Help empower Women & Girls in India during COVID-19 | Milaap
Milaap will not charge any fee on your donation to this campaign.

Help empower Women & Girls in India during COVID-19

Tax benefits
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

Details for direct bank transfer / UPI payments

Bank Account details:

Ask for an update
23rd November 2020
Dear Sambhali supporters and friends all over the world, 

Welcome to our newest Milaap update! We hope all of you are fine and safe.

These weeks, adapting to the “new normal” and the situation in general is working better than before. On Saturday, Sambhali’s founder & Managing Trustee, Govind Singh Rathore, has visited all centers to see how the new students are doing and how everybody is coping with the rules, etc. It was great to see that all are doing well and enjoying their daily tasks and activities.  

Our two boarding homes are also doing well. We have started online tuition with the girls in Sheerni (class 6 and above) and have local tutors and volunteers teaching in Laadli with the younger children.

Our COVID-19 Awareness Campaign
End of October, we successfully wrapped up our 3-month long Covid-19 awareness campaign which we did with the city administration and Municipal Corporation. We started this campaign with the manufacturing of handmade reusable masks by our Graduates, primarily to provide them employment. These masks were initially distributed among police and administrative officials and labourers at different spots of Jodhpur. Later, the masks by the Trust were also donated to the Mask Bank which was set up by the Municipal Corporation and we also launched the campaign “Toko-Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) to spread awareness.
Now, we have achieved the target of 15000 masks of which over 10000 masks have been distributed for free. The rest has been stored to deal with any urgency in the future. We are continuing to support the 23 families in the district of Dechu Tehsil and Setrawa with regular grocery kits.

Sambhali’s newest project: The Nirbhaya project 
Our new Team Members, psychologist Ms. Abhilasha and legal expert Ms. Shivani, are already providing much needed counselling and guidance through our Nirbhaya Helpline to the aggrieved callers. In the last month, more than 70 Women have called the Helpline number. The callers are usually victims of gender-based violence & exploitation or atrocities. Especially during this pandemic, women are suffering more male aggression in and outside their families. Furthermore, we have also launched workshops on Domestic Violence and Mental Health at our centers in Jodhpur. These two experts have been joined by local volunteers.
Besides counseling on the Helpline, some women have also visited our office in person to have one to one conversations with our counselors. The Trust is trying its best within its capacity to satisfy them and provide them with any assistance they need.
At the same time, we go from door to door to distribute our Nirbhaya flyers in the neighborhood of our women and girls Empowerment Centers in Jodhpur. The flyers are in Hindi and consist of our helpline number and important information on domestic violence, etc. We want to sensitize the people about the gender-based abuse and encourage them to call the Helpline instantly, also if anything happens in their neighborhood.

Additionally, some of our staff distributed sanitary pads to Jodhpur’s habitants this week. Each day, more than 800 million women and girls around the world have their periods, and we still consider it a taboo. We have started this campaign to break the taboo of discussing menstruation and promoting the use of sanitary pads. We not only aim to create awareness but also combat the barriers surrounding the health of the females.
The whole Sambhali Team is involved in our spontaneous activities to support local people in this difficult time.

Only one month until Christmas! 
The Christmas Season 2020 is for sure different than all previous festive seasons but it’s always possible to bring some Christmas atmosphere into your own home.
Our Graduates have made new products for the festive holiday which were created by Ms. Kavita and Ms. Rashi. The girls and women have worked on these designs for a few weeks now. They all love creating the beautiful items besides working on ongoing national and international orders. Since our boutiques are still closed and no tourists see their craft skills and buy their handmade products, they are thankful for additional opportunities.
All products listed on our website and in the catalogue (Sambhali Boutique) can be ordered via e-mail: info@sambhali-trust.org

Thank you for your support and all positive messages and wishes we receive every day. It means the world to us! Stay blessed.
Sambhali Trust
Dear Sambhali supporters and friends all over the world, 

Welcome to our newest Milaap update! We hope all of you are fine and safe.

These weeks, adapting to the “new normal” and the situation in general is working better than before. On Saturday, Sambhali’s founder & Managing Trustee, Govind Singh Rathore, has visited all centers to see how the new students are doing and how everybody is coping with the rules, etc. It was great to see that all are doing well and enjoying their daily tasks and activities.  

Our two boarding homes are also doing well. We have started online tuition with the girls in Sheerni (class 6 and above) and have local tutors and volunteers teaching in Laadli with the younger children.

Our COVID-19 Awareness Campaign
End of October, we successfully wrapped up our 3-month long Covid-19 awareness campaign which we did with the city administration and Municipal Corporation. We started this campaign with the manufacturing of handmade reusable masks by our Graduates, primarily to provide them employment. These masks were initially distributed among police and administrative officials and labourers at different spots of Jodhpur. Later, the masks by the Trust were also donated to the Mask Bank which was set up by the Municipal Corporation and we also launched the campaign “Toko-Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) to spread awareness.
Now, we have achieved the target of 15000 masks of which over 10000 masks have been distributed for free. The rest has been stored to deal with any urgency in the future. We are continuing to support the 23 families in the district of Dechu Tehsil and Setrawa with regular grocery kits.

Sambhali’s newest project: The Nirbhaya project 
Our new Team Members, psychologist Ms. Abhilasha and legal expert Ms. Shivani, are already providing much needed counselling and guidance through our Nirbhaya Helpline to the aggrieved callers. In the last month, more than 70 Women have called the Helpline number. The callers are usually victims of gender-based violence & exploitation or atrocities. Especially during this pandemic, women are suffering more male aggression in and outside their families. Furthermore, we have also launched workshops on Domestic Violence and Mental Health at our centers in Jodhpur. These two experts have been joined by local volunteers.
Besides counseling on the Helpline, some women have also visited our office in person to have one to one conversations with our counselors. The Trust is trying its best within its capacity to satisfy them and provide them with any assistance they need.
At the same time, we go from door to door to distribute our Nirbhaya flyers in the neighborhood of our women and girls Empowerment Centers in Jodhpur. The flyers are in Hindi and consist of our helpline number and important information on domestic violence, etc. We want to sensitize the people about the gender-based abuse and encourage them to call the Helpline instantly, also if anything happens in their neighborhood.

Additionally, some of our staff distributed sanitary pads to Jodhpur’s habitants this week. Each day, more than 800 million women and girls around the world have their periods, and we still consider it a taboo. We have started this campaign to break the taboo of discussing menstruation and promoting the use of sanitary pads. We not only aim to create awareness but also combat the barriers surrounding the health of the females.
The whole Sambhali Team is involved in our spontaneous activities to support local people in this difficult time.

Only one month until Christmas! 
The Christmas Season 2020 is for sure different than all previous festive seasons but it’s always possible to bring some Christmas atmosphere into your own home.
Our Graduates have made new products for the festive holiday which were created by Ms. Kavita and Ms. Rashi. The girls and women have worked on these designs for a few weeks now. They all love creating the beautiful items besides working on ongoing national and international orders. Since our boutiques are still closed and no tourists see their craft skills and buy their handmade products, they are thankful for additional opportunities.
All products listed on our website and in the catalogue (Sambhali Boutique) can be ordered via e-mail: info@sambhali-trust.org

Thank you for your support and all positive messages and wishes we receive every day. It means the world to us! Stay blessed.
Sambhali Trust
24th October 2020
Dear Friends and well wishers, 
 
Good news: even though the numbers of positive Covid cases in the city have been growing, they are now showing signs of decline for the past few days. The development is also an acknowledgment of the great work of the government, police officers and habitants themselves by following all implemented rules to fight the virus.

To fight the virus in the rural area, we are continuing to help 25 families around Setrawa with groceries kits on a regular basis. This work won’t stop until they are back on their feet and can provide essentials for themselves. Additionally, we have now distributed more than 5,000 masks to various authorities in Jodhpur, including to the Rural Administration, Quarantine Center and laborers on the streets. After several meetings, the Direct Administration in Jodhpur has requested another 10,000 masks for the general public to be produced by Sambhali Trust, which will be made by the women in 3 of our Empowerment Centres and provide them with a vital income.They are grateful for Sambhali’s support and asked us to produce posters for shops and government flyers which underline the importance of face masks and social distancing.

At the instigation of the Local Administration, the Trust has also launched a campaign stating “No Mask, No Service” where people cannot enter shops without a face mask. They appreciated us for our initiatives and other ideas like “Toko, Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) and “Mharo Mask, Mhare Shahar Ro Maan” (My Mask, Pride of My City). Our Trustee Virendra Singh Chouhan and local volunteers are taking care of the campaign and distributing the masks, posters and flyers. To work with us, the Jodhpur Municipal Corporation has also provided us with some vehicles for the campaign which are now taking rounds of the city sensitizing people and distributing masks free.

The women who joined our newly opened Women Empowerment Centers are settling in well and everybody is adjusting to the ‘new normal’. They enjoy learning embroidery, basic Math and English and how to make Rajasthani garments as well as weekly workshops on subjects including Mental Health.

In the last few days we are very happy that all the girls in both our boarding homes are able to return, according to government guidelines. Grade 6th-12th years will have online-learning under the supervision of Rajshree Rathore our Head of Educational Services. Those in 5th grade and younger will have home-schooling with tutors providing lessons both morning and afternoon.  

Stay tuned for more updates on our daily work. We hope all of you are well and safe. Thank you for your endless support!
Sambhali Trust 
Dear Friends and well wishers, 
 
Good news: even though the numbers of positive Covid cases in the city have been growing, they are now showing signs of decline for the past few days. The development is also an acknowledgment of the great work of the government, police officers and habitants themselves by following all implemented rules to fight the virus.

To fight the virus in the rural area, we are continuing to help 25 families around Setrawa with groceries kits on a regular basis. This work won’t stop until they are back on their feet and can provide essentials for themselves. Additionally, we have now distributed more than 5,000 masks to various authorities in Jodhpur, including to the Rural Administration, Quarantine Center and laborers on the streets. After several meetings, the Direct Administration in Jodhpur has requested another 10,000 masks for the general public to be produced by Sambhali Trust, which will be made by the women in 3 of our Empowerment Centres and provide them with a vital income.They are grateful for Sambhali’s support and asked us to produce posters for shops and government flyers which underline the importance of face masks and social distancing.

At the instigation of the Local Administration, the Trust has also launched a campaign stating “No Mask, No Service” where people cannot enter shops without a face mask. They appreciated us for our initiatives and other ideas like “Toko, Corona Roko” (Intervene and Stop Corona) and “Mharo Mask, Mhare Shahar Ro Maan” (My Mask, Pride of My City). Our Trustee Virendra Singh Chouhan and local volunteers are taking care of the campaign and distributing the masks, posters and flyers. To work with us, the Jodhpur Municipal Corporation has also provided us with some vehicles for the campaign which are now taking rounds of the city sensitizing people and distributing masks free.

The women who joined our newly opened Women Empowerment Centers are settling in well and everybody is adjusting to the ‘new normal’. They enjoy learning embroidery, basic Math and English and how to make Rajasthani garments as well as weekly workshops on subjects including Mental Health.

In the last few days we are very happy that all the girls in both our boarding homes are able to return, according to government guidelines. Grade 6th-12th years will have online-learning under the supervision of Rajshree Rathore our Head of Educational Services. Those in 5th grade and younger will have home-schooling with tutors providing lessons both morning and afternoon.  

Stay tuned for more updates on our daily work. We hope all of you are well and safe. Thank you for your endless support!
Sambhali Trust 
6th October 2020
Dear friends,
 
Welcome to our Milaap update!
We hope all of you are fine and safe wherever you are.
 
As in most countries around the world, the COVID numbers are gradually increasing in India. There are more than 70,000 registered new cases on a daily basis and also Jodhpur is still hit badly by the virus. The city had another total lockdown last week and the authorities changed the guidelines again to only 3 people are allowed to be together outside their homes in one place.
 
Sambhali continues to try its best to help as many people as possible with masks, food rations, clothes and basic essentials. In September, we were able to distribute food rations to 25 vulnerable families in Dechu Tehsil district in rural Rajasthan. We are so grateful for the worldwide support for Sambhali and those families in need.
 
Last week, both in Jodhpur and Setrawa our Hindi and Sewing teachers had their last days at the main office and have been preparing all centers to reopen on 1st October. We have found large open spaces for these centers and have strict guidelines for our participants and staff. It will be a challenge for all but we have high hopes and are looking forward to seeing the return of participants in our centers who are able to learn Hindi, Maths, General Knowledge workshops as well as a vocational training in Sewing and Embroidery -  in the “new normal”.
 
Thank you for keeping up with our work and for supporting us always, especially in this difficult time. Stay blessed!
Sambhali Trust 






Dear friends,
 
Welcome to our Milaap update!
We hope all of you are fine and safe wherever you are.
 
As in most countries around the world, the COVID numbers are gradually increasing in India. There are more than 70,000 registered new cases on a daily basis and also Jodhpur is still hit badly by the virus. The city had another total lockdown last week and the authorities changed the guidelines again to only 3 people are allowed to be together outside their homes in one place.
 
Sambhali continues to try its best to help as many people as possible with masks, food rations, clothes and basic essentials. In September, we were able to distribute food rations to 25 vulnerable families in Dechu Tehsil district in rural Rajasthan. We are so grateful for the worldwide support for Sambhali and those families in need.
 
Last week, both in Jodhpur and Setrawa our Hindi and Sewing teachers had their last days at the main office and have been preparing all centers to reopen on 1st October. We have found large open spaces for these centers and have strict guidelines for our participants and staff. It will be a challenge for all but we have high hopes and are looking forward to seeing the return of participants in our centers who are able to learn Hindi, Maths, General Knowledge workshops as well as a vocational training in Sewing and Embroidery -  in the “new normal”.
 
Thank you for keeping up with our work and for supporting us always, especially in this difficult time. Stay blessed!
Sambhali Trust 






$1,898 raised

Goal: $20,000

Beneficiary: Sambhali Trust info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (20)

AD
Andre donated €90
R
Ravikanth donated Rs.500
A
Anonymous donated Rs.475
A
Anonymous donated A$190
A
Anonymous donated A$190
PA
Patel donated C$100

For the empowerment and betterment of women