|2||K. Rathika||Vice- President|
|4||A. Saranya||Joint Secretary|
|6||V. Muralipriya||Board Member|
|7||P. Sathya||Board Member|
|8||M. Yasini||Board Member|
|9||P. Babu Mohan||Board Member|
|10||N. Palanisamy||Board Member|
|11||K. Sowndharya||Board Member|
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is a non-profit, member-driven organization founded in 2007. STNS’s mission is to represent and work with transgenders community, including their families, by providing support and education, and by advocating for equality, rights and access to services. STNS works to bring about positive social change and ensue that transgendered people are understood, accepted and respected and can participate fully in all aspects of Indian society.
Ensuring quality life of TG/MSM by enhancing basic human rights, quality health care, reduced stigma and discrimination and access to all the services provided by the government.
It gives me pleasure to present the Annual Report – Reelection on philanthropy for the period 2017-2018. Words cannot rightly express my true feelings of gratitude for all the kindness and benevolence you have bestowed on our institutions. Let me just attempt in put it in tow little words with all sincerity “Thank you”. We began our journey since inception in 2007 and the journey continues till now. We thank our partners TAI-VHS, AVAHAN and PRAXIS for the support in prevention of HIV/AIDS among the underserved community. We are so grateful for your generous support, because it makes the world a safer place. Your ongoing commitment to helping communities achieve their potential and beyond — means a more hopeful world for us all. Thank you. With warmest regards, President.
1. INTRODUCTION 2. SALEM DISTRICT PROFILE 3. SWASTI PROJECT 4. CONNECT PROJECT 5. DIVA PROJECT 6. AWARENESS PROGRAMME FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS 7. FUNDING FOR SELF EMPLOYMENT 8. SELF EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAMME a) TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR BEAUTICIAN b) TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR PHENOYL MAKING c) TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR MASALA POWDER MAKING d) TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR ARTIFICIAL ORNAMENTS MAKING 9. FUNDING FOR EDUCATION 10.TRANSGENDER DAY 11. ACHIEVEMENTS 12. REELS OF MEMORIES 13. PRESS OF THE YEAR 14. FINANCE STATEMENT 15. VISITORS OFFICE
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is a community based organization formed in 2007 in the name of Salem Aravanigal TAI Vizhudugal Trust (SATVT). It was re-registered as a society in 2012 as Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam. The CBO had been carrying out the activities with the support from Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiatives- Voluntary Health Services (TAI-VHS), Chennai, Individual donors and local support groups in Salem district. The Avahan India AIDS Initiative, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on HIV prevention among key population (female sex workers, men having sex with men, transgendered people and people who inject drugs) in Tamilnadu state. Over a decade (2002-2013) and two phases (Avahan I and Avahan II), the programme has achieved tremendous success in preventing and reversing the HIV infection trends. During its implementation through TAI-VHS, as a part of the sustainability of Avahan Phase I the programme was instrumental in forming and facilitating 23 Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) functioning as registered societies, where the communities implement programs for the benefit of the marginalized. Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is one among the Community Based Organisations which works for the MSM (Men having sex with men) and TGs (Transgender). It also gets the financial support through TAI-VHS for Social Protection Program. The activities dwell under the social protection programme on the following broad arena: Organizational sustainability, Economic empowerment, Health empowerment, Social empowerment, Networking/linkages and Advocacy. The project caters to Transgenders and MSMs addressing their multi-faceted needs strive for holistic empowerment and advocate for policy level changes. STNS working towards the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among the vulnerable population in the community and to provide quality services for their sexual health needs, lessen the overall incidents of STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections), HIV/AIDS through focused holistic interventions through enabling environment and empowering the community to seek safe sexual behavior. The CBO has the members from 20 Blocks and the current membership strength is 2100. STNS comprise of nine executive members which includes five office bearers and six board members.
The Avahan III Programme funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on HIV prevention among key population (men having sex with men and transgendered people. The programme is being implementing in Salem district since 2014 with the technical & funding support from Swasti, Bangalore. Since 2014, STNS is leading the third phase of the Avahan Initiative. The aim of this phase is to sustain the HIV prevention impact achieved through earlier phases of Avahan. The programme is focusing to about 2000 vulnerable people. The programme is directed towards achieving its two major priorities : i. At an individual level, reducing vulnerabilities to HIV (which affect risks) and ii. Strengthening community organizations to make them robust and sustainable. The programme has four pillars that are mutually reinforcing. While the first three focuses on the individual (and eco system), the last one focuses on the organization (agency). The four pillars are: 1. Institutional Development Services (IDS). 2. Social protection. 3. Safety, Security & Justice 4. Financial security. The initiative seeks to ensure that the Avahan communities will be empowered to enjoy their rights as citizens, accessing services and supports with dignity, and have sustainable reduced their vulnerability to HIV, thereby certifying that the investment made has had a significant differential impact.
Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition of the importance of social protection to respond to a range of challenges faced by developing countries, including food insecurity, chronic poverty and the HIV pandemic. Towards mitigating the impact of transgender life and eradicating poverty, STNS facilitated access to and uptake of social protection schemes for the members of TG community. During this year STNS has facilitated to access to social protection schemes. 440 transgender have obtained ration card and voter id. 44 TGs have availed old age pension scheme. Among 82 special population identified, 46 were successfully registered for ART treatment at Govt. clinics. Created corpus fund for development of STNS. Membership subscription fees have been obtained from 1600 (Rs. 30 from each TGs) registered TGs.
Connect advocacy meeting was held on September 4, 2017 in city police commissioner office – Salem by STNS. The participants of this Connect project are 50 young police officers. The brief report of this project are most of the violences were facing from the Police Officers with the misunderstanding about the Trans-Community. In order to give proper understanding about the Transgender community, the experts were given them orientation about the LGBTQ & Gender Identification, Education, Employment, Violence and Reservation. Our community members are facing so many other problems from Family members and as well as outsiders too. They are struggling to overcome from those problems and fighting to be in the main stream. The outcome of this project is to bring changes in the attitude of the police officials .By this meeting we addressed the rate of issues and crisis against the LGBTQ community by doing this advocacy in and around Salem District. Police officials will be treating our community people with respect after this advocacy with the police stations.
Connect advocacy meeting was held on September 5, 2017 in Bar council – Salem by STNS. The participants of this Connect project are 30 Lawyers. The brief report of this project are basically Lawyers were quite community friendly and supportive as well. But it is not in the optimum level. It is needed to be increased at large level and it was conducted as planned at their premises in front of the Hnbl.Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Salem. It was planned to held in order to give proper understanding about the Transgender community, the experts were given them orientation about the LGBTQ community & Gender Identification, Education, Employment, Violence and Reservation. This forum was highly useful to express our needs from legal point of view and to know about our rights on property related issues and child adaption procedures.It is very useful to know about the constitutional benefits. The outcome of this project is Lawyers and Advocates have been given orientation about the Organization and LGBTQ community. As a result of this advocacy meeting we can able to get the regular supports from Lawyers for the crises facing by the LGBTQ Community.By this advocacy meeting we came to know about how to deal with the issues related to property, rights, adopting child and constitutional benefits.
Connect advocacy meeting was held on September 6, 2017 in District AIDS prevention control unit – Salem by STNS. The participants of this Connect project are 28 health care providers . The brief report of this project are Sensitize the health care providers about the LGBTQ community on Stigma, Discrimination at Government & Private Hospitals.Still our community members are facing discriminations and stigma at Health care premises from both government and private sectors.The health care providers were explained about the problems faced by the MSMs particularly, because they are the most vulnerable in the health care set up mentally. They were explained about the LGBTQ community individually and they were able to understand about LGBTQ community. A gender identity and experience that embraces a full universe of expressions and ways of being that resonate for an individual. It may be an active resistance to binary gender expectations and/or an intentional creation of new unbounded ideas of self within the world. For some people who identify as non-binary there may be overlap with other concepts and identities like gender expansive and gender non-conforming. The outcome of this project is to receive proper treatment for LGBTQ community health issues and needs. To attain more number of transgender counseling centres and to build strong rapport between the LGBTQ community and the health care providers.
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) received funding from “ VHSMSA DIVA PROJECT – CSS AND ADVOCACY SEED FUND” with the help of this fund we conducted several programmes such as strengthening of community ambassadors refreshers training programme, sensitization meeting for small scale industries / factories and social institutions and daily sheet calendar.
This programme was held on November 6 & 7 th , 2017 by Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam in Tilakam Nest- Yercaud . The purpose of this training is to promote community ambassadors by strengthening them . The aim of this programme is to reduce the hurdles and helping the transgender community to overcome with their education problems, social problems, health problems and economic problems. STNS held lectures, chart work, case studies, games, pre-test and post-test
The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme is a regional HIV Programme. The overall goal of the Programme is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS).The Programme supports policy development and advocacy, with a partnership with local governments and health departments. To build effective and sustainable capacity and create stronger linkages and networks between community organizations, community- led interventions and government, and provide longer-term support to these groups.
This programme was held on December 18, 2017 by Salem Thirunangaigal Sangam in Hotel Sing Saral. The main purpose of this meeting is to sensitize small scale industries proprietor, factory proprietor and head of the social institutions by this programme we requested them to provide Corporate social responsibility funds, job opportunities and to helping the transgender community by providing the platform to showcase talents.
With the help of DIVA fund we published the calender with the images and names of those who achieved as a transgender in a society . After publishing this calendar we issued this to government sectors, transgender community and to the general public.
This programme was held on March 28, 2017 by Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam in Vijayaragavaachariyar hall, Salem – 8. The main purpose of this programme is to create awareness among the school and college students about LGBTQ community and creating a comfortable learning environment for the people in LGBTQ community in the schools and colleges through this awareness programme. The main aim of this programme is to eradicate and helping the LGBTQ community to overcome the educational discrimination. For this programme the funding ( Rs.50,000) was provided by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam took an initiative in helping the HIV Positive members and STNS helped them in improving their quality of life by providing self –employment. The funding (Rs.2 Lakhs) for this self- employment was provided by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu. By this funding Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam helped them in attaining self-employment and also STNS helped them in getting insurance. By this Rs.2 lakhs funding STNS given Rs.20,000 for each members and also helped in getting insurance. With the help of this funding for 2 members STNS provided 2 cows for each members. With the help of this funding for 7 members STNS provided 4 goats for each members. With the help of this funding STNS provided Rs.20,000 for one member to open their own fancy store.
Members of Salem District Transgenders Welfare Association celebrated the Transgenders Day by cutting cake and distributing it to the public here on Friday. Led by their grievances, Transgenders Welfare Board was established on April 15, 2008.Hnce, the day was observed as transgenders Day, they added. Transgenders in the district were demanding reservation in government jobs and in educational institutions so that they could improve their livelihood and participation in society. They were also demanding implementation of various schemes after the Supreme Court on April 15,2015 recognised the transgender community as ‘third gender’. The district administration has constructed 68 houses for the transgenders at Rs.1.08 crore under the Indira Awaas Yojana in T.Konagapadi in Tharamangalam last year.
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam organised the self –employment training programmes for Transgender community from March 16,2017 to March 23,2017 it was held in Jenny’s Educational and Charitable Trust, Salem – 16 . The training was provided by Jenny’s Educational and Charitable Trust for the Transgender community. This self-employment training was given to 25 members in the Transgender community. The main aim of this programme is to improve the quality of life of the members in the Transgender community by creating a platform for self-employment. The purpose of this programme is to provide self-employment opportunities for the members in the Transgender community. The funding (Rs.1,50,000) for this self-employment training programme was provided by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu. After learning the skills, with the help of this programme the members who participated in this training programme can able to get funding from the Government and Non-government organisations to start their own business and they will be helpful in teaching this self-employment skills to the other members in the Transgender community.
Training programme for beautician Training programme for phenyl making Training programme for masala powder making 9999Training programme for artificial ornaments making
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam took an initiative in helping two Transgender in getting the scholarship for their education. For this scholarship the funding (Rs.62,500) was provided by Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu. The main aim of this initiative by STNS is to overcome educational discrimination which is facing by the transgender community and helping the transgender community in getting the scholarships for their education. By this initiative the transgender community will be educated and the knowledge of the transgender community will be improved.
DIVYA KRISHNAN FOR DOING B.ED – Rs.50,000 RAMACHANDRAN FOR B.COM - Rs.12,500
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam celebrated the Transgender day on April 15,2017. This day was lead by Ms. Pooja - President of STNS, Ms. Gopika – Secretary of STNS and MS. Rasiga – Treasurer of STNS. For this transgender day celebration we invited Asst. commissioner of police Mr. George Joseph as a chief guest. In this day he gave a special address for the transgender community and he advised the transgender community to destroy their inferiority complex and he said that to achieve in the personal life and to lead a great life in society the transgender to come forward to achieve in their life. The main aim and the purpose of celebration of this Transgender day is to dignify the transgender those who have achieved in their life in different sector and those who have achieved in the self-employment. STNS awarded these 20 transgender and the award was given by Asst. commissioner of police Mr. George Joseph
This Mayuran committee works for the MSM in the 20 blocks of the Salem District. This committee members works for the MSM needs voluntarily and they will provide social protection, economic security and they will support them when they are facing violence. STNS helped the transgender community in getting the medical certificate from the medical board. Paralegal volunteers in 20 blocks helps to solve the problems facing by the LGBTQ community and the general public. Donor meeting was held by Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam to reunite the donors to maintain a supportive relationship. Financial literacy and credit counselling center of Indian Bank held a meeting and created awareness among the transgender regarding finance and explained the procedure to get loans. Medical camp was held by STNS in order for the wellbeing of the transgender community and this medical camp was mainly held for seeing Cardiac related issues and Dental related issues. STNS organised a event in Vivekananda School, Salem and during this event the board members of STNS hoist the flag in the school and the board members of STNS created awareness among the school students and teachers about the transgender community Police advocacy meeting was held by the Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam and the chief guest of this meeting was Asst. Commissioner of police Mr. Vijay Karthick Raja. The main aim of conducting this meeting is to improve the quality of life among transgender. World AIDS day was conducted by STNS to create knowledge and awareness about the mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS infection and we created awareness about the prevention of HIV/AIDS infection. Rally was conducted by the STNS. There are champions for the 20 blocks in the Salem District and they are provided with training from STNS. The main duty of this champions is to provide social protection, financial security, economic security and to support the LGBTQ community when they are facing any forms of violence. The President of STNS Ms. Pooja received community award from National Foundation Of India, New Delhi.