Khamaghani Dear friends!
First of all I would like to thank you all on behalf of the staff and on behalf of the women and girls of our program for your generous donations to Sambhali Trust!
Since December 22nd 2010 we have collected the total sum of $ 5,367 for Sambhali Trust! This is a great achievement and support for our Empowerment Project.
Sambhali Trust started off very well in the New Year 2011, with many new projects, aspirations and goals. In this letter we would like to share some of the most important events with you about the program you have been supporting.
From January 18th 2011 until February 4th 2011 we had the pleasure of working for three weeks with four volunteers from Canada and Switzerland. These wonderful ladies taught our girls and women quilting and jewelry making. The intention of the jewelry making workshop was to teach a number of the students of Sambhali Trust the art of jewelry making using plastic, wooden, semi precious, silver and pearl beads. In the quilting workshop the students learned different sewing techniques, hand and machine sewing, and produced beautiful quilted bags.
These two workshops were great opportunities for our women and girls to further develop their marketable arts and crafts skills and therefore a little step towards self independence. Many thanks to Ashly, Nigama, Rosemary and Miss Rosemary for sharing your expertise with us!
The finished products of theses workshops are now being sold at our Sambhali Boutique in the old town of Jodhpur, close to the famous clock tower. Our Boutique, opened in July 2010, provides an outlet for the participants and graduates of Sambhali Trust to sell the clothes and handicraft items they produce and to help find markets, locally and internationally which also represents a step towards sustainability for Sambhali Trust.
On January 22nd the Sambhali staff and the woman and girls of our project went to Mandore, an ancient site situated near Jodhpur, for a picnic. This team building day was a good opportunity for everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. And we all had great fun playing games, eating together and simply enjoying each other’s company!
On February 2nd we also had the pleasure of giving five cows to the women of the self help groups of our Sheerni Microcredit Program donated by our supporters. The Sheerni Microfinance Project has made progressive steps towards lifting poverty and women’s empowerment through loaning, training and education. The women who take care of the cows will now be able to sell their milk and hopefully start a dairy farm of their own in the future.
Many thanks again for your support! We will continue to keep you updated about our work and events of the following months.
Govind Singh Rathore
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