Social activist Gauri Sawant to build a foster home for sex workers’ children

The children will be looked after by the senior members of the transgender community

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21-year-old Sitara came to Mumbai with a lot of dreams. She was beautiful and attractive. She wanted to become an actress but her fate lied somewhere else. Instead of landing on film sets, she landed in Kamathipura (Mumbai’s famous red light area) never to return back. Gradually, she gave in and decided to continue as a sex-worker.

A few years later, she delivered a baby girl but she didn’t want her baby to suffer the same fate. She then sold her baby to a family for ₹2 lakh. Unhappy with her decision, she donated all the money to a temple.

There are many women like Sitara in Kamathipura who have sold their babies while many raise their children as a sex worker. Social activist Gauri Sawant pledged to change this scenario and decided to build houses for children of sex workers.

For many years now, she has been building Aajicha Ghar to secure the life of sex workers' children. Currently, Sawant is taking care of five sex workers' children. According to Sawant, once ready, Aajicha Ghar will shelter more than 50 children. The children will be looked after by senior members of the transgender community.

However, Sawant is facing financial constraints while building the same as she is in need of ₹60 lakh. So far, she has been successful in saving up ₹35 lakh with the help of Milaap-fundraising website and TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati. 

A few years ago, Gauri Sawant adopted 6-year-old Gayatri who is the apple of her eye. Gauri Sawant knew that she will never be able to conceive as she was a transgender. But that did not stop her from loving and nurturing a dream of building a home for children. She considers herself lucky that she got to be a mother of not one but many children. 

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