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Dear Everyone!

Greetings from Saheli Trust,

It has been a long time since we last updated you about our activities. It was a stress filled year for everyone all around the world. When people were even suspicious about the fruits and vegetables they were bringing home, in such a situation going to the community and starting our outreach was not an option for us and we had to close down all our activities except the Saheli Residence. With a lot of difficulties we managed to take care of our children at Saheli Residence and give salaries to our staff. 

Read on to know what all we did in between!!
Our efforts to help the community during the Pandemic.
When there was complete lockdown in the country many students, professionals, migrant laborers were stuck in every city, with no means or money to reach their homes. and  not a single vehicle / bus was plying. We took upon ourselves to look for such  migrant labourers who were stuck in our city  and with the help of the district administration assisted them in reaching their villages. The pictures above are of some of them, who were sitting outside the railway station and bus terminals, waiting for any means of transport which could take them to their homes. 
During the hot summer days, when the entire country was in lock down, police personnel had the un-envious duty of standing in the hot sun enforcing the lock down. With permission of the District Administration, our teams would go around the city offering free cool drinks and snacks to the policemen of duty. After a few days the policemen would actually wait for our teams.   
The above picture is of  Jamuna, one of the girls of our Saheli Residence, on the right serving lemonade and refreshment to a police officer. She is a National Cadet Corps cadet and they were called upon to do the best they can to help the society.
Besides the police personnel and migrant laborers, another big problem faced by our city, was that the stray animals, like dogs and cattle, which are plenty in India and a part of our society, were left to fend for themselves and there was no one to feed them due to the lock down. We took it upon ourselves to feed as many such animals as we could. Children of Saheli Residence played an active role in preparing food for animals.
We utilized the time we had to shoot the products we make. Here are some of the pictures.
Saheli Residence
Talking about Menstruation...
                             Catching them young
Talking about our body with our children is not a TABOO. Telling them when they are young prepares them mentally and Menstruation doesn't come as a surprise to them. If they already had their period, telling them about the cycle, problems related to it and menstrual hygiene is our duty.  
Towards the end of last year, as the lock down was eased, we took the children for a day's outing to a nearby stream.
Celebrating the Festival of Lights - Deepawali
Festivals keep us together and keep all of us in high spirits. 
Deepawali brings with it a lot of other festivals and is celebrated for a week. Goverdhan, Dussehra, Bhai Dooj and many more. It gave us an excuse to forget Corona for a few days. We were not allowed to meet anyone but celebrated it among ourselves.
Pickle making 
With a lot of time in hand we tried to pass on this art of making pickle to children and what better then involving them in the process which makes it even more tastier. This is how we as children were excited to be included in the same process with our mothers and we are grateful for it. 
and this was the last thing left to do !!
Hello !
Dear Everyone,

I hope this email finds you well and in high spirits. 

This pandemic has taught us that there is goodness and humanity, even in the darkness. It has taught us that we all are interconnected and we need each other in good times and even more when we are at our worse. I would like to thank those who kept helping us even through this Pandemic and that meant a lot to each one of us in Saheli. We had a tough time and were in a short of funds. Please help us out with it and help us restart our programs. Till now we have been able to help more than 6,500 villagers and urban slum dwellers in our Education@YourDoorstep Program and also helped many to join mainstream education. SheCab also suffered with losses due to COVID-19. Across the world and in India Domestic Violence was also at its peak during the Pandemic, women suffered the most. Many of them were stuck and surrendered themselves in front of violence with no other place to go. Now as the Pandemic slows down, it is the time to come together, heal and restart our efforts to make a better society.

Warm Regards,


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