Aaji cha Ghar will be safe and friendly home for the abandoned girl children and destitute Senior Transgenders. It is a project under Sai Sawli Trust. This is a dream Project of the Founder member Gauri Suresh Sawant.the foundation roots of Aji Cha Ghar lies in two true incidents of Gauri’s life.
It all started when Gauri learnt that her loving old aged Co - Guru Ketna Shivaji Sawant, once shared her that at that old age she wished to be a granny to small children ,play with them, love them, bathe and feed them. As the Guru was speaking , Gauri could not only understand the love and affection in that old eyes but also realized that a woman feels incomplete if she doesn’t play a granny’s role of the life. It was on that day she decided to make a home for called as Granny’s Home for all the senior and loving Transgenders. But before the dream could meets its success Gauri lost her beloved Guru Ketnaji.
The other incident is about a girl called Sitara from Bangladesh who wished to become a heroine in the film industry and one day found herself in the red streets of Mumbai where she was sold away by her own father.
Sitara was the eldest daughter in her family was already suffered a lot as her mother had died when she was very young and had a mentally retarded sister who was molested by her own father. Sitara couldn’t even run back to her family. She decided to stay and work as a sex worker. One day when she gave birth to a girl child and decided that she will make her a sex worker which will be helpful to her in her old age. As days passed and motherhood started rising in Sitara she was unable to make the child a sex worker instead she gave her to a family for two lakhs so that her financial conditions could be settled. That night sitara couldn’t sleep due to the guilt of selling away her own child. Next day she donated the amount in the kali temple. After learning this Gauri thought no child or women should suffer lie this and she would make a home for the girl children of prostitutes called as AAJI CHA GHAR.
> “To save girl children”
> Nurture girl children, make them empower with education and good moral values.
> To provide care to the lives of the helpless and destitute old Aged Transgender in the society and even those neglected by the society and did not get proper care due to poverty, so that they live as valued members of the society with a peace of mind before going to their eternal home.
> "Old aged trans genders can take care of infants ,young growing girl children by sharing love and values"
To ensure safe and friendly environment for the upbringing of destitute girl children under the roof of aged Transgender with love care and disciplined culture.
Purpose of the project:
Ensure access of 40 (forty)poor helpless and destitute Old Aged Transgender persons and girl children for safe accommodation, tender love, proper care, nourishment, health service and other basic needs through establishment and operation of a sustainable Aaji Cha Ghar.
1. To establish a well constructed, well managed, community participated and safe Old
Aged home at Karjat, District Raigad, State Maharashtra.
2. To ensure adequate nourishment and clothes and shelter for the targeted the poor
helpless and destitute an Old Aged Transgenders and girl children.
3. To nuture and foster abondened girl children of prostitute.
4. To restrict the girl children from entering the business of prostitution.
5. To spread awareness regarding health and hygienic issues.
6. To create an effective and friendly learning environment for the poor helpless and destitute an Old Aged Transgenders and girl children within AAJI KA GHAR so that they can live peacefully as their own Home.
7. To provide an Old Aged persons access to fellowship activities, recreational facilities, mental support, social affairs and spiritual well-being.
8. To educate the girls and make them self-dependent and to nurture them with good moral values so that they become a resource for developing India
9. To promote resource generating activities for financial sustainability of AAJI KA GHAR beyond donor funding.
10. To make provision for girl child adoption.
11. To make provision of their marriage with an appropriate person at proper age.
Rationale behind the project:
In Mumbai and Maharashtra ,as well as all over India intense poverty, political violence, famine, drought, natural disasters, animal attacks, chronic endemic diseases and poor maternal health care, all are contributing in turning a large numbers of persons into helpless and destitute each year. The special victim of these are senior aged transgenders and girl children given birth or raised by prostitutes. There are no special amenities neither any appropriate government approach for the them. The life of senior transgenders turns worst and the life of the girls being raised in the prostitute areas is lost in the darkness. There is generalized and pronounced lacking of health, nutrition, and caring services for indigenous poor helpless and destitute Old aged transgenders and girl children of prostitutes interfering their physical, mental, social and spiritual development and well being, ultimately leading to a uncertain and frustrated life. Sai Savli has identified the following underlying causes of the above situation in India:
There is no residential facility for the poor helpless and destitute Old aged transgenders
and girl children of prostitutes. The place where they can live under proper care to them
in peaceful mind without any harassment for their life.
> The family or care givers of the poor helpless and destitute an Old aged transgenders and girl children of prostitutes who themselves cannot afford adequate foods for their proper nutrition.
> The poor helpless and destitute an Old aged transgenders and girl children of prostitutes do not get health care services and remain untreated and maltreated for many diseases especially HIV and AIDS.
> In many cases, the poor helpless and destitute Old aged transgenders and girl children of prostitutes are often deprived of proper care, tender love and participation in – social events and spiritual activities etc as being they were neglected.
This project has been undertaken to address the above problem and its underlying causes. The project will ensure access of 30 helpless and destitute Old Aged Transgenders and girl children of the prostitutes in Maharashtra to safe accommodation, tender love, proper care, nourishment, guidance, health service and other basic needs through establishment and operation of AAJI CHA GHAR.
Proposed Project Plan:
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