Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India

by Sambhali Trust
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India
Empower Underprivileged Women & Girls in India

Dear Friends and well-wishers of Sambhali Trust, we hope everyone is safe during these times.

Good actions give strength to us and inspire good actions in others.
“An effort made for the happiness of others, lifts us above our ourselves”  - Unknown.

We would like to thank you for your generous help and support throughout our fight against Covid-19. It was highly motivating and encouraging for our team.

At Sambhali HQ, the staff is vaccinated with 2nd dose on August 22nd ,2021.
We presented the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at H’ble Rajasthan High court for Transgenders vaccination, which was kindly accepted.
Recently we had arranged vaccination camp at Sambhali HQ, where our participants from empowerment centers with their families got vaccinated.
We thank our funders, with their generous support from July 1st, 2021, we could move our 3 empowerment centers to the new locations where we could reach more needy and poor participants and we are able to fulfil Sambhali’ s objectives to empower women and help children, especially girl child.
We came across many women who reached us for ration during lockdown and with their concerns. They wanted to learn and be independent, but did not have any direction. We could choose the new locations according to the need and demand of these women and now those women are part of empowerment centers. They are very happy as many of them were very sad because they lost their loved ones. Loss of work and income, hunger and worry for challenges ahead, all have been through very stressful and frustrating times.

Sambhali has been distributing ration kits since Covid-19 first wave since March 2020 and in second wave under COVID Relief Program we launched the Western Rajasthan’s first raw food ration bank. With this we distributed 1150 dry ration kits and total number of beneficiaries is 7085 in Jodhpur. We also reached women and families in Setrawa village; Jaisalmer dist., Barmer Dist. And Dechu Tehsil, the total number of beneficiaries in rural areas is 1050. As most of them lost their jobs and due to lockdown and restrictions there was lack of income, we repeated the ration kits to the many beneficiaries in every 15 days until the situation got better in these places.

During ration distribution we had come across many women who were facing challenges and dealing with difficulties eg. Loss of jobs, lack of income, debts, no education for children, lack of food or hunger, lack of medication, domestic violence and daily circumstances and situations. I am sharing a story below of one of the women amongst these..

Name: R
Age: 33
Gender: Female
R is one of them who was facing domestic violence and her husband was alcoholic since long time and she came to Sambhali for help. Her husband’s liver was damaged, and he couldn’t do any work. There was no earning from very long, she herself started picking rag for earning. When she came to Sambhali, she had a wound bleeding on her forehead, as she was hit from back by a car while she was picking rag from roadside. We took her to the hospital and provided medication and her wound was taken care. We also wanted to provide medical assistance to her husband health condition as she has 4 young daughters, but unfortunately her husband had sudden death from long suffering. There was no other earning member apart from her. R was in a vulnerable condition and did not know whom to ask for help as her family was also not very well off. From Sambhali Trust we helped her financially and we also gave her ration during COVID Relief Program. She has started to work again as we motivated her to start her life again. Our main goal is to provide help and support and prepare women for the life ahead. We also would like to help her with girls’ education so daughters can have a better future.

At present the schools have reopened from standard 6th-12th, the younger class girls in boarding homes stick to the online classes. The tutors and housemothers try their best and motivate them to keep them interested in their daily classes. Staying inside from long and for active learning we have also introduced indoor educational games, different workshops, and self-defense classes, which bring them lot of enthusiasm.
As we have Laadli Boarding home for age of 4years to 13yrs and Sheerni boarding home14yrs to 18years, and now we have Abhaysthali for College going girls. Where the girls who have passed out 12th standard will be moved to Abhaysthali and will have their daily routine accordingly for minimum of 5 years.

We are very grateful to all our generous donors, without their kind support, we would not be able to achieve our aims and objectives.

Thank you,
Sambhali Trust
Jodhpur.

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SOS September update 2021

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Empowerment centres were closed till 30th of June. They have been reopened since July 1. Sambhali has been distributedRations among families for the entirety under the COVID relief program. With this we distributed 1150 dry ration kits and total number of beneficiaries is 7085 in Jodhpur. We also reached women and families in Setrawa village; Jaisalmer dist., Barmer Dist. And Dechu Tehsil, the total number of beneficiaries in rural areas is 1050. As most of them lost their jobs and due to lockdown and restrictions there was lack of income, we repeated the ration kits to the many beneficiaries in every 15 days until the situation got better in the city. Many medical equipment was donated to the hospital. A vaccination camp was also organized to make vaccinations available to the participants of Sambhali. During these rough times our support give strength to the families. This is all possible because of your generous support.

 

Name: A

Age: 24

Gender: Transgender

A was a boy who was doing MBA from Russia and during lockdown stayed in India and then met D on social media and started having regular chats and meeting they fell in love with each other and, A underwent gender change changed his gender after having a lot of fights with the family after so much of arguments and struggle her family accept her and allowed her to go for operation. They support her financially with their savings for the first operation after taking this step the family members of boy were not supporting the couple at all. She came to the trust for help as after operation she had problem related to mensuration and for that she needs to have another urinary operation and for that she doesn't have any support from anyone, so the trust helps her out in the second operation. She was very thankful to the trust for their help.

 

Name: P

Age: 34

Gender: Female

P arrived at the trust, she was in pain aching from loss, as her husband passed away because of HIV. she has been with Sambhali for 9 years now. She had 3 children and her in-laws were not supportive of her after her husband's death, so she relocated to her maternal home to live with her family, to no avail as even they did not treat her nice. They were 20 family members, and they all are living in a congested 3 room set house.

She was in need to find a way to look after her children. She got to know about Sambhali from Fatima centre in her neighbourhood. She began to come to the empowerment centre, and she grows and develops as she learns. She had to make bracelets as her first assignment, she made 305 bracelets, but they got rejected, she shares "that day I cried". She did not give up and went on to join a 15-day training programme to join the graduates programme and passed. she did not just work at the centre but also looked after other members and helped them safely commute to and from the centre.

in acknowledgement to her commendable work, she was appointed supervisor of the graduate programme. When she became supervisor in the graduate's programme and did wonderful work. She works diligently and has a jolly personality. but due to the covid crisis the graduate programme was shut down for some time and her family suffer a lot. but Sambhali has stood with her through thick and thin, since then, she has received medical help for children and herself through Sambhali. She Even received help from the trust through a scholarship for her children's education. When the new office was established, she started working as an office keeper.

Parveen ji has just started to eke out a stable life for herself and her children, as her oldest son presented a new dilemma. he stated that started " I want us all to stay in a different house and said if we will not stay in different house than I will not stay with you and stay with my grandmother." It was shock for her as for whom she is doing all hard work her eldest boy would say that.

After that she took this step, she started living in different house, but it is way too much for a single mother to live alone and take care of all the expenses. She earned Rs. 6000 monthly which is not sufficient income to live in this economy.

She shifted her house with her mother's help but did not have any equipment's and material to support herself with. So, the trust decided to help her out during this crisis. We help her out in purchasing utensils and essentials so that she can stay happily with her children. she is grateful for all the help she has received these past years, she shares that joining Sambhali has been for the best and looks back on her time with Sambhali with fondness.

 

Name: S

Age: 30

Gender: Female

S was part of Sambhali Trust in the Empowerment Centre. In 2016 she had dengue after that she had regular weakness and she was losing her weight constantly. When she started coming to Sambhali and met us we saw her and suggested her to see doctor. When she visited hospital with our staff after all check-up doctors said that this is the symptom of TB and it's a start of it so if you will have one year course than it will help you in fighting with this disease. After having one year course her life was running smoothly.

During the lockdown when everyone is facing the crisis her family was also victim of it. Her husband was jobless, and she was the only one who is earning in the family. There was no family support. Because of this everything was so tensed, so she was having a lot of tension because of which she had bleeding from nose and mouth. So, when we came to know about it, we took her again to the doctor and got her prescribed. Now she is feeling much better.

 

Name: M

Age: 42

Gender: Female

M has been with Sambhali for 13 years. After her marriage her husband did not treat her well, they used to quarrel a lot, she has even reported verbal and physical abuse. She endured it for a while, in hopes of him realizing the error in his ways and treating her better. All in vain. So, her parents took her and her children home with them, her husband did not leave her alone even then, he started coming to her paternal home and start heated arguments, creating a scene. One day he even got into a scuffle with the neighbouring lady. She was injured during the scuffle and needed rest, the lady worked at Sambhali, noticing her absence she was sent help. That is how Meera got in touch with Sambhali. She started coming with 10-15 women. She has had a lot of support from Sambhali since then. She had one of her children have their school complete with the help of a scholarship provided by the Trust and complete a hotel management course. When she fell sick, she even got support for medical expenses. She is very happy with her choice. She wanted to thank Sambhali for all that it has done for her, and women like her, making them into more competent, independent, and proud members of society.

 

 

Name: S

Age: 11

Gender: Male

S has severe physical disability and is mildly mentally challenged. His father works as a peon, his mother spoke on his behalf.

She said that when he was young, they did not notice anything amiss, but as he grew older, he did not achieve crucial milestones of development like speech or mobility from waist-down. He has been provided with a wheelchair by Sambhali for his ease of movement. His mother also shared that he used to have episodes of fits and he had not developed his mental faculties properly due to his physical weakness. Thankfully with proper medical attention his fits have not reoccurred for quite some time.

Although his legs have not improved much, he started speaking about a year and a half ago, he speaks in clear but short sentences. All thanks to routine medication that Sambhali has financed for him, He has 2 siblings they both were provided scholarship. When his mother started learning sewing at the sewing centre, she got to know about the programme under which she could get S treated, she requested for medical assistance for her son which she was duly provided. Since then, he has had regular supply of medicine. She hopes that one day Saurav will be able to attend school like his brothers.

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During this pandemic, whilst Sambhali has needed to close its projects, the SOS HelpLine has remained open. We have had calls over the last few months, the majority of which have been regarding domestic abuse. Jodhpur has been in lockdown until the end of May and areas under strict curfew, so that there was no ability to see people in person. Counselling is being done over the phone. Also because of the nature of the daily issues that each and every family needed to deal with during lockdown, there are no case stories this month, although there are the statistics from the calls in the attached document. 

Sambhali has been busy in the rural Thar desert area of Setrawa, providing food to 544 families who had lost their jobs during lockdown. We surveyed 1143 families in the area and connected over 250 families to a Whatsapp group to provide the latest information.We calculate that the number of direct beneficiaries was 3209 people by the end of May. Since the beginning of June, lockdown has eased and most villagers have now been re-employed apart from 22 families Sambhali are still supporting. In the city of Jodhpur, we have had about 20 families asking for food rations whilst in lockdown. 

Since 1 June Sambhali has started opening the Office iin Sambhali HQ with limited staff. We then developed a training programme for staff in computer skills, English and volunteer management. We have been providing this since the end of June. Sambhali's projects are still closed although the 10th and 12th grade students were able to return to Sheerni Boarding Home to take their exams.  We won't know until about mid-August if and when the schools will re-open. At this stage then, we will know if we can open our boarding homes and empowerment centres. 

Thank you very much for continuing to support this cause.


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Sambhali kids showing off their skill
Sambhali kids showing off their skill

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Sambhali Trust.

I was super excited to visit this organization as my interaction with the founder – Govind, was so welcoming and friendly, I wanted to skip all the site visits in between and get to Jodhpur, Rajasthan directly. Unfortunately, a few days before I found out that Govind’s brother passed away and so I wasn’t sure if I would even get to visit the family. However, when I got there, despite the grief, Govind still make a site visit possible for me. Thanks to Govind, an amazing team of volunteers and staff, I got to meet the ladies and their children who benefit from the Sambhali Trust.

Sambhali is housed within a beautiful guest house that Govind runs. The NGO section is also beautiful with inspiring paintings, women learning sewing in one corner, and practicing in another corner. The best part is that the environment is really kids friendly – while mothers study, the children are free to play and stay occupied with books and games. You can see the enthusiasm for photos as they pose for my camera. By the time you leave Sambhali, you can’t help but feel really positive about the world and that good things are happening.

A major strength of Sambhali are its volunteers, who come from all over the world for extended volunteering stints. They contribute their design and organizational knowledge as well as skills and continuously improve the organization. After the training center, I went to the advanced sewing center, where women were busy fulfilling an order they had received. There they create the cutest stuffed toys which are not only sold at the Sambhali Boutique, but also go on order to other countries. These stuffed toys have great designs, thanks to ideas from the volunteers and the creativity of the women, and looked so tempting I wanted to steal a stuffed elephant and the mermaid lion, which was my personal favorite. Thank you Sambhali for the site visit and great memories! I definitely hope to be back there someday, stay at the guest house, volunteer and spread some Sambhali love! 

A beautiful work environment
A beautiful work environment
A class running on the side
A class running on the side
I get to spend some time with the kids
I get to spend some time with the kids
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At the advanced sewing center
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We are very happy to announce that we have reached our goal of raising 10,000US$ for our Project: “Empowering Underprivileged Women and Girls in India”.

It has just been over 2 years since we posted this project on the Global Giving website and with the very generous support from all of you who have contributed to giving the women in our Jodhpur Empowerment Centre the opportunity for a better way of life, we have reached our original goals for this project.

We have successfully been able to maintain the Centre and give 60 women over the course of 2 years tuition in sewing and embroidery skills as well as tuition in reading and writing Hindi and English conversation classes.  We have had the professional help of 2 permanent tutors, as well as many foreign volunteers who help with English conversation classes.  Every week we require raw materials for the sewing classes and notebooks and stationery for the tuition classes.  We have been able to provide every girl who successfully completes the course with a sewing machine that they can use at home.  This means that they can make clothes for themselves, their family and also can potentially earn a living by making clothes for people in their community.

We have managed to purchase a van, which was one of our goals.  This now helps with transportation of the women and girls from their homes to their respective Empowerment Centres, throughout Sambhali Trust.  This is a real benefit as before we needed to rely on the local rickshaws, which proved very costly. Occasionally we are able to take the girls on visits to the local radio station, information centres, the local park for an annual picnic and we also use it for the transportation of staff and volunteers.  We have also been able to hold health camps, employ the professional expertise of counsellors, dance choreographers, and the local government officers to talk on women’s rights and provide advice where to seek help in Jodhpur, as well as instruction classes on self-defence.

Sambhali is not only about learning vocational skills but developing the self-esteem and knowledge of these women and girls, who have been deprived of a good education and know little apart from the household chores that they are required to do on a daily basis.  Without the ability to have labour-saving appliances, all the work needs to be done by hand from the cooking, cleaning, washing for the whole family.  By giving these girls the time and space  to express themselves, developing their personality through different workshops that have been held on health, nutrition, drama, photography, dance, how to use a pc, send an email etc., geography, women’s rights – all these add to their development, which in turn helps them continue in life with a different frame of mind; one that isn’t  just expecting to live the same life as their mother, with girls secondary to boys, accepting verbal abuse from boys because of their gender and their caste.  We hope that we are helping these girls to realise that they have a lot more to offer in life and at the very least the chance to have a better marriage, to perhaps a boy who is more educated and therefore who is able  to have a more equal relationship with his wife and they are able to treat their own children whether boys or girls in the same way. 

Sambhali Trust now incorporates 11 projects in total and we are constantly supporting more and more women and children in both Jodhpur and in the village area of Setrawa 100km away.  We have been able to help educate girls in our Scholarship project through direct sponsorship on an annual basis to go to a good private school, (we have 81 children in school in total) and our Self-Help Group Project in Setrawa, is helping presently 96 women where they are able to start up their own small businesses, such as buying a goat or cow to sell the milk, buying a flour-grinding machine, or starting a small shop.  Both these projects have been running for the last 6 and 3 years respectively and are proving very successful.  As Sambhali has become more well-known in the Jodhpur area we have been approached by individuals to help them fight a divorce case and have applied for legal aid through Sambhali as well as a few individuals such as a woman called Dakhu from the Setrawa area, who was in need of acute psychiatric medication due to suffering (two) miscarriages and has suffered with post-natal psychosis.  We wouldn’t be able to help these women if it wasn’t for the generosity of so many people.  Their families would be suffering as to how to care for them with no help from the government and for many women it has given them hope and financial support in a time of great need. 

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us reach out to these women and girls, and giving them hope for a better life.  Sambhali Trust has been running for 6 years now in total and the number of projects has grown to include 4 Empowerment Centres, 2 Self-Help Group Programmes, Shelter Home, Educational Project, the Graduates’ Sewing Centre, Sambhali Boutique and a Scholarship Programme.  To help continue our work with all these projects and helping individual women in urban and rural areas, we will post another project on the Global Giving website to incorporate the different needs that have arisen.

In a time when India is fighting for the justice of women, then you can be assured that your generosity has served to develop these women and girls into stronger and more assertive women of the future....

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Reshma sewing curtains
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Block-printed scarves drying in the sun
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Sambhali Trust

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

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