Friday, October 23, 2020

Positive signs on Sambhali's fight against Covid 19, update on Sambhali's Nirbhaya Helpline and Sambhali Boutique

Positive signs on fight against Covid 19

There is relieving news on Covid 19 here. The positive cases are now showing the signs of decline for the past few days. With the festive season of Diwali approaching, this is good news for all of us, who have been looking forward to the return to pre-lockdown normality, especially with the economy getting on track. The development is also an acknowledgement of tireless efforts of the government and its agencies to sensitize and to encourage people to keep precautions like wearing masks and keeping distance.

We also have been constantly working with the city administration in this drive to fight against Covid 19, which had commenced with making and distributing masks to the police and administrative officials in August. With this making of masks also is in progress and we are close to our target of 15000 masks. All of the masks, made so far, have been provided to the administrative officials and Municipal Corporation for their mask bank free as well as their free distribution to the people on the roads.

Trust’s anti-Covid endeavours have also been recognized and appreciated by the city administration time and again. The officials of administration have not only endorsed our efforts but have also preferred to partner with us to take this fight to the ground.

Recently in a meeting with the voluntary organizations of the city, the District Magistrate Mr. Indrajeet Singh shared with other participants, the work of the volunteers of our Trust and appreciated us for our initiatives and ideas like “Toko, Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) and “Mharo Mask, Mhare Shahar Ro Maan” (My Mask, Pride of My City). Jodhpur Municipal Corporation has also provided us with some vehicles for the campaign, which have joined Trust’s 4 vehicles, already taking rounds of the city sensitizing people and distributing masks free. Trustee Mr. Virendra Singh and volunteers Saurav, Ranveer and Praveen have been walking the narrow market lanes of the walled city with a public address system appealing people to wear masks and maintain distance.

This week we also muster support of very special volunteers (transgender community) to boost our drive against Covid. We owe the community head of Jodhpur seat, Kamla Bua, for accepting our proposal to join us in this fight without any hitch. 18 of their volunteers are walking with us in markets asking people to wear masks in their own style. People first hesitate on their intervention and then quickly follow their advice.


Sambhali Nirbhaya Project Workshops

While our psychologist Ms. Abhilasha and legal expert Ms. Shivani are already providing much needed counselling and guidance through our Helpline to the aggrieved callers, the victims of gender-based exploitation or atrocities, we have also launched workshops on Domestic Violence and Mental Health at our centers in Jodhpur. These two experts have been joined by 3 more volunteers Ms. Palak and Ms. Falguni, both advocates, and Ms. Anukriti, a journalist.

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The entire team of 5 very enthusiastic members has been striking discussions with the women and girls of our centers on various aspects of gender-based violence and persuading them to open up about the subject for an objective discussion. They are encouraging them to ask questions, share doubts and seek solutions to this very social problem victimizing the females.


Sambhali Boutique gears up for festive season

Our sewing team has prepared new products with the festive season in view. Ms. Kavita and Ms. Rashi have worked tirelessly harnessing their creative instincts to come out with some very beautiful designs for Xmas tree decoration and other festive occasions ahead. The sewing center team have devotedly worked on these designs and worked wonders on converting them into reality with their craft skills. This is a very encouraging development in the time when we all are struggling to return to normal routine at our centers.

Trying to make a comeback in business and not being able to open our Boutique in Jodhpur, we are still providing work for 10 of our graduates, who desperately rely on their income from the Sewing Centre. We are introducing a new range of beautiful hand-crafted products for Diwali, Xmas and New Year and we do hope you like them...!

Written By Ajay Parmar (Mr.)

Monday, October 12, 2020

 A new milestone in fight against Covid 19

We achieved a new milestone in our fight against Covid 19 pandemic, when the Trust-designed awareness campaign, christened as “Toko, Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) and “My Mask, Pride of My City”, found endorsement with the City and Municipal Administration.

Under this campaign, which was designed by us to take our fight against Covid 19 down to the masses, the Trust roped in 4 vehicles equipped with a public address system and banners bearing messages to make the public aware about use of masks and taking other precautions.  

Divisional Commissioner Mr. Samit Sharma and District Magistrate Mr. Indrajeet Singh along with senior officials from Municipal Corporation, flagged off these vehicles from District Collectorate on Tuesday morning with some vehicles of the Municipal Corporation. Trustee Virendra Singh and volunteers of the Trust in anti-Covid 19 campaign Saurav, Ranveer and Praveen took responsibility for this campaign. All these vehicles have been taking rounds across the city with masks made by our women at our sewing center.

The Municipal Corporation, which is a nodal agency for awareness about masks among the people, has also given place to the activities of Trust on its social media page on Facebook as a gesture of acknowledgement of our endeavors.

We have, so far, distributed 9500 masks including those, donated to the Administration, Police department and Mask Bank of the Municipal Corporation. 5500 more masks are under process of sewing at our sewing center employing our women in this difficult time.

The partnership of Trust with the administration in anti-Covid 19 drive has brought tremendous recognition and appreciation for the Trust for its sensitivity and concern for public life. This has provided an important platform for the city officials to have a deeper understanding about the Trust and its activities.

Girls observe International Day of the Girl Child

The girls and women also celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. We know that the world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls. Many of them have no access to education. Due to COVID19, the situation has been getting worse for girls around the globe. So, with a view to acknowledge the importance of the occasion and supporting the girls through education, the participants of the Trust designed their own beautiful posters to mark this special day, prepared short presentations and wrote poems expressing their sentiments and vision about the issue. We are very proud of their enthusiasm in participation and expression. We all agree that Girls can do anything! Below is the glimpse of their solidarity and creation :

Meanwhile, the empowerment centers and sewing center have started buzzing with activities with all 8 centers in Jodhpur and 1 center in Setrawa reopened on 1 October. Due to the restrictions, the class is sub-divided into 3 groups attending 2x per week, each center being open on Monday-Saturday. Tutors have been well-prepared in all the safety and hygiene precautions as well as discussing their revised curriculum with the Head of Vocational Training, Rashi Kwatra and Head of Educational Services, Rajshree Rathore. Most centers are learning Hindi, Maths and English as well as Sewing and Embroidery.  

Sambhali Nirbhaya Project

The pandemic and consequent lockdown had brought to mankind some harsh experiences based upon their socio-economic conditions and gender orientation. One of them is the noticeable rise in violence against women, who were compelled to be in homes constantly with their partners, mostly abusive, and family. The National Commission for Women (NCW) received 2,043 complaints of crimes committed against women in June, the highest in the last 8 months.

With this surge of violence against women, the Trust has expanded the purview of its Nirbhaya Helpline to include the women and girl victims of violence/atrocity/exploitation of any kind under its Sambhali Nirbhaya Project. During this 3-month pilot, started on 1 October, our aim is three-fold: to provide psychological and legal support to the afflicted women through our telephone Helpline, to provide improved crisis management channels of referral with the local police and hospitals to enable survivors to receive Sambhali’s support and to create, publish and distribute educational material on legal rights in an awareness campaign. This project is led by 3 new members of our Sambhali team, a psychologist Abhilasha Chouhan and a legal expert Shivani Singh, who are providing the women in need with much-needed advice and counseling and assisting their long-term rehabilitation. 

write-up by Ajay Parmar (Mr.)

Monday, October 05, 2020

 Reward for Sambhali

The past week was of rewards and recognition for the Trust. We received India’s COVID Soldier Award for the week by the Better India, a digital publication of the stories that inspire, jointly by ATE Chandra Foundation. Govind was chosen out of a total 8 nominees, chosen by the organizers to honour the inspiring acts of bravery, compassion and kindness in the fight against COVID-19.

We are prompted to dedicate this award to all our friends, family, well-wishers, board members, staff, volunteers and donors and all those, who directly or indirectly made Sambhali, what it is today, standing eligibly for this prestigious award. We believe that this recognition will fuel more energy and devotion in us in our pursuit to serve the humanity and of course, in our fight against COVID-19.

Fight against COVID 19 continues with City Administration

Our endeavours to rise against the COVID-19 by making and distributing masks for the past 2 months have also been recognized by the state government and the administration. We had been invited by the administration to the video- conference with the state government to discuss the seriousness of the situation of novel coronavirus and ways to deal with it, especially in context of the tremendous spike in the positive cases as well as deaths. Our trustee Mr. Virendra Singh and Secretary Mrs. Shyama Tanwar represented the Trust in the conference, which was chaired by the state’s health minister Mrs. Raghu Sharma with many other leaders of political parties.

Same day, a meeting was also organized by the District Magistrate Mr. Indrajeet Singh at his office to chalk out a joint strategy to deal with the menace of the infection in the city. All those, present there, shared their views and ideas. Managing Trustee Mr. Govind Singh and trustee Mr. Virendra Singh attended this meeting.

With support of the Administration, the Trust has launched a forceful campaign for the compulsory use of masks amongst the masses by intervening those who are negligent about the mask. Our volunteers’ team has been roaming through the city distributing masks, especially to those, who are without masks on the city streets or shops and pasting posters at the shops with the message “No Mask, No Service”.

We have also donated 4500 masks to the municipal corporation of the city, for which we were given a certificate of appreciation by the Administration which has recognized us as an important partner in its efforts to battle COVID 19 in the city in an effective and uncompromising manner. Not only the zeal of the trust in this fight but also the quality of the masks, has won the appreciation from the Administration and its officers in person.

In such an adverse time, when the masks are nothing but life-shields, these masks have also turned out to be shields for our women against the economic crisis; they have had thrust upon themselves due to pandemic. Stitching masks at our sewing center above the administrative office at Sambhali HQ has helped them get employment and earn money. We are happy to continue working for this noble cause assisting the Administration and supporting our women.

Reopening of Empowerment Centers and Sewing Center

Meanwhile, our empowerment centers started buzzing with activities from October 1. We re-opened our 8 urban and 1 rural centers apart from the Sewing Center for girls and women after 7 long months. We know that the time is quite unfavourable and Jodhpur is having 400-500 positive cases with 4-5 deaths every day, but at the same time, we cannot afford to let our women be at their homes in disappointment.

All the girls begin their day with a brief session of yoga in the morning with the rising sun, so that they could have adequate fitness and energy in their body for the rest of the day. Good immunity is the need of the time these days and always. 

We are taking all the required precautions and have been receiving girls and women in small groups at the centers to maintain social distancing. The prayers of our well-wishers and blessings of all those, whose lives, we have affected, will help us sail through this difficult time.

Author: Ajay Parmar (Mr.)