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Dear Everyone,

October was a very important month for us, the toil and work we put in over the last year and a half, finally paid off this month.

Read on to know more...
The Official launch of SheCab
After two months of trial, the big day was finally on the 14th of October when our ladies only taxi service "SheCab" was finally flagged off by the Minister in Charge of Women's Welfare, Ms Rekha Arya.

The Minister lauded the efforts put in to start this venture and wished us all the best. Also present on the occasion were a number of people who have helped us all along. Children from nearby villages presented a short stage play and a few songs.
We were thrilled to have as our guest, Mrs Karuna Pandey, a Colors TV artist who is seen in many serials. She took the trouble of searching for us on the net and then booking a SheCab from the Airport.
Education@YourDoorStep
Education@YourDoorStep, our program which aims to deliver education at the doorstep of those who cannot attend regular schools, continues with full steam. This year 476 girls/ women have enrolled in it, in 26 different villages/ urban slums to learn how to read and write and those who know how to read and write are taught Basic Computers & Spoken English.

The idea behind the program, besides giving education, is to instill self confidence in these girls and sensitize them on gender issues as well. We also interact with their families and try and make them understand the importance of female education.
Community Meetings
Reaching out to the Community we live in, is crucial. Only when the mindset of people changes, can we expect real change in the way society treats it's fairer sex.

We have small meetings, atleast once a month, in which women living in villages/ urban slums, are invited to and engaged in an interactive discussion on women's rights and other topics of importance. These meetings also help us understand the psyche of women living in rural India.

So far, this year, we have had 37 such meetings with a total attendance of 575 women.
Saheli Home
Dressed up in all their finery are the children of Saheli Home, celebrating the festival of "Bhaia Dooj", which is dedicated to the relationship of brothers & sisters. Its a time to smile, eat sweats and have fun.
Hello !
Dear Everyone,

Greetings from Saheli,

October was a month we will always remember. All our efforts over the last year finally bore fruit with the official inauguration of SheCab. Even though SheCab was working prior to the inauguration, those were trial runs, designed to formalize and fine tune our working. Over these three months, thankfully, we have been able to meet the running expenditures of the Cab service and we have got a very warm response. Promoting the brand requires a lot of money, which unfortunately we don't have, so we are relying on mouth to mouth publicity, which ofcourse, takes time.

As I have been mentioning since last 2 months, 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.

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.

Regards,

Shruti Kaushik,
Secretary,
Saheli Trust
+91-9760371958
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