Education  India Project #55061

Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert

by Sambhali Trust
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Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert
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Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert
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Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert
Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert
Empowement Centre
Empowement Centre

Boarding Homes:

 

August

 

In August, the girls entering their first year of university were shifted from Sheerni to Abhaysthali. They spent the month awaiting their documents and completing all of the verification requirements to obtain admission into K.N. College. The girls who were going into second year of university started to obtain their results. Some passed and some are awaiting the result of their re-evaluations. The girls at Abhaysthali take on different orders for sewing too. August had a lot of holidays, which the girls at Sheerni and Laadli celebrated wholesomely. All of them continued school as usual.  There were two workshops at this boarding home; one on Rakshbandhan and the other on Janmashtmi. Unfortunately, several girls at Sheerni suffered from some ‘minor’ health issues. They also had their first unit test, and despite all the interferences [holidays and sickness] obtained fruitful results.

 

September

 

In September the boarding home for Laadli and Abhaysthali was combined, where the girls from Laadli moved and settled into the Abhaysthali home. School for Laadli and Sheerni continued as usual. There were 5 workshops conducted at Laadli and Sheerni on; Charity, Environment, Hindi, Peace and Cinema. The sewing classes at Laadli were halted during this month, but continued at Sheerni. The girls at Sheerni also continued their self defence classes, and received results for some of their exams. Five girls at Abhaysthali went back to their villages. Manisha continued teaching at Fatima Center, and Lalita resumed college, so she stopped teaching at the center. Three girls received their exam results, two passed, and one - Lalita - has requested for a re-evaluation. Nisha is still waiting for the result of her re-evaluation.

 

October

 

In October the rest of the girls continued college as usual. Some girls from Laadli and Sheerni had their FA II exams from the 10th - 12th of October. There were two workshops at Laadli; World Students Day, and BAD Touch. Sewing resumed at Laadli and continued as usual at Sheerni. This month the girls had holiday 21st - 26th of October for Diwali for which most of the girls went home to their families.

 

November

 

The girls of Sheerni participated in Sports and two of them are selected for state level and are doing practice for it. Rest all girls are having their regular classes and the school going girls are preparing for their half yearly exams which will start in the month of December. Girls participated in International Transgender Day.

 

 

Empowerment Centers

 

Educational and vocational studies continued as usual at the Empowerment Centers during the months of August till November. The students started advancing further in their sewing classes, where those that were not as well versed started becoming more familiar with the machines, and fast stitching. There were some difficulties when teaching the newer women as some have never had any formal education previously, which makes it very tough for them to memorise and retain information. Some women are facing challenges in that they are unable to regularly come into classes due to household tasks and pressure. We are avidly working on bettering the lives of these women, in the best way possible where we give them the extra time whenever they find it, or repeat a subject with them if they feel that they are falling behind. The English, Maths and Hindi classes have been helpful for the women who are being purposely ignored in their own language [marvadi]. We would like to give them an opportunity to have an audience that will listen to them.

 

Primary Education Centers

 

At the primary education centres we continue to revise English, Mathematics and Hindi with the students. We faced some monsoon rains during this period and some challenges as a result, but we were quickly able to work around them with the help of our funding and drive to ensure that the students are always taken care of. Our most successful contributions to the lives of the children we teach at the education centres have been the workshops we conduct. We taught the children methods in which they could improve their memory; we taught them several of these, so that they could find out which learning mechanism suits them best. Additionally, we also conducted several practical workshops on crucial events that are occurring in the world. With such workshops we aim to improve their knowledge of the world, and introduce them to new vocabulary and concepts. We also hope that they will be able to learn about the various opportunities that the world has to offer and strive to achieve more.

 

In September we received District Award for our work.

 

Thank you everyone for your precious donations and to be the reason for someone’s happiness. 

Empowement Centre
Empowement Centre
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Primary Education Centre

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Girls from Laadli Boarding Home
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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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There are people who don’t donate because they assume everyone else is, and there are those who take up the torch and run with it. Thank you for being the latter and for your kind and heartwarming donation. We have got a lot of work ahead of us, and your donation has made it much easier to get things done and thrust us forward. We are ecstatic for your support and for your desire to help us succeed in this venture.


Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert

 

BOARDING HOMES

 

April:

This month, Laadli boarding home completed its 5th year since its establishment on 2nd of April. The new academic session of 2022 – 23 also started from 1st April. The girls were all very happy to get a new book set and they covered their books and notebooks with the help of their tutors with great zeal. This month was filled with celebration for the girls as in addition to Navratri they all got to celebrate not just one but two birthdays! The students of class 5th also appeared for their first board exams on 27th of April and the exams of class 9th and 11th started from 28th April. New centers were also inaugurated in Jaisalmer. Girls of Abhayasthali got the result of the RSCIT computer course in which the girls scored well also they started participating in Sambhali Dastakar and started earning some money. They were all happy to be able to earn money that they can save and use to buy things for themselves.

 

May:

The girls of class 5th to 11th had their exams and were all busy with their studies. Their schools were then closed for summer vacation from 12th May to 26th June; students of class 5th and 12th had to stay back till 31st May because of their exams. The girls did a lot of craft work, dancing, coloring, practice of Mehndi (Heena) design, etc. apart from that, the tutor also took extra classes and improved the students’ basic learning. Two of the boarding homes (Laadli and Sheerni) were closed from mid- May till the end of June as the children had their summer vacation and therefore, they went to their respective hometowns. As for Abhayasthali, the girls had their college exams going on and were staying in the hostel itself.

June:

3 interns reported at Abhayasthali boarding home on 6th June. A blood donation camp was organized for cancer patients. Pride month was celebrated extravagantly. An event was planned with a play and rally. A gynecologist was also present at the event and lawyers were called in too.

July:

The girls started coming to the boarding homes from 1st July since the summer vacations got over. For the new session, girls were provided with all the necessary stationery that they would require at the school. Few new girls were admitted to both the boarding homes (Laadli and Sheerni). Interns and volunteers started visiting the boarding homes to help the girls in their academics and for the creative activities. One of the girls from Abhayasthali Boarding Home went to attend an NCC camp from 1st to 10th July. 5 girls were shifted from Sheerni to Abhayasthali boarding home as they are in college this year.

 

April to July:

 

Empowerment Centers (ECs)

 

On an average, in all the ECs, the participants were taught Hindi vowels and two, three and four letter words. In addition to this, regular book reading practice was also conducted for all the participants. Practice sessions were taken for vowels and consonants revision. The old maatraas were revised and some new ones were taught. Names of fruits and vegetables were taught to the participants and dictation was taken. The participants of ECs also learnt to introduce themselves, identify items, names of flowers etc, antonyms, one word substitution in Hindi and English, and in Mathematics they did counting and operations. Focus was also laid on the improvement of handwriting. Going further, nouns, pronouns, synonyms, and antonyms were also taught to all the participants in English. In Mathematics, the participants learnt counting up to 200, number names, tables from 1 to 10, and revised roman numerals.

In sewing, participants were taught different kinds of stitching styles. They were also taught how to use a measuring tape and how they can set up a sewing machine. Participants were taught the basics of sewing machines and they also started working on electric sewing machines.

 

Primary Education Centers (PECs)

 

From first week of April the PEC were started In these 4 month, the participants of Primary education centers were taught vowels and consonants in both Hindi and English along with names of vegetables, fruits etc. The students also learned counting and operations in Mathematics. They were taught complete Hindi alphabets and also to recognize pictures of objects with the help of the first letter. In English, in addition to alphabets, children were also taught to recite some poems. In Mathematics, children learnt counting up to 50 and numerical operations like addition and subtraction.

 

Workshops conducted in these 4 months are as follows:

Teamwork, Body Parts and Joints, Career Opportunities, Study Skills, Marital Rape, Friendship, Social Media, Public Speaking, Honesty, No Bad Touch, National Technology Day, International Biodiversity Day, Kids’ Moral Stories, Ambedkar’s Life Story, Life Story of Sindhu Tai Sapkal, Awareness of Malaria Disease,Learning Styles, Social Skill Communication, and Leadership.

We are very grateful and happy to know that so many people out there are connected to us and our mission. Many blessing from India, take care.

Sambhali Trust

Women from EC
Women from EC
Participant from EC
Participant from EC
Children from PEC
Children from PEC
Pride Rally
Pride Rally
Blood Donation Camp
Blood Donation Camp

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Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert

December: From the middle of November until the beginning of December, all participants of Sambhali were part of our yearly #OrangeTheWorld workshops in the name of the UN campaign “End violence against women now!”. Several workshops were held and everybody enjoyed to spread the word and learn more about the topic. Additionally, they had lots of fun to be creative, to decorate the boarding homes and create posters. On the 4th of December, most of them participated in Sambhali’s rally through the city of Jodhpur. 

In both Laadli & Sheerni Boarding Home, the girls had their oral exams in the first half of December and their written ones in the week before Christmas. Our tutors helped and supported them accordingly. All of them are still enjoying their weekly Computer and Self-Defense classes. After each class, one can see their happy faces and feel their growing empowerment. The older, former Sheerni girls who are living in Sambhali’s HQ/Abhyasthali Boarding Home are having their regular college. Sometimes they joined our Aadarsh project and supports Mrs. Vimlesh with her workshops in local schools. Girls celebrated Christmas and enjoyed their winter break at boarding home. Girls are all improving at school and their latest tests were good.

 

January: On January 15, our NGO had its 16th birthday. It’s been a long, crazy but beautiful journey since then and we could not be more grateful for everything that has been achieved throughout the years. All of you are a big part of this journey – thank you

Our girls at all three boarding homes are doing well. The older girls at Abhyasthali (located in Sambhali HQ) concentrate on their college courses, two girls started having tally course. Few girls attended workshops for instance regarding banking & accounting. Some of them have to attend online classes as their colleges are again closed due to COVID. Nevertheless, they enjoy studying and living together a bit more independently. 

We are saying goodbye to January and welcoming February with an impression of Republic Day 2022 at our boarding homes. On January 26, India celebrates its Republic Day to commemorates the spirit of independence and individuality. On this day in 1950, the Indian National Congress proclaimed Purna Sawaraj, the declaration of India’s dependence from colonial rule. Our students love to celebrate this important day with their friends and teachers at Sambhali.

 

February: Few girls from Abyasthali went to their homes to attend marraige functions. 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.They have also been atttending to a lot of their minor health issues, looking at various dermatological problems the girls are suffering from.

 

March: Girls celebrated Shiv Ratri at boarding home in which they depict a play on the story of Lord Shiva. Everyone enjoyed a lot. On March 8th, the world, including Sambhali, celebrated International Women’s Day. For many years, our whole Team came together to march for equality. Due to the pandemic, we were not able to plan our rally in the last two years. 

This year, it was finally possible again! The event was inaugurated by the Honorable Mayor Ms. Kunti Deora Parihar. In the end, we all celebrated IWD together by throwing pink colored powder on each other. It was a great day and wonderful to see all our participants who have joined us in their pink Sambhali uniforms. Girls celebrated Holi with few guests who arrived boarding homes.

In this month the girls of both boarding homes had their annual exams except the girls of class 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th (as class 5th, 8th and 12th have their board exams) in the month of April. So, they were studying accordingly with help of Tutors.

Filled the board forms of board classes. Priya, Manisha and Vimla accompanied Mrs. Vimlesh in her Adarsh Workshop which enhance her confidence level. When college girls were free, they helped Mrs. Rajshree in Scholarship work as well.  Nisha went to one industrial trip from college's side, and she enjoyed the trip a lot. Abhyasthali girls had RSCIT exams on 6th of March and the result will be announced in the month of April.                  

Workshops conducted in all these 4  months are as follows: -

Paint the world orange 16 days activism, Workshop on awareness on Omnicron virus, Republic Day, Mensuration, About the Ajanta Caves, Save the mother Earth, About the great Martyrs, Rajasthan Divas, AIDS awareness poster making, Daily uses Sentences in English, National Youth Day, Amazing facts of India, workshop about how to control exam stress, On mountaineering, about earthquake, Tsunami, Historical Stories etc.

Thank you very much for your endless and continuous support. We are very grateful and happy to know that so many people out there are connected to us and our mission. Many blessing from India, take care.

                                            Sambhali Trust
 
Shivratri Celebration
Shivratri Celebration
International Women's Day Rally
International Women's Day Rally
Holi Celebration
Holi Celebration
Creative Activities
Creative Activities
Girls studying for their Exams
Girls studying for their Exams
Workshop sessions
Workshop sessions
Girls playing games
Girls playing games
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Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
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