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May 6, 2019

Sewing Machine update

Sewing in an empowerment centre
Sewing in an empowerment centre

This is to just a quick update to say that our Graduation Ceremony this year has been delayed from February, but now happily we have a date fixed of 22 May!  We will then be able to provide photos and information on how many women have received sewing machines and what a lovely occasion it is. 

Meanwhile we would like to thank everyone who has donated funds to provide sewing machines for our women who have completed their 12 month course in their Empowerment Centres in a basic academic education and a vocational skills training in Sewing and Embroidery where they have learnt to sew a variety of Rajasthani clothes, accessories and are confident in using both a treadle sewing machine and an electric sewing machine. The more usual machine used in Jodhpur is the treadle sewing machine, which we will be donating in May. These machines have the advantage of not using electricity and so are not expensive to run and are not susceptible to power-cuts that can happen periodically in the hot summer months. 

All the women receiving these sewing machines have the ability to be able to sew not only garments for themselves, their famiily and extended family! but also to earn an income for sewing Rajasthani clothes for the women and children in their community. Most clothes in Jodhpur are tailor-made. It is cheaper to buy the cloth and then tailor make them, rather than buying them "off-the-peg". Also it provides them with more choice. 

Your donations have been able to purchase 26 sewing machines for the women who will be receiving them in May. So a big thank you again to all of you who have donated and photos to come in late May of the ceremony itself. 

Meanwhile attached are some photos of the women making the garments in their lessons in the empowerment centre. 

A pair of salwaars!
A pair of salwaars!
Learning embroidery to embellish clothes
Learning embroidery to embellish clothes
Using a treadle sewing machine
Using a treadle sewing machine
Using an electric sewing machine!
Using an electric sewing machine!
A pair of plazzo trousers!
A pair of plazzo trousers!
Cutting out fabric...
Cutting out fabric...
Cute little dress!
Cute little dress!
Mar 25, 2019

SOS update

A few more case stories over the last 3 months, which illustrate the type of calls we receive and the help we give

Case Stories

L          Domestic Violence

B called from Beawar in Rajathan and said that her sister L was very upset. L lives in Jaipur and her husband has recently died. However, since that date she has received a lot of abuse and torture from her in-laws over the property and whose name it should be in. Her father-in-law earns 50,000rs pension but doesn’t help L out with any money. She looks after herself, does her own work and looks after the children.  Because L lives in Jaipur, then the Sambhali counsellor needed to provide her with the number of the women’s HelpLine in Jaipur and explain the story to them and that if they do not take this on board, to file a complaint with the police regarding her situation with her in-laws.

 

U        Medical

U has been working at the Graduates’ Sewing Centre for the last year and for the last 2-3 months, has been suffering from arthritis in her hands. The fingers in her hands had swelled up and it was causing her a lot of trouble with her sewing work. She had been to the doctor, but the medicines he had prescribed didn’t help her. Due to the high cost of medicines and the medical investigation required she could not afford it, so requested Sambhali’s help.  U has 3 daughters and her husband doesn’t do any work. Assessing her financial situation, Sambhali offered her financial assistance and gave her the details of a good doctor she could use. After taking the medicines, she is now healthy and she can continue to do her sewing work well.

P     Medical

P was a taxi driver but lost his job a few months ago. His parents have both died and only has one sister, who is married. She has had obstetrics problems and after a lot of treatment she managed to conceive. Her husband is working but their financial situation is not very good. So P supported his sister to that she could receive treatment, but in the meantime he lost his job.  At the time of delivery it was necessary for his sister to have a Caesarean section to deliver the baby. This was something that his sister and her husband could ill-afford, so P and his sister came to Sambhali to ask for assistance and pay for the surgery. Sambhali paid her 25000 rupees for the surgery.

 

S    Forced Marriage

K rang to say that a girl called S was being forced to marry someone she didn’t want to and so K gave S the number so she rang the HelpLine and spoke with our Sambhali counsellor.  She said she has an arranged marriage but wants to study further, besides she and K are in love and wish to marry but their parents don’t approve because they are from different castes. S’s father has stopped her from going to college and imprisoned her in the house and wishes her to marry someone who is 10 years older than her. S therefore is very upset and cannot just leave her house with K because of their poor circumstances.   S asked for advice so that she could get married to K.  Our counsellor advised that this could only be done through Legal Aid and with the help of the law. At every district level there are district legal services authority centre where there is free legal advice given. K can go there and tell the magistrate the whole story and provide the information required to obtain a court marriage.

 

R     Domestic Abuse

R came with her sister to the Sambhali office. She said that she was very upset with her married life. She said she was married 20 years ago at the age of 10 and she said she has never been happy in her marriage and now she is a victim of mental and sexual harassment. She has gynaeacological problems and so she can’t have children. Then she adopted the daughter of her sister-in-law with the consent of the family. Her husband built them a house, in which R lives and is legally in her name. R went on to say that her husband has had many affairs with other women and many times he brings them to the house. She feels very bad about this but when she discusses this with her husband he abuses and beats her and threatens to kick her out of the house.  Harassed by all this , R filed a police case.

The case is still going on in court, but her father-in-law threatens to come and remove her from the house. R said she has no parents, so there is no-one to support her.  R gave Sambhali her husband’s number to let him know that he shouldn’t and couldn’t threaten R because the house is in her name. R felt better after the conversation and was advised further that she has nothing to fear because Sambhali would always support her in full.

 

S  Domestic Abuse

S called from Bhiwari in Rajasthan, upset about her marriage. She had a love marriage and 2 children. However, her husband has a relationship with many young girls. Many times she has caught her husband and when challenged he fights with her, beats her and drags her out of the house. Her husband runs his own business and does some driving work.  However, S doesn’t want to get divorced, nor does she want to leave her husband.

Sambhali advised her if she does not want to get divorced she will have to stay strong and need to think less about her husband and more about her children. She has to make the future of her children. She needs to work to financially support herself and so she needs to get a job. She has done a BBA, (Bachelor in Business Administration)  so that means she can get a job easily. If her husband tries to stop her she needs to get out and go out and keep continuing to go to work. This way the counsellor repeatedly said that S needs to go to work. After counselling, S felt very relaxed to seeing a vision of her future which showed her a way forward.


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Jan 7, 2019

Sewing Machine update

Sambhali Trust runs 7 empowerment centres with about 30 disadvantaged women and teenage girls in each centre. Within the centre they learn to sew garments and practise embroidery as part of the vocational training that Sambhali Trust offers each participant for 12 months. This enables them to have a good all-round education and to be able to earn an income once they have completed their course. We aim to provide all these women and girls their very own sewing machine on graduation day which takes place in February each year.

This enables all these women the opportunity to earn a living from home, thereby giving themselves some financial independence and to be able to help support their family. For the teenage girls, it offers them another skill to produce their own clothes and go further and make a business if they are not returning to full-time education.

All these sewing machines are the result of your's and others’ generosity, without which we could not provide these machines. These sewing machines provide the start to hope and prosperity for these women, who would not be able to afford to buy these sewing machines alone.

One of the teenage girls in our Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, Aarti, was speaking to one of our tutors and how a sewing machine will help her in the future.

Aarti has been connected with Sambhali Trust for last one year. Here she learns stitching along with studies in Hindi, English, Maths and general knowledge workshops in one of Sambhali’s empowerment centers for disadvantaged women and girls. Before coming to center she didn’t know how to sew but since coming to the centre over the last few months, she has learnt how to measure, draft, make patterns and sew a variety of Rajasthani garments.  She now she sews clothes for herself and her family. Her family supports her to come to center and they are very happy too.

Aarti’s mother died in her childhood, therefore, after growing up she manages the entire housework of the house and after that comes to the center too. She had studied previously at school until 8th class (secondary school goes onto 12th Class).  With the support of the center she has filled in the form to take the 10th class exams and so that she can further pursue her studies. She is also earning money by sewing clothes for other people in her community. There are various activities organised in the center like taking particpants to movies and short trips for recreation of the Sambhali students. Aarti had never gone for a movie before, therefore for her it was a great experience. For all these things Aarti and all the ladies want to thank Sambhali family.

Aarti will be one of the young women who will receive one of the donated sewing machines in February. We thank you all for your support and we hope to try and raise as much as possible to enable all our graduating students to receive a sewing machine, which will improve their lives.

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