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Dear friends,

November has been a very interesting month, throwing up new challenges and new opportunities. The amazing response of everyone to our appeal to help with the treatment of Prakash was overwhelming and we have been able to get the best treatment possible for him. Thank you everyone who helped and also those who could not help financially, but prayed for him.

Do go through the newsletter to know what we have been upto last month.
At eleven in the night, a 32 year old lady called Alka came to us, shivering with fear and crying. Her husband had severely beaten her and she felt she would die if he continued. Alka has had a history of being beaten by her husband over a number of years, but it was never as bad as this. On a few occasions we've had to call the police to her house in the past.

Alka stayed at the Women's Shelter for  a few days, her husband lodged a police complaint of her running away with an unknown person (Saheli is what he meant). Her parents, seen in the above pic, came from Delhi, met the police and with their permission took Alka with them to their home in Delhi. A meeting  of villagers was also called so that rumors could be quashed and everyone would know that Alka went with her parents because she could not bear the torture anymore.

We put Alka in touch with the Institute of Social Studies Trust in Delhi. One of their field of work is DV. About a week back, Alka filed a case of Domestic Violence with their help.

After the initial hearings, we plan to bring Alka back to our Shelter because her parents are too poor to keep her with them.
Prakash came back from PGI Chandigarh after his tests and the initial treatment. A tracheostomy tube had been inserted in his trachea. Thankfully he was comfortable and eating well.

After staying in the shelter for 10 days, Prakash again went to PGI for further tests. His bronchoscopy is due on 1st December. Will keep everyone posted on the updates.
Tackling domestic violence
Our monthly meeting at Sapera Basti, was held under the warm winter sun. We talked on Domestic Violence. What was really heartening to know was that the incidence of wife beating has really decreased in the locality, since we have started having monthly meetings in the locality. People are actually afraid that "some NGO" has started coming to the area to protect women and this has made a difference.


Work in Saheli Self Help Group has picked up pace. We got a small grant from Sir Ratan Tata Memorial Fund, through which we will be soon opening our very own retail outlet. Women of the SHG have been waiting for this moment for over a year now, since marketing handicraft is not easy without an outlet of your own.

Hopefully in the next few days we will start work on the shop and you'll see the pictures in the next newsletter.
Message from the Secretary
Greetings from Saheli,

November has been a great month for us. Prakash came back from PGI in a good state. He went with a tube in this trachea, in an ambulance, but came back comfortable. He still has a long way to go and probably will undergo two major surgeries in near future. A heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed to help us treat him. We still need help for Prakash as we need funds for his upcoming surgeries. I would request you to help us out.

This month we also got our 80G certificate, which means, that whatever donations you give, you get an income tax relief of about 50% of the amount. So when you do a good deed, it comes back to you almost immediately.

As always, I would request everyone to please give us your feedback by simply replying to this email. Each and every feedback helps us grow. Also do visit us whenever you can and please forward this email to a few of your friends, so that they too are aware of Saheli.

Thank you all once again,

With regards,

Shruti Kaushik,
Secretary, Saheli
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