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 11, 2013

New Hopes....... Thanks to You

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir

Thank you for your continued support to our project ‘Improving Food Security for Tribal Farmers’.

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 year end, we would like to share with you a case study of Bed village. So that you come to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change.

A case study of Pastureland in Bed Village (Girwa Block)

The village has 43.5 hectare of pastureland in which villagers constructed boundary wall in the year 1980-81 with the help of Panchayat (Local Government Body) and did some land development work. People from nearby villages tried to encroach the land and also destroyed the pastureland by breaking the boundary wall. After this incident, villagers of Bed came together, did meetings and tried and removed encroachments. From then onwards villagers started taking care of the pastureland by themselves.

This pastureland is 1-2 km away from the village because of which there was always a fear of encroachment from outsiders. Then later on in the year 2007-2008, Gram Samuh (Village Group) people made a contact with Seva Mandir office in Shisvi and took part in the meetings conducted by the organization frequently. Villagers were very much influenced by the pastureland pattern adopted by villagers of Kemri and thus discussed this with the people of the organization so as to develop the same in their area. In the year 2009-10, the task got approved and different works like construction of boundary wall, soil-water conservation works like contour trenches, check dams and plantation work was completed. As per Seva Mandir’s rule, 10% of the contribution amount was collected and deposited in Gram Vikas Kosh (GVK)-[Village Development Fund]. In the initial period, villagers took care of the pastureland by a system called by them as “Suiya System” in which every day one household went for the protection of pasture turn by turn. Then, lately a guard named Bhura was appointed for the task. As a result of protection, in the very first year there was ample grass grown in the field. The grass grown was then collected by the farmers keeping Rs 25 as a token money. Altogether 20 family’s harvested grass in the field for 8 days and each family used to carry 25 bundles of grass daily.

Following this, in the year 2010, keeping the token money as Rs 40 total of 21 families took 35 bundles of grass collected from the field for 8 days. In the year 2011, the families took grass for Rs 25 per bundle.

In another project plantation work was done in July 2011 in which 5820 saplings were planted to cover the barren patches in the pastureland. Around 50 families were employed. These families were able to earn Rs. 2250 per month.

According to the village committee members, the biggest impact of pastureland treatment and development process has been increased unity among the villagers, apart from large amount of grass production.

We are able to make these progresses because of YOU. We look forward to your support and thoughts. Wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family. 

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra 

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Dec 6, 2013

You Added Happiness in Many Lives..... Thanks

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support to our project 'Immunization for Tribal Children and Young Mothers'.

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 our progress report of this project from april to September 2013 so that you come to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:

Immunization camps are organized by Seva Mandir in 110 hamlets across the five blocks. During the reporting period, 633 camps were conducted against the target of 662 camps, which means 96 per cent of camps were held. This is an improvement over the 90 per cent in the last year (April – Sep 12). There is also a slight increase in the number of children receiving vaccination, against 610 children of the previous year, 686 children were immunized this year of which 375 were boys and 311 were girls. 337 children completed their immunization schedule of which 194 were boys and 143 were girls. 1451 children, of whom 804 boys and 647 girls, were given medicines for common illnesses in which the maximum number of children came with the complaint of diarrhea followed by skin infection and fever. The absence of nurses and problems in reaching the camp site during monsoons has been the major reason behind the cancellation of the camps.

The camps also registered 894 women for antenatal checkups against 905 women in last reporting period. Of these total registered women, 796 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine and 697 women received both the doses. 362 women visited the camps for their third ante natal checkup which is indicative of a positive shift in the behavior of the women towards their personal health during pregnancy. The components of antenatal checkups included hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.

We would also like to share with you a case study.

Savita Devi, a resident of Hasreta village in Kotra block was reluctant in getting her daughter Laxmi immunized as she believed the vaccines to be harmful which would lead to her child to become handicapped. The Bal Sakhi (Child Caretaker from Seva Mandir) Manju counseled her to visit the camp once where she would be able to interact with the mothers of her own age group. On visiting the camp, Savita Devi witnessed the ease with which the other children were getting the vaccination and also got an opportunity to hear about the positive personal experiences of the mothers. The women from Seva Mandir counseled Savita about the benefits of immunization and cleared her misconceptions regarding the vaccines which instilled confidence in her and she agreed to get her daughter immunized. Individual counseling by the nursing team and the community health workers is the backbone of the program as the women have a number of misconceptions regarding immunization due to which they neither get themselves or their children immunized which can pose a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of the pregnant women and children.

Once again thank you so much for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Atul Lekhra 

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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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