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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