Run by People Like Us (PLUS) Kolkata, Prothoma is a walk in shelter for people from the transgender community, sex workers and victims of sex trafficking in general. It is reported to be the first of its kind for the transgender community and has housed people like migrant folk entertainers from Bihar. The centre provides residents with free shelter for 15 days, extendable to 3 months in special cases, and free or subsidised food, and also acts as a walk-in safe space for watching television, reading books and interacting with other members of the community.
People Like Us (PLUS) started its operations in 2000, when Agniva Lahiri, a Kolkata-based transgender, felt that the organisation she was working with, Prajaak, was inadequate to accommodate the full spectrum of her activities. Working as an informal group for one year, PLUS Kolkata formed in 2001 and two years later registered itself as an NGO in March 2003. The primary activities of the organisation cover social awareness programs, medical assistance and health care, shelter, financial assistance and counselling.
PLUS Kolkata, operates in three Indian states, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, has a string of programs for achieving its declared mandate.
Agniva Lahiri (seated, centre, blue striped shirt), founder of Prothoma Shelter Home, 95 Narkeldanga Main Road, Kolkata- 54