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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Celebrating Holi in Sambhali Trust

The two national and even international festival days of the Holi bring together the Hindu community every year in March. The common goal is to celebrate a renewal in the year, corresponding to the purification of his soul by the recognition and the externalization of his sins. The cult of the Gods, the throwing of multicolored flowers or  sheaves of colored powders are at the rendez-vous, and at Sambhali Trust especially !

This year, this event took place on Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd of March. But since Holi is the occasion to exchange smiles, surprises, music, and also good food it is also a great opportunity to strengthen the humans relationship of the community of the Trust!

Thus, Sambhali Trust organized a special event on 28th February 2018 for the staff, volunteer, women and children of the Trust.
We welcomed in the patio of Durag Niwas guesthouse about thirty women and about twenty children coming from different centers in Jodhpur. We celebrated the event with traditional music, performed by talented musicians. The famous yellow, red, white flowers, falling from the upper floors exulted us with joy. The entire Sambhali Trust team was there, laughing under a shower of flowers : volunteers, women and children are invited to go into a trance to find a certain balance in their lives. It was a couple of hours which seemed to be out of time and space, we were transported by the pleasure of being so united for a single common cause and shared values.

On February 2nd, we celebrated Holi with the colored powders with the volunteers and members of the Sambhali Trust staff. It was an amazing morning, between rainbow colors and water jets, everyone finished it in a very particular state. The pictures speak for themselves.
We will remember these two days as an opportunity for the Indians to share a joy such as Christmas, to start the spring with a new surge of joy and aspirations. May your new spring also shine with us and all the women of Sambhali Trust.


Sambhali's March for International Women's Day - 7th March 2018

Last week, Sambhali celebrated International Women's Day.

At the beginning of the week all the centres took part in some workshops on women's empowerment, where we explored women's rights and role models. Beautiful protest posters were made by the women, with slogans they felt were important such as "Let me live my dream."

On the evening of the 7th of March, all the students, staff, volunteers and friends of Sambhali Trust, took part in a march for women's rights. At six o'clock there was a sea of pink as huge number of women and girls gathered outside the Durag Niwas guesthouse.
The women proudly held up the posters they had been making earlier in the week. Torches, posters and banners were waved high as everyone marched forward shouting "Nari Shakti Jindaabaat !" and other empowering slogans.

The energy that everyone had was incredible, creating a huge amount of noise ! People came out of their houses to watch, or stopped in their tracks to take videos. As the women of Sambhali where gathered in the town center, at Nai Sarak Circle, some journalists came to interview some members of the organization. The women sang "We Shall Overcome" and the national anthem. The march really demonstrated the impact that women can have when we stand together !