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Sep 25, 2017

Final Report

Khusboo
Khusboo

Many thanks to all who have given donations to provide scholarships for children in Jodhpur to go to school. We have been able to fund 5 students through GlobalGiving donations to go to school for a year, thanks to your help. The last student whom we have funded is a girl called Khusboo. Khusboo had been going to school previously but we have needed to find new sponsors this year.

Khusboo is 14 years old and lives in Khetanadi, a district of Jodhpur. Her father is a tie-dyer of fabric and her mother is at home looking after the children as Khusboo has 5 siblings (2 brothers and 3 sisters) of which only Khusboo and 2 other siblings actually go to school.  Her father suffers from heart problems and so they have regular expenditure on medication. Khusboo is in 10th class and she should have 3 more years at school. It is Khusboo’s dream to be a doctor and her favourite subject is science which she really enjoys. We do wish Khusboo well in her efforts to do well at school and to go on to Higher Education.

In May 2017 we held our annual ceremony to grant Scholarships to over 220 children who are receiving education this year through generous individual donations worldwide. We were fortunate to be able to have as our guest, Mrs Sukanya Bharatram, who is the great granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. The Scholarship Programme will continue every year to support these children to provide them all with a good education and the opportunity of a better life.

Dancing at the presentation of the scholarships
Dancing at the presentation of the scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram presenting scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram presenting scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram with children at ceremony
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram with children at ceremony
Scholarship students after presentation ceremony
Scholarship students after presentation ceremony
more scholarship students receiving their grants
more scholarship students receiving their grants
Sep 12, 2017

SOS Project update

 

Case stories

N. female 21yrs Jodhpur Child marriage

N married in 2006 when she was 10 years old and now wants a divorce. Her in-laws are living in the village and do farmwork. Her husband’s education was up to 12th class and has no job. N. is studying for a BA in English and is keen to study but her in-laws don’t want her to.  N. wants to make this child marriage void and is asking for legal assistance, so Sambhali assisted her to speak to the secretary of the legal aid authority who suggested she file a case. A lawyer was provided free of charge which is the rule in these cases where women seek to abolish their arranged child marriage.

 

R. male – Justice for his niece

On 5 June 2017, R’s niece K, and her daughter were killed in their village. K’s in-laws said it was suicide, but on 7/6/17 K’s father filed a case against K’s in-laws at the local police station. After this the police started the investigation, but now are not taking further action. K’s uncle travelled to Jodhpur to meet with the counsellor at Sambhali Trust with a file of the case. The counsellor took the number of the police who was investigating the case and spoke to him. He said that the man man accused of this murder had been arrested. The police promised that they would give full support to K’s father in this case.

 

M. Female 28 years old   Inter-caste marriage

M phoned Sambhali because her parents want her to marry a disabled man. They are against her studying, don’t let her work and torture her in many ways. She wants to marry someone her own age and whom she can understand. She said that someone wants to marry her; he is a teacher in a school. But due to his different caste, M’s parents won’t accept him and threaten to kill him. M also has a BEducation and wants to carry on with her career. She wanted advice as to what to do. Sambhali called her male friend and said that they are both adults and could get married in court/registry office if they wanted to. She suggested to consult with a lawyer to give them advice.

 

S. Female Domestic Abuse

S came into the Sambhali office with her relative. S told the counsellor that she lives in a village near Jodhpur and that she had been married for 6 years. She told that her husband drank too much alcohol and beat her. As long as she was with her husband she continued to suspect his character and he continued to abuse her. After having a son, when he was 1 year old, she went to live at her father’s house because she did not want her son to be influenced by her husband’s bad habits. Even then her husband followed her and abused her and continued to be abusive on the phone and also threatened to kill her. She said she had studied up to 12th Class and wanted to work being a teacher in a school. She said she wanted to stand on her own two feet and legally divorce her husband. That is why she came to the Sambhali office to ask for Legal Aid. Sambhali’s counsellor gave her general legal advice and spoke to a local lawyer whom then asked to see S. to provide her with legal assistance, so that she could understand the divorce process.

 

D Domestic Violence

D called up to say that his sister, S’s, husband drinks alcohol and beats her and degrades her sister’s character too. His sister is very upset. He believes his sister’s husband is having an affair with another woman. He is very worried about his sister but not want it to become a police case. Instead he wants his brother-in-law to have counselling. D asked for the HelpLine number and our counsellor gave him their local one in Jaipur.


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Jun 26, 2017

School Scholarship Update

There are 190 students being sponsored this year through our scholarship programme. The Indian school year starts in April, they then have their summer holidays from the end of May until end of June and start again on 1 July. This is the story of one of the students sponsored through the Scholarship Programme as told to our tutor Vimlesh Solanki. All the students are very grateful to all their sponsors and to those sponsoring through GlobalGiving. It really does help to improvie their lives. 

Name of student Lajwanti.

I am 17 years old. My father used to work but he never gave any money to my mother for household expenses as he used to spend it all on alcohol. My mother worked at a private job and she earned 4000rs per month, but that was not enough for running a household including me and my sister.  My father also suffered from diabetes and all he did was drink alcohol and constantly fight with us. He did not bring any food to eat for us.  After he died a few years ago, all the family’s responsibility came onto my mother’s shoulders and we had very little money. In 2013 we came to Sambhali Trust and told our story and Sambhali were able to help me and my sister, Kalyani go to school. I finished my last year of school this year and I got a final grade of 61.60%.  I am now continuing to college following my sister learning typing and computer skills. I would like to become a school teacher, but we will both get a job to help my mother and the responsibility of the family.

 
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