Recently, UTSAH introduced “Raksha Haat”, an online platform with the purpose of raising funds for children affected by sexual violence. In order to achieve this, painters, writers and designers contribute to this platform by donating one of their creations into UTSAH’s charity box. These items are showcased and sold on UTSAH’s facebook page.
All funds raised through this new online platform will be utilized by UTSAH to respond appositely to the health, educational, nutritional and psychological needs of children affected by sexual violence.
UTSAH regularly deals with cases of survivors of sexual abuse who need special attention and treatment. For instance, medical attention that is required due to physical disabilities that have occurred after the incident and cannot be covered by the government hospitals. Further, nutritional attention can be crucial; for example, for a new-born baby in a case, where the girl child ended up pregnant after being raped. Moreover, children who have experienced sexual violence need professional counselling in order to process what has happened to them, as the consequences can severely impact their daily life. UTSAH primarily relies on the support of well-wishers to respond to these needs.
Several renowned personalities have generously contributed to the presentation of the first collection. Among these are the writers Charu Singh, Teresa Rehman, Ashutosh Agnihotri, Leena Sharma, Srutimala Duarah, Prarthana Saikia, Mitra Phukan and Florence Handique Rabha; designers Alakananda Das, SITARA, Ameet Barua and Rikesh Pegu(Rikiboi); painters Tinat Atifa Masood and Naaz Sultana; handloom artifacts by Akhila-pat and El-Rhino, and artwork by volunteers and children.
Few of the items are displayed below
The launch of Raksha Haat was on the 20th of November 2019, in correlation with the internationally celebrated World Children’s Day.
Raksha Haat will be an ongoing initiative, which anyone empathetic to the cause can support by donating one or more of their creations, or by purchasing the items.
To see the whole list of items, go to https://www.facebook.com/utsahassam