By Rajshree Rathore - Head of Educational Services
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.
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