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Dear Everyone,

Greetings from Saheli.

July has been a hectic month for all of us in Saheli, with our various programs going full steam ahead. Do read on below to get a glimpse of what we've been doing.
Spreading awareness !
One of our most well attended and actively participated meetings in recent times was held this month at Garhwali Muslim Basti, on the outskirts of Dehradun. The residents of the village are predominantly Muslims from the Himalayan mountainous region. Topics like early marriage, female education and empowerment were well discussed. The women we met here were amazingly aware and conscious of their rights and as expected, domestic violence was unheard in the region.
A total of 32 girls passed out of our E@YD program from the two centers of Mehuwala Mafi & Ghisadpaddi villages. Most of them are now well conversant with computers and have picked up a bit of English as well. Mrs Anita Nautiyal, a renowned Social Worker, who works tirelessly in the hills educating children, was the Chief Guest. The picture below is that of exams being conducted in Chisadpaddi village.
Exam time
Another batch in Ghisadpaddi Village of students under Education@YourDoorstep was inaugurated today by H.E Kalden D. Sakya, Chairperson of Tara Foundation. 12 students will be taught English & Basic Computers for 2 months here and this was the 8th Batch of Students since E@YD started in April this year.
And the work begins.....

In our house to house surveys of 43 villages over last 7 months, we came across 244 women with no Aadhar Card and 177 with no Voter ID card. Both these cards are very essential in today's world. From this month, we have started the work of empowering these women by helping them fill online forms for Voter ID Cards and we will bus them together to the nearest Aadhar Center.

Message from the Secretary
Dear Everyone,

As you could see above, we have been neck deep in work last month. Space restrictions prevent us from sharing the scores of lovely photographs we captured last month.

Our efforts of door to door survey paid off this month when we finally got down to analyze the data we collected over the last 7 months, visiting each house in over 43 villages and noting down their particulars. As you may know Aadhar Card is a National ID Card for Indians and we found over 244 women with no ID. The commonest reason was the lack of will, a presumption that there are no benefits from such an ID Card and getting one is a waste of time. An enormous number of 177 women were not even registered as voters. Hopefully in the next month, we will be able to register these women, getting so many women together and bussing them to a government center for the Aadhar Card is not an easy job, trust me. There are one thousand and one excuses for not coming.

Another good news I would like to share with you is that one of the girls in Saheli Shelter, Riya Rana, passed her 12th with good marks and has now enrolled in a 2 year Diploma Course as Clinical Pathology

Finally, as I always say, we would love to have your feedback, both negative and positive, because that is what helps us grow. Please do not hesitate to comment, all you need to do is to reply to this email. Your words mean a lot to us, so please don't hesitate.

And the invitation to visit our shelter is there for everyone. Please do spare some time and come and feel the spirit of Saheli.

With regards,

Shruti Kaushik,
Secretary, Saheli

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