District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Embracing Inclusivity: District 3131, DEI, Chandadevi Charitable Trust, and IWNO Unite for Devdasi Deepawali Utsav Back

This year, District 3131, under DEI, has collaborated with Chandadevi Charitable Trust and IWNO to support the flagship event, Devdasi Deepawali Utsav. The primary objective of this event, held at Mangalya Hall, Budhwarpeth, Pune 411002, on November 5, 2023, from 11:55 am to 02:10 pm, is to promote the dignity and well-being of sex workers and the LGBTQIA+ community.

About Devdasi Deepwali Utsav: The LGBTQIA+ community seeks acceptance, assimilation, and self-respect, and the team's philosophy, 'अखंड ध्येय सर्वोपरी मानव सेवा', reflects this commitment. The event, organized for three consecutive years, aligns with the noble service of Annasewa according to Hindu philosophy. The invitation is extended to all upright citizens to join the event for lunch, fostering peace and harmony in society. A Press Conference prior to the event was conducted which was broadcasted in Yuva Hindustan News Challen. Post event was covered by 3 news channels-Digital Pune news, CM News India and Yuva Hindustan news, the mediaworld.in

Participating clubs:  RCP E Diamond, RCP Heritage, RCP Lokmanyanagar, RCP Camp, RCP East, RCP Sportscity, RCP Nagar Road, RC Poona North, RCP Riverside, RCP Deccan Gymkhana, RCP Synergy, Rotaract club of Panache, Rotaract club of Pune City

Primary Beneficiaries: The event aims to benefit over 800 sex workers, LGBTQIA+ community members, and their families in the Budhwarpeth area. Notably, it focuses on the children of LGBT individuals, transgender, and sex workers who have faced abandonment by society. Embracing the philosophy of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,' where the entire world is one family, the organizers stress the collective responsibility to offer these individuals opportunities for integration into society with honor and dignity. This ongoing commitment spans four years of dedicated contribution to a community that has long been marginalized.