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.)

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