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...
Dec 6, 2013

Experience of a Child...... Thanks

Photo of one of the girl at our Education Centre
Photo of one of the girl at our Education Centre

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support to our project 'Send a Child in India to School for a Year'.

With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yearend, we would like to share with you the experience of a child who study at our non formal education centre, so that you come to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change.

Here is the experience from a girl named Anita:

My name is Anita and I am 9 years old. My father is Ishwar Lal ji and he works in the fields and as a laborer. My mother’s name is Sheila Devi and I have 2 brothers. My younger brother and I study in Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (Non Formal Education Center) in Kotala. My elder brother Suresh Kumar has also passed out from Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra and is now studying in class 7 in a non-government school. The distance from my home to Seva Mandir’s School and to the government school is the same, but we come to study in Seva Mandir’s School because teachers beat children in the government school and demand for various things which we have to bring. But there is no pressure on us in our Seva Mandir School. We are independent here and can concentrate on our studies – and we have fun. The teacher of our school is very nice. He uses various innovative teaching methods to teach us. We love the way he teaches us. We have a big water tank at our school and we get drinking water from here.”

So that was the experience of Anita. We are able to make these progresses because of YOU. Once again thank you so much for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Atul Lekhra

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Nov 6, 2013

Your Contribution Strengthen Women Confidence

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

 Today I thought of sharing with you the story of how in the village of Kaloda, the sense of community fostered with the help of Seva Mandir support.

Kaloda village comprises mix caste population. Villagers are in contact with Seva Mandir since last one year and they have proposed Pastureland Development work in village meeting, making Seva Mandir as the implementing agency.

Seva Mandir started the work of pastureland development as an implementing agency under MGNREGA (a government program). Initially there were many encroachments of local villagers in pastureland site so the village group (with the help of Seva Mandir) had several meetings and got the encroachments removed after many efforts. After 2 weeks some villagers again encroached on some part of pastureland. This time village women came forward and fought with the encroachers. The womenfolk of the village not only removed the encroachment but also they got completed MGNREGA work (application, wall construction, plantation etc.) on time with quality. Maximum labour on MGNREGA work on this site were women only.

It was women’s effort that they removed encroachments and completed the pastureland work. Women asked Seva Mandir to start women saving group in their village. On their request, Village Development Group was formed in Kaloda village with a current membership of 85 households. Committee elections will be held in the village once the membership is complete. Through the efforts made by women, the pastureland is now safe and one person from village has been appointed by villagers to guard it. 

As you can see, this has been an incredibly success for the villagers. Every donation helps Seva Mandir provide training and workshops so that these communities can learn how to effectively manage their own development. With your help, these communities are not simply passive recipients of aid; they are taking matters into their own hands.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Oct 31, 2013

Securing The Future With Your Support

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

Hope you are well. Today I thought of sharing with you the story of Premi Bai Lohar who secured her livelihood with the help of self help group.

Premi Bai Lohar lives in Kagmandra, village of Semal panchayat in Badgaon block. She is a member of a self help group since January 2010. Her group comprises of 20 members. The group has been very active from the day of its inception. There has been regular inter-loaning and re-payment in the group.

The group took a loan of Rs. 2,40,000/-  from their village corpus in February 2010. Premi Bai received a loan of Rs. 20,000 from the Gram Vikas Kosh (Village Development Fund) for Meenakari business that she was involved in.

“Meenakari” is a traditional form of art which was introduced in the country by the Mughals. It is an art of enameling metals like gold, silver and copper. This form of art has been practiced in the area extensively for the past 30 years and Premi Bai and her husband have been involved in this profession since last 7 to 8 years.

They do meenakari on silver metal. They bring silver from Nathdwara, a neighboring town of Rajsamand district, which is around 80 Km from her village, do meenakari work on it and sell the finished goods in the market.

In the past, due to unavailability of money, Premi Bai and her husband were unable to buy silver in large quantity from the market, due to which they could sell lesser quantity of goods and therefore earned Rs. 4000 (approx.) per month, which was not sufficient to support their family of 7 members.

The loan of Rs. 20,000 provided a boost to their business. They were now able to buy the required raw material in bulk, as a result they could sell larger quantity of finished goods in the market.

Today, Premi Bai and her husband are earning Rs. 8000 per month (approx.) from this business and their economic condition has significantly improved.

This is one of the examples from Self Help Groups. Thank you for being beside us on our journey to development. We really appreciate the trust you have shown in us. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you again.

Atul Lekhra


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