Sambhali Trust

Sambhali Trusts' primary objective is to promote self-esteem, economic independence, and the development of educational, vocational and social skills for disadvantaged women and girls within Rajasthani society. We focus our work on women within the Dalit communities, who experience three levels of discrimination based on their caste, their economic situation and their gender. We strongly pursue and encourage the aim of gender equality whilst being sensitive to cultural norms.
Mar 16, 2017

SOS Project Update

SOS Update

For the 3 months December – February 2017, there have been:

133 phonecalls including:

13 cases that required Medical help

20 cases of verbal harassment

17 cases of domestic abuse

 

Medical payments have been made in the following cases:

Kidney dialysis – 14787 rupees

TB treatment – 20896 rupees

Skin problems – 334 rupees

Diabetes – 1609 rupees

Liver complaint – 325 rupees

Eye testing – 1000 rupees

Operation on gland – 15000 rupees

Respiratory problems – 2205 rupees

 

Case Stories

 A 29 year old woman, G, from Jodhpur – Domestic Violence

G phoned from an area outside Jodhpur and was asked to meet Sambhali’s counsellor in Sambhali Trust offices. She came with her father to tell her story. She had been married for the last 6 years. She has an MA in English but her husband was only educated up to the 8th standard (about 14 years old). They had an arranged marriage and got engaged when they were very young in their childhood. Their relationship was not very good from the start and her husband began ill-treating her and harassing her both mentally and physically. This increased over time until it became intolerable and she decided to live separately from her husband. When she was leaving for her father’s home, her husband snatched her son and so the daughter arrived at her father’s house with only her daughter. G wants her son back; she wants to earn her own living and bring up both her children herself.

After listening to her story the counsellor called her husband, but he refused to give back their son to G. So it was suggested she go to the Police Commissioner’s office to try and obtain custody of the child. Sambhali’s counsellor went with the G and her father and the Police Commissioner ordered that the Police station in her area to deal with this case and take action to obtain custody for her son. Sambhali Trust helped in this case for G to go and meet a higher authority of police which meant her voice was heard and that action could be taken.

 A 20 year old woman, S from Jodhpur – Verbal Harassment

S is a student studying for her BA in her first year. She was in contact with a boy, (the cousin of a friend) and was in a relationship for a year. However, 2 months ago she became engaged to a boy from her own caste, (through arranged marriage) so ended the relationship with her previous boyfriend, but he didn’t want to finish it. He was then threatening to tell her family members about their relationship. S phoned Sambhali for advice. The counsellor advised her to talk to her mother about the whole story, which she did do and now her mother is ready to talk to the boy herself.

 23 year old woman, D, from Barmer – Verbal Harassment

D was married for 2 years and stayed with her in-laws. They were torturing her and her mother-in-law had threatened that she would get her son R, (S’s husband), remarried to another girl, because D was unable to conceive. For the last 2 years D felt very alone because her husband is staying far away. She is working in a government job but was very depressed. She gave her husband’s telephone number to the counsellor, who spoke to D’s husband. He was suggested to take care of his wife and take her to the doctor for a necessary check-up and to suggest medical help. He assured Sambhali that he would talk to his mother to stop her verbally abusing his wife and take care of her.

 23 year old woman from Balotra –  harassment

Mr S called to say that he wanted to marry  a particular woman. Her parents agreed to the marriage but the woman’s grandfather and uncle were against it, because it was an inter-caste marriage. They threatened to beat the couple, so S phoned to ask for advice. Sambhali suggested filing a police complaint to the police station against the family members by her parents and to also request police protection during the marriage ceremonies. He was advised to seek the advice of an advocate if this issue continued.

 30 year old woman, P from Haryana State – Domestic violence and verbal harassment

A lady called R, called from the state of Haryana (adjacent to Rajasthan) and said her sister, P, was staying with her. P is a dentist, and R said that her brother-in-law is ill-treating P. He is not allowing her to talk to anybody and has even taken away her cellphone. P told her sister all about this through her neighbour’s cellphone. Now R is worried about the condition of her sister, because she is pregnant. R called many times to her sister’s husband, but he never answered any of her calls.

Sambhali spoke directly to P’s husband, giving the reference of the Nirbhaya Women’s Helpline and then he talked to her about the situation. He said that he was from a village family and wanted to stay with his family in the village, but his wife was more educated and came from the metro city of Hyderabad. He said that she is having problems settling down into village life. After marriage they have been having some disputes. Sambhali counselled him and told him that he should try and solve their disputes mutually. Sambhali’s counsellor then spoke to P. on the same phone and suggested to her to bring some changes in her lifestyle as she thought her husband was a very good person and told her that they should spend some quality time with each other and try and solve their problems mutually. After counselling, P was much more relaxed. Finally, Sambhali phoned R, to let her know about the condition of her sister, P, and that P is keeping well and her husband was taking care of her.

Dec 28, 2016

Project Update

Monica
Monica
Monica, a Dalit girl from a very poor background, living in Jodhpur,  has been in our Scholarship Project since 2008. She joined the first Sambhali Empowerment Centre in 2007. She was enrolled in class 6 at a local school, 2 years later, after dropping out of school for 4 years due to family and financial reasons.  Monica was always a bright student and a star pupil; she played netball for the school team and has always been a spirited girl in defence of women's rights. She has very good public speaking skills, being encouraged to speak to many members of the press, officials and the public during a variety of conferences over the years that have involved Sambhali Trust.
 Now Monica is in the final year of her college studying for a Bachelors of Arts. She has also done her Hotel Management diploma in parallel to her degree studies, from the Indian Hotel Management Institute in Jodhpur as well as working part-time at Durag Niwas Guesthouse to earn a small income and being a member of the Sambhali staff as a field worker for the Sambhali Scholarship project which has total number of 201 children in 2016-2017.
It is a proud moment for both Monica and the Trust to have her join hands with the development of children coming to Sambhali to fulfil their dreams of better education in a healthy environment.
We are very happy with the generous contribution of our sponsors that we were able to sponsor 201 children into schools this year.
We have accepted one application of a 14 year old girl called Pooja who lived on the street with her mother, father and younger brother. She is going to be enrolled in school from April 2017. She is living with us at Sambhali Sheerni Educational Project (Boarding Home). Pooja's mother and Pooja were taking care of the household and its income. The family lived through rag picking.
This year under the Sambhali Scholarship project we have some information below.
Primary classes we have 97 children (56 girls and 41 boys)
Upper primary 39 children ( 28 girls and 11 boys)
Secondary classed 29 (21 girls and 8 boys)
Higher Secondary class 19 (12 girls and 7 boys)
College 17 children ( 13 girls 4 boys)
Number of girls: 130
Number of Boys: 71
The two girls that have been sponsored through Global Giving donations are Nandani and Rajnandani. 
Nandani studies in class 2 and Rajnandani studies in class 1. Both the girls have just finished their half yearly exams. Their father drops them to school on his motorbike. Their brother goes to the same school. Their parents are working the whole day and their Grandma looks after them and feeds them lunch etc.
They are very happy to have the chance to go to school and are very thankful for the opportunity.
Nandani
Nandani
Rajnandani
Rajnandani
Pooja
Pooja
Dec 16, 2016

SOS Project Update

From September-November 2016

Total telephone calls: 80

Total cases: 49 of which:

20 Domestic Abuse

2 Forced Marriages

15 Verbal Abuse

10 Medical cases

4 Sexual Abuse cases

1 Legal case

1 Other

 Phonecalls to the Toll-free Nirbhaya HelpLine that Sambhali Trust runs, come from far and wide across India- from Delhi in the north to Mumbai in the south. This shows the reach that this HelpLine has and it's necessity for the women who call. Because of the large distances involved in India and even within the state of Rajasthan, it is impossible to always see the women in person, so in these cases the women are given the numbers of women police station or authorities that will help them in their local area. Sambhali Trust has a dedicated member of staff who takes the calls and who is able to counsel the caller on the line and offer her the best advice and course of action. 

These are just a few of the stories of the women whom Sambhali helped in the last 3 months.

Case stories

1. An 18 year old girl from Bhilwara called to complain about her father who wants her to get married to a man twice her age because in return, the man’s sister would marry the girl’s uncle. However, the mother of the proposed groom and also the man himself refused which led to the father repeatedly beating the girl and verbally abusing her.

After discussions with Sambhali friends close to the girl have suggested to lodge a complaint against her father to stop torturing her

2. A 28 year old young woman from Nagori Gate in Jodhpur called to say that she had tried to commit suicide but her father saved her. She is very upset with her mother-in-law who uses abusive language towards her and no-one lets her out of the house. When she tells her father, he scolds her. She is educated and wants to get a job and have a better life.

Sambhali called her husband and told him everything. The young woman came with her father to Sambhali Trust to discuss the situation. It was decided that until the time her mother-in-law could behave better towards her, then she would stay with her parents. The husband would call his sister to make the mother understand and he promises to make things better.

 3. A 40 year old woman from Delhi called about her sister who lives in Kota and unfortunately is infertile. She and her husband adopted a girl child but the sister-in-law came to her house and beat her and even the little young girl a lot. There is a dispute about the property and whose name it should be in. The sister-in-law threatened to kill them if they informed the police.

Sambhali suggested to ignore the threats and inform the female police station in Kota.

 4. A woman called from her village in Rajasthan to say that her husband is drinking a lot and beating her. She has been suffering from domestic violence for the last 5 years and now feels she wants to complain.

 Sambhali suggested that she made a complaint to the nearest female police station to their village so that they can go and talk to the husband.

 5. A 32 year old woman, N,  from Kota in Rajasthan called to say that she was very depressed in her married life because her husband is not caring towards her; her in-laws’ family is very orthodox and her father-in-law verbally abuses her. She has decided to live separately to her husband, but found she still wasn’t happy and so decided to approach Sambhali Trust to ask for counselling.  When N. called Sambhali, a member of the Sambhali team counselled her about her problems she was having and suggested having more trust and communication with her husband. The staff member called N’s husband and told him that N. had rung asking for help, the issues that troubled her, about her mental state and how she is feeling very alone as her parents are also not talking to her; there was nobody that she could talk to or trust. Sambhali encouraged N’s husband to try and talk to her, give her some quality time and discuss what matters to her so that she feels he understands her and is supporting her. He promised to do this and two days later he called back to say that some good changes have happened after this counselling.

 
   

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