Covid-19 is terrifying, even for those who have the privilege to work from home and stock food. Until a vaccine is developed, physical distancing is the only proven option available. But right now, there are millions of marginalized Indians existing without this safety net that most of us take for granted. The trans community is one such section of society that is at the front lines of this crisis, and is staring at one of the most difficult times ahead. With most people from the community working in the unorganized sector, the trans community is now facing a direct threat to life with little to no welfare benefits. This includes manual laborours and blue-collar workers who have to travel to public, crowded spaces for work. If they cannot bring back their daily wages, they will not have food and necessities for themselves and their families. It is also important to stress here that most people from the community lack government issued identity cards, which makes it hard for them to access any social benefits announced by the state.
Given this situation, there is an urgent need to help the trans community tide over this coming month. We are a collective of people in Chennai who are trying to raise funds for at least 100 transgender persons for their basic provisions like food, oil, salt, drinking water, masks, basic medical supplies and soap so that they can also stay at home this month, and stay safe.
Please take a few moments to make a small contribution and we will take it forward to ensure that these 100 people have basic provisions at least. Your small contribution may mean the difference of someone's life.
The following is the estimate table for the items to be provided for a person for one month.
|Sanitation (soap, mask and other basic amenities)||500|
PS: Trans person would include trans women, trans men and all other non-binary & socio-cultural identities.
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