Coronavirus outbreak has left many in the country unemployed and transgenders and people affected by HIV are some of the worst hit people. It is with an intention to help these people that Nagpur NGO Sarathi Trust has so far distributed over 250 ration kits among these people and is trying to secure more donations for the same.
Speaking to Nation Next, Anand Chandrani, Founder, Sarathi Trust, said, “Last month, I came across videos of transgender community supplying ration kits to those in need and I thought that they did not need help. But then I started getting calls from some people from transgender community requesting for help since they had exhausted their resources. Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) helped us out by donating 104 ration kits. Thereafter, we got in touch with National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), who helped us with 109 kits.”
“Few days back, I got a call from one of my colleagues, who got us in contact with the police department, which was willing to provide 50 kits to those in need. Since, we already had helped transgender community twice, we thought of helping HIV affected people in Nagpur. Next week, we are planning to distribute 100 more ration kits with the help of Humsafar Trust in Mumbai. We have also decided to distribute medical kits, which will include hand sanitizer, handwash, mask, multivitamin tablets, homeopathy tablets, etc.,” Chandrani added. Chandrani further urged people to come forward to help the LGBT community and HIV affected people in Nagpur.
Speaking about the donation to Sarathi Trust, VTA’s Secretary and President of Nagpur Residential Hotels Association, Tejinder Singh Renu told Nation Next: “We came to know from some friends in the media that help was reaching to many needy people in the city but the transgender community still needed help. We got in touch with Chandrani, who sent us a list of around 109 names and numbers of people, who required ration kits. We arranged the required ration kits and asked the NGO to collect it from the kirana stores. The kits were distributed in a very responsible manner. Sarathi trust even shared with us the list of people who received the kits.”