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Dear Everyone,

August has been a very sad month for us, reminding of the old saying that one cannot win every battle, and ultimately it is God's will which prevails; one can and must do his or her best and pray. Vineeta's case, see the first post below, made us realize our limitations when faced with serious life and death situations.
Vineeta, may her soul rest in peace
Laali
On 11th August, this 28 year old mother of 3, was brutally beaten up, had petrol sprinkled on her and burnt by her husband, a man she had fallen in love with and married, in a village near Uttarkashi, a small town deep in the Garhwal Himalayas.

She had borne 9 years of physically abusive marriage, simply because she had nowhere to go. Her father was a poor farmer, growing enough food in his small farm just to be able to feed his own family. When her father and uncle brought a burnt Vineeta to Dehradun, after an 8 hour taxi journey, they had merely Rs 8000/- in their pocket.

Vineeta had 65% burns, needed to be an in intensive burns ward but shockingly, the entire state of Uttarakhand, does not have a single government hospital providing this facility. The only private hospital in Dehradun with a burns ICU, charges Rs 10,000 per day, which was way beyond which even we could provide for. She would have needed atleast one month of ICU stay followed by few months of hospital stay.

So Vineeta ended up being admitted in a burns ward, where patients with even 40% burns should not be admitted, but we had no choice. There was no way we could have raised Rs 5,00,000/- required for her treatment. Sadly, but as expected, Vineeta passed away after struggling for her life after 10 days. Even in the ward, we had to spend around Rs 2,000 daily, which thankfully because of good people in this world, we did manage to raise.

Vineeta's children are now with their grandmother, the husband is absconding and her parents are back tending to their fields.

May Vineeta's soul rest in peace.



On a cheerful note
During a survey of Shastri Nagar slums, we met two extremely naughty siblings, Afreen & Abdul, aged 7 & 6 respectively, who had never been to school and spent their entire day playing on the streets, simply because the parents did not have the documents. After a lot of motivation and persuasion of parents, we managed to get them admitted in Government Primary School, Kanwli. Thankfully, both the children are now studying and have been attending the school regularly.
Outreach programs
In our outreach meeting this month, we met women of Telpur village on the outskirts of Dehradun on Women's Empowerment and gender issue, in the courtyard of the village temple. There we met Shilpa, a 17 year girl whose mother, who earns Rs 1,500 per month, cannot afford her college education. Shilpa wants to join civil services. We will try and help Shilpa fulfill her dreams.
Message from the Secretary
Dear Everyone,

August has been a very sad month for us, we really wish we had been able to save Vineeta. We tried shifting her to Safdurgang hospital in Delhi, but she was too sick to be transported in an 8 hour drive. The only consolation we have is that we looked after her to the best of our abilities and made her last few days in this world as comfortable as we could.

Our Little Angle's Creche is doing well and now has 6 children. The main satisfaction we have is that this allows 4 women to go out and work, which otherwise it would have been impossible for them. The families pay whatever is convenient for them, which usually is not more than 500 Rs per month, which means the creche needs to be subsidized, because this amount also includes milk, fruits and food for the children.

If you've been following our newsletters, you'll be knowing about Riya Rana, the 18 year old girl who we had rescued 2 months ago. We are looking for a sponsor for her. Most of the people we approach, back out on hearing that she ran away from her home. We would need Rs 3000 per month for her food, personal needs and schooling. If you'd like to help a girl who is being shunned by society, please do reply to this email or contact us.

Also, I would like to request everyone to please spread the word about us. If you feel our work is good, please tell your friends and acquaintances about us. The more people know about us, the more likely are we to get support. So, I would like to request you to please forward this newsletter to such people.

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...
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