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Dear Everyone,

Apologies for the delayed newsletter, it is just one of those days when you never get down to actually doing what you've been planning to do. So much has been happening in Saheli that penning thoughts can sometimes be an elusive moment.
Another unbelievable story
The pictures above and below are that of an unknown girl abandoned by her parents in Doon Hospital and lying all alone for the last 2 months. Apparently belonging to the state of Bihar, the girl got injured and was admitted to Doon hospital after the wound had become gangrenous. The parents disappeared at night leaving the girl alone. After we got the information, we tried our best to make her comfortable, interacted with other people to get her help and talked to the treating Doctors. She requires prolonged treatment for probably a couple of months. We will try our best to help the girl out as much as possible.
Education at your Doorstep
One of our long standing dreams finally came true in February. Our first "Education at your Doorstep" center was inaugurated by H.E. Kalden Dunkyi Sakya at Mehuwala, with 22 Muslim girl students. Envisaged to take education to the doorstep of girls who are deprived of education simply because schools or colleges are "too far away" and the parents disallow the girls to attend there. H.E. Kalden Dunkyi Sakya had been kind enough to donate 10 laptops to us, which allowed the dream to come true. These classes will be of 2 months and we will use this time to interact with the families too and try and change their point of view regarding early marriage and education for girls.

Saheli Bal Grah

Another important milestone which we achieved this month was the setting up of a separate boys section known as "Saheli Bal Grah". Legal restrictions prevented us from keeping boys along with the girls once they cross 10 years of age and we also needed to free up some space in the Shelter to let more girls in. So we set up a smaller shelter, barely 200 meters from the Saheli Women's Shelter, for the boys. Seen in the picture above are the boys along with the Kushal Pal, their caretaker.
Outreach took us in Feb to Mehuwala Mafi, a small village next to the Mehuwala village where we have started our "Education at your doorstep" classes. Girl child, Gender sensitization & Domestic violence were some of the issues talked about in an interactive session. Hopefully, we will be ultimately be able to change the mindset of people over a period of time.
Message from the Secretary
Dear Everyone,

February has been a very important month for us in Saheli, Education at our Doorstep campaign finally set sailing. We have been trying hard for a long time to get it off the ground. Our first center is in Mehuwala and we hope to start our second center soon.

I would like to share with you one of the biggest challenges we have been trying to overcome for the last 6 months but without any success. We had applied for receiving foreign donations under FCRA in June 2016, unfortunately our application is still stuck and is yet to be approved. Without FCRA it is impossible to get help from outside and since there are people who are willing to help us abroad, we are is a desperate situation. If anyone knows any official in the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, please do let me know.

Our Annual Report for the year 2016 is online. Please do take a minute to read it and share it. Sharing with your friends and relatives is very important for us.


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

...and in the end...
Read our Annual Report for the year 2016
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