Jun 21, 2019

SOS Project update

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

 

B.P and A.M    Domestic abuse

B.P brought her friend, A.M, to Sambhali Office who wanted to talk about his daughter, M. 7 months ago, she got married to a business man, J.C, who has a lot of money; it is the second marriage of this man (divorced once before). After marriage, he did not allow his wife (A.M’s daughter) to come back home before 3 months have passed so her father decided to go and visit her in her house. At the beginning, JC (husband) was only scolding his wife on small matters but he became more and more violent (physically and verbally) so M moved back to her parents’ house. Now, she is 3 months pregnant and A.M is scared to send back his daughter as, in an act of violence, the husband could badly hurt both his daughter and future grandchild. Thus, he reached to the husband and his family to get guarantees regarding his daughter’s security but wanted more advise on what to do. The counsellor advised A.M to take his daughter to a women’s police station and fill a complaint so the husband would be summoned by the police and could be stopped from hurting his wife.

 

J.    Domestic violence

J. called from Jaipur to report a woman living at the Jaipur Railway Station with no food for the last 3 to 4 days. She knew the woman was a victim of domestic violence and fled home. She asked the HelpLine how to assist her. As she called Jodhpur HelpLine, the counsellor gave her the number of Jaipur’s so she could contact them directly. Then they could help the woman get to a safe place like Nari Niketan.

 

J.    Verbal harassment

J. called on behalf of his sister the HelpLine as she is really upset with her ex-husband. After a 2 years marriage, his sister obtained a divorce from the Court and went back home to live with her parents and brother. But it did not stop her ex-husband from calling her to make threats of abuse and even murder her. Because she obtained a legal divorce, J. was advised by our counsellor to accompany his sister to the police station with divorce papers in order to file an official complaint so then the police could take actions against the abusive husband.

 

P.    Medical

P. works at Fatima Graduate Centre and was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer one year ago. She is now undertaking treatment (chemotherapy) to prevent the spread of the disease and eradicate it. But the problem was that treatment is really expensive and her father does not have a good financial situation and she has siblings to be taken care for. She called Sambhali to ask for help covering the cost (30 000 INR) of treatment and half was offered to her. She will now be able to go to Ahmedabad to follow her treatment thanks to economic and emotional support from Sambhali.

 

R.P    Sexual harassment

R.P called the HelpLine regarding his 9 years old daughter receiving very inappropriate calls, texts and videos from boys. He is a gardener in a school and live with his family in Delhi. It is not the first time he reached for help as he already called the Child HelpLine and addressed a complaint to the police but nothing was done. Indeed, he is now pressured by the police to withdraw his complaint as the boys come from a wealthy family, itself pressuring the police to drop the case. The boys managed to trick his daughter into giving them her mother’s phone number and started to send porn videos but as she is only 9 years old, she doesn’t understand what she is watching and keep on doing it. Then, they started calling her to make inappropriate proposal (sexual harassment). To react, R.P wanted to know if it would be a good idea to talk about it on social medias. The counsellor provided moral support to a miserable father and advised R.P to go to a women’s police station and fill another complaint to a woman officer so then measures could be taken.


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Jun 7, 2019

Graduation Ceremony 2019

On 22 May 2019, the graduation ceremony took place in Sambhali Trust to present 166 sewing machines to students who had completed their 12 month training course in Sewing and Embroidery as part of their educational programme. The event was presided over by the HH Maharaja Saheb of Jodhpur where there was a short programme and certificates were given to the students. Sambhali students, staff, volunteers and members of Sambhali Trust's National Advisory Board attended and gave speeches at the ceremony. 

Talks were given on Women's Rights, Information on Psychological Health of Women and Nutrition for Women and Girls. 

It is with very grateful thanks to all those who donated towards providing these sewing machines, more than any previous year, including all of those who donated through Global Giving! With thanks to our volunteers who created fundraising campaigns and our Associate Organisations we were able to help 166 women provide an income for their families by them having the opportunity to sew clothes and accessories for the women and children in their community. 

Once again, thank you to all of you for your wonderful support!

We would like to continue with this Project, so that we are able to help as many students as possible next year in 2020 as well. We hope you enjoy the attached photos of the ceremony and the video clip. 

Maharaja of Jodhpur
Maharaja of Jodhpur
Govind Singh Rathore introducing students
Govind Singh Rathore introducing students
Members of Sambhali Trust and Advisory Board
Members of Sambhali Trust and Advisory Board
Students with their sewing machines
Students with their sewing machines

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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!
 
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