Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Facts and Figures

We have collected a few facts and figures from a few different online websites and documents which we would like to share with you today. The situation of Women and Girls and the plight for change.

Rajasthan holds the record for highest percentage of married females between the ages of 10 and 14, and has one of the lowest sex ratios in India.
Discrimination against women manifests itself in many forms that start even before birth. Sex selection, not celebrating the birth of female children girl-child, naming girls Mafi (Sorry) or Dhapu (Enough) and forcing them to drop out of school after primary level to assist at home are just some examples of this. The prevalence of child marriage and the dowry system, an insistence that girls keep purdah, domestic violence, and harassment of young girls by in-laws are also linked directly to gender inequality. Women are excluded from decision-making processes in their homes and communities, and traditional caste and community leadership structures do not encourage women to voice their grievances openly.

The condition of women in Rajasthan is pitiable in comparison to other states. Ours is among the worst states in the country for women. Infamous for child marriages, Rajasthan is among the states having worst sex ratios in the country . Here, women have to collect water from uncovered wells and cook food on firewood. Besides, the desert state also has the worst percentage of girls going to school in 15-17 age group. The women are not well employed too. The reproductive span of women here is second highest in the country.
Rajasthan not a place for women: Survey -

This Independence day the Trust's Women and Girls Empowerment Centres, Both the Sheerni and Laadli Boarding Homes with Volunteers and Staff went for a picnic at Mandore Garden, Jodhpur. A short video for your 

The status of adolescent girls’ education is a matter of great concern worldwide. For far too long, the right to an education has been denied to millions of girls, simply because they are girls. A recent UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) report indicates that of the 263 million children and adolescents not in school, 130 million are girls, mostly from developing countries, who confront the greatest challenges. Major barriers keep millions of girls out of school, denying them their right to lead lives of human dignity and equality. As an example, in rural India, girls must overcome the formidable obstacles of poverty, patriarchy, and child marriage to access their right to an education. 

"Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression."- Nelson Mandela
These Tragic Conditions Of Widows In India Are Truly Heartbreaking.
Ever heard the phrase 'Husband Eaters'? Well, this is what a lady is framed in India as when her husband dies. The condition of widows in India is really heart-wrenching. Though the 'Sati Pratha' has ended and widows don't have to throw themselves into the funeral fire of their husbands, still, they live a life that is really tough for them.When a lady in India loses her husband, she turns from 'she' to 'it'.
An interesting link below.

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 has autism, and nearly 1 in 8 has at least one neurodevelopmental condition.
According to the National Health and Family Survey 2015-16, around 35 per cent of children in India suffer from malnutrition. Nearly 35 per cent of Indian children are still underweight.
Some 174 children go missing every day. Only about 50% of them are ever found again. 
1.36 crore 'silent' calls received by Government Child Helpline in three years.
looking specially at the incidents of rape against children, an 82 percent increase in the number of cases in one year was reported in 2016.
An interesting article we share with you below.

Rajasthan–a state that has India’s fourth-lowest literacy rate.
Education crisis in Rajasthan, which recorded an overall literacy rate of 67%–less than Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana–and the country’s lowest female literacy rate (52.66%), according to Census 2011. Rajasthan’s female literacy rate is worse than the average for the Arab world and “fragile and conflict-affected” countries, according to World Bank data.
India’s seventh most populated state (68.5 million people), with 24% of its population between the ages of six and 14, Rajasthan also has many children out of school (5%), according to government data.
Rajasthan recorded the highest percentage of mothers across Indian states (69.7%) with no schooling, according to ASER 2014.
Full article available at 

We hope you help us to help these underpriviledge section of the Indian society. Please come and help us by Volunteering with us, buy handmade beautiful articles and help us raise funds to keep our projects running in Western Rajasthan.

Monday, July 09, 2018

From France to India, Pimp My World meets Sambhali Trust

Pimp My World Association was funded by Ilana and Adrien who wanted to help and support the Trust during their one year of travel. A year ago Pimp my World found Sambhali Trust and the opportunities for a new life that they were offering the women and children of Jodhpur and Setrawa. Knowing these issues that women systemically face in India, Pimp my World wanted to get involved and to help in a new way. After speaking with Sambhali Trust, Pimp my World visited Jodhpur for three weeks and visited all of the empowerment centers and the boarding homes to discuss with the teachers, women and children to understand how Sambhail works. Through these meetings, it was identified that computers and projectors for all of the centers were in dire need. With the help of Pimp My Ride’s generous sponsors M2E  and Sugar Foundation, computers and projectors were purchased for each of the centers. Seminars were held with all of the teachers to explain how to use each computer and how to utilize the various resource such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word can be used to advance the educational materials at the centers. These women were also trained on how to create excel sheets and documents to better record the attendance of the centers. Pimp My World hopes that the new materials will allow each of the centers to enrich the possibilities of teaching and will empower women further through using technology and advancing their skill set. Our next goal is to find a way to continue Pimp My World’s efforts by assisting the Fatima Empowerment Center.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Meet Nirmala, one of our sewers for the Boutique

Today, I met Nirmala, one of the “graduates” of Sambhali Trust who is working for the Boutique. I wanted to share her story with you…

Nirmala is a 40-year-old woman from the region of Varanasi. She now lives in Jodhpur with her husband, and her 4 children – 3 daughters and 1 son. She has been a part of the NGO for approximately 10 years now, and she is still passionate about the Trust and what we do. Despite being a graduate of our Sewing centre, passing a 2 year training course in sewing and embroidery, Nirmala prefers to be considered a worker at the Trust like the other women working with us in our centres and sewing groups.

Before Nirmala came to Sambhali Trust, she had a fairly traditional family: she stayed at home and took care of her children, and her husband was earning the money for the household. But their life was not always easy, and she got the feeling that it would be better for her children if she could also earn money to allow them to achieve more in life. She wanted to learn sewing and to start earning herself. Shortly after she heard about Sambhali Trust. She started to attend the lessons displayed there, learning embroidery and sewing and after 2 years, she was offered a job in Sambhali Trust.

Nirmala is now sewing for the boutique, making clothes and toys and decorating them with her embroidery skills. She prefers sewing to embroidery because her vision is deteriorating making embroidery more and more difficult for her. She is also using her new skills to make and repair clothes for her family.

Nirmala has now been able to achieve her dream for her family; they have more opportunities with an additional income in the family and her new skills have made her feel more independent giving her joy in life. Her opportunity has taught her the importance in independence and self-reliance, and she is determined to impart this advice to her children.

When asked what she would say to a young woman encountering Sambhali Trust for the first time, she replied that any young women who comes into touch with the trust should be aware of the opportunity working with Sambhali can provide. Sambhali Trust provides vital help for women by giving them knowledge and practical skills. Whatever happens in their life, the NGO stands by their side and supports them. The organisation can give women a helping-hand by getting them jobs, opening opportunities and providing funding if needs be. The organisations focus on education also means the Sambhali Trust provides deprived children with scholarship. To women with young children this can mean the world. She hopes that  her words will inspire more women to get involved with the trust to allow more and more people to benefit from such opportunities.

ChloƩ Cuvilliez