Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Orange Day for the Pink Ladies

Friday, 25th November was the UN International Day to end Violence Against Women
Here, Julie our volunteer from France tells us about her experience.

I think the International Day to End Violence against Women was a great opportunity to remind our women and girls about the importance of being well treated, and that any kind of violence against them is unacceptable.

"Some girls thought that in some situations, violence can be legitimate"

In the morning, I was at Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, one of the main centres of the Trust. We discussed the different ways to use violence (physical and mental) and how we can fight against those behaviours. However, some girls thought that in some situations, violence can be legitimate, so we had to explain that violence should almost never be the answer to any situation, but only in cases of emergencies such as self-defence. 

After those first impressions about violence, we asked each woman/girl to draw something about ending violence in orange, as it is the symbolic colour of this day. When everyone finished their drawing, we joined them together to create a big poster, as a message “We are united to end violence against women”. Most of the drawings were hands, as a symbol to say “stop” to violence.
In the afternoon, I went to Sisters for Sisters, an other centre with mostly married women. After a big discussion about what is violence, what types of violence they can face in their daily lives and how to fight against it, we asked each women to write on an orange balloon what specific kind of violence they wanted to end. They had different ideas such as end dowry for girls, end mental pressure from in-laws, end child marriage, end harassment …

We went on the roof and everybody launched their balloons at the same time, as a symbol to get rid of all those forms of violence in their lives. Afterwards, we took some orange powder and asked some men in the street to take pictures with them, so that men and women together said NO to violence, with the orange powder on the face of the woman as a symbol of a slap in her face to point at domestic violence. At the end, we all threw the orange powder in the air.

There were great moments in both centres, where I could feel the commitment of those women to fight to make their lives better and not just suffer from what others impose on them. I was really proud that they were able to express what they really feel, because during my time here I have learnt that expressing feelings is not easy for women here in India.
Yet again the women showed me how wonderful and full of energy they are, and I am convinced and hope that they will see soon how powerful they are.

To learn more about Sambhali's action during the #16daysofactivism to End Violence Against Women, follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Sambhali Trust is a non-profit organization based in Jodhpur, whose focus is the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan.
Since 2007, Sambhali Trust is working to improve the lives of women in Jodhpur through education. English, Hindi, Mathematics and vocational training such as embroidery and sewing classes are given daily in eight different empowerment centres throughout Jodhpur.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Help Pooja avoiding child marriage and prostitution

Here at Sambhali Trust, we fight everyday for women rights, women empowerment and against child marriage.

The state of Rajasthan is known to be conservative andpatriarchal. In this society, women’s conditions are more difficult. As education is still considered a privilege, illiteracy among women is unfortunately common. Low educational rate is related to child marriage, a custom banned by the Indian government but still a large part of the Indian society.
Socially, economically and educationally deprived, these women are also more vulnerable to violence among their family and the community in general. 

Pooja is an 11-year-old girl living on the streets of Jodhpur, India. As many other girls in Rajasthan, she is deprived of a decent education and a safe living environment where she is prone to becoming a victim of child marriage by the age of 12 and increases her vulnerability to harmful professions such as child prostitution.
We want to influence Pooja’s future by offering her a spot at Sambhali Trust’s Boarding Home.
It is a place where girls are provided a nurturing home and education, where they are able to develop, learn and unleash their ambition.

It only takes 2000€ to change Pooja’s life. By making a contribution, large or small, together we can give Pooja a promising future!

Name: Pooja Jogi
Age: 11 years
One brother
Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: banana, papaya, roti (chapati)

For her young age, Pooja already has an incredible life story. She has been living in a small hut on the street of Jodhpur with her younger brother, mother and father for as long as she can remember.

Since August 2016, Pooja has been coming to the Empowerment Centre to learn to write and read Hindi as well as sewing. At the centre she meets many other young women who have become her friends. However, this might be her only opportunity to connect with other girls during the day. 

Laura, a volunteer from Germany asked her to describe her daily life:

I wake up in the morning. Then I wash my face and brush my teeth. Then I come to the Centre by van. For lunch I eat roti and vegetables.
Then I collect garbage on the streets. I help my brother, I teach him.
We live in a hut and we sleep in a cart. I dream of having a house because I currently live on the street.” 
(Translated from Hindi)

Sambhali Trust is a non-profit organization based in Jodhpur, whose focus is the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan.
Since 2007, Sambhali Trust is working to improve the lives of women in Jodhpur through education. English, Hindi, Mathematics and vocational training such as embroidery and sewing classes are given daily in eight different empowerment centres throughout Jodhpur.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The International Day of the Girl Child

It never becomes boring at Sambhali Trust. There are always new projects coming up and so was it on the International Day of the Girl Child, which was declared by the UN. Since this was a great occasion to become active, the Trust spontaneously took the opportunity to plan a demonstration. So, on Monday, one day before the rally should start, the volunteers introduced the topic in every center. Why should we celebrate the Day of the Girl Child? Which issues could this day be about and why is the irl child so important that even the UN decided to create a special day for it? Well, there are many answers to these questions, which are not possible to list up in this blog entry. Mostly, we talked about child marriages, violence against girls and the lack of education for girls in the society of India. In the end, every center drew some pictures or banners about the topic, writing or painting what ever fits to it. One banner was used for the demonstration in the end.

The women in the JEC creating the poster

Even the youngest girl participated

The next day, we fortunately got the permission of the Jodhpur police department to start the rally. Many women from the centers, the staff, the boardinghome girls and the volunteers met in front of the guest house. Some pictures were taken and even the TV-news were there to interview us. We had the honor to be visited by Mr. Poonam Ram ji Choudhary, Head of the District Council, Jodhpur and Mrs. Tracy Thomson of Trading Boundaries, UK.
Finally the demonstration started at about 8:30 am. Many posters were held up by the participants and during the whole way the crowd sang and shouted slogans, spreading the message about Girls Empowerment. It was kind of an exciting experience. The rally stopped near the clocktower where coloured powder was handed to everyone together with rose petals. Hundreds of people threw the colours up to the sky at the same time and almost everyone turned pink and red with a smile on their face. All in all it was a wonderful morning with a hopefully good impact on the passengers who saw us walking on the street.

The volunteers were walking in the front holding the banner
One of the several posters
"Who run the world - Girls!"
Noshin and Alfisha from the Boardinghome
Waiting in front of the guest house

Even the ground was pink afterwards

Saturday, October 08, 2016

What has happened in the past weeks at Sambhali...

Peace in every center

This month on 21st of September, we had a special workshop program in every center from the Sambhali Trust. This day was the International Peace Day, declared by the United Nations. Therefore, the volunteers talked about the meanings of piece with the women. Beginning with the common symbol of a white dove or a globe, which is held by human hands, the ideas became very creative. So, the single word piece doesn´t seem to only implement freedom, no war or harmony, in fact peace also meant to the women to lead a free and independent life, to have a chance of education and equality among every human being. On the other hand, some students found their peace in their daily life, for example by learning how to make the perfect chapati or to spend time with their friends and families.
Every center drew some posters for this event, which turned out very bright and various.

Some Boardinghome girls during their artwork...
...And then proudly presenting the wonderful picture
The JEC-Women presenting their work

A patchwork of the posters from every center

Special performance by the Sambhali Trust

The third prize went to the Jodhpur EC
According to Women's Welfare Day the Sambhali Trust collaborated with the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE) in Jodhpur to celebrate on 5th of October. Chief Guest of the program was Dr. Vishnu Charan Malik (H'ble District Collector, Jodhpur).

The show was opened by some girls from the Boarding home, singing two songs for the audience. Despite the nervousness of the students, the show was very impressive, since every center had prepared an own performance.
Several women of each center took part in a dancing competition with amazing traditional dances. Moreover, the students had the possibility to participate in a drawing or henna competition. In the end, those who had succeeded in having the best performance or the best drawing, got an award. Sambhali´s supporters were felicitated and some of them had prepared speeches for the audience.

The second prize went to the Brothers for Sisters EC
But the funniest part of the show must have been the European volunteers singing "We shall overcome" in Hindi. empowerment and afterwards everybody was offered some refreshments outside of the auditorium. All in all, the program was a great success and the audience enjoyed it.

And the Abhivyakti-EC received the first prize

The volunteers singing Honge kamyaab

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sambhali Trust Boutique

Come Shop With Us!

Did you know...
 That at all of our centres our students learn many different sewing and embroidery techniques.

Did you know...
That each one of our students receives a sewing machine once they graduate.

This means...
That not only do our students have the opportunity to practice and improve their sewing skills while attending Sambhali Trust, but it also gives them the chance to make their own income afterwards.

At two of our empowerment centres - Brothers for Sisters & The Graduate Sewing Centre -our students work hard to produce beautiful and trendy Indian and Western style pieces.

Each item is ethically handmade by our students with love!

 Not to mention, the color, fabric and style options can be customized exactly to your liking!

All profits go directly back into the organization and help to purchase teaching supplies for the centres, sewing machines for graduate students or into the student scholarship fund - to name a few!

These profits allow Sambhali Trust to continue being self-sustainable.

All of our products are available for purchase locally in Jodhpur at our Sambhali Boutique, located in the centre of the city.

But you can also purchase them online as a wholesaler or for yourself to enjoy!

To find out how, simply e-mail 

Shopping with Sambhali Trust means shopping ethically, honestly and sustainingly.

And there's no better feeling than that!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Our Colorful Centres!

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls" 
- Pablo Picasso

At Sambhali Trust, we know how important an inspiring work environment is, and we want all of our students to be able to learn in a positive and colorful space. 

So for the past few weeks, we have been working very hard at decorating the walls of our centres.

Here's some of the art that our students and volunteers have created so far!

Sambhali Laadli Empowerment Centre

The students and volunteers, Anita and Morgan, worked together to paint this beautiful tree with "leafs" of their hand prints. 
The painting brings more life to the otherwise dark walls and reminds the girls about the community that they are apart of at Sambhali.

They also painted artwork of women doing different professions, such as a nurse, lawyer and tennis player to name a few!
This is a constant reminder that with education, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!

Brothers for Sisters Empowerment Centre

Here, our students and volunteers painted the walls with quotes from an inspirational girl that we all know and love - Malala Yousafzai!
She is an inspiration to our students!
 What better way to remember the importance of education than to allow the students to read her words as they study.

Jodhpur Empowerment Centre

On a recent Workshop Wednesday, the students at JEC made Dream Collages. They cut pictures and inspirational words from newspapers and then glued them to paper.
Our students dreams varied with everything from owning their own home, travelling the world, being a doctor, having a family, and winning Miss India!
No matter what their dream was, big or small, we encouraged them that by continuing their education and working hard they can and will accomplish these dreams!
We decorated the walls of the center with these dreams in order to keep that inspiration to study hard. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday Workshop with Tamu Bakery!

On Wednesdays We Workshop!

Usually, the volunteers coordinate different interactive workshops for our students to participate in every Wednesday. These workshops range in subjects; from yoga classes to PowerPoint presentations about the importance of learning English to lessons on global warming.

However this past Wednesday, we were fortunate enough to welcome women's rights activist, Yana Spencer, to Sambhali Trust to bake with our students while discussing human rights, gender based violence and human trafficking. 

Yana operates a donation-based, charity bakeshop in Sri Lanka called Tamu Bakery. All the proceeds received from her baking go to fund the empowerment workshops that she puts on for women around the world. 

Yana told us that when discussing gender issues that oppress women, it helps to incorporate baking because, 
"Nobody can say no to cookies!"

Yana visited four of our empowerment centers - Sisters for Sisters, Brother for Sisters, Laadli and Shakti - where she taught our students how to bake a healthy and nutritious cookie with ingredients that are accessible to them. After sampling the cookies during class, each student was also sent home with some raw dough so that they could bake the cookie at home and share it with their families.

Yana inspired our girls to stand up for their rights and to fight for their dreams! She encouraged them to continue pursuing their education because it is their right as a human being! And she told them how powerful women can be when they stand together! 

Thank- you Yana! 

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