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Dear Everyone,

June has been a ground breaking month for us. What we dreamt and planned for, over the last year, finally came to reality. Read on to know more.....
Our dream of having a women's only taxi service in Dehradun finally materialized this month. On 1st June we soft launched SheCab, throwing it open for bookings without a formal inauguration as such. This is the testing phase of SheCab, designed to test our procedures and fine tuning them. We launched it on social media and, believe it or not, the response was amazing. Our cabs were overbooked.

We have started off with 2 Cabs and 3 women drivers. Slow and steady, they say, wins the race. After 3 months of training in which our women drivers drove over a 1000 km each, our drivers were almost ready. Driving with an instructor is different than driving with a passenger and I am so happy to tell you that they excelled. The feedback we got was awesome. Yes, ofcourse, since our women were basically from villages and had never traveled to Dehradun before, they sometimes took a bit of extra time in searching for an address, but people understood and appreciated our efforts.

Our plan is to launch SheCab formally around the middle of next month when our website and app will also be ready.

We need the best wishes and blessings from everyone who is reading this, to succeed. Please do pray that we succeed. Thank you.
We have moved !
The Saheli Women's & Children's Shelter has a new address. We shifted to another house a few hundred meters from the previous one, as the owner wanted the house back. The present house is a bit smaller but we did manage to fit in. Unfortunately because of the urgency of shifting this is all what we could find. Hopefully we will find a bigger more appropriate house and shift soon. Our dreams of buying our own property are, sadly, still dreams.
In May, we welcomed a new member in Saheli Women's & Children's Shelter,, 10 year old Kajal. After the death of her mother, the girl suffered abuse at the hands of her Stepmother and was never sent to school. Her father could no longer bear with it and finally decided to seek help. Hopefuly in a few months, you'll see a new Kajal
Our efforts to educate rural / urban slum women continues unabated. Two batches of 35 girls in two villages finished our two month course under the E@YD project. The picture above and immediately below are that from Telpur Village, where 12 girls/ women passed out.
And the picture above is from Pithuwala Village, where 23 girls passed out, all extremely thrilled at getting their certificates.
Hello !
Dear Everyone,

Greetings from all of us here in Saheli. This has indeed been a very happy month for us. It is such a pleasure sharing the above picture with you. These are the three lady drivers of SheCab. All of them led a "house bound" life before we met them, hardly venturing out and financially dependent on others. We met them during our Outreach activities, wherein we go and meet women in different villages / slums and motivate them to be financially independent.

Fighting against odds, fighting against preconceived notions and sometimes fighting opposition from within their families, the three learnt driving and are now earning a decent livelihood. The happiness I personally feel when i see them driving around the city, with GPS in their hands and passengers in their cabs, so confidently, something which neither us nor they themselves could have imagined just a few months ago.

To be honest, all this was made possible, not by me nor by Saheli, but by people like you, who help us and on whose support we can always count on for the last so many years. Thank you.

As I mentioned last month, we are still looking for someone to sponsor the girl who has joined our Shelter recently. We need Rs 3,000 per month to look after her education, personal needs and shelter. If you would like to help educate a girl, please reply to this email. It's all because of you, we are able to do what we have done so far. So, please keep helping us help others.

Also, i would be more than happy if you have any questions or suggestions about our work. New ideas can help us grow. Criticism can also help us improve, so both are more than welcome.


Shruti Kaushik,
Saheli Trust
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