Garima Greh: A shelter home in Kalyan for transgender community members
(Supported by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the National Institute of Social Defense, Since April 2021)
Garima Greh is a residential facility for homeless transgender community members that works for their holistic development and mainstreaming into the society. Currently, 25 transgenders are residing (2nd batch) and are engaged in various skill development initiatives like tailoring, computer courses, beauty and makeup, soap making, etc.
22 out of 25 transgenders from the 1st batch have been successfully employed post their skill training at Garima Greh.
Awareness & Access to Social Entitlements
Over the years Kinner Asmita has been conducting several sensitization sessions with multiple stakeholders to create an enabling environment for the transgender. In this connection, Kinnar Asmita has persistently been working to generate awareness concerning constitutional rights and The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. They also work towards enabling access to social entitlements such as Transgender certificates (54), voter id cards (480), PAN cards (343), and ration cards (53), thus enabling the community members to access social protection and welfare schemes.
HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support Services with support from Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) [2015 – 2023]
More than 1900 Transgenders and Men having Sex with Men (MSMs) have been supported with HIV prevention, treatment, and care services such as HIV testing, STI screening and treatment, condom distribution, and behaviour change communication sessions. Varied counseling services at 2 drop-in centers (Kalyan and Bhiwandi) are also provided through this project. Additionally, 100 plus cases of violence and crisis against the community have been resolved.
Under this initiative around 190 Transgenders living with HIV are receiving HIV treatment and referral services.