Seva Mandir

Seva Mandir's mission is to make real the idea of society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. The commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic. Seva Mandir seeks to institutionalise the idea that development and governance is not only to be left to the State and its formal bodies like the legislature and the bureaucracy, but that citizens and their associations should engage separately and jointly with the State. The mission briefly, is to construct the conditions in which citizens of plural backgrounds and perspectives can come togethe...
May 5, 2015

Sunita's New Dream

Dear Friend,

Sunita lives in a remote village of Southern Rajasthan.  Sunita’s father is an alcoholic and unable to maintain steady work to support his family, so from a very young age, Sunita was required to sustain the livelihood of her mother and siblings through cattle grazing.  Though Sunita dreamed of getting an education, school was never an option for her.  Not only was Sunita occupied with work, but there was also no way for her to easily access an education facility.

This all changed in 2012 when Seva Mandir opened a Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centre in her village. Magan, the instructor at the NFE Centre, visited Sunita and her family to communicate the importance of an education, and had an extremely positive influence on their attitudes toward schooling.  Sunita proceeded to join the NFE, and attends every day, despite having to walk two miles to get to class. Sunita also helps her mother gather firewood to sell at the end of the day. Today, Sunita is at A level.  In addition to being a regular student, Sunita also brings her little sister to NFE to get an education.  In her hopes to continue schooling, and help others learn as she has, Sunita has developed a new dream:  to become a teacher

This all is only possible because Friends like you are regularly supporting our program.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Apr 24, 2015

Touching and Improving More Lives

  • Dear Friend,

In Undithal, on the fourteenth of every month, Seva Mandir conducts an immunization camp, which is attended by many women who seek reliable health services for their children. These immunization camps are overseen by a nurse, as well as a Seva Mandir trained Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) and Balsakhi (Child’s Friend). These community health workers counsel families on the importance of immunizations, as well as motivate women to come to camps to receive antenatal checkups and treatments for common illnesses. Seva Mandir’s TBAs and Balsakhis do far more than simply counsel though: they actively help. After a Balsakhi encountered the two month old infant, Mangi, who only weighed 1.5 kilograms, the Balsakhi not only helped the mother understand the importance of proper breastfeeding practices, but also encouraged the mother to have her child immunized. The mother was hesitant to attend the immunization camp because she thought she would have to travel too far to reach it, but after the Balsakhi explained that the camp was conducted in the village itself, the mother agreed to go.

Upon reaching the camp, the immunization team spoke at length with the mother to ensure she understood the importance of each shot, and the potentially deadly diseases each vaccine saves her child from. Our teams provide this type of pre-immunization counseling to help eliminate misconceptions related to immunizations.  As a result, families come to immunization camps more regularly.   

This all is only possible because Friends like you are regularly supporting our program.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Apr 16, 2015

New Achievements... Thanks

A farmer standing in his wheat farm.
A farmer standing in his wheat farm.

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for supporting this project and ensuring food security for tribal farmers of our region.

Seva Mandir's Food Security Program includes a range of activities designed to help people in improving their crop production. This is done by strengthening local community seed banks, increase horticulture, improve livestock health, and promote organic farming.

With your support: 

  • 340 farmers were selected to plant fruit trees following the Wadi (orchard) model in the third batch, compared with 300 and 360 farmers respectively in the first and second batches. The Wadi model includes plantation of 40 saplings of fruit trees (mango, lemon, pomegranate and aonla) and 120 saplings of forestry trees.
  • Soil and water conservation and water resource development activities were conducted with 179 farmers.
  • Farmers were encouraged to grow seasonal crops and vegetables, which enabled them to produce food and cash crops. Wadi farmers who grew vegetables and other cash crops as intercrops earned between Rs 3,000 and 7,000 by selling their vegetables in the market.
  •  A few farmers cultivated organic wheat. They sold their produce for Rs 20/kg compared with the market rate of Rs 16/kg for conventionally produced wheat.
  • 15 Community Seed Banks (CSBs) were maintained in Jhadol and Girwa blocks.

Thank you so much friends for your continuous help and support to our food security program. Your help really means a lot to us.

I will be writing again very soon.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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