Who We Are : About Us
"From the seed of need was born an idea"
We are a young, India based foundation, set up to provide support to sex workers and sexual minorities by offering fellowships and grants. We are unique because we are from the movements that we now are funding. We work around issues that, as yet, few funders focus on sexuality. We do the work that individual donors and large foundations don't have the time to do: reaching out to activist organizations and offering close support to them to develop their campaigns and projects.
We operate on a national scale and know the big picture, but we are also linked to grassroots groups. We work to help grantees connect their own issues with the concerns of other movements. We focus our efforts on South India, where our team has had years of experience. We also plan to expand our work to Odisha, where a strong need for such an initiative was expressed by the members of the sexual minorities and sex workers communities.
Solidarity Foundation serves as a bridge between resources, ideas and knowledge. We believe that people on both sides of the divide stand to gain. We work on the frontlines of social change. We registered ourselves as a Trust in March, 2013.
Solidarity Foundation grew out of many conversations, as well as our research, a pilot project and consultations. The research included a 2008 pan-India study on the advocacy needs of sexual minorities, conducted by Shubha Chacko and Elavarthi Manohar, that illustrated that potential leaders from working -class background had little opportunity to engage in human rights work. A study by Ashwini Sukthankar in 2010 looked at the feasibility of a foundation like Solidarity and highlighted the urgent need for support to smaller organisations, especially in non-metropolitan cities and towns. The pilot project that we drew on was a distinctive fellowship programme supported and supervised by Aneka over 3 years, since 2010. The idea of Solidarity Foundation was further shaped at the National Consultation held in July 2012 at Bangalore, which also recognised that the current funding patterns needed to be redefined to be relevant to new and emerging organisations and leaders.
To support working-class sexual minorities and sex workers through grant making, fellowships, building links to resources and community involvement.
To work towards creating a world that celebrates and supports diversity.
Our core values include inclusiveness, empathy, integrity, accountability and courage.