It gives us great pleasure to announce that the inauguration ceremony of the cafe Sheroes Hangout (Kiosk) at Noida Stadium has happened on May 17th at 11 a.m.
The project is started in collaboration with Noida Authority aims to build institutional capacities of the Chhanv Foundation to provide employment to acid attack survivors women in the two kiosks situated inside the Noida International Stadium. Currently there are more than thirty women employed at the two branches of Sheroes Hangout, in Agra and Lucknow.
LAUNCH CEREMONY OF THE FIRST OUTLET
The ribbon cutting ceremony, which was performed by the CEO of the NOIDA Authority, Mrs Ritu Maheshwari, MP of Noida, Mr Mahesh Sharma, MLA Mr. Pankaj Singh, Mr. Alok Dixit & Sheroes Beneficiaries with the Chhanv Foundation team, was a highlight of the KIOSK launch. Following the ceremony, survivors of acid attacks shared their stories.
Two months ago, we inaugurated the second outlet of Sheroes Hangout Cafe that will provide job opportunities to 5 recently reached out acid attack survivors, in the premises of NOIDA International Stadium, Sector 21A Noida -201301 and was inaugurated by Miss Universe Great Britain 2022, Noky Simbani.
Acid attack survivors have a difficult time even being accepted in society, let alone getting work. Their trauma is made much more difficult to endure by a culture that restricts their development. In Lucknow and Agra, 'Sheroes Hangout' has two branches that accommodate and employ 30 survivors. Our objective, however, is much broader; we want to assist as many survivors as possible. This is where Sheroes 2.0 comes into play. The kiosk centre will have an immediate impact on survivors' lives, taking them one step closer to the life they've always wanted.
- Alok Dixit, Director Chhanv Foundation
The concept of getting the 2 kiosks run by acid assault survivors is pushed by a social trigger as they’re most susceptible. It’s an extension to our social initiative drive wherein now we have deployed transgenders in one in every of metro stations at a ticket counter and two pink metro stations the place all work is being managed by ladies,”
- Ritu Maheshwari, CEO Noida Authority
We have finalised a tender bid to run the KIOSK at the NOIDA International Stadium located at Sec 21, which was offered by the NOIDA Authority, to add one more initiative to the series of Sheroes Hangout. As a result, the Chhanv Foundation launched SHEROES 2.0, to provide employment to 15 recently reached-out survivors at the Stadium. These survivors will be employed in two KIOSKS as part of the project. Acting as a safe shade upon the survivors, the impact of this project will be extended beyond the kiosk center - into the lives of acid attack survivors as It extend more employment opportunities and a viable presence to create a mass awareness in Delhi NCR.
Survivors of acid attacks have a hard time even being accepted in society, let alone finding work. Because of the society that limits their development, their trauma becomes even more difficult to bear. 'Sheroes Hangout' has two units in Lucknow and Agra that house and employ 30 survivors. But our mission goes beyond that; we want to help as many survivors as possible. This is where Sheroes 2.0 enters the picture. The kiosk is making an immediate difference in the lives of survivors, bringing them one step closer to the life they have always desired.
Chhanv Foundation has been working to empower and rehabilitate acid attack survivors since 2013. In less than 9 years, we have changed the lives of 200+ acid attack survivors with an innovative social enterprise like Sheroes Hangout Cafe enabling Community based Rehabilitation (CBR) like never before. Our various medical and legislative campaigns have led to the formation of important law reforms, policy considerations, and proportional representation to rehabilitate acid attack survivors.
Sheroes Hangout is the only project in the country that is directly providing employment opportunities to survivors as it is run by acid attack survivors. The hangout, as said, promotes such social causes while introducing more awareness and social involvement on the ground level for survivors as they come out of their shells and represent themselves with Sheroes. Visitors at Sheroes Hangout also offer their support and service and voluntarily engage in the rehabilitation and socio-economic restoration of the acid attack survivors in Sheroes Hangout.
Why should you contribute?
We are in urgent need of funds to establish the cafe infrastructure and proper training to these survivors to run the newly opened cafe. These funds will also be used to relocate survivors as they will be leaving their native place they need a suitable amount to arrange the basics to shift to Noida and finally, we need funds to secure at least 3 months remuneration to provide initial monetary support to them.
We would like to thank you for helping us fulfil the first stage of this campaign with a 88% success. With your previous contributions we secured the livelihood of 7 acid attack survivors. In the second phase, we aim to raise 12L to ensure the nourishment of the launched projects and secure the livelihoods of 8 more survivors at the NOIDA outlets:
|Sr.No.||Particulars||Amount (in Rupees)|
|1.||New Infrastructure Purchase||Rs 5,50,000|
|2.||Training Expenses||Rs 50,000|
|3.||Relocation of 8 Survivors||Rs 1,20,000|
|4.||Renumeration of 8 Survivors for next 3 months||Rs 4,80,000|