Education  India Project #24445

Scholarships to enable 12 children to go to school

by Sambhali Trust
Scholarships to enable 12 children to go to school

Many thanks to all who have given donations to provide scholarships for children in Jodhpur to go to school. We have been able to fund 5 students through GlobalGiving donations to go to school for a year, thanks to your help. The last student whom we have funded is a girl called Khusboo. Khusboo had been going to school previously but we have needed to find new sponsors this year.

Khusboo is 14 years old and lives in Khetanadi, a district of Jodhpur. Her father is a tie-dyer of fabric and her mother is at home looking after the children as Khusboo has 5 siblings (2 brothers and 3 sisters) of which only Khusboo and 2 other siblings actually go to school.  Her father suffers from heart problems and so they have regular expenditure on medication. Khusboo is in 10th class and she should have 3 more years at school. It is Khusboo’s dream to be a doctor and her favourite subject is science which she really enjoys. We do wish Khusboo well in her efforts to do well at school and to go on to Higher Education.

In May 2017 we held our annual ceremony to grant Scholarships to over 220 children who are receiving education this year through generous individual donations worldwide. We were fortunate to be able to have as our guest, Mrs Sukanya Bharatram, who is the great granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. The Scholarship Programme will continue every year to support these children to provide them all with a good education and the opportunity of a better life.

Dancing at the presentation of the scholarships
Dancing at the presentation of the scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram presenting scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram presenting scholarships
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram with children at ceremony
Mrs Sukanya Bharatram with children at ceremony
Scholarship students after presentation ceremony
Scholarship students after presentation ceremony
more scholarship students receiving their grants
more scholarship students receiving their grants
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There are 190 students being sponsored this year through our scholarship programme. The Indian school year starts in April, they then have their summer holidays from the end of May until end of June and start again on 1 July. This is the story of one of the students sponsored through the Scholarship Programme as told to our tutor Vimlesh Solanki. All the students are very grateful to all their sponsors and to those sponsoring through GlobalGiving. It really does help to improvie their lives. 

Name of student Lajwanti.

I am 17 years old. My father used to work but he never gave any money to my mother for household expenses as he used to spend it all on alcohol. My mother worked at a private job and she earned 4000rs per month, but that was not enough for running a household including me and my sister.  My father also suffered from diabetes and all he did was drink alcohol and constantly fight with us. He did not bring any food to eat for us.  After he died a few years ago, all the family’s responsibility came onto my mother’s shoulders and we had very little money. In 2013 we came to Sambhali Trust and told our story and Sambhali were able to help me and my sister, Kalyani go to school. I finished my last year of school this year and I got a final grade of 61.60%.  I am now continuing to college following my sister learning typing and computer skills. I would like to become a school teacher, but we will both get a job to help my mother and the responsibility of the family.

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thank you letter from student
thank you letter from student

A year of education is now coming to an end.

Students in our scholarship programme are taking their final exams of the year at the moment. We have children sponsored in schools from 3 years old onwards. Some of our students have studied for several years, have progressed to higher education and have finished their degrees and diplomas. We are very proud of them. Some of the young girls and boys have become role models for many children that are following. Our participants are poor and needy; their mothers or women in their family are participants of the Trust. This is the reason these children have been properly evaluated and the Trust has been able to invest in their education with generous and continuous sponsorship by their sponsors including all those who have supported this programme through Global Giving.

Some of our students have a school break after their final exams in the first week of April. Their schools will then re-open and provide them their report cards and enroll children into the next standard (school class). From 15 May students will have their summer break until 1 July if because it is too hot to study and temperatures in the region hover around 35 °C (95 °F), with daily maxima occasionally topping 50 °C in the rural desert areas (122 °F).  It is then time for the participants to write thank you letters, send personal reports and photos to the sponsors and we have already started looking for new sponsors and for new children to sponsor. 

We would like to share a story with you about Mr. M who is a taxi driver in Jodhpur and father of six daughters and a son. He kept on having children because his family thought they needed a boy child to carry on the family name. Mr. M. is a heart patient and has had surgery to put stents in his heart. He is the only earning member of his family and earns about 8000 rupees a month which is not even sufficient for the running of his household. He was recommended to Sambhali Trust by a former member of our National Board of Advisers. He came to the office and wanted the Trust to help him send his daughters to school. The Trust met with the girls and was very happy to see them enthusiastic about education and the need to go to school or continue their schooling. With the help of individual sponsors all the six girls are now back in school and enjoy studying very much. Mr M and his wife are very proud of their daughters. They realize that education can make their daughters independent and strong.

2011 Literacy Rate in Rajasthan (population 68.5 million)

We would like to share some data about education with you from our state Rajasthan, India.

In the 2011 Census, the Rajasthan literacy rate was 66.11%, (less than Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana). The male literacy rate was 79.19% however the female literacy was only 52.12%

Total number of literate people = 38,275,282

23,688,412 Males

14,586,870 Females

Male-female difference in literacy rate in Rajasthan = 28% (the national average = 16.7%).

24% of Rajasthan’s population is between the ages of 6 and 14 years old of which 5% don’t attend school.

References you may like to read:

another thank you letter from a student
another thank you letter from a student
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Monica, a Dalit girl from a very poor background, living in Jodhpur,  has been in our Scholarship Project since 2008. She joined the first Sambhali Empowerment Centre in 2007. She was enrolled in class 6 at a local school, 2 years later, after dropping out of school for 4 years due to family and financial reasons.  Monica was always a bright student and a star pupil; she played netball for the school team and has always been a spirited girl in defence of women's rights. She has very good public speaking skills, being encouraged to speak to many members of the press, officials and the public during a variety of conferences over the years that have involved Sambhali Trust.
 Now Monica is in the final year of her college studying for a Bachelors of Arts. She has also done her Hotel Management diploma in parallel to her degree studies, from the Indian Hotel Management Institute in Jodhpur as well as working part-time at Durag Niwas Guesthouse to earn a small income and being a member of the Sambhali staff as a field worker for the Sambhali Scholarship project which has total number of 201 children in 2016-2017.
It is a proud moment for both Monica and the Trust to have her join hands with the development of children coming to Sambhali to fulfil their dreams of better education in a healthy environment.
We are very happy with the generous contribution of our sponsors that we were able to sponsor 201 children into schools this year.
We have accepted one application of a 14 year old girl called Pooja who lived on the street with her mother, father and younger brother. She is going to be enrolled in school from April 2017. She is living with us at Sambhali Sheerni Educational Project (Boarding Home). Pooja's mother and Pooja were taking care of the household and its income. The family lived through rag picking.
This year under the Sambhali Scholarship project we have some information below.
Primary classes we have 97 children (56 girls and 41 boys)
Upper primary 39 children ( 28 girls and 11 boys)
Secondary classed 29 (21 girls and 8 boys)
Higher Secondary class 19 (12 girls and 7 boys)
College 17 children ( 13 girls 4 boys)
Number of girls: 130
Number of Boys: 71
The two girls that have been sponsored through Global Giving donations are Nandani and Rajnandani. 
Nandani studies in class 2 and Rajnandani studies in class 1. Both the girls have just finished their half yearly exams. Their father drops them to school on his motorbike. Their brother goes to the same school. Their parents are working the whole day and their Grandma looks after them and feeds them lunch etc.
They are very happy to have the chance to go to school and are very thankful for the opportunity.
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Nandani and Rajnandani
Nandani and Rajnandani

We are delighted through our current donations we are able to sponsor a further 2 girls to go to school. They are sisters: Nandani, who is 8 years old and Rajnandani who is 7 years old.

 Nandani studies in the 2nd year and Rajnandani studies in the 1st year; they are both attending Sagar Public School in Prithvipura, an area in Jodhpur close to where they live. Their parents are labourers, which is very hard work and earns little money. 

It is early days at school but already Nandani feels she would like to work in the Police Department because she says she wants to catch thieves and those people who behave badly.  At the moment she enjoys her new adventure at school and her favourite subject is Hindi.

 Rajnandani says she would like to become a doctor because she wants to help poor people.  She enjoys studying, dancing, playing and ‘travelling’ (getting out of her living quarters and travelling to school etc…).  Her favourite subject is English.

 Sambhali’s Scholarship Programme has been going for 9 years and last year there were 192 children being sponsored last year including 22 girls in Sambhali’s own Boarding Home in Jodhpur.


1st to 5th class 107 children.

6th to 8th class 36 children.

9th to 10th Class 24 children.

11th to 12th class 13 children.

In College 12 children.


Here are a few examples of the older students:

 Monica and Deeksha have completed their computer course in Computer Concepts; Monica and Deeksha together with Aman have also finished their studies in Hotel Management and are now in their final year for their BA. Monica is also now working as Assistant Manager at Durag Niwas Guest House and assists with administrative work for the Sambhali Scholarship Programme.

 Reena is in her final year of competing a B.A.

 Poonam has finished her studies at school and she is now preparing for her pre-medical entrance test. This exam is taken to assess whether the student has the ability to study to become a nurse or a doctor. Her sister Chandrika is going to work at Sambhali as a Hindi tutor earn money to make sure that Poonam does not get financial problems to become a doctor or a nurse. It is very expensive to take on a medical career in India. Chandrika is also studying for a B Ed to become a professional teacher herself.

 Shashikala finished her school studies and now she is studying at college on a computer course.

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Sambhali Trust

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

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