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 23, 2009

teching kids in rural schools...

Namaste I am priyanka from seva mandir. I have been with seva mandir for 11 years now. I have headed health and education programs of seva mandir. Non formal education program is the largest and the most successful part of our education program. Seva mandir attempts to ensure quality education to very poor children of remote areas. Precisely because these are very disadvantaged children the learning experience must be one which the children enjoy and find meaningful. Else they will very easily stop studying. The process of learning is made enjoyable and meaningful by making sure that children have plenty of opportunity to read, think, question and argue. The focus is to allowing children to undertake a task in groups and individually. Where they have to apply their minds and not just repeat what the teacher has said. It is ensured that the children are actually learning and not memorizing. After all real knowledge and understanding leads to a happier childhood; satisfy teachers and empower citizens. All this has been possible because of your support and the confidence you proposed in us. A very warm and heartfelt thank you on behalf of Seva Mandir and the numerous children whose lives you have influenced. Thank you once again.

The video is available on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtXETqw3CdY

Apr 18, 2009

Government Scheme of employment

April 17, 2009

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

Thank you very much for your continuing support.

The fellows are working very hard on the issues they had selected. The following progress made by one of the fellows will give you an idea as how these community leaders are torch bearers for development work.

Dinesh Kumar Meghwal a fellow in Kherwada block chose to work on issues related to a Government Scheme called ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)’. Under this scheme every family in the village gets 100 days of employment for 1 year.

Dinesh chose to spread the full awareness on the scheme because due to lack of awareness and corruption the benefits are limited to powerful people in the society. The orientation held in October helped him learn fully about the scheme and other relevant social security schemes.

Currently he is involved in speaking to several people about this scheme to educate them about their rights, the facilities provided by the Government -such as arrangement of shade by the sites for women and their little children, first aid box, supply of drinking water at the site, the significance of a job card, the minimum wage people are entitled to etc.

He is gathering information from people working on various labour-sites in order to assess people’s awareness levels. Based on his experience he will be mobilizing people to demand for their rights from Panchayat (local village council). He reported that his own understanding on this scheme has increased and he is surprised that the Government’s good schemes for poor people do not reach due to lack of awareness, information and corruption.

We will keep you updated about the progress these fellows are making. If you have any questions or suggestions, please share with us.

Once again many thanks for supporting the fellowship program and your faith in our work.

With warm regards,

Deepti deepti@sevamandir.org

Apr 18, 2009

Know more about our Nurse

April 18, 2009

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

Many thanks for your continuing support. There are a total of 66 camps running and this program continues to save several children and women. This has been possible because of support from people like you. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

This month, I am pleased to share a story of one of our GNMs (General Nurse Midwife). The GNM and the assistant as a team deliver the services of immunization in villages. One of our volunteers Ginny who works in Health program visited some immunization camps and spoke to immunization team.

The following story is written by Ginny as she was very impressed with the work these GNMs are doing. We hope that you will enjoy learning a bit about our team.

We will be happy to answer your queries. Once again a very big thank you for all your support.

With warm regards,

Deepti deepti@sevamandir.org

‘Gauri is a general nurse midwife who along with her team members runs 17 camps in a month in rural areas of Udaipur. Gauri lives with her husband and their 6-year-old fully immunized daughter. She pursued a career in nursing, starting with a three-year general nursing and midwifery (GNM) degree. Gauri has been working with Seva Mandir for five years and has seen the immunization camps in action.

One of the biggest improvements that she has seen is the addition of antenatal check-ups for pregnant women and the general health check-ups of the children receiving immunizations. In addition to immunizing children and pregnant women, Gauri checks the blood pressure, hemoglobin count and weight of women as they progress through their pregnancy. This allows her to catch early signs of complication—something important for ensuring the health of both mother and child. Gauri feels that the addition of these programs have added to the benefits of the camps, something she is proud of.

17 days out of the month, Gauri is in the field, at immunization camps in the rural areas around Udaipur and this is where she feels most comfortable. She likes the work that she does bringing change to the lives of so many children. When asked to pinpoint a specific example that has moved her during her time as a nurse, she comments, she is moved every time she gives a child a shot. That child, she knows, has a better chance to be health and happy because of it.

The training that Seva Mandir has provided for Gauri has improved both her skills as a nurse, as a counselor and her overall confidence.’

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