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Sambhali Jodhpur Empowerment Centre

"You can tell the condition of a Nation by looking at the status of its Women."
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India

Jodhpur is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, Western India and is Rajasthans second largest city. The city's wealth is held by a sliver of the population, meaning the vast majority of the local population suffer from a severe lack of supporting infrastructure, with women from the Dalit community as well as widows and abandoned wives, most significantly affected by the extensive environmental, rights, and education issues in the desert region. Traditional gender roles, cultural and religious beliefs, and even superstition prevent these women from earning an income and becoming financially self-sufficient.

A solution:

Established in 2007, the Sambhali Jodhpur Empowerment Centre is our flagship project.

The centre allows women and girls aged 10 to 30 years old, to attend a one-year course of vocational training in sewing, embroidery and block-printing as well as tutoring in english and maths. Every week a special workshop is given on different subjects such as cultural studies, geography, health or computers, which gives the women a rounded and diverse education, and allows them the opportunity to explore where their talents and interests lie.

Our training program has proved very successful over the years, with many of our students securing paid employment after graduation.

Project Goals and Objectives

  • Teaching the students English, Maths and Hindi
  • Providing opportunities for income-generation by teaching practical skills such as embroidery and clothes manufacturing, which enables students to produce saleable items and work towards financial independence
  • Providing paid work for the women out of school hours, or helping them find work if they need it
  • Building confidence and self esteem as well as nurturing individuality and personality
  • Providing basic human rights education, health and hygiene education and information on development in urban and rural areas
  • Educating students about domestic violence and laws regarding violence to women laws
  • Providing a safe and clean workspace for learning and skill development
  • Teaching AIDS/HIV awareness
  • Keeping Indian traditions alive by teaching others and celebrating auspicious occasions