Transgender Trust is helping needy with food in Maharashtra
A group of trans people who are already facing unprecedented difficulties in social wellbeing has come forward to serve food and essential items to the needy who are stuck due to the second lockdown in Mumbai.
Kinnar Maa Trust, with which lakhs of transgender people are associated, delivers hundreds of packets of food grains, hand sanitiser and masks to not just the members of the community but to anyone who needs help.
The sudden lockdown has impacted many families in Mumbai, especially daily wagers who are now facing difficulty in arranging food. Since last year, the group has helped more than 80,000 people in the city and the surrounding regions. They started distributing food packets including rice, flour, oil, tea leaves and sugar among other essential items.
Kinnar Maa Trust President Salma Khan told Mid-Day, “We have distributed food packets not only in Mumbai, but in Thane, Vasai, Nalasopara, Palghar and Pune too. We first start with kinnars [transgender people], and then help those living on pavements and in the slums.”
She said they still have not found the right place in society and were deprived of basic human rights. “But today, we do not care about all that. There is a pandemic in the country, and we only need to practice the religion of humanity. Today, people need help and we are doing all that’s possible for us.”
“For the past 10 years, we have been demanding a shelter home for transgender people but no one listened to us. If we had a shelter home today, we could have offered it for opening a COVID Care Centre,” she added further.
Anusha, who lives in a slum in Sewri, received a packet of food from the trust on Wednesday said that she would always be grateful to the trust for helping them in these challenging times.
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