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Members, Board and Committee

Sambhali Trustees

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Ladies: Rashmi Rathore, Mukta Kanwar, Badan Kanwar, Dr. Reena Bhansali; Gentlemen: Virendra S. Chouhan, Govind S. Rathore, Firoz Khan

Sambhali Trust was founded on the 16th January 2007 by Govind Singh Rathore, Virendra Singh Chouhan, Mukta Kanwar, Badan Kanwar and Rashmi Rathore, who became the 5 trustees of the Sambhali Trust “Non Profit”, Charitable Organisation. In June 2016, Mukta Kanwar and Badan Kanwar resigned from the Board of Trustees because of other work and family commitments.
It has taken the whole team a lot of effort, dedication and enthusiasm to develop Sambhali Trust, and build the trust and faith of our partners and supporters. We are very proud of the relationship we have maintained with the local community as well as our international sponsors.

Trustees of Sambhali

Govind Singh Rathore
Born and raised in Jodhpur, Govind vowed from an early age to dedicate his life to helping protect the most vulnerable women and children in Indian society, after witnessing extreme violence and discrimination towards the women in his own family. Sambhali Trust is his passion.
Rashmi Rathore
Rashmi is Director of the Nutrition Program, Senior Public Health Nutritionist at Jodhpur School of Public Health and Nutritionist at Vasundhara Hospital & Fertility Research Centre, Jodhpur.
Badan Kanwar, Govind’s Mother was the inspiration for setting up the Trust and is the house mother of the project.
Mukta Kanwar
Originally from Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh, Mukta completed her education before getting married to Govind and moving to Jodhpur in 2003. She is now in charge of managing the accommodation arrangements of Sambhali Trusts volunteers and is the managing director of the family-owned guest house, 'Durag Niwas Guest House'.
Virendra Singh Chouhan
Virendra is director of 'RAJPUT Cultural adventures in Rajasthan.' He has a diploma in tourism from the Hotel Management Institute, Jodhpur.
Dr. Reena Bhansali
Counseling Psychologist Ph. D by Degree and Counseling Psychologist by Profession Dr. Reena Bhansali has been working in this field since 2003 and is attached with SMC 32 Wing, India Airforce Jodhpur (since 2008), various schools, colleges, Vasundhara Hospital Jodhpur and runs her own private clinic ‘Smile Junction’.
Firoz Khan
Master in Law and Practising Advocate at Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur since 2002. Apart from his law degree he also holds Diploma in Tax practice after completion of Economics Honours degree in Bachelors. He has been deeply involved in community services and has provided 200 free legal aid to victims and parties.

National Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Sudhi Rajeev - Head of the Department of English, Founder-Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, and Director, Kamala Nehru College for Women and has served as Member of the Syndicate (BOM) of her University
  • Advt. Vandana Bhansali
  • Ramona Saboo
  • Dr. Shakti Singh Khakhadki
  • Dr. Mahendra Singh Tanwar - Writer & Asst. Manager Maharaja Maan Singh Pustak Prakash, Research center, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India
  • Dr. (Mrs) Kunjan Trivedi - Dr. Trivedi is now retired but has been working as the Professor of the Dept of Human Sciences in Jodhpur from 2001-13 together as Director for UGC, Sponsored Centre for Women's Studies from 2011-13. She obtained a PhD in Human Development and more recently a Diploma in Gender Studies. Amongst her many achievements in her illustrious career she has written several publications, papers, articles, books and manuals on social issues surrounding women in Rajasthan eg "Ageing in Western Rajasthan" and "A critical study of reading interest in children's literature of children, parents and school". She has also co-ordinated other papers including: "The educational achievements of children" and "Migrant women in the informal sector". She has been involved with the NIPCCD in Delhi (child development) and has helped to establish syllabus for several degree courses in universities in Rajasthan, as well as organising many seminars and conferences. 

International Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Sadhvi Shanti Puri - Sambhali Austria, Hilfe für Frauen und Kinder in Indien, Vienna, Austria
  • Ms. Renate Massmann-Krei - Freunde für Sambhali (Indien) e. V., Allensbach, Germany
  • Mrs. Sarah Harrington - Sambhali UK, United Kingdom
  • Mrs. Ramona Saboo - Director of Forty Red Bangles, India/Australia, Singapore
  • Mrs. Jacqueline de Chollet - Founder/Director of Global Foundation for Humanity, UK/USA
  • Mr. Ralph Lewin - Former president Cantonal Executive of the Canton of Basel,Basel, Switzerland