Educating the Girls and Women of Rural Thar Desert | Milaap
Educating the Girls and Women of Rural Thar Desert
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  • Govind

    Created by

    Govind Singh Rathore
  • ST

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Sambhali Trust

    from Jodhpur

80G tax benefits for INR donations

Project Shiksha
Padma (11) used to graze cattle instead of going to school. Jeenat (10) had to take care of her siblings, while her widowed mother was working to feed the family. 
Most girls in rural Rajasthan cannot live their childhood. From early ages they have to work in fields, fulfil household chores and bear responsibilities akin to an adult. If they attend school, their parents fear for their safety as they travel long distances by foot. Often as adolescents they are married off, just to see their daughters facing the same sad fate they experience.
To break this vicious circle of illiteracy and poverty, Sambhali Trust has set up three boarding homes in Jodhpur, providing quality education for over 50 girls mostly from the rural Thar desert.

Sambhali Trust is an NGO focused on the development and empowerment of marginalized women and girls in Rajasthan. The Trust works throughout Jodhpur and the surrounding Thar desert with women and children experiencing discrimination and violence daily due to economic, gender, and caste status.

At Sambhali Trust’s boarding homes marginalised girls can explore their capabilities and discover their unique talents. Through love and acceptance, emotional wounds are healed, and confidence is built. Girls learn to trust and believe in themselves and others. With this self-assurance each girl can recognize and fulfil her potential.

Practically these goal are reached by providing:

Good academic education
The girls are enrolled in very good private schools or college. School-aged girls are provided daily help with homework to improve success in their academic studies. Extra computer tuition and weekly sewing classes are given as well as workshops on a variety of topics ranging from health and hygiene to legal rights, geography, and the environment.

Safe accommodation
Girls live in houses with ample space for learning and for growing as a community with the elementary and secondary school girls under the protection of a house mother and tutors. They learn about their right to be free from violence, how to recognize and take action against gender-based violence, and how to protect themselves through self-defense.

Develop their personality
Counselling, support and advice whenever required help to improve the girl’s self-confidence and ability to deal with their emotions, thoughts and concerns as they are growing up. Extracurricular activities help the girls to broaden their horizons, develop their interests, enhance practical, critical thinking and social skills as well as taking responsibility.
  • Laadli Boarding Home is for 20 girls between the ages of 6-12 years. Here a sound base for their further education and development is laid.
  • Sheerni Boarding Home provides 25 girls with secondary school education until 12th standard (final year in school).
  • Abhayasthali Boarding Home is for young women who previously attended the Sheerni Boarding Home and are now attending college—the first women in their families to do so.
    At Abhayasthali, they form a community, cooking and taking care of their own daily needs, but with support from the Sambhali community to help them navigate college and study for important tests, as well as the opportunity to participate in Sambhali workshops and self-defense classes.

To read more about Laadli and Sheerni Boarding Home kindly look at the supporting document.
For the sustainability of this endeavor and Sambhali’s mission to serve the humanity and stand by the people, we need your support!
To learn more about Sambhali Trust visit the website
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