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Help Trans community in their fight against Corona

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.

ItemQtRateTotal
Rice550250
Wheat250100
Thuvar. Dhal1100100
Salt12020
Sugar14040
Tea0.5350175
Oil1300300
Milk 

500
Spices

500
Vegetables 

1000
Sanitation (soap, mask and other basic amenities)

500


Total3485


Approx.3500

PS: Trans person would include trans women, trans men and all other non-binary & socio-cultural identities.
Image courtesy : https://thelogicalindian.com/h-upload/2020/01/27/161926-transfb.jpg

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16th May 2020
Dear All,

Hope this mail finds you in the best of health. First, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for the overwhelming support. We were able to reach the target amount, we collected ₹11,50,597.53 in total. As we are nearing our fund distribution, we would like to provide an update.
As of today (15, May) we have withdrawn a total of 10,25,683.32 INR and the following is our date wise withdrawal details
                DateAmount
28-Mar1,68,000.00
1-Apr    2,56,063.00
7-Apr      81,757.00
8-Apr    10,7818.44
12-Apr   96,757.32
16-Apr 35,298.55
19-Apr 2,28,651.00
27-Apr 2,883.31
6-May    31,364.00
14-May  17,090.70
Total      10,25,683.32
Out of which we have facilitated direct fund transfers for 281 Trans people amounting to INR 9,83,500. Including 15 people with disabilities and health crisis and 6 blue collared labors stranded in the state. The following is the split of the people supported
Identity wise
Gender IdentityCount
Trans Woman210
Trans Man            60
Kothi                        9
Gender Fluid         1
Intersex Person      1
Grand Total        281
 
District Wise
LocationCount 
Chennai140
Coimbatore57
Kanchipuram30
Trichy14
Madurai6
Tiruppur6
Dindugal3
Salem3
Changelpet2
Erode2
Thanjavur2
Tirunalveli2
Vellore2
Cuddalore1
Devakottai1
Dindigul1
Namakkal1
Pudukottai1
Tenkasi1
Thiruvallur1
Thoothukudi2
Tiruvannamalai1
Villupuram1
Virdunagar1
Grand Total281
We have also distributed groceries worth INR 39260 to around 40 people
DateAmountPeople Covered
14-Apr1400015
19-Apr20002
20-Apr92609
22-Apr88148
30-Apr70007
Total4107441
We have also uploaded the receipts of all grocery transactions.
Currently we have INR 1109 cash in hand and waiting for our final withdrawal. We are hoping to cover another 20-25 people with the final withdrawal.

Regards,
Kanaga
 
Dear All,

Hope this mail finds you in the best of health. First, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for the overwhelming support. We were able to reach the target amount, we collected ₹11,50,597.53 in total. As we are nearing our fund distribution, we would like to provide an update.
As of today (15, May) we have withdrawn a total of 10,25,683.32 INR and the following is our date wise withdrawal details
                DateAmount
28-Mar1,68,000.00
1-Apr    2,56,063.00
7-Apr      81,757.00
8-Apr    10,7818.44
12-Apr   96,757.32
16-Apr 35,298.55
19-Apr 2,28,651.00
27-Apr 2,883.31
6-May    31,364.00
14-May  17,090.70
Total      10,25,683.32
Out of which we have facilitated direct fund transfers for 281 Trans people amounting to INR 9,83,500. Including 15 people with disabilities and health crisis and 6 blue collared labors stranded in the state. The following is the split of the people supported
Identity wise
Gender IdentityCount
Trans Woman210
Trans Man            60
Kothi                        9
Gender Fluid         1
Intersex Person      1
Grand Total        281
 
District Wise
LocationCount 
Chennai140
Coimbatore57
Kanchipuram30
Trichy14
Madurai6
Tiruppur6
Dindugal3
Salem3
Changelpet2
Erode2
Thanjavur2
Tirunalveli2
Vellore2
Cuddalore1
Devakottai1
Dindigul1
Namakkal1
Pudukottai1
Tenkasi1
Thiruvallur1
Thoothukudi2
Tiruvannamalai1
Villupuram1
Virdunagar1
Grand Total281
We have also distributed groceries worth INR 39260 to around 40 people
DateAmountPeople Covered
14-Apr1400015
19-Apr20002
20-Apr92609
22-Apr88148
30-Apr70007
Total4107441
We have also uploaded the receipts of all grocery transactions.
Currently we have INR 1109 cash in hand and waiting for our final withdrawal. We are hoping to cover another 20-25 people with the final withdrawal.

Regards,
Kanaga
 
6th April 2020
Hi all,
Hope this update finds you and your loved ones in the best of health.

As we finished our second round of disbursements today (6 April 2020) we wanted to provide an update on our progress.

We reached out to an additional 73 people in this round, bringing the total count of beneficiaries to 121 (48+73) people.

As we reach out to more people, the number of requests also keeps pouring in. We are trying to accommodate as many people as possible as we wait for our next withdrawal. We are hoping to reach 200 people in the next three days.

Some of the stories shared by the people we reached out to hurt us beyond what can be expressed in words. Though such stories are a reality for many within the trans community which many of us have heard and experienced. These stories throw light on the extent of discrimination and violence that trans people face at the hands of natal families and society. We would like to share a couple of them with you.

Mr.K, a trans man was one of the folks registered for support. But when we tried reaching-out to him our calls went unanswered. This made it difficult for us to personally verify his account. After multiple attempts K sent us a text message to verify our identity and finally agreed to speak to us. The following is his story as narrated by him, “K, an engineering graduate with more than 80% marks, was abused and harassed by his family when they came to know about his identity. The family also burned his certificates to stop him from getting a job and gaining financial independence. K is now hiding in his friend's place fearing death threats from the family. With absolutely zero financial means, K is dependent on friends for all his needs and is not sure how long he can continue to be so. K’s lock-down began much before most of ours and might not end with our 3-week deadline.”


Ms.P, a trans woman, was referred to us by a senior activist from the community. The following is her story as narrated by her, “P was working as a sex worker in one of the metros. What started as an argument with a potential client turned out to be her worst encounter. She was attacked with ACID. P lost her eyesight in both eyes and doctors said it could not be treated. Now P is living in a town in western Tamil Nadu with support from other trans sisters.
These are the stories that keep us going and we wish we could facilitate support to as many numbers of people as possible. So do share and spread the news and help us reach our goal.


Here are some of the key numbers on the campaign as of today (6 April 2020)

Identity wise Numbers,
IdentityCount
Gender Fluid1
Intersex Person1
Kothi2
Trans Man29
Trans Woman88
Grand Total121

Location wise Numbers,

LocationCount 
Chennai78
Coimbatore13
Cuddalore1
Devakottai1
Dindigul1
Erode2
Kanchipuram11
Madurai2
Namakkal1
Salem2
Thiruvallur1
Thoothukudi1
Tirunalveli2
Tiruppur1
Tiruvannamalai1
Vellore1
Virdunagar1
Pudukottai1
Grand Total121

Finally, thank you for your support and we are sure that we shall overcome this and come out stronger than ever.

Thanks,
Kanaga
(on-behalf of the collective)
Hi all,
Hope this update finds you and your loved ones in the best of health.

As we finished our second round of disbursements today (6 April 2020) we wanted to provide an update on our progress.

We reached out to an additional 73 people in this round, bringing the total count of beneficiaries to 121 (48+73) people.

As we reach out to more people, the number of requests also keeps pouring in. We are trying to accommodate as many people as possible as we wait for our next withdrawal. We are hoping to reach 200 people in the next three days.

Some of the stories shared by the people we reached out to hurt us beyond what can be expressed in words. Though such stories are a reality for many within the trans community which many of us have heard and experienced. These stories throw light on the extent of discrimination and violence that trans people face at the hands of natal families and society. We would like to share a couple of them with you.

Mr.K, a trans man was one of the folks registered for support. But when we tried reaching-out to him our calls went unanswered. This made it difficult for us to personally verify his account. After multiple attempts K sent us a text message to verify our identity and finally agreed to speak to us. The following is his story as narrated by him, “K, an engineering graduate with more than 80% marks, was abused and harassed by his family when they came to know about his identity. The family also burned his certificates to stop him from getting a job and gaining financial independence. K is now hiding in his friend's place fearing death threats from the family. With absolutely zero financial means, K is dependent on friends for all his needs and is not sure how long he can continue to be so. K’s lock-down began much before most of ours and might not end with our 3-week deadline.”


Ms.P, a trans woman, was referred to us by a senior activist from the community. The following is her story as narrated by her, “P was working as a sex worker in one of the metros. What started as an argument with a potential client turned out to be her worst encounter. She was attacked with ACID. P lost her eyesight in both eyes and doctors said it could not be treated. Now P is living in a town in western Tamil Nadu with support from other trans sisters.
These are the stories that keep us going and we wish we could facilitate support to as many numbers of people as possible. So do share and spread the news and help us reach our goal.


Here are some of the key numbers on the campaign as of today (6 April 2020)

Identity wise Numbers,
IdentityCount
Gender Fluid1
Intersex Person1
Kothi2
Trans Man29
Trans Woman88
Grand Total121

Location wise Numbers,

LocationCount 
Chennai78
Coimbatore13
Cuddalore1
Devakottai1
Dindigul1
Erode2
Kanchipuram11
Madurai2
Namakkal1
Salem2
Thiruvallur1
Thoothukudi1
Tirunalveli2
Tiruppur1
Tiruvannamalai1
Vellore1
Virdunagar1
Pudukottai1
Grand Total121

Finally, thank you for your support and we are sure that we shall overcome this and come out stronger than ever.

Thanks,
Kanaga
(on-behalf of the collective)
31st March 2020
Dear All,
On this Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) we would like to  Thank you all once again for your overwhelming support. First, we would like to take this moment and request you to spread the word and help us reach our goal. Further, as our first round of disbursement was completed today, we would like to give our second update on the overall progress of the campaign.
Some of the key considerations that we came up for fund disbursements are,
  • Give priority to trans men from the community as they lack the social support otherwise available to trans women in traditional Thirunangai families/Jamath systems.
  • Reach out to Tier-2 cities as they lack outreach and visibility of metros (Chennai)
  • Actively look out for trans people with Disabilities as they would endure additional hardships in the current scenarios
  • Look out for ways to reach people without Banking access, through friends and community members as they also stand to miss on the govt welfare measures and aid packages.
  • Come up with easy and flexible ways for people to confirm their disbursement as many do not have Mobile/Internet banking and some even Debt/ATM cards.
  • Include request from Intersex People. Also, Non-Binary and other minority identities within Trans umbrella.
We covered 48 People in our initial list. We started disbursing amounts to individual bank accounts from Saturday 28, March and finished our first round by today morning 31, March.




Following are some the key numbers
Identity              Count
Trans Man           21
Trans Woman     25
Intersex Person  01
Kothi                     01
Total                     48

Location           Count
Chennai              28
Coimbatore        12
Devakottai          01
Kancheppuram  02
Madurai              01
Salem                  02
Thoothukudi      01
Thiruvallur          01
Total                    48


Date                Count
28/03/2020       12
29/03/2020       13
30/03/2020       22
31/03/2020       01
Total                  48

People Without Proper Banking Access *6
People with Disability2

Out of the 48, we are waiting for confirmation from 16 people as they would have to go out to ATMs to confirm and we requested not to go out specifically for this but to club this with their grocery shopping.
Finally, we will be requesting our second withdrawal today for the remaining amount.

Thanks,
Kanaga (on behalf of the collective)
Dear All,
On this Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) we would like to  Thank you all once again for your overwhelming support. First, we would like to take this moment and request you to spread the word and help us reach our goal. Further, as our first round of disbursement was completed today, we would like to give our second update on the overall progress of the campaign.
Some of the key considerations that we came up for fund disbursements are,
  • Give priority to trans men from the community as they lack the social support otherwise available to trans women in traditional Thirunangai families/Jamath systems.
  • Reach out to Tier-2 cities as they lack outreach and visibility of metros (Chennai)
  • Actively look out for trans people with Disabilities as they would endure additional hardships in the current scenarios
  • Look out for ways to reach people without Banking access, through friends and community members as they also stand to miss on the govt welfare measures and aid packages.
  • Come up with easy and flexible ways for people to confirm their disbursement as many do not have Mobile/Internet banking and some even Debt/ATM cards.
  • Include request from Intersex People. Also, Non-Binary and other minority identities within Trans umbrella.
We covered 48 People in our initial list. We started disbursing amounts to individual bank accounts from Saturday 28, March and finished our first round by today morning 31, March.




Following are some the key numbers
Identity              Count
Trans Man           21
Trans Woman     25
Intersex Person  01
Kothi                     01
Total                     48

Location           Count
Chennai              28
Coimbatore        12
Devakottai          01
Kancheppuram  02
Madurai              01
Salem                  02
Thoothukudi      01
Thiruvallur          01
Total                    48


Date                Count
28/03/2020       12
29/03/2020       13
30/03/2020       22
31/03/2020       01
Total                  48

People Without Proper Banking Access *6
People with Disability2

Out of the 48, we are waiting for confirmation from 16 people as they would have to go out to ATMs to confirm and we requested not to go out specifically for this but to club this with their grocery shopping.
Finally, we will be requesting our second withdrawal today for the remaining amount.

Thanks,
Kanaga (on behalf of the collective)
Rs.1,150,597 raised

Goal: Rs.1,050,000

Beneficiary: Kanaga info_outline

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