Thrissur: Subharathri, a project initiated by Thrissur Assistant Collector Haritha V Kumar in collaboration with the Bethesda Charitable Trust, Thrissur, will be inaugurated by Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar at 5.30 PM on Saturday here.
The project seeks to provide a night shelter for homeless women who otherwise live in the railway stations and bus stations. The night shelter, set up as part of the Subharathri women safety programme, will have a shelter home near the Thoppu Stadium where 50 women can be accommodated during the night hours. The shelter home will also have facilities to provide dinner and basic necessities like washrooms.
The project started with a survey of the homeless in the corporation limits, jointly conducted by the East Police and the Bethesda Trust. Of the 91 persons identified, 33 were women. The shelter home was conceived after it was found that the women, even if they were shifted to the rehabilitation homes, ended up returning to the streets within days.
The volunteers of the trust will take the homeless women to the shelter home in the evening. The institution will also have a lady caretaker and a watchman. The inmates will be given dinner and will be taken back to their localities by morning. The project, the first one of its kind in the country, is likely offer help to men also in the near future.