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 26, 2015

NalaBachatSamiti: Few Snapshots

Dear Friends,

NalaBachatSamiti, the community of 86 tribal farmers that started as a collective action against middleman exploitation of their agricultural produce, is now in the 6th year of its inception. From a small group of farmers who united to save themselves from middleman exploitation, the group now discusses business terms like profit, annual turnover and break even sales. In this edition, I shall give a glimpse of some of the new initiatives taken by NalaBachatSamiti. The procurement of raw tuar (lentil) started from the beginning of January. The target of procurement in this year was 30MT. To achieve this huge target, the members of NalaBachatSamiti opened 6 new procurement centers in Kotra block and the members took turns to man them tirelessly for the entire 3 months of procurement. This year SevaMandir provided NalaBachatSamiti with a digital moisture meter and trained the members on the usage of the same. NalaBachatSamiti procured each lot of tuar from the farmers after calculating moisture and asked owner of any lot whose moisture content was more than 15% to dry the same and deliver it to the dal mill. As a result NalaBachatSamiti was able to save 5% of overall cost which it lost every year due to moisture content in pulses. To process this huge quantity of raw tuar the members of NalaBachatSamiti took turns and ensured that the dal mill keeps spinning round the clock. The members of NalaBachatSamiti has also searched for and found new clients for dal and its by-products.

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Atul Lekhra

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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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