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Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman

by Sambhali Trust
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman
Offer a sewing machine to a Rajasthani woman

On 22 May 2019, the graduation ceremony took place in Sambhali Trust to present 166 sewing machines to students who had completed their 12 month training course in Sewing and Embroidery as part of their educational programme. The event was presided over by the HH Maharaja Saheb of Jodhpur where there was a short programme and certificates were given to the students. Sambhali students, staff, volunteers and members of Sambhali Trust's National Advisory Board attended and gave speeches at the ceremony. 

Talks were given on Women's Rights, Information on Psychological Health of Women and Nutrition for Women and Girls. 

It is with very grateful thanks to all those who donated towards providing these sewing machines, more than any previous year, including all of those who donated through Global Giving! With thanks to our volunteers who created fundraising campaigns and our Associate Organisations we were able to help 166 women provide an income for their families by them having the opportunity to sew clothes and accessories for the women and children in their community. 

Once again, thank you to all of you for your wonderful support!

We would like to continue with this Project, so that we are able to help as many students as possible next year in 2020 as well. We hope you enjoy the attached photos of the ceremony and the video clip. 

Maharaja of Jodhpur
Maharaja of Jodhpur
Govind Singh Rathore introducing students
Govind Singh Rathore introducing students
Members of Sambhali Trust and Advisory Board
Members of Sambhali Trust and Advisory Board
Students with their sewing machines
Students with their sewing machines

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Sewing in an empowerment centre
Sewing in an empowerment centre

This is to just a quick update to say that our Graduation Ceremony this year has been delayed from February, but now happily we have a date fixed of 22 May!  We will then be able to provide photos and information on how many women have received sewing machines and what a lovely occasion it is. 

Meanwhile we would like to thank everyone who has donated funds to provide sewing machines for our women who have completed their 12 month course in their Empowerment Centres in a basic academic education and a vocational skills training in Sewing and Embroidery where they have learnt to sew a variety of Rajasthani clothes, accessories and are confident in using both a treadle sewing machine and an electric sewing machine. The more usual machine used in Jodhpur is the treadle sewing machine, which we will be donating in May. These machines have the advantage of not using electricity and so are not expensive to run and are not susceptible to power-cuts that can happen periodically in the hot summer months. 

All the women receiving these sewing machines have the ability to be able to sew not only garments for themselves, their famiily and extended family! but also to earn an income for sewing Rajasthani clothes for the women and children in their community. Most clothes in Jodhpur are tailor-made. It is cheaper to buy the cloth and then tailor make them, rather than buying them "off-the-peg". Also it provides them with more choice. 

Your donations have been able to purchase 26 sewing machines for the women who will be receiving them in May. So a big thank you again to all of you who have donated and photos to come in late May of the ceremony itself. 

Meanwhile attached are some photos of the women making the garments in their lessons in the empowerment centre. 

A pair of salwaars!
A pair of salwaars!
Learning embroidery to embellish clothes
Learning embroidery to embellish clothes
Using a treadle sewing machine
Using a treadle sewing machine
Using an electric sewing machine!
Using an electric sewing machine!
A pair of plazzo trousers!
A pair of plazzo trousers!
Cutting out fabric...
Cutting out fabric...
Cute little dress!
Cute little dress!
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Sambhali Trust runs 7 empowerment centres with about 30 disadvantaged women and teenage girls in each centre. Within the centre they learn to sew garments and practise embroidery as part of the vocational training that Sambhali Trust offers each participant for 12 months. This enables them to have a good all-round education and to be able to earn an income once they have completed their course. We aim to provide all these women and girls their very own sewing machine on graduation day which takes place in February each year.

This enables all these women the opportunity to earn a living from home, thereby giving themselves some financial independence and to be able to help support their family. For the teenage girls, it offers them another skill to produce their own clothes and go further and make a business if they are not returning to full-time education.

All these sewing machines are the result of your's and others’ generosity, without which we could not provide these machines. These sewing machines provide the start to hope and prosperity for these women, who would not be able to afford to buy these sewing machines alone.

One of the teenage girls in our Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, Aarti, was speaking to one of our tutors and how a sewing machine will help her in the future.

Aarti has been connected with Sambhali Trust for last one year. Here she learns stitching along with studies in Hindi, English, Maths and general knowledge workshops in one of Sambhali’s empowerment centers for disadvantaged women and girls. Before coming to center she didn’t know how to sew but since coming to the centre over the last few months, she has learnt how to measure, draft, make patterns and sew a variety of Rajasthani garments.  She now she sews clothes for herself and her family. Her family supports her to come to center and they are very happy too.

Aarti’s mother died in her childhood, therefore, after growing up she manages the entire housework of the house and after that comes to the center too. She had studied previously at school until 8th class (secondary school goes onto 12th Class).  With the support of the center she has filled in the form to take the 10th class exams and so that she can further pursue her studies. She is also earning money by sewing clothes for other people in her community. There are various activities organised in the center like taking particpants to movies and short trips for recreation of the Sambhali students. Aarti had never gone for a movie before, therefore for her it was a great experience. For all these things Aarti and all the ladies want to thank Sambhali family.

Aarti will be one of the young women who will receive one of the donated sewing machines in February. We thank you all for your support and we hope to try and raise as much as possible to enable all our graduating students to receive a sewing machine, which will improve their lives.

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Sambhali Trust

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

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