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...
Apr 22, 2014

Dal Mill: New Avenues, New Experiments

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

Here are some recent developments from the project which you are supporting:-

The dal mill started in 2008. It’s been almost 6 years since its genesis. Many developments in the dal mill have taken place over the year. Now is the time to undertake new experiments. The popularity of Nala bachat Samiti’s (Nala Saving Society) tuar dal has crossed inter-state and we have received an order of 1500 Kgs of tuar dal (lentil) from Gujarat. The tuar dal was re-tested for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. A sample was sent to QPS Laboratories in Hyderabad and it passed the test with flying colors. No trace of chemical pesticides or fertilizers was found in the sample which reinforces the quality of the dal which it boasts of. For the first time, the urad dal of the dal mill will be distributed to beneficiaries of immunization camps run by Seva Mandir. The dal mill was visited for the second time by Shiho, a client from Japan. She was so impressed with the quality management of the dal mill that she immediately placed an order for 110Kgs of moong dal. This is a matter of pride for the members of Nala Bachat Samiti who are poor farmers, living in the remote, tribal village of Kotra. For the first time, Nala Bachat Samiti will be procuring and processing chana dal. The best part about this dal is that, it is not only high in nutritive values but also fetches good price in the market. It’s by-products are also valuable in the form of raw materials for sweets and snacks and high quality cattle feed.

The dal mill has reached scale to pursue its long term vision. This is exactly why procedures are set in motion to transform the dal mill into a produce company. Members from Nala Bachat Samiti have been selected and trained to work as promoters and directors of the new entity. A comprehensive study is under way to expand the market both for procurement and sale of dal. This new producer company will have capital at its disposal which will enable it to take more risk and explore untapped markets. 

Thank you so much for your continuous support to this project.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Mar 6, 2014

Your contribution helps children gain education

A group of children concentrating on their studies
A group of children concentrating on their studies

Thank you all for your contribution to Seva Mandir's Education Programme. Your contribution enables Seva Mandir to provide quality education to many tribal children.

Here is a quick update on the the Shiksha Kendra programme.

 

Currently there are 175 Shiksha Kendras catering to more than 6000 children of which 44% are girls. Seva Mandir continues to push for girl education and the case study below is an example of this. 

Meena and Seva Mandir's struggle

Meena Kumari (name changed to maintain privacy of person) 13 years of age, belongs to a poor family that mostly depends on wages for household income. However, her strong will to study is what has kept her moving forward in life.

It was in 2012, that Seva Mandir first came in contact with Meena’s family. Meena’s three elder sisters and her, never had an opportunity to go to school as their parents were never convinced as to how it would help them in the future.

Seva Mandir officials had to try hard, to convince the parents to send their daughters to school . The biggest challenge was  to make their mother understand the importance of Seva Mandir‘s Shiksha Kendras .

The parents were also told that the basic stationary such as bags, notebooks and pencils, would all be provided by the Shiksha Kenra. However, the parents were still extremely reluctant to send their children to school.

Following several discussions, the parents said that they were ready to send their three girls to school provided that Meena, the youngest sibling,  would stay at home and do all the household chores. Hearing this, Meena started crying as she too wanted to go to school.

Further negotiations took place with the parents and after several efforts being put in, it was decided that the four girls would go to school and that Seva Mandir would help with the cost of sending Meena to school.

Menna is currently in 3rd grade and now she can read and write as well as do simple mathematical calculations.“ I have come a long way”, she says when asked about her journey.

Mar 6, 2014

A photo essay on the immunization camp

Thank you for supporting Seva Mandir's immunization camps The generous donations by you will help provide healthcare to many tribal women and children.

Here's a quick update on our immunization programme.

Last year,  immunization camps were conducted in 113 hamlets across the five blocks, focusing on areas where government maternal and child health centers were not operational. This year, 1308 camps were conducted and a total of 1324 children were registered in the camps, against 1267 children registered in the previous year. Apart from the routine vaccinations, 2429 children were given treatment for diseases such as fever, cough, cold, measles, eye or ear infection, diarrhea and skin infection. This year, the camps  registered 1783 women for antenatal checkups against 1553 women last year. Of these 1783 women,1645 received one dose of tetanus toxoid vaccine. Antenatal checkups included hemoglobin test, urine test, blood pressure measure and counseling on care during pregnancy.

Attached is a photo essay on the immunization camp held in Girwa this year by John and Felicia Pheasant from UK, consultants of Seva Mandir who had visited this immunization camp. We do hope you enjoy the Photo essay.


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