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
Educating the Girls of The Indian Thar Desert

Project Report | Oct 20, 2023
Quarterly Update July - September 2023

By Rajshree Rathore | Head of Educational Services

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Introduction:

We are delighted to share the report summarising the activities from July 2023 to September 2023. Throughout three months period, Sambhali Trust organized numerous awareness and distribution programs, fostering empowerment among women and children across different centres. Our initiatives were concentrated on education, skill development, empowerment, and promoting awareness about social issues, to enhance knowledge of the participants. We extend our sincere gratitude for the support and blessings we have received, allowing us to create a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of women and children.

 

Key Highlights

- The empowerment centres in Jodhpur initiated two skill development projects, one related to a beautician course and the other to a pickle-making (Cooking Class) project, each lasting for the month of July. These projects aimed to enhance the skill sets of women. However, due to financial constraints, they had to be discontinued just after one month.

- We've partnered with the Government of India's National Women's Commission (NWC) and Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) to assess women's safety in Jodhpur. We're collecting data from women in Jodhpur under GNLU's supervision, and our team comprises trained participants affiliated with the Trust.

- In September, the Sambhali Trust collaborated with SEBI and NSE for a workshop on the importance of financial knowledge for women. Guest speakers, including Mr. Rajesh Kumar from SEBI, Mr. Shashikant from NSE, and Mr. Surya Prakash Gopa, a Cost Accountant, provided insights on various financial topics, making it accessible to everyone, including homemakers. 

- In September, the incredible team  of  HPCL sponsored five girls under our scholarship project.

 

Boarding Homes:

During the months of July, August, and September 2023, the girls residing at the boarding home had the opportunity to participate in a variety of enriching activities. They celebrated cultural festivals such as Moharram and Independence Day. Furthermore, with the dedicated assistance of tutors, they achieved success in their exams. The boarding home organized awareness programs related to the G20, as India was the host country for the G20 summit this year. These programs covered diverse topics, including gender stereotypes, World Hepatitis Day, and the importance of human values, as part of the awareness workshops designed to inspire. In addition to these educational activities, the participants also engaged in extracurricular pursuits, such as embroidery, dance, and self-defense classes. A volunteer conducted a comprehensive workshop on proper hygiene, teaching the girls about essential habits like toothbrushing, handwashing, showering, using masks, trimming their nails, brushing their hair, and using tissues when they have a runny nose. To conclude, they learned the "Proper Hygiene Song" and had an enjoyable dance performance to it.Girls had their first term exams and all performed well.

 

Empowerment Centers (ECs) and Primary Education Centers (PEC)

We are pleased to present the report of our Empowerment Centers (ECs) and Primary Education Centers (PEC) activities. Our commitment to empowering women and providing quality education to underprivileged individuals has continued to make a positive impact. The following is a summary of the activities and achievements from this period:

Empowerment Centers (ECs):

Sewing Skills:

The students at the ECs have displayed remarkable enthusiasm for learning embroidery work and various stitching techniques. They have acquired skills in running stitch, back stitch, tata chain satin stitch, embroidery, and the creation of items such as baby frocks and umbrella frocks (first cutting newspaper and then using clothes). Furthermore, they have learned techniques for cutting, knot tying, body measurements, and paper cutting. In addition, the intermediate and advanced classes have expanded their knowledge of stitching and have successfully crafted a variety of garments, including two types of Salwar suits, Palazzo suits and pants, designed kurtas, petticoats, pocket pants, and umbrella palazzos.

Despite facing challenges such as low attendance, dropouts, and new admissions, our dedicated teachers have effectively bridged the knowledge gap for new students. In the Hindi classes, the focus was on creating words from two and three letters, both in oral and written form, along with activities such as matching pictures to the corresponding initial letters, filling in the blanks, and choosing the correct words. The English classes covered topics including the alphabet, pronunciation, verbs, pronouns, and sentence formation. The advanced English group also practiced their new knowledge through exercises such as 'Fill in the blanks,' 'replace the nouns with pronouns,' and 'arranging flashcards in the correct order.' Action words, such as 'laugh,' 'sleep,' 'eat,' 'write,' and 'read,' were also part of the curriculum. In the math classes, students learned about counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication tables, and their application in multiplication and division. Participants in the advanced group also gained knowledge about LCM (Least Common Multiple) and H.C.F (Highest Common Factor).

Self-Defense Class:

Our self-defense classes, which are held twice a week, have provided women with the tools to effectively respond to physical attacks. By engaging in partner exercises, participants have acquired a variety of self-defense techniques, including grip kicks, face kicks, grip hand control, and defense against neck holds. The class has proven to be highly enjoyable for those involved.

Self-Help Group:

Members of the Self-Help Group have consistently made their monthly contributions and are diligently saving for future lending opportunities. The group's primary objective is to offer financial assistance to its members at a low interest rate of 1%.Primary Education Centers

Primary Education Centre (PEC)

In the Hindi classes held at Primary Education Centers (PECs), students were introduced to the Hindi alphabet in both its oral and written forms. They engaged in various activities, such as filling in the blanks, matching identical letters, and circling the correct answers. Furthermore, they learned about the different types of prefixes in Hindi and their respective definitions. The students practiced extensively with exercises involving filling in the blanks and constructing sentences. In English classes, the primary focus was on learning and writing the names of fruits, vegetables, and action words. Students of all levels, including beginners and those in the intermediate group, worked on filling in the blanks and translating to English. The advanced group delved into more complex topics, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, and sentence formation. They also studied the use of 'a' or 'an,' 'and,' and demonstrative pronouns such as 'this,' 'that,' 'these,' and 'those.' Additionally, students were taught about articles (the, is, am, are) and practiced filling in the blanks. Pronunciation was aided through the use of flashcards, and tutors provided assistance for exam preparation. In math classes, students practiced a variety of mathematical concepts, including numbers, addition, subtraction, Roman numerals, shapes, and telling time. The advanced group expanded their knowledge to include topics like the Least Common Multiple (LCM) and Highest Common Factor (HCF)

Computer Classes

 

In our NGO, we acknowledge the crucial role of technology in today's world. To assist students in adapting and excelling in this digital age, we have implemented computer science education as of June 2023. Our objective is to empower them with fundamental skills and knowledge, ultimately improving their efficiency and effectiveness across different fields. Computer classes are conducted twice a week at each center, where students are taught the fundamentals of computing, including operating laptops, using the mouse pointer, understanding hardware and software, and receiving an introduction to MS Word and MS Paint.

 

Activities and Workshops (for PEC and EC):

Every Saturday, we organize a variety of activities that bring people together, including games, handicraft work, dance, music, and the beautiful art of mehndi (henna). Additionally, we regularly host workshops on Wednesdays to provide education and raise awareness among women and participants from primary education centers. These workshops cover essential topics, such as hygiene, menstrual information, Nipah Virus, women's reservation, human values, social institutions, pursuing careers in ports, and acknowledging World Hepatitis Day. Our main goal with these workshops is to empower individuals and encourage their enthusiastic participation.

Special Comments:

          Story of one of the participant of our Empowerment Center.

H's story is one of resilience and empowerment, a tale that echoes the challenges faced by many women in underprivileged communities. Hailing from a humble background, Heena's childhood was marked by financial struggles, yet she harbored a deep love for learning. Her dreams, however, were met with the harsh reality of her family's financial constraints.

As she grew older, societal expectations loomed larger. The recurring phrase, "Pursue your dreams after marriage; we can't afford education," became a disheartening mantra. Heena's fate took a new turn when she entered wedlock, but her marital journey was far from a fairy tale. In-laws unsupportive and a husband quick to anger, H faced the brunt of a tumultuous domestic life. Beatings and verbal abuse became part of her daily existence.

The situation became even more dire when H, now a mother, found herself unable to provide her children with a good education. In the depths of her despair, a glimmer of hope emerged when the Abhaya Center conducted a survey in her neighborhood. Learning about the center, H saw an opportunity for change, but convincing her family was an uphill battle.

Initially barred from attending, H's determination kept her connected to the center. Her silent struggles and suppressed dreams came pouring out one day, bringing her to tears. The tutor, sensing her pain, intervened and initiated a dialogue with her husband. Slowly, the tides began to turn, and H found her voice.

However, the scars of mistrust lingered. H, burdened by thoughts of her husband's infidelity, kept to herself at the center. The tutor recognized her emotional turmoil and encouraged her to rebuild the fractured relationship. "Make your husband your best friend," she advised, unveiling a path towards healing.

H, fueled by a newfound strength, rekindled her passion for learning. Her daughter found a spot in the education program at PEC, breaking the cycle of limited opportunities. Stitching, once a mere necessity, transformed into a skill. H now stitches clothes not only for herself but also for her daughter. Her dream is taking shape — to stitch for her entire family and earn a living by catering to the needs of her neighborhood. 

H is grateful to Sambhali for being the beacon of change in her life. She appreciates the empowerment it brings to women like her, offering not just skills but a chance to rewrite their narratives.

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Sambhali Trust

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
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Govind Rathore
Jodhpur , Rajasthan India

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