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...
Feb 20, 2015

New Hope for Babu... Thank You

Dear Friend,

Babu, along with his parents, wife and children, lives in Medi village. The region is inhabited by tribal people living in extreme poverty. Babu is a farmer with a small piece of land; like most others in this area, his main produce is lentils. In fact, his family has worked in the fields here for generations, cultivating this staple crop.

Compared with many others in his community, Babu managed his finances well and he tried always to invest in good quality seeds and regular irrigation. But despite his best efforts, his family income remained low, mainly because of a lack of proper storage for his crops and problems with transport. 

Every time he wanted to sell some of his harvest, Babu had three choices: he could travel to the market using local transport, which raised his costs; he could walk the several miles there; or he could sell his lentils through middle-men, in which case he would not receive a fair price.

Over time, the financial position of his family worsened until some were forced to leave the village in search of labourer work. But even this radical step didn’t protect them from hunger. 

Several years ago, the solution for this family's increasingly precarious situation came with a Seva Mandir agriculture programme: Babu and 86 others from his community were given support and proper training to become co-owners of a dal mill. 

The principal aims of the project are to operate along ethical lines, guarantee proper storage for the harvests and ensure fair prices to the farmers by cutting out the middle-men. The farmers who are part of the cooperative are now able to control the process of dal making and selling, they are guaranteed a fair market price for their crops and they receive a share of any future profits.        

Thanks to the generosity of Seva Mandir's supporters who made this project possible, the economic situation of Babu's family continues to improve. As one of the farmers participating in the dal mill cooperative, he is able to support his family and provide them with a decent standard of living. 

His initial contribution to the project was 100 rupees (£1 or $2). This investment, and the support of Seva Mandir in enabling the farmers to realise the scheme, has given Babu assurance that his efforts will bring him appropriate rewards. Indeed, with time he will be able to cultivate a little more of the land and further ensure that his large family's finances are stable.

The future is now brighter for them all.

We wish to thank you for your continued support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Feb 5, 2015

Health Checkup and Immunization Camp

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your generous support to our immunization program. With your support, Seva Mandir organized free health checkups cum immunization camp in Dabban village in Udaipur district. In this village, it takes more than one hour to reach the nearest health facility by public transport, which is also not very frequent. Therefore, the people rely on home remedies, traditional healers or quacks for treatment and go for qualified care only when the condition deteriorates.

The camp was conducted by a senior Pediatrician, a General Nurse Midwife (GNM) and a senior gynecologist who also heads the health program of Seva Mandir. The camp catered to 139 children (up to 12 years) with treatment for common illnesses and 12 children (up to 1 year) received vaccine shots.

Details of the treatment given at the camp are as follows:

Type of illness and no. of Children

Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)  43

Cold/ Cough 24

Skin Infection 16

Asthenia (Weakness) 12

Pyrexia (Fever) 9

Anemia 9

Abdomen Pai 7

Diarrhoea 6

Bronchitis 4

Vomiting 3 

Dermatitis 3

Conjunctivitis 2 

Burn 1 

TOTAL 139 

Seva Mandir plans to continue to conduct free health check up and immunization camps in other remote villages of its work area. So I wanted to thank you again for your generous support to Seva Mandir.  It is because of kind people like you that we are able to provide treatment to tribal children who would otherwise have no option available to get the basic health care. 

We would love to hear from you. Please reach me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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The children queue up for their turn at the camp
The children queue up for their turn at the camp

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Feb 4, 2015

The Gifts of Sight and Education

Dear Friend,

Nisha, who is 11, had never been to school - not that she didn’t want to go, but there wasn’t one close to her home in a rural village and her parents were unable to send her to a school out­side the village. They heard about Seva Mandir’s Residential Learning Camp at a village meeting, and as other children they knew were going they decided to send Nisha. She soon settled into this environment (very different from the government schools) with ten pupils to one encouraging and supportive teacher, and several hours of enjoy­able lessons every day. Like the other children at the camp, she was given two sets of clothes, good meals every day and lessons in basic arithmetic and Hindi, some English, science and hygiene, and a chance to play as children do. It was during one of the weekly health checks by a doctor that it was discovered that Nisha had a cata­ract in one eye, the result of an earlier injury. Seva Mandir arranged for her to have an operation to remove the cataract, free of charge, and her father came with her. Now her sight is returning and she just has to wear sunglasses while her eye recovers. She is continuing to soak up all the learning she can in her third successive two-month camp, anxious to make up for lost time. Now her Parents hope a bright future for her.

Without your help, Nisha would probably have remained illiterate and partially sighted. It’s due to your support we are able to help her.

Thank you for your contribution in ensuring her a better future!  We look forward to your continued support.

We would love to hear from you. Please do reach me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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