Administrator Sambhali Trust
Corinne first joined Sambhali in December 2008 whilst she was spending 6 months travelling round India. She loved the atmosphere in Sambhali and saw the huge potential that Sambhali had and assisted with everything from developing a Design competition, started the first stall in the Clocktower market to sell the items the women were making in the empowerment centre, facilitating a couple of health camps and assisted with the annual report. She was then invited to renew her visa in 2009 to start a couple of sewing centres for the first graduates of the Jodhpur Empowerment Centre, when she then worked with the 12 women to design and produce items which were then sold on a regular market stall with two of the graduates as sales assistants. A shop was found in 2010 which became Sambhali Boutique and now the women had an outlet to sell their goods. Corinne spent 2 years as the sales assistant as well as running the 2 sewing centres. Eventually, a larger sewing centre was formed, another ex-graduate became the Sales Assistant in the Boutique and Corinne became Manager of the Sewing Centres which continued to develop and receive international orders. Additionally Corinne had also been managing the reports/proposals and the annual reports.
Corinne is from the UK, trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in hospitals and the community for 15 years followed by a degree in Textile Design and latterly before her move to India she worked as an Arts Administrator for a few years in an Auction House in London. She returned to the UK in June 2014 and has become Administrator for Sambhali Trust since that date dealing mainly with budgets/proposals and reports.
Shyama is the Sambhali office coordinator, and has become and indispensable part of the team since she joined in at the beginning of 2015. Her role covers all areas of administration, including staff coordinator, accounting and day to day admin.
With a BA in administration, Sanskrit and education, Shyama came to Sambhali following over 20 years spent teaching Hindi and Sanskrit. She was initially attracted to her role at Sambhali as she wanted to become more involved with humanitarian and social work – indeed this is now her favourite part of the job. Shyama is 53 years old.
Mr Gurdeep Minhas is our chartered accountant. He has more than seven years of professional experience in the area of accounting, auditng and tax related matters. He renders advisory, planning, compliance and audit services for corporates, firms, trusts, individuals and various Govt agencies.
Vimlesh has been working with Sambhali Trust since 2011 in a variety of roles and has become a great asset to the Trust. She has been a Hindi tutor in several Empowement Centres, currently is the Manager of our No Bad Touch Programme from its inception in 2014 - providing workshops to schools on the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse; a counsellor in the SOS project; manager of the Scholarship Programme - overseeing nearly 200 children attend local schools and also attends the monthly meetings of the Sheerni Microcredit project in Setrawa. With this wealth of experience in many of the projects, Vimlesh has gained a great deal of knowledge and is now in a supportive role within the Central Services Team, assisting with the overall daily management of the Trust.