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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Picnic for the Women of Sambhali

On February 17, for late morning, a picnic was organized for the women, girls, staff and volunteers at the empowerment centers.

Mandore Gardens was a perfect setting for this time of fellowship, food and fun. It is a massively quiet and serene park with lush gardens nestled around old stone temples. Numerous langur monkeys strutted around as the women, mostly in pink, walked onto the grounds. They brought with them a picnic lunch that included puri, chipati and aaloo sabji.
Govind spoke to the group as a whole. Following this, the girls and women engaged in numerous activities such as, the three legged race, skipping games, tag and ball games.
A gentleman came to speak to the participants about a project that he is implementing to train women to become rickshaw drivers which would be unique to India.
Everyone enjoyed sharing a meal together, chatting together and playing with one another. A good time was had by all at the Sambhali Trust picnic.

Sheridan Tochkin - Canadian volunteer

Friday, February 09, 2018

Women of Sambhali Trust express themselves

On this day, 9th of February 2018, 2 women from each center in Jodhpur were invited to share their experience and thoughts about empowerment with the staff and volunteers of the NGO. The 3 best speeches were to be awarded, but in the end, seven prizes were given to those who stood out.

Some days ago, the women were announced this event. They received the news with enthousiasm and a bit of tension : they are not used to stand in front of others and speak their mind out loud in front of an audience !
They were asked to prepare a kind of essay about empowerment and what they wanted to share, it had to be at least a page long. In the days before the meeting, the teachers and volunteers helped the women and girls in the centers to write their essays by helping them find the topics, the words and the structure they could use.

Today, the women gathered in Sambhali Trust, in the courtyard, where mats and chairs were waiting for them, the volunteers and the staff. The meeting began with a short speech by Govind Singh Rathore, Founder of the Trust.
After that, Manisha, a 14-year-old girl was the first to speak. She was a bit shy, as were all the other girls, intimidated by the audience. Her colleagues followed her. It was a wonderful sight : all these women, talking to share pieces of their lives, their experience, and what they think about empowerment.
Six women stood for a longer time and seemed more at ease when talking. Their point of view was clear, you could read the determination in their sharp, yet sweet eyes.
One more girl, who didn't dare to speak at first, eventually accepted to do so, and was the last one to share her thoughts.
Those seven women were awarded by the Trust, despite the fact that there were supposed to be only three of them.

This strong moment of sharing was more intended to bring the women together than to sharpen their competition spirit, by making them aware that they can rely on the Trust, on the other women of the Trust, whoever they are, whatever their religion or political point of view. The winners can be proud of themselves for being on the way to be the strongest women this country needs, and for becoming role models for their sisters in the Trust.
Women have to stand together and empower each other. This was the clear message that everybody got today, and no one will stop them from doing so.