SHEROES HANGOUT , AGRA
Sheroes’ Hangout Café is an entrepreneurial project of Stop Acid Attacks team for acid attack survivors. The layout of the model was designed such that the acid attack survivors can go through cultivation of skills in themselves based on the already possessed inventories of each survivor. After the attack, it is generally observed that the acid attack survivors start to live a covert life, aloof from the society. Mostly in the cases of survivors who are attacked in the young age of 12-20years their education and career is greatly harmed. With this entrepreneurial project their careers can be regenerated. They can earn a livelihood by themselves and also can pursue their desired career by being more socialized than any time before in their past lives.
The project started up in the city of Agra because the dominant number of survivors best suited for the model were from Agra or places nearby. A team was employed to setup the location for the project. It took around a month to bring the café in existence. As it has a very unconventional design of business the project was operated on initial test run for another couple of months followed.
After achieving some amount of sustainability the project café was finally inaugurated on 10th December 2014. Bollywood Singer Sona Mahapatra and Hair Stylist Sapna Bhavnani graced the event with their presence. There are forthcoming chapters of such cafés in different cities
Fourteen-year-old DOLLY survived an acid attack When she was just 14. Since the attack, she had refused to step out of the house. Now,however, after Sheroes Hangout, a group of fellow acid-attack survivors has taken up her cause, the girl has won back her confidence
Geeta was lying on her cot, her two small daughters cradled at each side. The night was like any other for the 23-year-old mother living with her husband and her in-laws in a slum in Agra, India. But Geeta knew something was wrong. Things with her husband had become unusually tense after the birth of her daughters. Geeta felt it had something to do with her husband desperately wanting a son -- as many Indian men do. The lack of a son could mean that he would lose his rights to family assets, which could be claimed by other family members.
Neetu is a girl from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, who, as a three-year-old, suffered an acid attack along with another months old infant who died, when her father threw acid on her mother and the sleeping children. That was back in 1992. Neetu has lived with very little vision and grown up with a completely disfigured face for over 21 years.
Her mother, too, suffers scars on face and eyes and vision loss. Their story reflects the tragedy that a society becomes in the absence of compassion for the weak and the suffering.
Ritu Saini, 20, was attacked in Haryana, a state in Northern India, three years ago by her cousin whose romantic advances she rejected. After 10 reconstructive surgeries, that were “as painful as the attack itself,” Ritu lost her left eye.
RUPA had been acid attacked by her step mother as she slept in her house at Islampur Ghasaoli village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Rupa was fifteen years of age at the time. The acid had melted her skin, burnt her eye brows, disfigured her upper lip, and that wasn’t even the end of the physical pain she had felt. The carefree spirit of a teenager, the twinkle of the eyes as it dreams of the future- all lost behind the shroud of unimaginable pain and trauma.
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