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Sambhali Trust in August 2021
Dear friends of Sambhali,

Welcome to our August news! We hope all of you are fine and safe.

Although the numbers of positive COVID cases are not as high as they were a few months ago, India is preparing itself for the third wave. We were hit very badly by the second wave so our government and hospitals will do everything in their power to prevent anything similar. Hospitals are getting more beds, general supplies and as many oxygen generators as possible. The growing process of vaccinating all people is working against the several virus mutants additionally. By today, about 17% of the population have been fully vaccinated. Around 57% of ca. 944 million adults have received at least one dose. The Indian Health Ministry plans to immunize the country‘s entire adult population by the end of 2021. 

The situation in Kerala shows us that luckily, most reinfections and infections of vaccinated people are likely to be more mild and mostly managed at home. The Southern state has the highest number of positive cases at the moment but the death rate is still below the national figure. A few days ago, the number of active cases in Rajasthan has dropped below 100 for the first time this year. 31 districts have announced 0 new cases and deaths. We hope and pray that the third wave won’t affect us as hard as before.
Happy Independence Day!
On the 15th of August, Indians all over the world celebrated our country‘s 75th Independence Day. We at Sambhali Trust joined the celebrations and everybody had a great day at our projects. The festive day was all about joy, dancing, crafting flags and expressing gratefulness for how far we have come as a free country and as an NGO as well.

Last year, we weren’t able to spend the day together so we had even more fun this year. Hopefully, some of you can join us again in 2022.
May we celebrate many more Republic Days together at Sambhali!
Our Women Empowerment Centers
Thanks to the small number of active Covid cases in Rajasthan, we can run our Women Empowerment Centers very smoothly at the moment. We are grateful and happy that everything is working well and that so many new girls & women are interested to join us. 
Every month, a good amount of fabric is used for the development of new skills at all centers. Once a product has been made, our participant gets to keep their item which they have created. We make sure that our fabric is of good quality so that all students can learn new stitches and designs in the best way possible. Each of them learns a skill that nobody can steal from them.

This month, the Trust volunteered for the ‘Ladies of Army’ personnel in Jodhpur. Our skilled Team taught crocheting, embroidery and block printing. It was a nice exchange of knowledge and interesting to work with a different clientele. 

In July, we have told you about the participation of some Sambhali students in a self-defense workshop organized by the police of Rajasthan. In August, the program came to an end. On its last day, some women of our centers and Boarding Home girls were able to show their talent and skills to a few senior police officers. They improved their self-esteem and were even certified afterwards.
Laadli & Sheerni Boarding Home
By the end of August, the government of Rajasthan has decided to reopen all schools for the classes 9-12. The younger girls will stick to their online classes and additional tuition with the help of all tutors and local volunteers.
It is not easy for them as they wish to return to school like the others. We are doing our best to keep them interested in their studies and are trying to combine dry content with educational games, workshops and in between yoga sessions. Additionally, the girls still have a self-defense class every Saturday & Sunday which brings them a lot of joy.
Workshop & Guests at the Trust
At the end of August, Ms. Pooja Yaduvir Singh, the Director of ‘Eduspire’ (educational platform) visited Sambhali. She has been training teachers online for 16 years. At our HQ, she conducted a workshop on interaction and ‘being the being in human’, exploring the inner self and seeking affirmations from the universe. 
It was a great experience and our staff could learn a lot as well as reflect their own thoughts. 
Mid of August, we were very happy to welcome Mrs. Ernestine Badegruber in Jodhpur. She is the Co-founder of Sambhali Austria, a member of our International Board of Advisors as well as the longterm Mentor of Sambhali‘s Founder, Govind Singh Rathore. With her support, knowledge and help throughout the last decade, Sambhali has won many battles and achieved great things. 
We hope to welcome the members of our other associates in Jodhpur as soon as possible, too! 

The second picture shows one of our former Boarding Home girls with some current students. She became a beautician and has offered Sambhali to teach her skills to some of our Empowerment Centers‘ participants. The girls and women were very interested and happy about it and enjoyed to learn more about facial care, etc. It is great to offer them some new activities and a variety of programs offered at the Trust.
Solidarity for Afghanistan
We at Sambhali stand in solidarity with the girls and women in Afghanistan. 
Some partipants and the office staff came together for a little candle-light-march outside our HQ to show solidarity for those suffering violence in Afghanistan. We wish them power and strength in these difficult times. 
Thank you for all your support! 
The Sambhali Team wishes you a beautiful month of September.
Take care and lots of blessings. 
Our teacher Aliya ji has created this panel of different embroideries. She collected the pieces at different Women Empowerment Centers and gifted it to Sambhali‘s main office.   
To us, it symbolizes appreciation, friendship and hope. 
To learn more about volunteering with Sambhali please follow the link below: Volunteer with us

Text by Roxanne N.
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