Akhuwat Clothes Bank was established in 2013. The clothes bank collects, sorts and cleans donated clothing and gifts them to low-income families through branches of Akhuwat. Clothes are also distributed by a dedicated staff to orphanages, old homes, schools and institutions for special children, other marginalized communities and low income neighbourhoods. Through recycling and sharing a simple, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle is encouraged. A unique feature of Akhuwat clothes bank is the hiring of transgender community who are trained to run the clothes bank. Thousands of clothing items, home textiles, furniture, toys and books have been distributed to every corner of Pakistan through this initiativee.
The clothes are collected from families, they are repaired, washed / dry cleaned and packed. All these tasks are carried out by members of the transgender community who have been wronged by society numerous times. Akhuwat has worked towards ensuring they get a respectable platform as working employees. The packed clothes are then given as gifts to the needy.
COLLECTION / DISTRIBUTION PROCESS
The existing branch network of Akhuwat helps us in identifying the needy families, through their database of borrowers. Efforts are made to distribute clothes in the poorest areas of Pakistan, including, Southern Punjab, Interior Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan.
For Collection, clothes can be dropped off at any Akhuwat branch. Clothes collected at the branches are sent to Akhuwat Head Office in Lahore for processing.
Another important aspect of Akhuwat Clothes Bank is the engagement of trans-genders in the processing of clothes collected from the donors. Clothes collected from the donors are sorted, repaired, stitched and packed by the trans-genders employed at the organization.
Akhuwat Clothes Bank employs trans-genders and provides them an opportunity to earn a decent livelihood.
AKHUWAT CLOTHES BANK GIFT SHOP
Akhuwat Clothes Bank Gift Shop was inaugurated on the first anniversary of Akhuwat Clothes Bank. Any deserving individual can walk in the Gift shop located at Akhuwat’s Head Office to get clothes, free of cost. Wedding/formal clothing is also available without any rent.
It is also used as a platform to give children a shopping experience with our enthusiastic team.
Deewar-e-Akhuwat is an initiative of Akhuwat to integrate spirit of altruism in people by providing them with easily accessible platform where they can bring their clothes to those who are underprivileged and need decent clothing.
It follows the same token system on which one pair of clothes is allowed on one token. Deewar-e-Akhuwat has been most successful in rural Sindh, South Punjab and northern areas as well.
Progress Report (30th January, 2018)
Clothes donated by people from all over Pakistan are brought to the clothes bank at Akhuwat’s head office where they are carefully sorted, repaired, washed and packed by a team of Khawaja Siras (transgender). This project is also promoting dignified employment for the Khawaja Siras who are the discriminated segment of the society and are deprived of basic human rights anywhere else.
Akhuwat Clothes Bank facilitates the deserving in another way, which is in the form of a gift for a wedding. A wedding gift is prepared and presented to the girls whose families are not able to afford new things in the event of a wedding.
The wedding gift consist of the following:
– Unstitched suit (Men and women)
– Bed cover
– Fancy bag and fancy shoes
– Praying mat
ITEMS TO DONATE
– Useable Clothes
– Bed sheets
– Any other household item