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Following guidelines from the Rajasthan Government we have now closed our Empowerment Centres, Primary Education Centres, Graduates’ Sewing Centre and our 2 Boutiques to help prevent against any risk to our Sambhali teaching staff and students as well as the wider community contacting the Corona Virus. The Sambhali office is also now closed. All visas to India have been suspended by the Indian Government until (currently) 15 April. In the light of this we are not taking any new volunteers, receiving guests or group visits until further notice.

In a daily changing situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today* urged all the Indian population to stay indoors, only going out if absolutely necessary over the next few weeks. This will include a complete curfew on 22 March from 7am-9pm in a valiant effort to contain the spread of Covid 19. He has urged everyone to work from home and all senior citizens over 60 years of age should not leave their houses.

We wish all our supporters, well-wishers and friends of Sambhali to keep safe, healthy and well during this period of uncertainty and we are supporting every effort the Rajasthani government is making to contain this virus.

Sambhali Trust 19 March 2020

Involve me, I learn

This month we created a global campaign around Sambhali's work to educate Rajasthani women and youth. We were looking for a slogan that would be Sambhali’s own and could become our rallying cry, starting during the week of the Women's day. Launching our campaign in the context of this global feminist event seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“Involve Me, I Learn” is an extract of the famous quote attributed to one of the United States’ Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin:

“Tell me and I forget,
Teach me and I may remember,
Involve me and I learn.”

We believe that the key for education is not only to give information to our students but to involve them as active participants in their education and in making their futures.

Spread the #InvolveMeILearn!
Follow us on all our social media platforms and shout it with us!

Please download our full description and get involved!
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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.

Our mission
In Hindi, Sambhali means "strengthening of the deprived." We believe in a grassroots model for lasting, community-driven empowerment fostering dignity and self-confidence, encouraging deprived Rajasthani women to reclaim their worth.

Our work
We aim to break this cycle of poverty and dependence by providing vocational training in our sewing centers. We teach women valuable marketable skills to earn a living on their own. In our Empowerment Centres, we provide underprivileged women Rajasthani women and girls an education in English, Hindi, and Maths. Through our Scholarship Project and boarding homes, we sponsor children from poverty-stricken families to continue going to school. We provide counseling, health, and legal support when women are abused, abandoned, and blackmailed. Most importantly, we provide a space that is safe and free of discrimination, to uplift the hearts and voices of deprived Rajasthani women and nurture lasting networks of support.

Our Impact
9 Empowerment Centres
2 Boarding Homes
10,000 women and children reached
300 Sewing Centre graduates
265 Scholarship Project students
824 Nirbhaya Helpline Cases

Mrs. Shyama Tanwar, general secretary:
“When women come here, they are often very weak. They have been suffering financially and socially for a very long time, and feel very alone. When they arrive, they meet other women with similar struggles, and realise they are not alone in this. This is the first step to building confidence: having a community that is supportive and understanding. They start learning to sew, and when they improve they come to the graduate sewing center. There they are able to start making money, slowly becoming financially independent so that when they leave they feel empowered to continue earning their own livelihoods. These women learn English, Hindi, Math, and workshops including human rights, women’s health, economy, and more. They feel they have access to knowledge they were deprived from for so long, and this nurtures dignity. They are better able to provide for and teach their children, to nurture the next generation to be confident and powerful. And all of this happens in a safe and uplifting community of other women, that endures long after they leave Sambhali’s walls.”

At Sambhali, we follow three primary goals centered around self-confidence:
1. Building networks of lasting community support.
2. Promoting social and financial independence through training in valuable marketable skills.
3. Nurturing self-worth and strengthened future generations through education.

We are investing in current and future generations, to launch a community-driven ripple such that those waves of empowerment continue to spread throughout our community.