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Dear Everyone,

September was hectic, but enjoyable and brought new tasks for Saheli.

Read on to know more...
SheCab
...breaking stereotype...

For a healthy competition between our drivers we have started giving a badge of "SheCab lady of the month". Assessments are based on a scoring system designed to take into account guest feedback, productive and conduct.
This month, Madhubala was adjudged the best driver of Shecab.
Ms Sherin Luding, Assistant Director. Sakya Hospital and Tara Foundation pinned the badge of "Lady Driver of the Month" on her.

Soft spoken Madhubala lives in a village called Choila on the fringes of Rajaji National Park on the outskirts of Dehradun. Her husband is also a driver, driving his own car. It is amazing to see this lady, navigating the roads of Dehradun using GPS.

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.
Some amazing reviews
Our hardworking and dedicated outreach team
Community meetings, Saheli style, small, direct, one to one and in people's own front yard. Meeting at Noor Basti, Pithuwala Village.
House to house surveys in Noor Basti about 10 kms from Dehradun.
Our hardworking outreach team during door to door survey in Mithi Beri slums near IMA. These surveys are very important as we reach out to those women who are in distress and neither have any support mechanism nor money or strength to seek help by themselves. So far this year we have visited 2160 houses in different villages / slums around Dehradun.
Community Meeting at Mehuwala mafi village on the outskirts of Dehradun. Smaller group meetings tend to be more personal with one to one interaction. In bigger meetings that personal touch is often missed. This year we have conducted 17 meetings in different villages or urban slums attended by 213 women. We try and provide these women hope and support, along with sensitizing them on gender issues.
Education@YourDoorstep
Our new batch of 9 ladies who will be taught how to read and write Hindi and English in Mehuwala mafi village on the outskirts of Dehradun. It is so heartening to see the enthusiasm of these ladies to start learning. They were all smiles on getting the first notebooks and pencils of their lives.

Two new batches (1) Hindi & English in Chamanpuri and (2) English & Computers in Mecca Masjid Chowk, Mehuwala started.

Exam time at Chamanpuri Basti, Patel Nagar, Dehradun. Basic Computers & Spoken English. With your support, this year, we have taught 368 girls in 21 different batches, so far under our Education@YourDoorStep Campaign in which girls and women are taught at their own doorsteps.

The confidence of these women is amazing! Learning at this age is something which is not common in these sections of the society.
Basic Hindi classes in process at Mehuwala, Dehradun.
Hindi and English classes in Aazad Colony slums in Patel Nagar. It is heartening to see middle aged women eager to learn how to read and write Hindi and English. Our Outreach team headed by the hard working Kanti Rawat deserves many accolades.

Even though the class looks small, but if we manage to get these 6 girls read and write Hindi & English, the feat is not that small.
E@YD classes in Eith Bhatta, Tuntuwala village 8 kms from Dehradun.

New Basic Computers & Spoken English classes at Chamanpuri slums near Lal Pul. Luckily here we got a government "Baarat Ghar" to teach the girls in.
Teaching is tougher than most imagine. Hindi and English classes in Pithuwala Village.
Home Sweet Home
A family that eats together stays together.
Our children are learning some extra curricular activities apart from studies.
Bhagirath in the front is learning Casio.
Prakash in the middle is learning Guitar (If you remember, Prakash is the boy who came to us with tracheotomy done after a lion attacked him while he was asleep in the balcony of his owner's house where he used to work as a servant. At that time he was 7 years old)
Shivam, the naughtiest one is learning music. His voice is really sweet.
Kajal
Most of our girls are learning Kathak. One is learning guitar and one of our girl is a national level Judo player.
Hello !
Dear Everyone,

Greetings from Saheli,

Social work is a work which involves immense energy and love with no time for yourself. You are surrounded by people each each and every single minute of the day. After all odds, when I am done with the day and lay down on my bed I feel a satisfaction. I hope I am doing justice with your trust and faith in me. I would not spare a single chance to thank you for the love, care and support you have been giving to Saheli.

Children secured fairly good marks in their terminal exams, I am very strict with their studies. The registration of the vehicles of SheCab have been almost done.

As I have been mentioning since last 2 months, we are still looking for someone to sponsor the girl(you can see the picture above, I have written her name with it) 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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