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.
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