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 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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Jan 29, 2015

Your Support Brought a New Hope in Babaji's Life

Hopeful Babaji with his young Amla Sapling
Hopeful Babaji with his young Amla Sapling

Dear Friends,

Please meet Babaji, an old man living in Girwa block.

He owns a small piece of land on a hillside but its slope made it impossible to irrigate, so he couldn't cultivate it.

Without a livelihood in his village, Babaji resorted to going to the city to find employment as a labourer. But he's an old man and was unable to sustain heavy-duty work on the construction site.

Then Seva Mandir intervened to improve his land. Trenches were dug to retain rain water from the monsoon; amla (Indian gooseberry) and mango trees were planted, along with grass for cattle fodder; fencing was put up to protect the young plants from animals.

Today, he harvests the grass and has enough to feed his cattle. He sells any surplus in the market and has started a small tea stall with the money he makes. He is looking forward to the time when his trees start yielding fruit so that he can earn a little more.

Sharing his experiences, he thanks Seva Mandir for helping him become self-supporting. He is happy that he is able to stay in his village and no longer needs to migrate to the city to try to find work.

Simple measures made Babaji's small piece of land viable. You enabled him to make a living - and You restored his pride. 

Thank you for believing in Seva Mandir.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Babaji
Babaji's Little Orchid on the Hill Slope

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Dec 29, 2014

Greetings!

Dear Friend,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Since 1968, Seva Mandir has worked with 360,000 people across 700 villages in south­ern Rajasthan, one of the world’s poorest regions, where people live on an average of USD 0.35 a day, to build cohesive and inclu­sive communities whose members are able to participate actively in the local decision-making which affects their daily lives.

Fostering democratic participation in the affairs of the community is the foundation for all of Seva Mandir’s interventions in the region and is a key element of its success in supporting deprived rural communities.

Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. 

At Seva Mandir, very modest amounts of money go a very long way toward improving people’s lives, and our success has been recognized through a long list of awards and partnerships with distinguished funders and the Indian government.

We wish to thank you for your continued support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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