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COVID-19 Relief Work (2020)

Posted on: 2020-07-06

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown has changed the world as we knew it. Marginalised communities like sex workers, gender/sexual minorities, daily wage labourers, craftsmen, among others, are among the worst hit. Solidarity Foundation provided relief to over 4500 people during the lockdown.

We provided dry rations, essential needs like personal hygiene/sanitary items, medicines, protective gear (gloves and masks), nutritional supplements among others. Our multilingual, pan-India mental healthcare helpline for gender/sexual minorities has become a crucial intervention in handling fear, anxieties and stress.

Our years of work-experience on the ground helped us reach a diverse population including sex workers, gender/sexual minorities, Persons with Disabilities (PwD), Dalits, Bahujans, Adivasis, Muslims, street vendors, migrant workers, elderly persons and auto-rickshaw drivers.

We want to thank the following people and organisations for helping us route relief to the needy:


  1. Bhagat Bhandage, Gadag district, Karnataka

  2. Kommuri Priyanka, Ongole, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh

  3. Prabhavati Ashok Kamble, Belagavi district Karnataka

  4. Jogappas in Gadag and Bijapur districts, Karnataka

  5. Potluri Devi, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh

  6. T. Pushpavathi, Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh

  7. Gangabhavani M., Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh

  8. Gangadhar, Doddaballapur, Bangalore Rural district, Karnataka

  9. Tejaswini, Vidyaranyapura and Mathikere, Bangalore, Karnataka

  10. Umesh P, Mathikere and Kengeri, Bangalore

  11. Ratnamma, Bommanahalli, Bangalore

  12. T. M. Krishna, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

2 fellows in Theni district, Tamil Nadu, a GSM individual in Bijapur district, Karnataka, and 1 person in Bapuji Nagara, Bangalore, wanted to remain anonymous.


  1. Modern Awareness Society (MAS), Warangal district, Telangana

  2. Vision Group, Karimnagar, Rajanna-Sircilla, Peddapalle and Jagtiyal districts, Telangana

  3. Hosa Kanasu, Yadgir district, Karnataka

  4. Navajeevana Sanghatane, Bommanahalli (Bangalore Urban district), Karnataka

  5. Krishna Vennela Mahila Society (KVMS), Nandigama, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh

  6. Ashakirana Samajika Seva Samasthe, Yadgir district, Karnataka

  7. Raksha Samudaya Sangha, Shivamogga district, Karnataka

  8. Samatha Society, Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka

  9. Samarthya Arogya Matthu Samajika Seva Samasthe, Hubbali-Dharwad district, Karnataka

  10. Samara society Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore, Karnataka

  11. Karnataka Vikalachetanara Samasthe (KVS), Chikaballpur district, Karnataka

  12. Karnataka Sex Workers’ Union (KSWU)

  13. Samara Society Dharwad, Hubbali-Dharwad district, Karnataka

  14. Navyasri Mahila Welfare Society, Warangal district, Telangana

  15. Apta Mitra, Raichur district, Karnataka

  16. Humanity Foundation, Belagavi district, Karnataka

  17. Abhaya Spandhana, Davangere district, Karnataka

  18. Sumanasa Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Media glimpses of our relief efforts


1. A heart of gold, iron grit: Marginalised turn saviours during lockdown , The Federal

  1. Stigma, Stress, and Struggle: COVID-19’s impact on India’s grassroots gender/sexual minorities and sex worker communities , The Reality of Aid Network

  2. This trans woman is feeding vulnerable people in her neighbourhood to help them survive the coronavirus crisis , Pink News UK

  3. Overcoming Hunger & Prejudices: S. Veena, Bengaluru , Coca-Cola India

  4. Breaking the Silence in times of COVID-19  by All Out featuring some of our partners’ experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown

Regional languages




  • Navajeevana Sanghatane’s relief work in Bangalore featured in Eenadu  and Andhra Jyothy , Telugu dailies

  • Priyanka, our fellow, distributed ration kits and other essentials to gender/sexual minorities in Ongole, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh - featured in Surya Prakasam, and Vaartha, Telugu dailies

  • Asha Kirana’s ration kit distribution to Jogappas & other gender/sexual minorities featured in Yadgiri Times, a Kannada daily

Webinars hosting our fellows and partners

1. COVID-19 and Inequities: Lessons from HIV Pandemic  by PRAXIS Institute of Participatory Practices on May 15th, 2020 featuring Kiran Nayak B, an adivasi transman with a disability and our former fellow, and our present intersex fellow, Gangabhavani M. You can read the minutes of the webinar here, and listen to the recording here.

2. Resourcing Grassroots Work: Runaway Donors and Struggling Community-based Organisations by PRAXIS Institute of Participatory Practices on 3rd June, 2020 featuring Oruganti Laila, founder and President, Modern Awareness Society (MAS), Warangal, Telangana and co-founder and President, Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti.

3. Intersex Voices: a webinar and discussion  featuring Shaktishree Maya, Vino, SRC, Neeraja Sajan, researcher, TISS Mumbai and other members of the Intersex Human RiIghts India (IHRI) network, along with Dr. Sameera Jahagirdar, Critical Care specialist and member, Gender Care Team (Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry), Dr. Sruti Chandrasekaran (Endocrinologist, Chennai). Organised by IHRI in collaboration with Nirangal, SAATHII and Solidarity Foundation on June 19th, 2020.