.

Thank you.

Garima Awasthi
Sheroes Hangout
26th June 2020


Dear Loved ones,

We are touched with your kind support.

It has been 25 days since we launched our Fundraising Campaign and we have received abundance love and support.
 
We are pleased to announce that we have completed 70% of our fundraising target and are close to achieving a grand 80%. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed in the crowd funding as well as the people who have helped us spread the word across. It is because of your immense support that we have been able to help our survivors who work at Sheroes Hangout Cafès in Agra and Lucknow by providing all of them with Rs. 10000 for the month of June. COVID-19 brought the world to a halt but now with collective efforts we are trying to stand strong again.
 
Chhanv Foundation also launched a Helpline number (+91 96 1593 1593) in the month of May to get in touch with those survivors who are in need of psychological, financial and medical assistance. In the midst of Coronavirus self-isolation has become the dictate of the day and mental health and communication has suffered immensely. Through this Helpline number we have been able to reach out to 25 survivors and have assured them of the financial assistance for 6 months. It is only because of the constant support of our contributors that we have been able to provide these 25 survivors with Rs. 5000 for the month of June which has relieved them of financial difficulties and helped them tide through this lockdown for this month.
 
Free of all worries for at least this month, all our survivors are now being able to invest themselves in more productive tasks that bring them positivity, happiness and a feeling of satisfaction. We know we haven't achieved the milestone yet. But we celebrate all that we have achieved so far because we owe it to you.
 
Undoubtedly, with your support, we can complete our fundraising and continue to help acid attack survivors live a better, sustainable life. Please keep supporting us by contributing to our fundraiser and spreading awareness about our campaign.



Thank you

Garima Awasthi
Sheroes Hangout 


Dear Loved ones,

We are touched with your kind support.

It has been 25 days since we launched our Fundraising Campaign and we have received abundance love and support.
 
We are pleased to announce that we have completed 70% of our fundraising target and are close to achieving a grand 80%. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed in the crowd funding as well as the people who have helped us spread the word across. It is because of your immense support that we have been able to help our survivors who work at Sheroes Hangout Cafès in Agra and Lucknow by providing all of them with Rs. 10000 for the month of June. COVID-19 brought the world to a halt but now with collective efforts we are trying to stand strong again.
 
Chhanv Foundation also launched a Helpline number (+91 96 1593 1593) in the month of May to get in touch with those survivors who are in need of psychological, financial and medical assistance. In the midst of Coronavirus self-isolation has become the dictate of the day and mental health and communication has suffered immensely. Through this Helpline number we have been able to reach out to 25 survivors and have assured them of the financial assistance for 6 months. It is only because of the constant support of our contributors that we have been able to provide these 25 survivors with Rs. 5000 for the month of June which has relieved them of financial difficulties and helped them tide through this lockdown for this month.
 
Free of all worries for at least this month, all our survivors are now being able to invest themselves in more productive tasks that bring them positivity, happiness and a feeling of satisfaction. We know we haven't achieved the milestone yet. But we celebrate all that we have achieved so far because we owe it to you.
 
Undoubtedly, with your support, we can complete our fundraising and continue to help acid attack survivors live a better, sustainable life. Please keep supporting us by contributing to our fundraiser and spreading awareness about our campaign.



Thank you

Garima Awasthi
Sheroes Hangout 
11th June 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for love & support which you have showered to help us in these trying times.

In 10 days since the campaign has been started, We were able to raise 60% of the total goal amount, which has enabled us in providing our sheroes with the first relief package worth Rupees 5,000. We plan on doing the same over the next 6 months and that would be possible only when people like you continue to support us and inspire hundreds and thousands of others to contribute as well.

In the same trail, Sheroes with its partner organisation A-Sisterhood, a UK based charity organised an E-Fundraising event on 3rd June 2020 on Zoom which was witnessed by a mass of 900 people like you. The event was hosted by Emma Jenkins, Miss Universe Great Britain & Mr Ram Goyal, one of the potential funders of the A-Sisterhood, with this huge gathering we were able to raise 19 lakhs in 40 minutes. The insane response strengthens our belief & with this, we are extending this monetary help to Rs 10,000 to our 30 fellow sisters. Following the first phase of help to sheroes girls, we are also eyeing to stretch this help to the acid attack survivors outside the Sheroes as well. We will target approx. 100 survivors to ensure a survival amount of Rs 5000 for 6 months out of which have reached out to 30 survivors & trying to ensure them help of 30K for the span of 6 months.

Another important update is there is a helpline number of our organisation +91-96 1593 1593 which ensures complete help to the survivors of acid attack survivors. With the help of this helpline we will be able to connect to the survivors across the country. We request you to please regulate this helpline number as it might connect us to someone who is in dire need.

Below are the happy faces for whom we have ensured the help in such a short period.




Keep Supporting,

Thank you

Garima,
Sheroes Member



Dear Friends,

Thank you for love & support which you have showered to help us in these trying times.

In 10 days since the campaign has been started, We were able to raise 60% of the total goal amount, which has enabled us in providing our sheroes with the first relief package worth Rupees 5,000. We plan on doing the same over the next 6 months and that would be possible only when people like you continue to support us and inspire hundreds and thousands of others to contribute as well.

In the same trail, Sheroes with its partner organisation A-Sisterhood, a UK based charity organised an E-Fundraising event on 3rd June 2020 on Zoom which was witnessed by a mass of 900 people like you. The event was hosted by Emma Jenkins, Miss Universe Great Britain & Mr Ram Goyal, one of the potential funders of the A-Sisterhood, with this huge gathering we were able to raise 19 lakhs in 40 minutes. The insane response strengthens our belief & with this, we are extending this monetary help to Rs 10,000 to our 30 fellow sisters. Following the first phase of help to sheroes girls, we are also eyeing to stretch this help to the acid attack survivors outside the Sheroes as well. We will target approx. 100 survivors to ensure a survival amount of Rs 5000 for 6 months out of which have reached out to 30 survivors & trying to ensure them help of 30K for the span of 6 months.

Another important update is there is a helpline number of our organisation +91-96 1593 1593 which ensures complete help to the survivors of acid attack survivors. With the help of this helpline we will be able to connect to the survivors across the country. We request you to please regulate this helpline number as it might connect us to someone who is in dire need.

Below are the happy faces for whom we have ensured the help in such a short period.




Keep Supporting,

Thank you

Garima,
Sheroes Member


Rs.6,153 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Garima Awasthi info_outline

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