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Help empower Women & Girls in India during COVID-19

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Sambhali Trust is an NGO focused on the development and empowerment of marginalized women and girls in Rajasthan. We work throughout Jodhpur and the surrounding Thar desert with women and children experiencing discrimination and violence on a daily basis due to economic, gender, and caste status. These women face extreme poverty and social exclusion - deprived of education, health care, and legal resources. Many lack any autonomy in their domestic lives, and face severe verbal, physical, and sexual abuse within their communities.
At Sambhali, we equip underprivileged women with the tools to become financially independent, provide for their children, and establish self-sustaining communities of support. In addition to providing classes in Hindi, English and Math, Sambhali Trust teaches income-generating skills such as sewing, hand embroidery and computer and business knowledge.

The lockdown, imposed in India due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has abjectly affected women with regard to their socio-economic conditions. During the intense lockdown, they were trapped inside their homes with the rest of the family members day and night which caused tremendous pressure on them. On one hand, they became victims of the increased pressure to carry out the chores of the houses, fulfilling the expectations of everyone in the family, right from the children to the elderly and their husbands, while on the other hand, it was them who were the target of the frustration of the males of the family caused by losing their jobs.
The phenomenon subjected them to victims of domestic violence in many of the cases, especially in the rural areas, which has been confirmed by various studies and surveys. The lockdown has paved the way for these family abusers to control all activities at home oppressing weaker family members.

At Sambhali, our women have an opportunity to stay out of their homes for few hours a day learning new things and escaping the patriarchal oppressions back at homes. Here, mingling with their likes at our Women Empowerment and Primary Education Centers of Sambhali, they share their stories and perceptions with each other and draw strength to fight the hardships of their lives in a friendly, safe and encouraging environment.
But first the lockdown and then the restrictions of the unlocking phases have barred the Trust from carrying out all its activities, both for women and children. All the projects have ceased to continue, thereby shutting the doors for these women to our Empowering Centers and children to schools and the Boarding Homes leaving them with no option than to stay in the same distraught family conditions.

But we cannot leave them to their destiny. The dream of a vaccine is still far-fetched and with persistent pandemic restrictions, economic conditions will also take longer to be normal. So, the sufferings of those women and children do not appear to be over any time soon.
In such a testing time, two square meals is still a chase for many of them. Sambhali Trust is committed to support those families by providing them food until the economic conditions are on track. We have done this through 3 months of lockdown distributing groceries in 12 villages about 100 km West of Jodhpur serving 566 badly affected families covering about 3000 km under amid harsh weather conditions of the desert. This apart, 1143 other families were contacted for basic awareness about Covid-19 and distribution of soaps and masks considering their inaccessibility to the precautionary information. We are still serving 23 such families, both rural and urban, and would not hesitate to add more deserving ones.

We try to support Sambhali’s women and anybody else who needs our help as much as possible. Everybody faces problematic situations right now but the pandemic and long lockdowns hit some people harder than others.
In order to reach out to more people in need in this difficult time, we are also using our Nirbhaya Telephone HelpLine (1800 1200 020). We provide support and counseling for those suffering domestic and verbal abuse and medical emergencies as well as practical help and referrals to appropriate agencies within Jodhpur. This helpline can also be used for those who are in need of food, clothing, masks or emergency supplies in Jodhpur and Setrawa. We will be able to provide these resources from Sambhali Headquarters.

For the sustainability of this endeavor and Sambhali’s mission to serve the humanity and stand by the people, we need your support!

Please visit our Website for more information: Sambhali Trust - Website
Our latest report: Annual Report 2019/2020

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4th September 2020
Hello dear Sponsors,
Welcome to our new main Milaap fundraiser!

Thanks to all of you, our last campaign was so successful that we thought we would start a new one for our ongoing Covid-19 projects.  We have been able to raise enough money through our last fundraiser together with all your generous donations, to fund the food ration kits for 544 families in the desert from March to July 2020.

But our mission is not done yet, so – what has happened in the last weeks since our last campaign stopped?

Food distribution:
These days, we are still feeding families in Setrawa and neighboring villages who have no other means of social support, are isolated and have no income.  Additionally, food ration kits are being given out as requested through our SOS project in Jodhpur. In July, in Setrawa, we were able to distribute food packages for one month to 24 vulnerable families, in August to 23 families. One ration kit that lasts one month for around 5 family members costs 1,302 rupees (15 Euros/18 Dollars). Therefore, we have spent around 31,000 rupees for the families per month.

In Jodhpur, one family contacted us and asked for one food ration kit for a month, which we gave from our base at Sambhali HQ. We are ready to support anyone in need of food, clothes, masks and basic essentials.

Covid-19 has been kept to a minimum in Setrawa but unfortunately, the numbers are gradually increasing in Jodhpur. The Rajasthani authorities have strict guidelines and red and green zones and a good contact and trace system. Everyone has awareness of the hygiene precautions that must be taken, so the virus is being confined as much as possible. People are continuing to live their lives and go back to work now but schools and colleges are still closed.

Stay blessed and tuned for more updates in the near future!
Thank you very much for your support.
Sambhali Trust


Some of the desert families that are still receiving food packages:
 


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Hello dear Sponsors,
Welcome to our new main Milaap fundraiser!

Thanks to all of you, our last campaign was so successful that we thought we would start a new one for our ongoing Covid-19 projects.  We have been able to raise enough money through our last fundraiser together with all your generous donations, to fund the food ration kits for 544 families in the desert from March to July 2020.

But our mission is not done yet, so – what has happened in the last weeks since our last campaign stopped?

Food distribution:
These days, we are still feeding families in Setrawa and neighboring villages who have no other means of social support, are isolated and have no income.  Additionally, food ration kits are being given out as requested through our SOS project in Jodhpur. In July, in Setrawa, we were able to distribute food packages for one month to 24 vulnerable families, in August to 23 families. One ration kit that lasts one month for around 5 family members costs 1,302 rupees (15 Euros/18 Dollars). Therefore, we have spent around 31,000 rupees for the families per month.

In Jodhpur, one family contacted us and asked for one food ration kit for a month, which we gave from our base at Sambhali HQ. We are ready to support anyone in need of food, clothes, masks and basic essentials.

Covid-19 has been kept to a minimum in Setrawa but unfortunately, the numbers are gradually increasing in Jodhpur. The Rajasthani authorities have strict guidelines and red and green zones and a good contact and trace system. Everyone has awareness of the hygiene precautions that must be taken, so the virus is being confined as much as possible. People are continuing to live their lives and go back to work now but schools and colleges are still closed.

Stay blessed and tuned for more updates in the near future!
Thank you very much for your support.
Sambhali Trust


Some of the desert families that are still receiving food packages:
 


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$422 raised

Goal: $20,000

103 Days to go

Beneficiary: Sambhali Trust info_outline
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Carin donated €100

Support the way to "new normal"💚🙏

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Laura donated €20
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Leslie donated $200
Sigrid
Sigrid donated A$80

You are all always in my heart and mind... xo

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Cornelia donated €20

To get started - hugs, Cornelia