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...
Mar 6, 2014

Your contribution helps children gain education

A group of children concentrating on their studies
A group of children concentrating on their studies

Thank you all for your contribution to Seva Mandir's Education Programme. Your contribution enables Seva Mandir to provide quality education to many tribal children.

Here is a quick update on the the Shiksha Kendra programme.

 

Currently there are 175 Shiksha Kendras catering to more than 6000 children of which 44% are girls. Seva Mandir continues to push for girl education and the case study below is an example of this. 

Meena and Seva Mandir's struggle

Meena Kumari (name changed to maintain privacy of person) 13 years of age, belongs to a poor family that mostly depends on wages for household income. However, her strong will to study is what has kept her moving forward in life.

It was in 2012, that Seva Mandir first came in contact with Meena’s family. Meena’s three elder sisters and her, never had an opportunity to go to school as their parents were never convinced as to how it would help them in the future.

Seva Mandir officials had to try hard, to convince the parents to send their daughters to school . The biggest challenge was  to make their mother understand the importance of Seva Mandir‘s Shiksha Kendras .

The parents were also told that the basic stationary such as bags, notebooks and pencils, would all be provided by the Shiksha Kenra. However, the parents were still extremely reluctant to send their children to school.

Following several discussions, the parents said that they were ready to send their three girls to school provided that Meena, the youngest sibling,  would stay at home and do all the household chores. Hearing this, Meena started crying as she too wanted to go to school.

Further negotiations took place with the parents and after several efforts being put in, it was decided that the four girls would go to school and that Seva Mandir would help with the cost of sending Meena to school.

Menna is currently in 3rd grade and now she can read and write as well as do simple mathematical calculations.“ I have come a long way”, she says when asked about her journey.

Mar 6, 2014

A photo essay on the immunization camp

Thank you for supporting Seva Mandir's immunization camps The generous donations by you will help provide healthcare to many tribal women and children.

Here's a quick update on our immunization programme.

Last year,  immunization camps were conducted in 113 hamlets across the five blocks, focusing on areas where government maternal and child health centers were not operational. This year, 1308 camps were conducted and a total of 1324 children were registered in the camps, against 1267 children registered in the previous year. Apart from the routine vaccinations, 2429 children were given treatment for diseases such as fever, cough, cold, measles, eye or ear infection, diarrhea and skin infection. This year, the camps  registered 1783 women for antenatal checkups against 1553 women last year. Of these 1783 women,1645 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine. Antenatal checkups included hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.

Attached is a photo essay on the immunization camp held in Girwa this year by John and Felicia Pheasant from UK, consultants of Seva Mandir who had visited this immunization camp. We do hope you enjoy the Photo essay.


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Mar 6, 2014

Regeneration of Pasturelands : Providing a ray of hope to many lives

Thank you all for supporting us. Your support continues to enable Seva Mandir to provide food security to several tribal.

Sharing experiences of Pastureland development:

Uma Shankar (name changed to maintain the privacy of the person), was born and brought up in a revenue village, Kaylo ka Guda to a family that depended on agrarian activities for income. His father held a total of 30 bighas of land (1 bigha=0.4 hectare), out of which only 6 bigha could be used for irrigational purposes. Along with taking the responsibility of his family, he also took the initiative of involving himself in social work in his village.He shared some of his experiences regarding the importance of food security below.

Located in the south-west range of Aravali, the revenue village Kaylo ka Guda is at a distance of 23 km from Udaipur. This revenue village consists of 3 hamlets namely – Naron ka Guda, Chain ka Bhilwada and Kaylo ka Guda. Around 170 families reside in this village.

Problem faced before Pastureland development:

Almost a decade back, fodder was purchased from outside to feed the livestock in the village. However, there was plenty of land that was under the Panchayat (local level governing body) that remained fallow for the longest time.

This village came under the Seva Mandir work area through its Adult literacy programme and then after few years of working, Seva Mandir sought to develop 6 pasturelands as per the need and demand. All of the 150 families residing here used the grass obtained from this land and thus, there was no need of purchasing fodder from outside. However, open grazing and unprotected pastureland resulted in less productivity of the land therefore resulting in less fodder in the village. Continuous meetings with villagers led to conflict resolution and it was decided that the villagers would help construct the boundary wall and that they would help with soil-water conservation and plantation. With the help of village contribution all these three pasturelands namely – teen munda pastureland, unda khadra pastureland and bhamthara pastureland were re- developed and 10,352 saplings were planted.

 Work accomplished

The repair and maintenance work of these pasturelands was also done. Identification of sites, village meetings, trainings with villagers, raising of seedlings for plantation, re- construction of boundary wall, soil-water conservation, pit digging, direct seeding of grass and indigenous forest species were completed before the onset of monsoon. Saplings were planted in the month of July- August. A total of 1365 person-days was involved in the task execution. Presently all the 3 pasturelands of Kaylo ka Guda are maintained and protected.

Impact:

When these pasturelands were not protected, the villagers used to purchase fodder for their livestock from outside their villages but now the fodder is easily available in these lands. Money saved through this is now used for other important activities. Work done in these pasturelands proved to be useful and it seems that productivity this time will be ample. The drudgery of women also reduced as they earlier had to travel a long distance to get fodder for their livestock which now is easily available at their village, 10352 saplings were planted resulting into a developed forest land.

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