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May 11, 2015

Sambhali Project Update

Girls from the Boarding Home
Girls from the Boarding Home

Sheerni Self-Help Group Setrawa

There are 109 members in the 10 Self-help Groups.

There are 20 women who have ongoing loans

In January 2015, Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 there were only 20,000-30,000 rupees in the funds, and so loans were not distributed to these groups.

Group 5 10000 rupees was given to Shaida to open a shop

Group 6 6000 rupees was given to both Muni and Indra for a goat each

 

In February, there were 4 loans in Groups 2,4, 5 and 10.

10000 rupees was given to Rajukanwar for 1 cow

10000 rupees was given to Champa for 2 goats

5000 rupees was given to both Dariya and Sayar for 1 goat each

 

In March, 3 women from Groups 1 and 3 were given loans to start a small shop.

Muni, Shanti and Hemlata were given 13000, 12,000 and 10,000 rupees respectively.

 

Setrawa Sheerni Compost Project

For 6 weeks from 23 March to 16 May, one of the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) volunteers attached to Sambhali Trust has been working on a project which introduces the production of organic waste composting to 15 Sheerni women through a series of educational workshops, from which the resulting compost will then be sold to local farmers. This will create an income–generating opportunity that will also address desertification (Setrawa is in the semi-arid Thar desert region) and waste management to the village. By composting the earth, the farmers have the potential to rejuvenate the land allowing for replanting of grasslands for cattle. The more plant life in a region, the more water retention there is in the ground and humidity levels in the air.

At present most families burn their rubbish in community piles on the outskirts of the village or allow for street animals to eat the waste; so this project helps reduce the waste in the streets but also there is a consistent supply of free waste material for production. The compost itself is made from food, biological dust, cow dung and water.

 

Sheerni Educational Project (Boarding Home), Jodhpur

 The girls received the results of their half-year exams in January and in general all the girls did well with Vimla, Leela, Nehru, Lalita, Manisha having very good results and Priya, Samta, Sangeeta and Santosh not so good and A few had problems in Maths like Pooja and Vishnu.

All girls are making progress in Hindi reading; just Neru who still has some problems and Noshin doesn’t enjoy reading English books; however, the volunteers work hard reading everyday with the girls and helping those like Rekha who has more problems. The volunteers also keep a schedule for when the girls have an upcoming test or homework and know how to help them prepare.

In March, The elder girls such as Nisha, Lalita, Santosh and Vimla were struggling especially with the English tenses and the volunteers concentrated on teaching the girls English and left the Maths to being taught this at school in Hindi. Alfisha has been impressive as she is reading Hindi fluently like her sister and Pooja has been remarkable because in 95% of her past tests in English she has received full marks and is very motivated to learn and every day asks a volunteer to help her read an English story. Pankaj for her age and her class (2nd grade) is a very good English speaker and has achieved good grades.

Outside at the Boarding Home
Outside at the Boarding Home
Games with the volunteers
Games with the volunteers
Feb 9, 2015

Sheerni Projects update

Renate, President Sambhali Germany and the girls
Renate, President Sambhali Germany and the girls

Sheerni Educational Project (Boarding Home)

The 22 girls are all improving at school and their latest tests were good, the majority nearly getting full marks, with Asu having problems in Maths and Rekha at reading, but the volunteers are spending 4 hours there daily are working to help them pick up. So in their half-year exams in December,they all had good results apart from Priya, Samta,Sangeeta and Santosh.

The girls were delighted to receive their own lap-top which was given to them by some guests visiting Sambhali’s projects. Now the volunteers are teaching them how to use the computer and programmes like „Word“ and „Paint“. They also gave several workshops including those about South America, Antartica and Europe; then concentrating on geography of Europe in particular and the different landscape and cultures. They have also done a fashion workshop – clothes, their fabrics, many cultures with different clothes, asking the girls to create their own fashion model and a handicraft workhop where the girls created bracelets from different colour threads.

Their height and weight measurements are regularly taken and they are all gaining weight eating the nutritious vegetarian meals they receive at the boarding home. There is a lot of construction work going on at the moment to create more space in the boarding home, so the girls have more areas to relax, study and play, which will be important as they grow older, as now the age range is 8-15 years old.

On Republic Day, January 26, the volunteers received an invitation to go to their school where there was a lot of singing and dancing performances lasting for 4 hours. Some girls had to go back to their village in January for 10 days to attend a marriage.

All girls are progressing in reading especially Hindi reading, only Neru has some problems but she is being given some extra tuition. Every day the volunteers read English books with some of them. We concentrate on girls who has deficits like Rekha.

 

Sheerni Self-Help Group Project

There are 10 self-help groups who meet every month to pay in their savings, and discuss the distribution of loans.

In August, 10,000 rupees was given to 2 women to purchase a little shop and to buy goats.

In September, more women were added to Group 7 and in Group 2, one women received 6000 rupees for material for her shop

In October 2 women from Group 1 paid their loan back, of 9000 rupees each. In Group 6 Sua Devi was given 10000 rupees to purchase a cow and now must pay back 1000 rupees per month. In Group 5 Sugna received 10000 rupees to start a small shop. Two other women also received loans of 10000 rupees to purchase a cow each.

In November, 3 women received loans of 9000, 14000 and 10000 rupees to start small shops and purchase 2 goats.

In December, there were a lot of loans, in total 19 women took out loans worth 181,000 rupees.

Sua Devi was presented with some money from a volunteer because she needed a medical operation and now we are glad to say that she is recovering happily.

making bracelets....!
making bracelets....!
studying hard....!
studying hard....!
Admiring the new lap-top..!
Admiring the new lap-top..!
having an eye check-up
having an eye check-up
working together.....
working together.....
Sua Devi in hospital after her operation
Sua Devi in hospital after her operation
Nov 10, 2014

Sheerni Educational Project Update

Girls having eyesight tests
Girls having eyesight tests

The girls returned to the boarding home on 26 June before the schools reopened on 1 July after the summer holidays. We prepared books, uniforms, shoes, etc. to send the girls to school, however, this month, the government schools have a new system: the schools don’t provide the books any longer and the students have to purchase the books themselves, so we spent a lot of time buying the books they needed for school.

The girls are now in many new classes at the beginning of a new school year and 4 girls, Leela, Nakhtu, Pooja, and Aasu jumped up a class and went straight to the 5th class instead of the 4th after some very good exam results before the summer break.

One of the Sambhali tutors Vimlesh, spent some time teaching Math and other subjects to all of the girls as well as helping them with their computer homework. Nirmala the Housemother helped them with their homework. All the girls are studying very well, and the volunteers help them with homework, with English reading and pronunciation and Maths.  The volunteers have noticed a big difference in reading skills; Priya, Manisha and Vimla can read an entire book and are fluent, whereas Rekha and Pooja find it difficult to read if they don’t know the text. At the end of the afternoon, the volunteers spend time communicating with the girls in different ways, by speaking, playing games, reading stories, singing and drawing. There have been between 4-6 volunteers helping the girls at the boarding home this month, who go every afternoon Monday-Friday for 3 hours. Exam-time came round again on 21 August and the volunteers helped to train the girls for their tests, but they noticed that most of the girls didn’t really understand what they were learning, just questions and answers, so they spent time trying to explain to the girls the stories they are reading, although it proved slightly difficult as the volunteers can’t speak Hindi.  During August there were a couple of birthday celebrations for Santosh, Vimla and Pooja as well as the Rakhi festival. Unfortunately Naktu’s grandmother died and 10 girls left to go back to the village for a couple of days for her funeral.

In September, we had some new volunteers. They found that in Math, most girls knew how to calculate and so they checked and corrected the exercises. Alfisha, the newest and youngest girl at 7 y ears old has some problems with Maths and needed more tuition. Priya, who is 14 years old and excelling at reading is now in Class 9, whereas Rekha is 15 years old and is only in the 5th class. The volunteers help Rekha on a daily basis with reading to help her improve as with all those girls who are still reading very slowly and also concentrate on understanding the content. Also they found mistakes in the actual sentence structure in the exercise and reading books; the volunteers wanted to talk to the teachers of the school about this so that the mistakes can be corrected in the books.

A couple of guests arrived from Australia (Timi and Mary) who had already visited a couple of times before. They noticed that the girls were learning about computers at school, but it was just theory and they thought it would be more effective if they provided a laptop for the sole use of the girls in the boarding home. So the girls were very happy with the new laptop; now the volunteers need to teach all the girls how to use it...!  In early September when the weather is now slightly less hot, the girls go every Friday to the park area surrounding the temple after they’ve finished their homework to play outside and have fun. They also had a painting competition one day, where the winners won a small prize.

On the 15th and 16th September,  the girls went to the ASG hospital for checking their eyes and some girls they found it necessary to wear glasses and they received the glasses for free. They have a doctor from the Mathura Das Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur regularly going to see the girls once a month to check on their general health and well-being. On the 20 September the girls visited the cinema and watched the movie called "Mary Kom" about a women who achieves her dream and starts her boxing carrer against the will of her father. The girls really enjoyed it.  On the 25th the girls had a day’s holiday for Navatri. At the end of the month, we showed them short animation movies in English for listening practice; it was a short story about finding a treasure.  Again, we celebrated  3 more birthdays this month. Certain girls are now showing great dedication towards their schoolwork:  Priya, Vimla, Manisha, Santosh, Nisha, Anu and Pankaj are interested in all the subjects in school.

In October, Renate Massmann-Krei, volunteer and now President of Freunde fur Sambhali in Germany returned again for the 2nd time. It was thought it would be better to change the structure of the learning by dividing the girls into groups, which reflect their class in school.  They concentrated on practising verb tenses because they had learned the five tenses (simple present, present progressive, simple past, past perfect, present perfect and future) at school in just a few days, which meant that they got confused about how and when to use them. The volunteers practised with the easy tenses like simple present and present progressive and then will progress to practise the other tenses.

With Anu, Priyanka, Samta, Vishnu and Pushpa we practised the exercises for the test specifically, where the test was about a story which they have to memorize and then fill in the gaps to say if it's right or wrong.   With Aasu, Leela and Naktu we practised fractions; at first they had problems understanding what to do but finally they understood it.  The older girls like Vimla, Priya and Santosh are mostly learning by themselves and if they have questions, they can ask the volunteers.

Renate suggested an idea of using the Diwali holidays, for doing workshops in the morning. We started with a workshop about the earth, moon, sun, continents and oceans. The other topics were means of transportation and the different western festivals and holidays and a special workshop on handicraft skills The students liked the workshops a lot and because of this, we want to launch a "workshop day" once a week. Currently we have lots of ideas for the workshops in the future.

On the 8 October two guests came from America came to Sambhali Trust and also went to the boarding home, so we danced and sang different songs.

On the 17 October, the girls had 1 week holiday because of Diwali. They had to do special Diwali homeworks like drawing oil lamps and candles, but also English and Math. On the 30 October to 1 November the girls had exams in school. The majority of the girls received good results. A few had problem in Math like Pooja and Vishnu.

Practising English at home
Practising English at home
Studying with volunteer
Studying with volunteer
Group photo..
Group photo..
Very happy girls with their new laptop
Very happy girls with their new laptop
working out a jigsaw...!
working out a jigsaw...!
 
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