Sarees to Red Light & Transgenders
Updated: Mar 12, 2022
Sadhu Vaswani Mission, marking the Thanksgiving Week (18-22 February), initiated a seva to bring joy and happiness to the lives of the sisters from the red light area and the often neglected transgender community.
Starting 18th February 2022, volunteers of the Mission with the sole aspiration of bringing smiles to the sisters and transgenders packed and carried brand new sarees singing and chanting the shukrana anthem. What a tone it added to the sevas!
As soon as the women gathered at the distribution location, they had another surprise waiting for them – they could pick a saree of their choice! “It was a wonderful sight! We saw the difference that the sheer idea of choosing what one likes and not merely receiving what is given makes it so beautiful!” shared a volunteer.
Another volunteer shared a thoughtful reminder observation, “These are people who have been shunned from society; they are left to fend for themselves with limited options. Despite their situation, they are happy amongst themselves, they are cheerful and filled with life and vigour. It’s definitely something to learn from.”
“The prejudice in society will take time to go. In the meanwhile we are doing our best to bring a little hope to them,” he added.
The highlight of the sevas is the one carried out at Chalam; they live in deplorable conditions and the Mission is the first organisation to reach out to them.
The seva was carried out on a large scale and a total of 1359 sisters and transgenders across 7 locations in the city received the sarees. The area-wise distribution includes Kamla Nehru (107), Kothrud roadside (35), Mhada Colony Hadapsar roadside (50), Budhwar Peth (55), Upper Indira Nagar (14), Yerwada (26), Deccan (51), East Street (43), Nigdi & Chakan (74); red light area and transgenders at Laxminarayan Theatre (904).