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Introducing "A Gift Story": A New initiative by Acid Attack Survivors


Indeed, humanity has not seen before something like this, we all are hopeful the world will be as peaceful as it was! 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 & as a result, the Country has witnessed averagely more than 250 incidents of this heinous crime every year post 2013.

As the Coronavirus hit the world, it has changed the living way of humans, societies across the globe in an unpredictable way, and the small community of acid attack survivors could not remain untouched from its adverse effect. This community is one of those communities which was never under the consideration of mainstream in the normal situation then there is COVID which made this community more vulnerable than ever it was!

Sheroes Hangout cafes started by Chhanv Foundation in Agra & Lucknow run by these women. A project that not only provides employment opportunities to women but also a platform where they come out with courage, a first of its kind initiative in a country. When Pandemic hit the world, the jobs of 30 survivors employed at the café were at the stake and hundreds of survivors associated with the organization were affected due to the closing of the 2 cafes.

Introduction of a new venture: A Gift Story
Chhanv foundation is changing its business model to a new profitable venture like Sheroes Hangout to bring changes in the lives of acid attack survivors. This venture will be able to directly employ about 100 survivors by the end of 2021. Considering the circumstances of COVID-19, we estimate that the café model will not be a viable business at least until March 2022 and so, it will directly impact the livelihood of 30 acid attack survivors associated with it. Meanwhile, the café model will also have an effect on the rehabilitation plans of the foundation. The rehabilitation program involving around 150 survivors may have to be discontinued.

A Gift Story is a Gifting Venture formulated by Chhanv to mobilize the NGO's impact and operations We aim to transform our operation of the Sheroes Cafe into a thoughtfully crafted gifting portal called A Gift Story', to thrive in this crisis.  Unlike other models present in the industry, we aim for a very rare personal outlook with our gifting range. A Gift Story is curated with the idea of empowering acid attack survivors by placing them in the focus of this venture, which will only heighten consumer experience but will also make survivors self-sufficient with every purchase from the gifting portal.

Losses Sheroes Hangout has faced
Since the lockdown began, both the outlets of Sheroes Hangout were closed. We faced grave difficulties to start the Lucknow cafe with the government guidelines but the results were not meeting our organizational needs. If it had not been the COVID, Sheroes Hangout would have running its business successfully but presently one of the worst-hit industries by the pandemic is the food and travel industry.
If we talk about the statistical comparison of the last year’s sales figures and this year’s sales are downward poles apart. Collectively, on comparison of sales from the month of April to September of last and this year, Sheroes Hangout suffered losses amounting to nearly 81 percent of losses in total revenues calculation. The total sale of this duration in 2019 was ₹ 45,92,932.00 while that of this year is ₹ 8,52,822.00

What Chhanv did in Lockdown
Chhanv Foundation has secured a year's salary of 30 survivors working at both cafes through crowdfunding and partnerships with stakeholders & organisations. The foundation has also introduced a helpline number to reach out to the acid attack survivors who were struck by COVID-19 led pandemic, not only reach-out organisation has also ensured monthly fellowship of ₹ 5000/- to other 30 survivors for a year.

What we are fundraising for?
We needed a new model. A model that can thrive in this global health crisis to provide employment and secure livelihoods of our survivors, at the same time keep our values of services intact. While researching for solutions, we landed on the fact that the gifting industry was operating self-sufficiently even in times of crisis. It surfaced that the need to buy gifts or the trend of gifting is here to stay and grow exponentially with time, as humans adjust to the new normal. The main reason could be the wave of anxious behaviors as a result of the uncertain nature of this crisis. People are seeking the emotions of endurance and a lasting expression of care, as they are gifting their near and dears.

 
Why should you contribute 
As the pandemic prevailed, the survival of these survivors became difficult proportionally. There are survivors who earn on daily basis to nourish their families. There are many survivors who are sole breadwinners for their families or they depend on one member to earn the bread for them. There are no rehabilitation schemes or programs started by the respective governments for the acid attack survivors is another facet of the harsh reality.
A Gift Story will not only transform our cause of bringing new opportunities to our survivors via this model that is thriving in these times of crisis but would also help in their holistic development as they engage themselves in the venture.

BUDGET
 
Initially, in the first phase, we are raising a budget of Rs Twelve Lakhs which is the one month budget of total budget required to ensure the purchase of raw materials & other equipment, Salaries of survivors who are engaged in the project, staff salaries who are supporting & training the survivors.
 
S No
Particular 
Amount Required for Initial 1 month
Amount Required for 5 months
1.
Raw Material Purchase
₹ 4,00,000.00
₹ 04,00,000.00
2.
Survivors Salaries (10)
₹ 2,00,000.00
₹ 10,00,000.00
3.
Trainers Salaries (10)
₹ 2,00,000.00
₹ 10,00,000.00
4.
Support Staff Salaries
₹ 1,00,000.00
₹ 05,00,000.00
5.
Equipment Purchase
₹ 2,00,000.00
₹ 05,00,000.00

Sub-Total
₹ 11,00,000.00
₹ 34,00,000.00
6.
Administration Cost
₹ 1,10,000.00
₹ 3,40,000.00

Grand Total
₹ 12,10,000.00
₹ 37,40,000.00
 
 
Thank you
Ritu Saini
Campaigner
Chhanv Foundation

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25th February 2021
Dear Humans of Compassion,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful support to this campaign uplifting A Gift Story-An Online Gift Venture run by Acid Attack Survivors.

Presently, with the motivation we have received from your donations, we are about to go live in a week. This means that A Gift Story will be soon taking your gift orders. On the occasion of International Women's Day, we are also launching Women's Day Calendar 2021-22, dedicated to the spirit of self-reliant Acid Attack Survivors in this venture.

Again, this would not have been possible without your support and compassion. We still require urgent financial resources to support this venture, considering the investment this project needs to bloom into a versatile venture run by Acid Attack Survivors.

Your donations would help us bear the essential expenses of Raw Material Purchase, Salaries of Survivors and Support Staff, and other vital administration costs that will keep this project afloat.
Dear Humans of Compassion,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful support to this campaign uplifting A Gift Story-An Online Gift Venture run by Acid Attack Survivors.

Presently, with the motivation we have received from your donations, we are about to go live in a week. This means that A Gift Story will be soon taking your gift orders. On the occasion of International Women's Day, we are also launching Women's Day Calendar 2021-22, dedicated to the spirit of self-reliant Acid Attack Survivors in this venture.

Again, this would not have been possible without your support and compassion. We still require urgent financial resources to support this venture, considering the investment this project needs to bloom into a versatile venture run by Acid Attack Survivors.

Your donations would help us bear the essential expenses of Raw Material Purchase, Salaries of Survivors and Support Staff, and other vital administration costs that will keep this project afloat.
26th January 2021
Dear Friends,

Many Greetings of Republic Day.
Thank you for the love you have showered on us. With your help, we have been able to raise the support for our beneficiaries and the organization but still, a lot is to be done. The pandemic followed by a global lockdown began that left everyone in a dilemma because of the uncertainty on its ending. A lockdown that stopped every moving bit.

Chhanv Foundation and our small community of acid attack survivors could not remain untouched and unaffected for a long time with its ruthless effect. In the beginning, we continued to provide regular financial help to the beneficiaries and staff members with the available resources but then there came a time with Chhanv Foundation when there had been no business for four months due to the COVID19 lockdown.

It became really difficult for us to run our Non-Profit when the major revenue source of our foundation, Sheroes Hangout cafes, were closed. Not only cafes COVID hit us in many other ways as it stopped the regular & scheduled treatments of the survivors, reach out to new survivors were drastically affected, our rehabilitation centers Sheroes Homes were closed and Education Training for the survivors was stopped completely.

Since the lockdown began, the closing of the cafes has caused uncertainty in the Jobs of the beneficiaries & other staff associated with the cafe. We fought tooth & nails every day to secure their jobs, for the same we started a fundraising campaign (bit.ly/supportsheroesincovid) to ensure a survival amount of Rs 5K for the next 6 months for the beneficiaries. Later with the help of supporters & loved ones we were able to increase that amount to Rs 10K which is also a healthy part (nearly 60%) of their salaries. This campaign also helped us to pay the staff and other necessary utility payments.

Other than financial help for the survivors, we organized many virtual mental health counseling sessions and yoga sessions to keep them mentally and physically fit, various learning classes & workshops were organized for their skill upliftment.

To provide long term sustainability to the organization, we introduced a new venture called “A Gift Story” (https://agiftstory.store). With this new venture, we aim to transform our operation of the Sheroes Cafe into a thoughtfully crafted gifting portal called 'A Gift Story', to thrive in this crisis. But as it is a new venture it will also take some time to gain momentum and initially, it requires a capital cost and resources to set up. For its initial set-up, we launched a fundraiser which is stepping up slowly (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-ritu-saini)

Some relieving news came from the Lucknow chapter of the Sheroes Hangout, where after the guidelines from the Government we began the operations. However, the sales the graph is very low & below the average and eventually, it is not able to cover the running costs & staff salaries who are working there in these challenging times.

This was a brief report on the timeline post lockdown. In the next update, we will provide the details of the gap which is to be filled.
We are thankful to you for standing after us in such a tough time. Through this campaign, we are trying our best to fill up the huge financial gap. To support us please visit:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-sheroes-hangout
To join us please write us at chhanvfoundation@gmail.com

Thank you,
Team Sheroes Hangout.!
Dear Friends,

Many Greetings of Republic Day.
Thank you for the love you have showered on us. With your help, we have been able to raise the support for our beneficiaries and the organization but still, a lot is to be done. The pandemic followed by a global lockdown began that left everyone in a dilemma because of the uncertainty on its ending. A lockdown that stopped every moving bit.

Chhanv Foundation and our small community of acid attack survivors could not remain untouched and unaffected for a long time with its ruthless effect. In the beginning, we continued to provide regular financial help to the beneficiaries and staff members with the available resources but then there came a time with Chhanv Foundation when there had been no business for four months due to the COVID19 lockdown.

It became really difficult for us to run our Non-Profit when the major revenue source of our foundation, Sheroes Hangout cafes, were closed. Not only cafes COVID hit us in many other ways as it stopped the regular & scheduled treatments of the survivors, reach out to new survivors were drastically affected, our rehabilitation centers Sheroes Homes were closed and Education Training for the survivors was stopped completely.

Since the lockdown began, the closing of the cafes has caused uncertainty in the Jobs of the beneficiaries & other staff associated with the cafe. We fought tooth & nails every day to secure their jobs, for the same we started a fundraising campaign (bit.ly/supportsheroesincovid) to ensure a survival amount of Rs 5K for the next 6 months for the beneficiaries. Later with the help of supporters & loved ones we were able to increase that amount to Rs 10K which is also a healthy part (nearly 60%) of their salaries. This campaign also helped us to pay the staff and other necessary utility payments.

Other than financial help for the survivors, we organized many virtual mental health counseling sessions and yoga sessions to keep them mentally and physically fit, various learning classes & workshops were organized for their skill upliftment.

To provide long term sustainability to the organization, we introduced a new venture called “A Gift Story” (https://agiftstory.store). With this new venture, we aim to transform our operation of the Sheroes Cafe into a thoughtfully crafted gifting portal called 'A Gift Story', to thrive in this crisis. But as it is a new venture it will also take some time to gain momentum and initially, it requires a capital cost and resources to set up. For its initial set-up, we launched a fundraiser which is stepping up slowly (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-ritu-saini)

Some relieving news came from the Lucknow chapter of the Sheroes Hangout, where after the guidelines from the Government we began the operations. However, the sales the graph is very low & below the average and eventually, it is not able to cover the running costs & staff salaries who are working there in these challenging times.

This was a brief report on the timeline post lockdown. In the next update, we will provide the details of the gap which is to be filled.
We are thankful to you for standing after us in such a tough time. Through this campaign, we are trying our best to fill up the huge financial gap. To support us please visit:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-sheroes-hangout
To join us please write us at chhanvfoundation@gmail.com

Thank you,
Team Sheroes Hangout.!
7th January 2021
Dear Donors & Well-wishers,

On 8th January 2021, Chhanv Foundation will be holding an E-Conference at 7.30 PM IST on Zoom to announce the launch of its new Campaign: 'Smile Goal Hai'

2020 brought an abundance of challenges for the survivors because of the pandemic. They have been fighting for their survival, medication, employment, and social & mental wellbeing. This depression did no good but snatching the happiness off their happy faces. Thus in 2021, we have come up with a campaign ‘SMILE GOAL HAI’ to rejuvenate the lost smile and happiness of all the acid attack survivors.

Therefore, we hereby formally invite you to attend this conference. You can join it using the below-given link:

LINK: https://zoom.us/j/6346114463?pwd=WmhpamlvVzAwNkQreldBRmlCRVNuZz09

Meeting ID: 634 611 4463
Passcode: chhanv08
Please feel free to reach us at +91-8009955500

Regards,
Ritu

To know more about us, please write to us at chhanvfoundation@gmail.com
Dear Donors & Well-wishers,

On 8th January 2021, Chhanv Foundation will be holding an E-Conference at 7.30 PM IST on Zoom to announce the launch of its new Campaign: 'Smile Goal Hai'

2020 brought an abundance of challenges for the survivors because of the pandemic. They have been fighting for their survival, medication, employment, and social & mental wellbeing. This depression did no good but snatching the happiness off their happy faces. Thus in 2021, we have come up with a campaign ‘SMILE GOAL HAI’ to rejuvenate the lost smile and happiness of all the acid attack survivors.

Therefore, we hereby formally invite you to attend this conference. You can join it using the below-given link:

LINK: https://zoom.us/j/6346114463?pwd=WmhpamlvVzAwNkQreldBRmlCRVNuZz09

Meeting ID: 634 611 4463
Passcode: chhanv08
Please feel free to reach us at +91-8009955500

Regards,
Ritu

To know more about us, please write to us at chhanvfoundation@gmail.com
Rs.396,341 raised

Goal: Rs.1,210,000

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Beneficiary: Ritu Saini info_outline

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