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Sambhali Trust in November 2021
Dear friends of Sambhali Trust,

Happy December! We hope all of you are doing fine and that those celebrating Diwali and/or Thanksgiving had a great time with their loved ones.

Despite all fears of the outcome of Diwali celebrations and their effects on India‘s Covid-19 situation, the numbers of registered new active cases remain below the 10,000 level. These days, the Health Ministry counts around 8,500-9,500 cases every day. Luckily, the festival season did not lead to a surge in cases. India’s national surveys show that more than 60% of all people across the country have COVID antibodies present. Their previous infections combined with a vaccination gives the country hope for a less dangerous third wave compared to the second one this Spring. Additionally, as of November 30, India has administrated over 1,24 billion vaccine doses. Currently, 58% of the country’s population got at least one dose while about 34% are fully vaccinated. 

Similar to most states, India detected its first Omicron case this week and is therefore resuming the full unlock of all borders. Originally, the Officials planned to allow all international commercial flights to resume on December 15 after 21 months. Hopefully, the few Omicron cases can be controlled and tourists may be allowed to enter the country by following strict regulations.

Good news: The worst of the Dengue outbreak may finally be over. As reported in Sambhali’s last newsletter, the country struggled with the worst outbreak in many years. Rajasthan on its own reported about 7,000 cases in September and October. Finally, latest data show a nearly 50% reduction in new cases over the past few weeks. The falling temperature is a good asset in fighting the mosquito-borne disease.
Orange the World 🧡
16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
 
Since 1991, the international UN campaign “Orange the World” takes place annually. It starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, the day of Human Rights. This year’s theme is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”. Same as last year, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic plays a big role as all types of violence against girls and women have intensified in the last two years. The UN call it a ‘shadow pandemic’ which has always been present but maybe gets (because it needs!) more attention in these difficult times. 

Every year, we at Sambhali participate in the campaign and do workshops at our projects. A few examples of our daily workshops are “gender equality” and “HeForShe”. Below you can have a look at some impressions of the last days.
Daily activities 
After one and a half years, we can can finally hold our “No Bad Touch” and “Aadarsh - Save Youth Save Nation” workshops in and around Jodhpur again. Under this program, Sambhali sensitizes children in schools, community halls and our projects about safe and unsafe touches, cyber crimes, bullying, mental well-being, blackmailing, puberty and many more topics which are relevant for children between the age of 4 -18 years.  

We are so proud of our Boarding Home girls who are not only enjoying their self-defense classes, but are also winning medals at local competitions. Below you can see four of them smiling after they have won their medals.
Since it is still very difficult for foreign volunteers to join the Trust in Jodhpur, we are strongly concentrating on local/Indian interns. One example are our current interns from the IICD Jaipur who work on creating items out of the bits and pieces left from all sewing projects. We are excited to see the final results and share them with you.
Guests at Sambhali
This year, we especially remember our work during the second wave and all lockdowns. To hear more about our projects and the NGO in general, the District Collector Sh. Indrajeet Singh Ji (I.A.S.) Saheb accepted our invite and visited Sambhali HQ last month. It was a great honor to welcome him at the Trust and show him around. He also witnessed an Aadarsh workshop session which was held by Mrs. Vimlesh Solanki for our Laadli Boarding Home girls. 
By the end of November, we had the pleasure of meeting the team behind “The Outsider Moving art & film festival” at Sambhali HQ. Our students were thrilled to meet them and hear more about their fight for humanity through films, art and stories. After all these Covid-19 lockdowns, those meetings were like a breath of fresh air for everyone. 
Sambhali Boutique
With our newest cooperation with Jodhpur’s local market, it is even more possible to help the women graduating from our centers with self employment and support through government programs. We can assist them with filling out all required documents to benefit from the programs as much as possible. This way, they have a bigger chance of earning some money after Sambhali. Our staff visited all Women Empowerment centers to inform the students about our Self Help group project as well as their chances to participate in local business and upcoming orders. The women who will join our new program will get special vocational training sessions and more information on local business in general.  

We are very happy and proud to tell you about our collaboration with Annadata Trust‘s. Beginning of November, Annadata Trust opened a boutique at Khimsar Fort (two hours North from Jodhpur) and offered Sambhali a part of their place to sell our products. Hence, you will find a special selection of our handcrafted items over there. After nearly two years without another shop outside our HQ, it is a great opportunity for all employed women at the Trust to be able to sell more and earn something from their work. 
Thank You!
As this year is coming to an end, we want to use the chance once again to thank all of you for your endless support, friendship and love. Sambhali wouldn’t be the same without all of you.
Again, it has been a difficult year with more downs than ups and sadly many losses all over the world. The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting us all and after every wave, we are struggling with adjusting to the many ‘new normal’ situations. Always but especially in these uncertain times, it is most important to cherish everything we have and all small moments that bring us joy, happiness and peace. For us at Sambhali, it is our daily work with all these children and women and that we somehow have a positive impact. And every single one of you is a part of this organization and the work we do. Thank you. We strongly hope to welcome you soon again.

Stay safe and healthy. 
Sambhali Trust
Some of our students with their marigold bracelets during an “Orange the World” workshops these days. We’re all in this together!
To learn more about volunteering with Sambhali please follow the link below: Volunteer with us

Text by Roxanne Näschen
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