Urgent Support for Transgender Persons in India

We (Shaman, from TWEET Foundation in India, and Ayden, a trans health researcher from the US) are raising funds to be distributed by the TWEET (Trans Welfare Equity & Empowerment Trust) Foundation to support the basic needs of trans people in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please support the community by donating if you can and spreading the word.

We are all familiar with the fact that Covid-19 has disrupted the livelihood of many people. This pandemic has disproportionately impacted marginalized communities, among whom the transgender community in India is facing a particularly catastrophic situation. This predicament has left them more endangered since they are on the brink of starvation. Most of them earned their basic income through their daily occupation and this flow of income, on which they solely survive, has been put at risk due to this calamity.

Abhinav (name changed), a trans man, had been thrown out of his house and family due to his gender identity. He currently stays with his life partner in a small city of Jamshedpur. Before Covid-19 broke out he was working in a small shop but due to the lockdown he has no job and no income.cHe does not have food to eat, he cannot buy his necessities, and is harassed by the house owners for rent.  Abhinav said, "We have been surviving on rice for more than a month, we have no money to necessary medicines and sanitary pads."

Why does the transgender community need your immediate help?
Most members of the transgender community are not accepted by their family members and they are thrown out of their houses - they become homeless with no food or shelter.

Members of the transgender community lack government-issued identity cards, and therefore are denied social benefits. 

Most of the time the community faces discrimination in workplaces, which breaks them down mentally and emotionally. Due to the pandemic, most people have lost their jobs. Daily earners like food stall workers and drivers have lost their way to earn daily wages and have no money to buy food to fill their stomachs.

Most trans persons live in isolation and it is difficult for them to access support from nearby people/NGOs or to access any other kind of social support system during this pandemic.

How your funds will be used:

1) Rent/Shelter support per person: $35 per month

2) Ration & medicine/hygiene kit per person: $35 per month

3) Emergency/crisis support  

4) Support to access COVID vaccines 

We have been providing ration kits and some financial help to more than 1000 trans persons across the country.

Supported By:
The Indian Transman Group

Organized by: TWEET Foundation 
Website: tweetindia.org

Donations (444)

  • Laura Spalding
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • Lanita T Foerster
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Jenna Garden
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $260 
    • 3 yrs
  • Catherine Lynch
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs


Ayden Scheim
Philadelphia, PA

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