Covid 19 Support for Transgender community

Thank you for opening your hearts and purses in such dire times. We've reached our target to support 50 persons with just enough ration to last 20 days. Give us a day to upload all the bills of purchase on the MIST website. However, as common sense tells us, the fight against COVID-19 is not remotely over. We will reach out to you for more support, if required. Gratefully, Team MIST, Sarang, Gayatri and Rucha
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“We struggle to make ends meet everyday. We live on the margins. You are the ones who keep us alive. We are those who depend on shops and markets for their livelihood, we try our best and struggle to survive in this society. If you feel that the Hijda community exists because of you, then here I am asking you to help us.” 

 – Sarang Punekar, Trans Rights Activist

The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected the transgender persons in our country, especially those surviving on daily wage. Since the lockdown, many folks in the community are struggling to make ends meet, while living with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or compromised immune systems and without family support structures. 

This community has disproportionately been experiencing a lifelong arc of violence and discrimination, many of its community members currently are impoverished and without housing.

While India is struggling with the pandemic, we’re still awaiting the declaration of any relief measures for people who sustain on a hand to mouth basis.

What we are doing is not enough. But we’re  trying and we’re asking for your help. 

We will be distributing packets of food essentials to 50 members of the trans community in Pune. Each packet costs Rs. 1000. If possible, we would also like to extend our support to other members of the community in more remote parts of Maharashtra. 

Help us help the community. 

Trust. Generosity. Empathy. Compassion. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Team MIST in collaboration with members of the Hijda Community and more concerned women

*The full list of essentials in a packet include: 2Kg Aata+2 Kg Daal+2kg Rice +1 litre Oil+1kg salt+1 pack sabji masala+100g haldi+2 soaps+1 match box+1kg milk powder+500g chai patti 

*We would like you to trust us in these difficult times and we promise you that none of the people managing this fund (and none of their household members) will receive monies from this fund. All the bills of the purchase will be uploaded on the website to promote transparency.

Meet the Team

Sarang Punekar
Gayatri Kotbagi
Rucha Satoor

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