Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 2013

27th April

We have pleasure to introduce yourselves to our newest project called Sambhali Sisters's Babies supported by Ms. Kuhn and friends in Switzerland.

Sambhali Trust got permission to capacity build the program of orphan babies by the Child Welfare Committee of Jodhpur. These girl babies who are orphans, deserted by their families and found by the department of Social Justice and Empowerment in Jodhpur. The department takes care and protection of these babies at their Shelter home for babies.

Sambhali Trust provides daily health, hygiene, nourishment of
these babies by setting up a creche inside the building with engaging three care takers and a nurse for 24 hour service.

No matter how difficult the Indian bureaucracy is and red tape has become, we will do everything possible for a risk free future of these vulnerable babies because we think by the end of the day it is not about our ego but about saving lives.

We need your wishes for this program...

22nd April

The 3rd annual Rakhi Project is underway to raise awareness about domestic abuse in Surrey, Canada.

You'll be able to purchase a bracelet for $5 at several local Surrey businesses from June 26 to August 21, 2013, to show your support for love and respect around the issue of domestic abuse.

The bracelets and their pouches were handcrafted by a group of Rajasthani women from Sambhali Trust - a non-profit charitable organization that empowers women and girls.


20th April

Sanju Jawa 

My name is Sanju Jawa. I’m 29 years old. I went to school until the end of Year 9. My favourite subjects at school were English and economics. We learned about India and other countries – the school principal was our teacher.

I’m married. I got married twelve years ago and I have two children. They both go to school. They really like school. From March they will have scholarships from Sambhali.

Fourteen people live in our joint family. They are my parents, my two brothers, their wives and our children. I’m single – my husband used to hit me. He didn’t look after me or my children and now he lives with another woman. I am very happy to be back with my own family. I’m happy and my children are happy.

In our family, my two brothers and my mother have private jobs. My father has been blind for 10 years and he is on bed rest now. Money is very difficult for us.

My niece told me about Sambhali. I started here eight months ago. I like reading English, sewing and embroidery.

Before I started coming here, for four years I was already working and cooking in a girls’ hostel. Every morning at 7AM I went to the girls’ hostel and then I came here at 11:30AM. I get up at 5:30AM and prepare the breakfast and lunch for the family. Usually I came here by bus – Govind gave me the money to come here.

I am very happy that now my dreams can come true. I am now an employee at Sambhali Trust, I am assistant at the Sambhali Boutique. I make good income here and I am financially independent and able to make my dreams come true for the future of my children, who can graduate. My daughter will be a Circle Inspector officer in the police, and my son will be a computer engineer.

The struggle stopped!

15th April


We just arrived and it was an additional challenge!
For my first workshop, we had the idea to do it about “How to save the water?” There was a first part with facts as the percentage of water and land around the globe, the percentage of water in a human body, the water cycle, as well as the growth of the Indian population. There was a second part with a game (a race with cups of chai which were full of water and they were challenged to not spill). Volunteer at Sambhali Setrawa Empowerment Center- Ms. E. Guilloux

 13th April

Jasu Devi

 My name is Jasu Devi
“I have taken three loans of 7000, 8000 and 10,000 rupees respectively from my self help group under Sambhali Sheerni Self-Help group project.
Slowly I’ve been able to increase the volume of products in my little shop i started with my first loan. I’m repaying 1000 rupees every month. Earlier we used to work as labourers carrying sand for building projects. This has stopped now.
I now take 25% of the shop’s turnover as profit. Slowly we want to go ahead in life and become successful.”

12th April

After a successful medical camp in Sambhali brothers for sister project at Khetanadi, Jodhpur. We made another successful camp in Sambhali Jodhpur empowerment center today. We thank Sadhvi Shanti ji of Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital for making this possible very generously.

 11th April

Participants from Sambhali Brothers for Sisters project at "Describe the picture" workshop..

 10th April

Ganga Devi Nayak

My name is Ganga Devi Nayak, I am a tribal women’s chosen village leader of Solankiyatala Village, 110km west of Jodhpur in the thar desert, this village is a few kilometres away from Setrawa village. I think I am 51 years old. I have been a widow now for 10 years. Living in a poor rural community, the population is uneducated and generally earn a living through labouring in the local stone quarry. Since my husband passed away I have been dependant on my brother who works in the quarry. I was keen to help other individuals in my community and so soon gained respect from my fellow villagers and became the village leader.

Sambhali Trust wanted to help my community by forming another Self-Help Group under the Sambhali Sheerni Project. In January 2012, a group was formed of 13 women who started saving 50 rupees a month, with a Corpus Fund injection from Sambhali Trust. After a few months we were able to start applying for loans to help buy a goat, cow or start a small business. I have already initiated getting 6 small grocery shops started. I went on a field trip with staff from Sambhali Trust to Manav Sadhna, Gramshree and SEWA in Ahmedebad to learn about what can be achieved by another NGO and started doing some embroidery entirely from what I saw and memorised there.

I helped 5 tribal girls who wish to study, by helping them enroll under the Sambhali Sheerni educational program. These tribal girls with 10 other girls from Setrawa village are helped with accommodation, full board and schooling in a private school in Jodhpur in risk free future away from the patriarchal society.

I am a strong and determined woman and wants to help the women in my community find a way to earn a living through their own hard work and enterprise. With the help of the Trust, I hope that my hopes become a reality.

8th April

Dhau Devi

I was born in a village two hours from Setrawa. I was 14 years old when I got married, and moved to Setrawa with my husband. Now I have four sons and two daughters. One daughter is married and living with her husband, and one son got married so his wife is now living with us. My oldest son completed 8th standard before he got into a bad driving accident, and his injuries and operation now prevent him from working. None of my other sons or daughters are working.
Three years ago Manju Meta first came to my area and she told all of us about Sambhali’s Self-Help group program. She told us good things about the program and that it would help us so I thought, now I’m just sitting in my house, I should try this opportunity to make things better.
I took money for the first time two years ago. I took a 7,000 rupee loan and 3,000 of my own family money and I bought a flour grinder machine. In my area, no one has a grinding machine, so this has been very helpful for us.
Six months ago, my husband died. Sambhali gave me a grant for 20,000 rupees so I could open a little store with sweets and clothes. No one in my family was helping to support me. I had four older brothers-in-law, but they’re all dead, and I have two younger brothers-in-law but one is very ill with blood in his cough so nobody can help me when my family needs help.
My oldest son who had the accident can’t do anything, the second is sometimes doing stone work with his uncle but he is really too young to do this, the third one is working as a stock boy at a vegetable stand, and the fourth also can’t work because he has a stomach problem that doctors can’t figure out. They’ve done many x-rays and tests on him and still they don’t know, and he must take medicine every day, so he has many medical expenses.
I’m not scared about the future anymore. I have a lot of trust in Sambhali and I feel that if I need help in the future, they will help me. Sambhali Trust sponsors one of my daughters to go to a private school in Setrawa village.
Because Sambhali helped me, now I want to grow my shop business. I will buy clothes, dishes, plates and kitchen things, a refrigerator to sell cold drinks and ice cream in the summer, and more. I’m very happy with this program and I will never forget how they helped me.

7th April

Sajiyo Devi

I am from Belwa, near to Balesar, 40 minutes from Setrawa. When I was very young, my father died, and my mother had to go door to door to get food for us. I got married when I was 15 years old and moved to Setrawa. My husband was 25 years old. He was working in a stone mine.
Now, I have 5 daughters and 2 sons. Now I am a widow – my husband died one and a half years ago. I have 4 children still in the house – 2 daughters are married and one, Asu, is at the Sambhali Educational program in Jodhpur.
3 of my daughters got married at one time to save money, but one is too young to move in with her husband (she’s 14), so she continues to live with me until she is old enough.
When my husband died, I got 30,000 rupees from the government – I used this money to marry my daughters and for my husband’s traditional twelve days of mourning.
Dhau Devi told me about Sambhali 3 years ago and made me want to join. Before Sambhali, if I needed money, I had to ask my Rajput neighbours for smaller sums. It is better now that I can come to get this money from Sambhali.
On my first loan from Sambhali, I took 6,000 rupees for two goats. Now I have four goats, they are providing my family with lots of milk, and later I will sell the two baby goats for money.
My second loan was 2,000 rupees. I tried to start a business selling vegetables door to door, but that wasn’t successful, so I stopped it. It was summer, and the vegetables were rotting.
The third time, Sambhali donated one flour grinding machine to me.
2 of my sons and 1 daughter are sponsored by Sambhali to go to private schools in Setrawa.
Trying to choose what is the best thing that Sambhali has given me is very difficult; for me the best thing of all is Sambhali.
I like the weekly meetings because if I have any stress or problems I can tell all the ladies in my group, if I need money I can tell the President of the self help group.
Now I am only 1 woman and I am doing housework, flour grinding, and sometimes stone work to support my family.
My future plans are to make a small shop attached to my house for my flour machine and other goods.

 5th April

Today with kind and generous help of Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital we conducted a medical camp with a Gynecologist and a physician at our Sambhali Brothers for Sisters project.
We had 123 patients. Eighty seven of them went to Gynecologist and 36 went to the Physician.
Some of them had eye problems and 95% of them were Anemic.
The patients were given free consultation and medicine. Women and girls were given flyers about healthy food and hygiene information..

4th April

Indra Devi

My name is Indra Devi. I am 40 years old. I was married at 15. When my husband and I were first married, he wasn’t working, but then he bought a big stone mine. For a time, we had money.
I have two daughters, one married and living in Chaba, one and a half hours away.
Five and a half years ago, my husband died in a car accident with 25 other people. The driver was drinking alcohol. The car was full of the men of 4 surrounding houses – all the men in my family, my brother in laws and their cousins also died in this car.
So then we were 4 houses of only women, who couldn’t do anything. I had to sell the stone mine to help support us.
Then I learned about Sambhali. I had no other ideas of what to do, and Govind said he would help us, so I joined the group. I learned about it 3 years ago from a friend. I just started with 50 rupees a month, then I took 9,500 rupees and I bought a cow. I started to sell the milk from the cow and help my family a little bit. One of the other women in my family now has a flour grinding machine, and one of my granddaughters in sponsored by Sambhali to go to private school in Setrawa. Another woman in my family wants to take a sewing machine.
I’m the older in my family, so all the responsibility is on me. Seven kids from the family are living with me – kids of the parents who died in the car crash. Now I am not feeling good every day and I wonder, if I die, who will take care of these children? There is still a lot of stress in my life.
Two other women in my family are enrolled in the Narega scheme with the government to work in construction, but I can’t do this work because I am too old.
For my next loan, I’d like to start a small shop. We are very far from the market here so all my neighbours and people would buy from here – it would be a good business. I hope to take this loan in the future.

3rd April

Elise and Thibault, our volunteers from France decided to do a workshop recently at our Sambhali Setrawa empowerment center about Light. They made candle lamps, visual aid and finally a shadow show.

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