Khuwajasira support program

2000 Registered khuwajasiras

The social and economic exclusion of the Khwajasira or transgender (Third Gender) community in Pakistan has left them dependent on alms, vulnerable to exploitation and increasingly susceptible to abuse. Realizing this and the consequent need for action in this arena, Akhuwat, in collaboration with Fountain House launched the Akhuwat Khwajasira Support Program in 2011. The program works with the vision of creating a system of support for members of the Khwajasira community. This is done through economic and social interventions whereby thousands of Khwajasiras have been registered across the country and are supported through direct financial assistance, health services, psychological support and acquisition of identity documents.

Akhuwat aims to facilitate the successful integration of Khwajasiras within the social fabric of society while maintaining their distinct identity. We do not wish to reform or recreate their culture or traditions. Instead we work to uplift this marginalized community by initiating and implementing such sustainable efforts and programs that will guarantee self-reliance and income generation while also alleviating social exclusion. Ever since its inception, AKSP has become a symbol of strenuous efforts, unparalleled activism and a beacon of joy and hope for over 2000 registered Khwajasiras. These years have been a myriad of the accounts of the Khwajasira community.