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 9, 2013

Success Story of Bheroti Village.....Thanks to You

Photo of a villager at Bheroti Village
Photo of a villager at Bheroti Village

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. I like to introduce myself to you. I am Atul Lekhra. I have joined Seva Mandir early this year and I will now be communicating with you through these project reports. I am glad to be a part of this program and look forward to talking to you about all these wonderful projects you are supporting.

Today I want to share with you story of Bheroti village.

Lift irrigation was installed at Bheroti village of Jhadol block. The system is installed near a perennial river known as Vakal. The village itself is surrounded by hillocks. The water runoff is very high. The river is the only constant source of water for the surrounding villages.  Cropping pattern is completely rainfed in this village. So, in Kharif season the main crops grown are Maize, Black Gram, Rice, Pigeon pea, and Sismon. In Rabi season, in the region where there are land containing some soil moisture there, farmers cultivate few crops namely Mustard, Gram and Wheat.  Seva Mandir has been working in the village for a long time. In Biroti village, of jhadol block  Seva Mandir has been working on non formal education center (NFE), Balwadi (Pre Nursery school) and for women empowerment a Self Help Group (SHG) has been developed. In consultation with the community Seva Mandir along with Gram Vikas Committee (Village Development Committee) thought of installing a lift irrigation system. This system will help in fully utilizing the river nearby. And so the irrigation system was installed. The system has benefited 20 cultivators in 13 hectares of comman area and it has supported in realization of three cropping pattern for the beneficiaries. Importantly, during uncertain monsoon period these cultivators are benefitting with life saving irrigation for the crops. This system is managed and maintained by the cultivators themselves.

In Kharif season 11 cultivators’ sowed 55 kgs. of Maize and in return they harvested 2200 kgs. of Maize. During Kharif season three cultivators harvested 80 kgs of Musli (medicinal plant). One cultivator harvest vegetables and was benefited with an income of Rs. 2000. During Rabi season, seventeen cultivators sowed 622 kgs of Wheat and harvested 9300 kgs. At present in zaid season, six cultivators has sowed green grams.

From food security point of view, we can say that cultivators are more secure now due to irrigation system. Earlier
in lieu of uncertain monsoon cultivators had just Kharif season, but now due to the irrigation system, they can harvest for three seasons. Now cultivators enjoy increased and stable income.

Much of this success is also due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having
you by our side. We really appreciate the trust you have shown in us. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you again.

Atul Lekhra.

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Sep 6, 2013

Your Contribution is Creating Changes.. Thanks

Laxmi Bai
Laxmi Bai

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. I like to introduce myself to you. I am Atul Lekhra. I have joined Seva Mandir early this year and I will now be communicating with you through these project reports. I am glad to be a part of this program and look forward to talking to you about all these wonderful projects you are supporting.

Today I want to share with you two stories, one of Gita Bai of Bhichiwada village and another is of Laxmi Devi from Bhilwara village.

Gita Devi:

Immunization camps are organized regularly on the 4th of every month in the Bichiwada village. Gita Bai is a regular visitor to these camps as she has three children who are receiving vaccination. She has 5 month old twins for whom she has not missed any vaccine shot. She is very happy that immunization team comes to her village regularly and she can get her children treated at these camps without worrying about travelling to PHC which is a very difficult task. She tells about her last visit to camp where her son got treated for diarrhea. She also feels good that they are provided with lentil by Seva Mandir after every vaccine shot to her child.

This case of Gita Bai highlights the key role played by camps in providing basic healthcare for children for these inaccessible areas of Udaipur district.

Laxmi Bai:

On 2nd day of every month immunization camp is organized at Bhilwada village. Laxmi devi, a 35 yrs old woman of Bhilwada agreed to visit this camp after a lot of counseling by TBA (trained birth attendant of Seva Mandir). She had heard about vaccination for children but was not aware about need of vaccination in pregnancy. Initially she was not agreeing for TT shot but after lot of explanation by health workers at camp and also after observing that many of other pregnant women of her village are also taking it, she understood its importance and happily agreed for it.

She also underwent ANC check up including Hb, BP etc. she was found to be underweight and was counseled about the diet she should take during her pregnancy. So these camps are not only providing immunization for children but are also very important centers of ANC check up. These camps are creating general awareness among rural and illiterate people about health and clearing their misconceptions. 

Much of this success is also due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side. We really appreciate the trust you have shown in us. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you again.

Atul Lekhra.

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Sep 6, 2013

Your Contribution brought Happiness in Joshi Lal's Life

Joshi Lal
Joshi Lal

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. I like to introduce myself to you. I am Atul Lekhra. I have joined Seva Mandir early this year and I will now be communicating with you through these project reports. I am glad to be a part of this program and look forward to talking to you about all these wonderful projects you are supporting.

Today I want to share with you story of Joshi Lal from Kham village.

Joshi Lal, 10 years old boy lives in Kham village of Kotra Block. He always wished to be in school, especially seeing his friends attending one. His inability to hear and speak held him back, though he had registered his desire with his father many times. His father never felt encouraged as he wasn’t sure if anyone in the government school would be able to deal with a child with special needs, nor he had the resources to support his son’s education. One day Joshi Lal couldn’t hold himself back and went to a Seva Mandir supported Shiksha Kendra (SK) in Dhana hamlet, 5 kms from his house. He got himself enrolled and started attending it regularly. Though in the beginning the instructor had difficulties in communicating with Joshi, through actions and gestures he eventually began to communicate with Joshi. Slowly Joshi Lal learnt how to write and began to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. Being at SK is the best time of the day for Joshi. He plays games (Sitoliya a traditional Indian game) with his friends. Besides his regular attendance, Joshi also made sure that his two brothers also come to the centre regularly. The loving relationship between the instructor and Joshi is an evidence of the joyful environment Seva Mandir’s SKs are creating in their classes.

Much of this success is also due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side. We really appreciate the trust you have shown in us. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you again.

Atul Lekhra.


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