Transgenders follow footsteps of Mumbai counterparts, fight open defecation in BTCD


Bhubaneswar: The Southbelt Crew, the transgenders  educating Mumbai drivers to buckle up the seat belts could be an eye opener for the entire nation, but their counterparts in the Temple City, here, are fighting open defecation in their own way as volunteers to drive the mission of Swachha Bhubaneswar, and proving their way to a massive success story.

The impact of the Southbelt Crew in the economic capital of India was such that their video in the costume of air crew talking about fastening seat belts for Mumbai drivers, had gone viral and once the nation talked about it as a major contribution of transgenders for a vital socio-civic cause.

Interestingly, a team of city transgenders have come forward to campaign against open defecation in the Smart District. The group of 31 transgenders also took out awareness rallies in Satyakali Behera Sahi Basti in Satyanagar area recently and created a wonderful impact to inspire others and making the area cleaner and safer for all.

Starting on June 1 they have now resolved to spread the campaign to other slums within the Bhubaneswar Town Centre District (BTCD) area and wipe out open defecation. Truly, the transgenders have become social change makers for the city and to transform the state capital clean and green.

After listening to a triggering campaign on ODF in the last week of May, the volunteers and workers of Feedback Foundation did a micro triggering event at Satyakali Beherasahi Slum in Ward No. 34. “That micro triggering for the transgenders had quite an impact on them as they understood that how open defecation is affecting public health in slums.

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