This post highlights the efforts of one of the many non-profit organizations supported by the WanderWorld Foundation and WanderTours travelers. Sambhali Trust is a non-profit charitable organization whose focus is the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan, India.
In India, a woman suffers domestic abuse every five minutes. Fifty-five percent of men and more than 50% of women in India believe domestic violence is justified for reasons such as poor cooking and leaving the house without permission. Furthermore, women in Jodhpur face patriarchal society pressures and caste discrimination that force them into a life without opportunity.
Sambhali Trust is a non-profit charitable organization based in Jodhpur whose focus is the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan. Founded in 2007, the organization works primarily with members of India’s lowest caste, the Dalits. Members of the Dalit community face extreme prejudice on a daily basis in Indian society, and Sambhali Trust works in neighborhoods that are home to their disenfranchised communities. For Dalit women, their financial and educational disadvantage is another reason why they are discriminated against. They are denied the right to choose their husband and often face a high level of verbal, physical and sexual abuse within their family circle and community.
During our WanderTours trips to North India, we visit the Sambhali Trust to see the wonderful work this organization does. In its 10 years, it has served approximately 10,000 women! We were lucky enough to meet a number of them during an afternoon visit.
The organization provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls with educational, vocational and social skills to help them to become confident and financially independent. They work closely with Dalit women and girls in Jodhpur who have little or no access to education or basic health services.
Sambahli sponsors girls from both urban and rural locations to attend schools all across Jodhpur. Classes are offered in English, Hindi and math, as well as training in vocational and social skills to support young women in developing confidence and self-esteem. They also run a boarding house for 22 young girls who could not otherwise benefit from an education.
Program coordinators have set up a toll-free helpline available to women seeking advice and support in addition to a shelter service for women with few options to turn to for relief. The organization provides women with counseling and support when they are abused and gives them a voice and a support network to nurture their hopes and ambitions.
In short, Sambhali is changing the lives of women across Rajasthan by giving them opportunities they would otherwise never have.
Interested in supporting these folks? They are currently looking to fund the following items/programs…
They aim to give 100 sewing machines out annually in February to all those that have completed their 12 month course, so the more sewing machines they can have donated, the better.
Cost – 4,200 rupees (approximately $65 US)
Sponsorship for boarding
Sponsoring one child for a year in the Sheerni Boarding Home – they are still in need of funding for the July 2017 – July 2018 calendar year.
Cost – 75,702 rupees per child, per year (approximately $1,172 US)
Sponsorship for schooling
Sponsoring one child’s school education for one year. For this, they are looking for a commitment of 3 – 5 years. It can be paid on a yearly basis.
Cost – 14,500 rupees per child, per year (approximately $225 US)
You can support the Sambahli Trust by making a tax-deductible donation via the WanderWorld Foundation’s donation page. Please let us know that you’d like your donation to go to this organization and we will wire the funds to them.