The only crisis shelter for transgender & gender-variant people in rural North Bengal needs your support!
Trikone Chicago is conducting a fundraiser for Moitrisanjog Coochbehar, a community-based organization that has been working for the social rights and economic empowerment of transgender & gender-variant people (known regionally as kothi, meti & hijra) in rural areas of North Bengal, India, since 2011. Since 2014, Moitrisanjog has been operating a shelter for trans-kothi-hijra people in the village of Ghughumari in Coochbehar district (north Bengal), where people from transgender communities can take refuge when facing violence and rejection from their families or from society at large. Since these communities are highly vulnerable to various forms of discrimination at home, in workplaces and on the streets, the shelter provides a safe space where community members facing crisis situations can stay for up to two weeks at a time. Additionally, the shelter also serves as a daily gathering place for trans-kothi-hijra people who are unable to dress or express themselves as they please at home or in their workplaces. At the shelter, community people chat, provide support to each other, dress up in their preferred attire, and participate in regular workshops on issues such as legal rights awareness, livelihood options, and safer sex.
Currently, this is the only crisis shelter for trans-kothi-hijra communities in the region, and about 150 people from the Coochbehar and Alipurduar districts (and occasionally even other parts of eastern India) have used its services since its inception. However, the shelter at present lacks various basic amenities such as mattresses, blankets, pillows, heaters, and even furniture such as a sofa and a bedframe, and people who need to stay there during crises have to borrow such resources from fellow community members. Thus, we are seeking your support to build up the basic amenities at the shelter.
Here are some ways you could help!
-> $20 buys a set of pillows
-> $30 buys a blanket
-> $50 buys a mattress
-> $60 buys a ceiling fan
-> $80 buys a sofa
-> $100 buys a bedframe, a heater for the coming winter, or a cooler for hot Bengali summers
-> $150 buys a set of tables and chairs But seriously, any amount would help - Thank you so much!

Donations ()

  • Jigna Desai 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Ajoy Mannooparampil 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
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Fundraising team: Moitrisanjog (2)

Trikone Chicago 
Raised $30 from 1 donation
Chicago, IL
Aniruddha Dutta 
Team member
Raised $65 from 2 donations
This team raised $890 from 12 other donations.
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