On 09-Oct-2016 In Inspiration
"Forget what hurt you, but don't forget what it taught you"We usually expect a beautiful face with a flawless skin to welcome us at eateries because that generally designs our mood. No wonder that I always look for a handsome guy to escort or ask me what would I like to have in food.But here's a bistro for challenging the stereotypes. And to empower you. Yes, a face that has undergone various surgeries, hair that has just started to regrow and a heart full of motivation is what you'll find here... Yes, we have a cafe run by acid attack survivors. Do you want to meet them?... Then come on!
The cafe named Sheroes Hangout is located in Agra near Taj Mahal. These Sheroes in the picture are the pillars of this cafe's success. Each one of them has a unique and inspiring story to tell.
The cafe was opened as a collaborative effort between survivors and a Delhi-based NGO, Chhanv Foundation.
The motive behind the starting of Sheroes Hangout is to empower acid attack survivors and to help them live confidently. Akhilesh Yadav has happily supported the mission.
Chai, french fries, free Wi-fi.Many tourists visiting the Taj were drawn to the cafe because of the eye-catching external graffiti created by one of the survivors. The two-floor cafe rehabilitates five survivors, and also houses a reading section containing books and journals on women's empowerment.
The initiative behind this is, they are trying to bring the acid attack survivors into the mainstream Indian society, thereby giving them back the feeling of being normal.
1) The café chain is the first initiative of its kind.2) It now successfully attracts 500 customers on an average day.
It is all about the inner beauty that matters.
"It's a dream come true. The cafe has given girls like us a second chance at life."
Alisha Nangia, a tourist from Delhi shared: "This place has amazing music and interiors. I happened to visit it by chance but I am so happy to come here. These are lovely brave women."By Harshit Raj, another tourist from Kerala: "I really appreciate the idea behind the endeavour. The visit to the cafe has made my tour all the more memorable."
''What really boosted our morale was when many people, who looked strangely at us earlier, came forward to praise the effort."