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...
Jun 4, 2014

Changing Lives

My child is only of one and a half months old. I have come to Seva Mandir’s immunization camp to get the first course.  We used to face a lot problem before these Seva Mandir immunization camps. We had to walk a lot to go to immunization camps and it was very tough for the pregnant ladies. Now, Seva Mandir health workers come to our village and they have also arranged emergency vehicle for us. Now all the information about government health schemes comes to us through Seva Mandir,” says Geeta from Girwa block.

On the 4th of every month, Seva Mandir holds an immunization camp in a small village in Girwa Block.  The camp is very well attended by pregnant women and mothers with young children.  They know they can count on the regular attendance of Seva Mandir-trained medical staff who administers inoculations and antenatal care competently and hygienically.  Every year, Seva Mandir holds immunization camps in over 100 villages in a program that poverty researchers and M.I.T. Professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have called “the most impressive we have ever evaluated, and probably the one that has saved most lives.” (http://www.sevamandir.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Poor-Economics.pdf)

Seva Mandir provides training, medical equipment, stipends and supervision to over 323 Traditional Birth Attendants and 99 Balsakhis (Friends of Children)from our partner 152 villages in 2013. Together they reached out to 7,003 pregnant women.

Seva Mandir recently organized a training workshop of 4 days at Kaya Training Centre from 4th to 7th May, 2014. More than 50 TBAs attended this training. TBAs were given training on how to perform safe home delivery, about care and precautions during pregnancy.

Here is the full video of training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9oRjYBJR1I

Thank you so much for your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Jun 4, 2014

Let's Celebrate Radha's Success!

Radha
Radha

Dear Friends,

Today I want to share with you the story of Radha, a child from one of our education centre and also a video of our education program.

Radha joined Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (Education Centre) in Basiwada hamlet in July 2008 and completed her education in July 2012. After finishing level 3 from Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra with eight other girls, she was keen to join government school in class VI.

Principal of the local government school denied them admission since the education structure of the Shiksha Kendra was different from that of government. Radha and her friends wanted to continue their education so they pursued Seva Mandir staff for help and support.

Seva Mandir team led by Mr. Mangilal helped Radha and her friends with the school admission. They explained the principal that the education program of Seva Mandir is approved by Government. They also explained the Principal that as per Right to Education Act, which ‘makes provisions for a non-admitted child to be admitted to an age appropriate class,’ every school is liable to follow it.

Radha proved her talent and mantel when she stood first in class VI by scoring 60% marks.

Before joining Shiksha Kendra, Radha used to work in her family fields. Today she dreams of becoming a teacher and educate girls like herself for a bright future.

Also, here is a video link on our Education Program- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmoAGNd1lQQ

Thank you for your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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May 7, 2014

Success Story of Malpur Village... Thank You

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

Today I would like to share with you the story of Malpur village where a veterinary hospital was constructed with the help of our village development committee.

The construction of Malpur’s Veterinary hospital:

In Malpur village of Jhadol block, a building for veterinary hospital was approved with the objective of becoming central cattle treatment point for other 4 neighboring villages. The problem started when the Panchayat (Village government body), Sarpanch (Head of the village) and Secretary for these 5 villages took the decision to build the veterinary hospital in Chandwas village instead of in Malpur because of political reasons, as the people were supporters of a different political party. Despite the opposition of the people in Malpur, the veterinary hospital building started to be constructed in Chandwas.

This matter was raised initially at GVC (Village Development Committee) level and was taken to the village meeting. The GVC members along with the villagers went to the panchayat and government officials and placed a complaint application, however, no action was taken and negligence persisted. The GVC and its secretary Nanalal decided to go to the District Collector, to stop the construction work in Chandwas village. After that the panchayat was made liable to pay the amount of the total costs of the construction undertaken so far.

The constant efforts of the GVC in mobilizing the people of the whole village and providing guidance and support to the people of Malpur village contributed ultimately, to have the veterinary hospital being constructed in the right place, in their village. The GVC played a pivotal role in mobilizing the people of Malpur village to fight for their right, for the construction of the veterinary hospital in their village.

In Malpur, the GVC was formed 10 years ago and numerous projects were conducted to improve the village conditions. The GVK (Village Development Fund) has been used for different purposes, such as the construction of a community centre for the villagers, the opening of a Non-formal Education centre (NFE) for children between 6-14 years old, the deepening of water well for the villagers, the supply of good quality seeds, tree plantations (such as goose berries) in the village which helped to generate income between Rs. 40,000-45,000 on a yearly basis. The GVC has also been instrumental in raising the awareness of people on the different government schemes such as widow pension, CM Indira Awas Yojana and MNREGA labour work.

Due to the efforts of the GVC, the village community has become stronger in the last decade and this has overall, enhanced the unity and cooperation among villagers, which now are also more aware of their rights and duties.

Thank you for your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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