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...
Jan 14, 2009

A Big Thank You...

Dear Friend,

May the year 2009 bring hope, peace and prosperity to you and yours!

You have with your support helped Seva Mandir sustain its work to enable the poor by improving their health and educational status. We greatly appreciate your contribution and look forward to your continued passion to make the world a better place.

Your support helped us garner about US $9,000 in the Everybody Can Win Challenge for our Immunization Program (including bonus prize of US $2,500). This money will help us do more to save lives of young children and pregnant mothers we are planning to increase the reach of our program to include more villages. Which would mean reaching to more children and expecting mothers.

We will keep you posted on the developments with regular updates.

Thank you once again.

With warm regards,

Deepti Ameta,

In Charge Reporting and Communications.

deepti@sevamandir.org

Jan 14, 2009

The orientation workshop

Dear Friend,

New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

Thank you very much for your continued supported. I am Deepti and I look after the Reporting and Communication Program in Seva Mandir. I will be staying in touch with you regularly to keep you updated about the program that you have been supporting.

As we had indicated in our last update that the Fellows have selected issues of social-change. In the last couple of months a one-day workshop was organized to orient the fellows about the issues that they have selected. Each fellow was required to prepare a plan of action for next six months. It has also been decided during the workshop that the mentors will have monthly meetings with the fellows to monitor their progress and addressing their problems if any.

All the fellows have been paid an installment of Rs.4000/- in December 2008. To begin with their work they are required to gather details of the issues they have selected in their respective region. On the basis of the information collected, the fellows will have to design the action-plan and awareness campaign in order to deal with the issues that are affecting their communities.

Once again, we would like to communicate our deep thanks to all of you. We will keep you updated about the progress in this program.

With warm regards,

Deepti Ameta, In Charge Reporting and Communications deepti@sevamandir.org

Jan 14, 2009

Seeds are available for everyone

Dear Friend,

New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir!

First of all, a very big Thank You to all of you for supporting our projects.

I am Deepti and I look after the reporting and communication program in Seva Mandir. I will be in touch with you regularly on reporting the projects by Seva Mandir that you have been supporting on Global Giving.

In order to ensure the food security for tribal people we have a range of programs like soil and water conservation to installing lift irrigation pumps in farms, from agricultural trainings to Seed Bank Programs. I will do my best to explain some exciting progress that we have been able to make in these programs.

The Background: Due to lack of water and inadequate facilities of irrigation farmers in our region have poor agriculture production. In areas where irrigation is possible farmers do not have access to good quality seeds and enough knowledge of improved agriculture practices. This results into small harvest. The farmers keep using the seeds from their harvest hence the yield never improves in terms of quality and quantity.

The progress: Under our Seed Bank program for the poor farmers, we had distributed seeds for Maize/corn, Pulse, Sesame and some other regional crop seeds (of improved quality) to around 900 farmers in 30 villages before monsoon in 2008. The farmers were also provided with a training of improved agricultural practices. The results have been enormously encouraging for the Maize Crop in particular. Maize is also the main crop for farmers in our region. Currently farmers are replenishing the Seed Bank with their share of Maize Seeds.

Similarly the farmers were distributed the good quality seeds for Wheat (the winter crop) the year before last year. Again the results have been very positive. As a consequence the farmers in 5 villages had been able to replenish a total of 1900 kilograms of Wheat Seeds into the Seed Bank, which has been distributed to a number of farmers for this season. Since the harvest of Wheat takes place in March, therefore, we will be able to know the result of the yield and the quantity of the seeds that will be replenished by these farmers.

The replenishment: Each farmer has to give back 1.5% of the total seeds he/she has received from the Seed Bank after the harvest. The replenishment of the Seek Bank has two folds benefit. First, all the farmers have access to good quality seeds for all kinds of crops and secondly, it builds the sense of giving and brotherhood among them.

There are some pictures that we have uploaded recently for your reference.

I very much hope that you find this feedback useful. I would be happy to entertain queries from you if any. I am reachable at deepti@sevamandir.org

Thank you once again for having your faith in us and for your encouragement.

With warm regards,

Deepti Ameta, In Charge – Reporting and Communication

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