Sambhali Trust is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 to promote self-esteem, economic independence, and the development of educational, vocational and social skills for disadvantaged women and girls within Rajasthani society. Dragoman are delighted to have been able to support them through crew leader Ben Sims as part of his prize of Adventure Guide of the Year in TourRadar’s awards.
Ben chose the charity to receive the $1,000 dollar prize as it focuses on women within the Dalit communities, who experience three levels of discrimination based on their caste, their economic situation and their gender.
The trust provides access to formal education, training in traditional income-generating skills such as handicraft production, as well as arranging and monitoring women’s self-help groups, helping them to save money, have access to loans and create small enterprises of their own. They also empower women by teaching them about their human rights and provide refuge, counselling and support in cases of domestic violence, and financial help with legal or medical issues.