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...
Sep 12, 2008

my gratifying experience

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

I would like to communicate our heartiest thanks to all our donors, friends and well wishers for supporting our Village Institution Program. Your support and faith in our work is very encouraging.

I have been working in this program for the past fifteen years. My work has allowed me to gain an insight into the development process. The communities we work with are slowly but impressively taking responsibilities of their own development, which has been a very gratifying experience for me. This month I would like to share with you an inspiring story – the story of village Jabla. The Village has recently dealt with the problem of education for their children and the village committee has played an instrumental role in solving the problem.

In Jabla the children were not able to continue their education beyond primary school since there was no Upper Primary School in their village itself. The children either had to walk 13 kms to attend Upper Primary School or discontinue with their education after finishing Primary School. The girl children were the most affected by this. The village committee discussed the issue in many of their village-meetings and finally they all decided to raise the issue in the Panchayat (the local village council) with support of Seva Mandir. The village-committee demanded for an Upper Primary School in their village but the Sarpanch (leader at local council) informed them that he does not have enough legislature power to grant it. He suggested writing to the District Education Officer for this. The committee decided to go ahead with his suggestion and they got him to forward their application to the concerned officer. It took them a number of months including writing several letters to the Education Department. Finally the Department agreed to upgrade the existing Primary School to an Upper Primary School. They also sanctioned another four rooms in the school to meet the demand of growing number of school children. Currently the village is waiting for an approval of a Primary Health Center and construction of a road in their village from the Government.

There are many villages like Jabla where communities have realized the significance of their agency We are grateful to all our donors and friends who are helping communities like Jabla. "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" - Albert Einstein

Many thanks once again. Kindly contact me at yakub.khan@sevamandir.org in case of any queries and suggestions.

With regards,

Sincerely,

Mohd. Yakub Khan In Charge, Village Institution Program

Sep 5, 2008

Update for July month

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

We are grateful to all our donors for continuing their faith in our work and for standing by us. Through this letter I would like to share the update for our Immunization Program, which you have been supporting.

Seva Mandir has been conducting immunization camps since April 2007. In the month of July 66 immunization camps were held against the targeted 68. We had to cancel two camps due to heavy rains that made these two villages inaccessible. 380 children were given immunization shots and 182 expecting mothers received Tetanus shots in these 66 camps.

From July 2008, we have also been training our nurses who conduct immunization to treat simple ailments in children and conduct full Antenatal check up. This has increased the benefits to both mothers and children, in many cases helped over major fatality as in the case given below.

Gavri who is in her mid twenties lives with her husband in village Bilwan Khetra. She got two tetanus shots in Seva Mandir run immunization camp during her fourth pregnancy. In her eighth month of pregnancy she began to experience lower abdominal pains. She consulted the TBA (the traditional birth attendant trained and supported by Seva Mandir) who brought her to the immunization camp where the nurse conducted the Antenatal check up. The Nurse could not hear the heartbeats of the baby and so referred Gavri immediately to a hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Our model of conducting immunization camps seeks to address both the supply side constraints by ensuring regular supply and also boosting demand through giving incentives to parents. By and large these camps are very successful in benefiting pregnant women and young children yet there are challenges with which we are still grappling. One such is inability to reach out to more children who have not been vaccinated.

Thank you again for your support. For queries and suggestions please do write to me at priyanka.singh@sevamandir.org

With regards,

Sincerely,

Priyanka Singh In Charge Health Program Seva Mandir, India

Sep 5, 2008

Upcoming workshop

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

We are grateful to all our donors for keeping their faith in our work and for standing by us.

I am going to give you a brief account of the progress we have made in Fellowship Program and would request all of you to please share your thoughts and comments on our feedback as well as the program.

In the last two we have completed the process of selecting the Fellows. A total of 17 Fellows have been selected so far. This was done by a selection committee that held several rounds of meetings and interviews before selecting the Fellows.

The selected Fellows would be working on various issues of social-change in their respective regions that are related to the social, political and environmental concerns and are affecting their communities considerably. The issues chosen by these Fellows include witch-hunting, desertion of women tracking, the performance of Government Schemes, forest rights issues etc.

We will be organizing an orientation workshop for these fellows very soon. Our next step is to identify mentors for these Fellows who will provide constant hand holding and advise. The enthusiasm expressed by these Fellows for the programs is very encouraging. We would like to communicate our deep thanks to all our supporters, friends and well wishers for supporting our Fellowship Program. We hope to receive very encouraging results from this program. Please do write to me at sunita@sevamandir.org for any information or doubts.

With warm regards,

Sincerely,

Dr. Sunita Kumari In Charge People’s Management Program

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