How this successful café chain run by acid attack survivors is changing lives :

Posted by-Kalki Team

Bengaluru, Mar 8: To mark the occasion of the International Womens Day, acid attack survivors are all set to open the second branch of Sheroes Hangout cafe in Lucknow on March 8 (Tuesday).

The eatery will be run by five acid attack survivors.

The cafe will also provide legal, medical and employment assistance to survivors of acid attack in Uttar Pradesh.

For the past three years, since its inception as a Facebook movement on March 8, 2013,

We started Chhanv Foundation in May, 2014, where survivors became the board of directors. Out of this journey towards rehabilitation was born Sheroes cafe, added Alok.

In India its estimated that there are 1,000 such attacks per year, maybe more. Most of the victims of acid attacks are women.

The Sheroes (she + heroes) here are women who have fought to survive after receiving a debilitating blow to their lives, appearances and self-esteem. These women are true fighters, who have the courage to live, work and walk in the midst of us all and force society to re-evaluate its norms about beauty and appearance, said Laxmi.

Our first cafe in Agra has now evolved into a campaign to generate awareness about acid attack violence and help survivors lead normal lives. Several cultural groups and artists will perform at the cafes official opening event. We will serve cocktails and dinner to our guests, smiles Laxmi.

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