14 Jul The Story of the Cha Cup
July 11, 2018 The story of the cha cup
Posted by: Abhinava
In Kolkata, everyone drinks ‘cha’, a delicious blend of tea, milk, sugar and spices that is sold from numerous roadside stalls. Traditionally, it is served in simple clay cups that are discarded once used. No longer serving a purpose, they lie broken and unwanted in the gutter.
In our community, many men ‘consume’ the women who are sold from numerous roadside brothels. Like the cha cup, these women are also used, discarded and lie broken and unwanted. Sadly, unlike the cha cup, they only remain unwanted until the next consumer arrives, a customer who will overlook and compound the damage due to his preoccupation with self-gratification.
Not in the hands of the potter. The creator of the cha cup is able to take the broken pieces and fit them back together, restoring the intended form. With the right glue, that cup may even be stronger than it was originally. Moreover, as implicit within the name, the creator is creative. With the creator’s decorative touch, the restored cha cup can display a beauty that surpasses its pre-damaged existence.
We are placing the opportunity for this type of transformation within the grasp of the women in our community by opening ‘The Cup’, a beautiful café where the women can experience community, hope, fun and freedom. It will be:
A place for healthy relationships and growing community
A place that inspires hope for the future
A place to have fun with friends and family
A place where transformative freedom begins
No person should remained trapped, or be defined by their trauma. With the right help and support, these broken lives can not only be restored, but also be transformed into something infinitely more beautiful than originally intended.