Updates of all activities of Saheli Trust, Dehra Dun, India
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Dear Everyone,

December was a quiet month, with the winter chill apparently settling things down. The children of our Shelter had their exams and then winter vacations. This month a number of our sponsors visited the Shelter and all of them went back happy and satisfied. If you are getting this email and you still have not visited the Saheli Shelter, please do give us the good fortune of your company.
Our "Evening Classes" in the village of Mecca Madina completed one month in December. All the initial 10 women are being taught, oral and written, Hindi and not one dropped out, with 100% attendance on all days, barring an odd one absence here and there.

We are getting requests from nearby villages too, to take classes in their villages, but owing to paucity of funds, we will take them up after we finish in this village.
Reaching out....
We had a very interactive session on gender Sensitization in Gorakhpur Village, 9 kms from the outskirts of Dehardun. All the ladies were very enthusiastic and knew very well about the disadvantages of not being educated. Almost in all the villages where we conduct meetings, all women are very well aware of the importance of education and a job. They want their girls to study and do well in life, but sadly their voices are not heard in the family and are still considered as an object and nothing more than that. We were in a way successful in motivating them for sending their girls to complete graduation. Most of the girls there were school dropouts.
Outreach Activities
Our outreach activities involve house to house surveys in villages and urban slums in and around Dehradun. The surveys involve knowing everyone in the clusters and getting known by everyone, too. We have been to over 35 villages / slums and during our visits have responded to over 80 cases of domestic violence and other gender issues.

These activities are coordinated by our Outreach Coordinator, Ms Kanti Rawat, seen with the helmet in her hand on the left side of the above picture. She is assisted by Ganga Negi, who stays in the shelter with her 3 siblings. Ganga is doing her Bachelors in Social Work from Indira Gandhi Open University and has come a long way from the scared traumatized girl she was 3 years ago, when she came to us.

On the right of the picture is Monisha, a 28 year old lady, with her son, who had come to us for help last month on account of domestic physical abuse. Our intervention coupled with a tough warning from the local police station has ended the 6 years of domestic abuse Monisha went through.
Message from the Secretary
Dear Everyone,

On behalf of everyone in Saheli and on my personal behalf too, I would like to wish everyone a Very Happy New Year. May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family. What each one of you do by helping us is too immense to put in words and I'm sure it's His blessings which reach us through you.

A short clip of Saheli children made by a friend of mine is too beautiful not to share. Please click the link below, it will take you to our website where you can see it.

http://www.sahelitrust.com/movie.asp

Last week we managed to set up an online payment gateway. In case you would like to contribute you can now do so online, unfortunately as of now, only Indian cards will be accepted due to legal limitations. Hopefully we should be able to correct that soon. Here is the link to our payment gateway:

http://www.sahelitrust.com/donate.asp

Once again, I would like to request everyone to please spread the word about us. If you feel our work is good, please tell your friends and acquaintances about us. The more people know about us, the more likely are we to get support. So, I would like to request you to please forward this newsletter to such people. It is really important.

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

A beautiful short homemade movie of children of Saheli Shelter....
...and in the end...
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