Introduction

How a one feels when he/she didn’t get any respect in the society. What happens if society didn’t consider you human? What happens when you didn’t get any reputed job in the society? Yes, this is happening with transgenders from a long time. They even don’t know what is normal life because everyone in the society rejects them and they feel disappointment. They are disposed from the vital roles such as self-esteem, dignity and mainly sense of being.

Akhuwat foundation initiated the Khawaja Sira support program in 2011 and their main focus is not to re-establish their culture or tradition but to restore their value in the society and their presence, that they are not Khawaja Sira by choice. However, Akhuwat foundation is not reforming their identity but they help them in uplifting and implementing such activities and efforts that will give them income and a reputable position in the society. After 2011, when Khawaja Sira seen that someone is working for their wellbeing, they feel themselves secure and satisfied that someone is working for them.

Benefits for Khawaja Sira

Akhuwat foundation is working for Khawaja Sira community since 2011 and providing benefits to them. Some of the main benefits include;

  • Khawaja Sira will get a unique Akhuwat Identification card.
  • They will get a monthly stiped of Rs. 1200/-
  • They will feel the sense of belongingness with foundation.
  • They will get the medical services free of cost at Akhuwat Foundation, including screening, monthly checkup etc.
  • Giving them motivated workshops and employment i.e. how will they get employed in the society.
  • Proper guidance through role model
  • Proper campaigns and workshops regarding social acceptance.

Akhuwat Khawaja Sira Support

From the 2011, 1700 Khawaja Sira are registered under Akhuwat Khawaja Sira support and PKR 19 Million were distributed among them in the time period of May 18 – May 19. Social Events were also conducted for their mentorship in Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Farooqabad and mainly the events occurred in Lahore. Almost 500 stitched and non-stitched clothes were distributed during the 18-19 Eid-ul-fitr and 819 ration packages were distributed among them. Interest free loan also provided to 50 Khawaja Sira’s who wants to start their stitching, garment, grocery shop, and beauty salon business and make them able to start their business and earn money for them and make their lives easier and happier. Akhuwat foundation also establish linkages with Unilever Pakistan, IFAP, Punjab Skills development fund, Punjab AIDS control Program, Mayo Hospital Lahore, Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Research collaboration with KEMU and KC.

Introduction

Akhuwat is a micro-financing foundation working since 2001 on different programs like, micro financing for business, to pay utility bills, for education, or for establishing small business. Akhuwat clothe bank is among one of the programs of Akhuwat foundation.

Cloth Bank

We live in the country where basic necessities of many people are still not completed. They are still fighting for their basic necessities, so if certain amount of a country is still fighting for the basic necessities, so how that country will become a developed country. We decided to complete their basic necessities and make a step forward towards cloth bank. Many of us through our old clothes in garbage or the clothes even we don’t like also throw them, but there are many who even don’t have any proper clothes to wear. We collect such type of clothes from different areas and distribute among the needy ones. Akhuwat clothes bank was established in 2015. Clothes were collected from affluent families, repaired, well washed and then delivered to the needy ones.

Collection / Distribution Process

Akhuwat clothes Bank process in a well-mannered way. Properly collect from the families or the people drop their clothes at different branches and the places allocated by the Akhuwat foundation or there are specific employees whose task is just to collect clothes from different locations and then collectively sent to Main branch located in Lahore to repair the clothes and properly washed them and make them able for anyone. Then there is a specific team who just identified the need families, so clothes will be delivered to the exact needy persons that the task of doing that job will fulfill. Then efforts are made to deliver that clothes to the needy families either they are in Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, KPK or any part of the country.

Akhuwat clothes Bank Gift Shop

At the first anniversary of Akhuwat Clothes Bank, Akhuwat clothes Bank gift shop was established were the needy people come and give their children the experience of shopping and get the clothes which they like, so these children will also feel the happiness of shopping.

Dewar e Akhuwat

Dewar e Akhuwat is an initiative by Akhuwat foundation where any pedestrian or a passer by leave their clothes and needy one will get the clothes for them. It’s a more short and convenient way to run the system in more efficient way.

Progress Report

Till the January 2018, 2,006,798 clothes were collected, 1,907,060 were distributed, 953,530 were benefited and 325,876 families were benefited and many more figures are coming.