Saturday, November 07, 2020

Communication from Her Majesty the Queen of the UK, Microsoft 365 and much more

 Communication from Her Majesty the Queen of the UK

The Trust stood proud and humbled by the letter from Her Highness of the UK in acknowledgement of our invitation to her to visit the Trust. She expressed her gratitude over the invitation and was touched to receive the invitation.

Expressing her warmest wishes for the Trust, she, however, expressed her inability to accept the invitation to visit the trust as she no longer undertakes long distance overseas travels.

We had also sent her two pieces of decorative items prepared by the Trust as souvenirs along with the invitation letter, which also caught her fancy.

It was indeed a gesture of great pride and blessings for all the Trust members and all those associated with us directly and indirectly to have such a kind words in recognition to our work.


Culmination of Covid-19 Awareness Campaign

We successfully wrapped up our 3-month long Covid awareness campaign on October 31, which we are in partnership with the city administration and Municipal Corporation. We had begun this campaign with manufacturing of handmade reusable masks by our sewing center women primarily with a view to provide employment to them. These masks were initially distributed among police officials, administrative officials and mason labourers at different spots of the city free of cost. Later, the Trust made masks were also donated for the Mask Bank, set up by the Municipal Corporation.

Later, this mission of the Trust attracted attention of the city administration and together with the administration, the Trust launched a unique “Toko-Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) drive with a view to spread awareness among the people about masks and social distancing.

We have achieved the target of manufacturing 15000 masks, of which over 10000 masks have been distributed free of cost and rest have been kept as reserved in order to meet any urgency in future.


Sambhali Nirbhaya Helpline

Our Helpline has received incredible response since its inception. In one month over 70 women have called up on Helpline for seeking help from our psychiatrist Ms. Abhilasha and legal expert Ms. Shivani. Victims of domestic and other gender-based violence or abuse, especially in the situations arising from pandemic situation that has hit the economy and family incomes, these women have suffered the male aggression in and out of their families.

Besides counselling on Helpline, some women have also visited our office in person to have one to one conversation with our counselors. The Trust has strived hard to satisfy them and provide them any assistance, the Trust could provide within its capacity.

Both Ms. Abhilasha and Ms. Shivani been walking door to door distributing flyers prepared by the Trust in Hindi language reaching out to more and more women apprising them about the Helpline and its objective. They are knocking on about 100 doors every week distributing these flyers sensitizing them about the gender-based abuse encouraging them to report it on Helpline instantly, even if it is happening in their neighbourhood or even with any unacquainted woman in their knowledge.

Simultaneously, legal awareness workshops are being conducted continuously at our centers sensitizing the women and girls about domestic violence and mental health.

This initiative of the Trust has also caught the attention of one of the leading global media houses, the 

CNN. The documentary made by the CNN over reported surge in domestic violence in pandemic era has covered our counselling sessions to the victims and spoke to our counsellor Mr. Abhilasha about the issue and its gravity.


Handmade products draw demand

Intensive efforts in developing new designs by our designer Ms. Kavita and hard work by our team of sewing center in converting these designs into a real product have brought desired results. We have fresh demands from overseas buyers for these products and we are presently working hard on ensuring timely delivery of the orders.

This growing demand of our products has infused a fresh lease in our sewing team as it has resulted in continuous employment for them helping them to support their family income, which has been hit by the pandemic slowdown.

With the deliveries of these orders, we believe that the stories and dreams of these underprivileged womenfolk will reach the homes of the buyers this Christmas and New Year. Each of these products is a signature product by our design and sewing artists and a testimony to their craft skills, we have inculcated in them.

These homemade ethical articles for home and Christmas decorative articles and gifts are also available at Sambhali Boutique, which had been shut due to lockdown but under revival now.

The products listed on our website, can also be ordered by e-mail at 


Microsoft 365 Business Premium Service for the Trust

In a major development, the Trust has earned the eligibility for free nonprofit donation from the global tech giant Microsoft. Our volunteer and Project Manager Mr. Aram Bishop signed the Trust up to Microsoft’s nonprofit portal and as a result, we are now entitled to use Microsoft 365 Business Premium services including full Office 365 Suite for computers and mobile phones and many advanced Cloud services with upto 1 TB of Cloud space.

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.

Another proud moment guys!
Good afternoon all, this is the broad interactive CNN just published on global domestic violence.

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.)