Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Celebrating Holi in Sambhali Trust

The two national and even international festival days of the Holi bring together the Hindu community every year in March. The common goal is to celebrate a renewal in the year, corresponding to the purification of his soul by the recognition and the externalization of his sins. The cult of the Gods, the throwing of multicolored flowers or  sheaves of colored powders are at the rendez-vous, and at Sambhali Trust especially !

This year, this event took place on Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd of March. But since Holi is the occasion to exchange smiles, surprises, music, and also good food it is also a great opportunity to strengthen the humans relationship of the community of the Trust!

Thus, Sambhali Trust organized a special event on 28th February 2018 for the staff, volunteer, women and children of the Trust.
We welcomed in the patio of Durag Niwas guesthouse about thirty women and about twenty children coming from different centers in Jodhpur. We celebrated the event with traditional music, performed by talented musicians. The famous yellow, red, white flowers, falling from the upper floors exulted us with joy. The entire Sambhali Trust team was there, laughing under a shower of flowers : volunteers, women and children are invited to go into a trance to find a certain balance in their lives. It was a couple of hours which seemed to be out of time and space, we were transported by the pleasure of being so united for a single common cause and shared values.

On February 2nd, we celebrated Holi with the colored powders with the volunteers and members of the Sambhali Trust staff. It was an amazing morning, between rainbow colors and water jets, everyone finished it in a very particular state. The pictures speak for themselves.
We will remember these two days as an opportunity for the Indians to share a joy such as Christmas, to start the spring with a new surge of joy and aspirations. May your new spring also shine with us and all the women of Sambhali Trust.


Sambhali's March for International Women's Day - 7th March 2018

Last week, Sambhali celebrated International Women's Day.

At the beginning of the week all the centres took part in some workshops on women's empowerment, where we explored women's rights and role models. Beautiful protest posters were made by the women, with slogans they felt were important such as "Let me live my dream."

On the evening of the 7th of March, all the students, staff, volunteers and friends of Sambhali Trust, took part in a march for women's rights. At six o'clock there was a sea of pink as huge number of women and girls gathered outside the Durag Niwas guesthouse.
The women proudly held up the posters they had been making earlier in the week. Torches, posters and banners were waved high as everyone marched forward shouting "Nari Shakti Jindaabaat !" and other empowering slogans.

The energy that everyone had was incredible, creating a huge amount of noise ! People came out of their houses to watch, or stopped in their tracks to take videos. As the women of Sambhali where gathered in the town center, at Nai Sarak Circle, some journalists came to interview some members of the organization. The women sang "We Shall Overcome" and the national anthem. The march really demonstrated the impact that women can have when we stand together !


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Picnic for the Children of Sambhali

Last weekend, a picnic had been organized for the staff, volunteers and women of Sambhali Trust. This weekend, it was time for the children to be gathered to share a good time at Mandore Gardens. About a hundred and thirty people were gathered on 24th February, near the beautiful monuments of the gardens. It was the first large-scale event organized for the children of the centers since the creation of the primary education centers.

The children and their teachers organized many games, such as lemon and spoon races, jumping over the skipping rope, frog races, duck duck goose, or rope pulling… Everyone seemed happy to be there and enjoyed this joyful moment.

All the children, staff and volunteers were provided with a full meal from a caterer of Jodhpur. It heart-warming to see so many people united by something as simple and obvious as a good meal !

ChloƩ Cuvilliez