The cafe began as an initiative by Stop Acid Attacks Campaign and Channv Foundation. It is a place that creates a vocation and a sense of normalcy for women whose lives will never be the same again.
I am very sure I don’t want to be defined by the designation on my visiting card. Material goals are easy to achieve, improving lives of others and bringing transformation in the society is tougher than what we think. I was born to the right parents, in the right city. I call it the ovarian lottery. So for me, the opportunity of helping another person is a true privilege.
One of my most humbling experience was visiting the Sheroes Hangout Café -Agra. It is managed by Acid Attack Survivors and made me realize that I am a big zero. The real champions are the ones who exist far away from our gaze, our scrutiny, our interpretation. Salute to them, it is because of them that our life has a purpose.
I want to carry this experience forward and support these acid attack survivors by raising funds towards the welfare of Acid Attack Survivors through Chhanv Foundation. I will be traveling to Delhi, in April with the amount raised, to hand over the cheque to Laxmi Agarwal, the Director of Chiang and acid-attack survivor.
Laxmi received the 2014 International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. She was also chosen as the NDTV Indian of the Year.
I am also the Brand Ambassador for World Peace Keepers Movement. Service to Mankind is the greatest service one can do. Let’s make our lives count.