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India

View map Population: 1.2 billion

Life Expectancy: 63.4 years

GDP: US$1017 per capita

Unemployed: 10%

37% earn less than US$2 per day

Current Partnership Impact

27 families are being assisted

Hard to assess but many are being helped

India, Asia

IND16 - Development through Education and Rehabilitation (DEAR)

Partnership Ref.:

IND16

Partner:

Jesudoss & Paulrani

Commenced:

25/09/2015

Funding Status:

Fully Funded until 31/12/2017

Partnership Type:

Humanitarian

Funding Size:

$3,000 - $7,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 5,500



Partnership Overview

difficult lifeDevelopment through Education and Rehabilitation (DEAR) is a unique mission, working chiefly among the lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender (LGBT) community who are among the most vulnerable people in India. For whatever reason, they find themselves living on the streets, stigmatised, abused and in mortal danger. Jesudoss and Paulrani have chosen to support them, encourage them and love them non-judgementally.

It is heart breaking to see the way of life of these people. They are highly ostracized by society, they have no quick access to medical assistance, no employment opportunities for those who want to work and no access to education. They are highly exploited in all areas of their lives; physical, emotional and sexual. They often have close links with older transgender people and leaders who control all the transgender groups. Without the leader's knowledge, transgender people cannot make any decision of their own including education, shelter, taking jobs, training and their personal issues.

Jesudoss and Paulrani's vision is to see these people shown some sort of dignity and compassion in the context of relationship with them. This is a genuine attempt to express the love of Christ to this community. DEAR involves:

a) Weekly visits to the areas where the people work and to their homes (their homes are usually small hovels near to where they work) 

b) A number of Bible studies are run for those wanting to attend. These are in different locations and at different times of the day.

one day retreatc) Medical camps, retreats and special programs are organised. 

d) Monthly meetings are held in four locations where they teach morals and ethics, de-addiction, dealing with depression, counselling, hygiene, health awareness, nutrition and small savings. Also at these meetings there is medical help available and they learn and play sports.

e) Awareness programs - visits are made to institutions such as churches, colleges and schools to communicate the issues to youth and teenage boys, staff, teachers, mentors and parents to help them understand these issues.

f) Workshops are also run for people who have an interest to work amongst and serve this group of people. 

History of Partnership

tough lifeOne day Paulrani, who is a medical professional, came across a transgender person who was sharing her life story and how she ended up in this lifestyle. In their conversation she expressed her longing to be accepted by her family and that society would stop discriminating against people like her and recognize them as humans too.

Moved by this story, Paulrani went home, pondered over this person and prayed for her. Her heart kept nudging her to do something for such socially deprived people. After much prayer and waiting upon the Lord the whole family became committed to the uplifting of this community in Bangalore. They decided that by whatever means the Lord enabled them they would share the impartial love of Jesus Christ. In 2011 the Lord led them to actively participate in sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the transgender community in the city of Bangalore.

Since then, they and a few volunteers have been able to progressively develop this ministry. In the past many mission organizations have came to work among the LGBT community but after observing their lifestyle they abandon them. As a result, this community is very apprehensive about receiving assistance from another organization which meant that initially it was very challenging to visit them, to understand them and develop trust. 

BHW's Field Director first met Jesudoss and Paulrani in November 2013 when he was introduced to them and their children while Jesudoss was studying at SAIACS Bible College in Bangalore. Regular email communication was maintained following that initial meeting and they subsequently met again in early 2015. In mid/late 2015 BHW commenced partnering with DEAR. 

Beneficiaries

being shown loveThe LGBT community of India. There are more than 100 homosexual and transgender prostitution centres just around Bangalore with an estimated in excess of 5,000 people.  

What We Like About The Partnership

Jesudoss and Paulrani are very passionate about this work - you would have to be to be able to sustain it. Paulrani absolutely lights up when she starts talking about the people they are working with. 

The people they work with are very vulnerable and poor. Sure, many of them chose to get into this sort of lifestyle but they are at the bottom of the social heap now with few options to get out. 

This is a very dangerous, front line ministry with little chance of support from main stream organisations or churches. 

 

Key People

Leadership Profile

amazing coupleJesudoss was born in November 1966. His father passed away when he was two years old from an accident. He was a Hindu poojari (priest) and they had a temple in their house with a god named Narayanan. When he was 7 his mother died from a mysterious disease.

As he was continuing his 3rd and 4th standard at school, a teacher from the school helped him and his younger brother to join a Christian school with boarding facilities. There he studied with lots of support until he obtained a degree, B.Sc in Animal Husbandry, and a post graduate Masters in Social Work. 

Before doing his B.Sc he joined Operation Mobilisation for two years from 1986-88 and it was during this time that he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and committed his life for ministry as a missionary to work with the rejected, orphans and hopeless who do not know anything about Jesus Christ.

Jesudoss and Paulrani, a staff nurse, were married on 28th December 1995 and have three children. Finny was born in 1996, Fanny in 2000 and Jeffry in 2004.

Other People Involved

It is hard to get ordinary people to do this work. Their children help and they have been joined by four people converted from the LGBT community.

 

Vision And Annual Strategy

community dayVision

To seek to create a healthy lifestyle for the LGBT community through education, rehabilitation and by demonstrating the love of God, to enable them to live lives of dignity. 

Strategy

There is a great deal of ignorance around health, hygiene and basic life skills among this group of people. 

a) Promote holistic health teaching; physical, emotional and spiritual. Run seminars teaching awareness about health, hygiene, healthy food and the connection between eating well and their health. 

b) Medical referrals are made to the appropriate specialists. Help with medical expenses is sometimes provided.

c) Counselling is given concerning their needs and issues. This is for those involved on the streets but also for parents whose children are developing this type of behaviour.

d) Home Schooling and Personality Development - teaching about their value to God, helping them to understand themselves and skills to manage their public profile to help them to live a dignified life. The illiterate and school drop outs are given adult education. 

e) Vocational Training - many of those on the streets have no marketable skills or training. Some are sent for training in appropriate trades and vocations. Vocational training is given through networking with other NGO's as well as finding employment for willing candidates.

f)  Rehabilitation - many want to leave the streets but don't know how to live. Some are helped with shelter, some of the aged are given care, shelter and places of rest. Acceptance by people with accommodation is difficult when the person is from the LGBT community. 

g) Medical help and care for the sick and aged, especially for those in the last stages of life. 

h) Counselling at brothel areas and teaching of moral values from the Bible. The LGBT community has hope in the Lord. The love of God is shared with them and help is given to them to live with dignity. Many meet in a number of locations in house groups.

i) Female sex workers are also given help to find employment by providing life skills training, counselling, attendance at the rehabilitation centre and moral teaching.

j) Food to HIV clients (highly vulnerable) - in order to increase the life span of the vulnerable and weak clients who are HIV+ some food is provided based on their background and economic conditions.


A major component of their thinking for the future is to find a property to rent in Kothanur at which to establish a care and community centre. They find it difficult, because of the stigma associated with these people, to use public buildings for their programmes.  

 

Personal Testimony

Real "Life Change" Stories

Ezhil (Esther) Mathi is now her name after becoming a transgender. He was born K Kumar and brought up as male. In his early childhood he was not aware of himself or his feelings but at the age of 12 his walking, movement, behaviour and interests were like a female and he tried to wear female dresses and apply all sorts of makeup. He didn't tell his parents and tried to hide this behaviour but people at his school, especially male teachers, started to move with him and exploited him.  

He tried to control his feelings but failed. He had much opposition from his family and they treated him badly and tried to keep him inside the home. Because of the teachers at school he was forced to drop out even though he got the highest mark in board exams (86%). He was unable to share with his parents about the teachers who abused him. The family was not willing to accept him and at 14 he connected with some transgender friends. At the age of 17 he ran away from home for good.  

He started studies at ITI but there some of the people started torturing him sexually and he dropped out from those studies. He then got a small job opportunity but was also abused there and so he started to spend time with his transgender friends.  He subsequently ran away from this place to Bangalore. At that stage he had not been involved in the sex trade but after coming to Bangalore was forced to become involved in the sex industry. He was also motivated to undergo castration surgery. 

During his teens he heard about Jesus Christ on several occasions and prayed to God but continually he was drawn into the sex trade, dancing and begging. Ezhil was not happy with this work and wanted to live a normal life but was unable to. She could not live like a man or like a normal woman even though she had undergone surgery. She cried a lot and contemplated suicide. 

One morning in 2011, while she was crying with her door shut, Amma and Pastor Jesudoss from DEAR Ministries came and knocked on the door. "I was literally broken and as I cried they shared about Jesus Christ and prayed for me. They counselled me and prayed for me continuously for many weeks to recover from that suicide tendency and to commit my life to Christ fully and for His ministry. On that day I was very happy and started to go begging. I stopped going for prostitution and wanted to lead a good life in Christ."

Ezhil was interested in going to church but was not allowed. She would have to pay money to her pimps if she took time off to go to church. She was also forced to do all the household work in the brothel area because they could see they were losing her.  

Nowadays she attends church services regularly and on Sundays she is involved in DEAR ministry. "In 2013 I was motivated to do God's ministry for my LGBT community. But my leader guru (pimp) did not allow me. The DEAR Ministry Pastor Jesudoss and Amma were speaking with our leader to allow me to be available for God's service. Though the leader agreed, they didn't give me the chance to come out and serve the Lord. I was also asked to pay more money every day after begging each evening."

Over the last two years the transgender leader has gradually allowed her to become involved in a part-time capacity with DEAR.  "On the 1st April 2015 I came out of the transgender community and from slavery, begging and dancing. Since then I am in the Rehabilitation and Shelter Home with the responsibilities of caretaker / evangelist."

There is now no need to pay anything further to the leader but they have asked her to go visit them often. She now lives peacefully and happily.  She is getting some financial assistance for her service with DEAR. 

 

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