Send a Child in India to School for a Year

 
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Apr 9, 2012

Hariram is very happy to see improvement in his son

Rural child painting in his drawing book
Rural child painting in his drawing book

Dear Friends,

Hope you are well and had a great Easter this year. I am writing to share with you a story of a rural school which inspires faith in investing in more into education in our area.

As you know with your support we run 180 rural schools reaching out to more than 5,500 children for their education. Seva Mandir started running Shiksha Kendra (formerly known as Non Formal Education Centres) in 1970s with 10 schools. The aim of running Shiksha Kendras (SKs/ rural schools) is to ensure quality education to tribal children of 6-14 years old in remote rural areas of Udaipur District who have no access to education for social or economic reasons. Most of our Rural Schools are located in impoverished and remotest villages where Government schools are either located very far or not functional. These single teacher rural schools enable children to read and write with comprehension and promote them for higher schooling.

In addition, these schools also enable the communities to experience an alternative and meaningful quality education. The hope is that working with the communities through these schools, the communities will be able to demand quality education from the Government in the longer run.

Being able to read and write and the joy that results from comprehension is a great feeling for these children attending the rural school as well as for the teacher who works hard with his/her children at these schools. The story depicted below my letter is one of such story.

Having you as our partner in this journey makes our struggle a little less harder. Your steady support and faith helps us to create thousands of stories Thank you for adding to these children’s happiness and empowering them.

Please do share your thoughts and comments on this program if any. Thank you again and with warm regards,

Deepti

 

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Story of Transformation

 

Shiksha Kendra located at Dhana Fala in Kham village stands one of the best example for enabling children with quality education and community participation. The village has two primary government schools however for several reasons children don’t attend these schools or drop out very early. Since a large number of children had been out of the schools the parents discussed the issue in village meetings several times. They requested Seva Mandir to set up a school for their children. Hence a school was set up in July, 2006.

Currently 95 children are enrolled in the school which is unusual. On an average in any rural school we have 25-30 children. Of these 95 children currently enrolled in Dhana Fala rural school, most of them commute every day a distance of 5 to 10 kms to attend this school. There are four instructors to cater to these 95 children. The village fully supports the school. During festivals, they distribute sweets and gifts to children at the school and also contribute towards the maintenance of the small school building. 

Hariram is a farmer and lives in Pawatri village which is 4-5 kms away from this rural school. Last year, he got his son Roshan enrolled in Dhana Fala rural school (Shiksha Kendra). Before Roshan’s enrollment here, he was studying in a primary government school in Pawatri village. He couldn’t read or write anything while all this time. His father was disappointed to see Roshan not learning anything at all. He had heard about the rural school of Dhana Fala village and therefore, he decided to bring his son to this school.

Just in a year, Roshan began to show improvements. Today he can read books and newspapers slowly. Hariram is so happy to see his son making progress. He visits the school regularly to check on his son’s performance. One of the days on his visit to the school, he observed that the instructors are very friendly to their students as compared to the government schools his son was attending in the past. Hariram was so impressed with the hard work of these instructors and appreciate their care with which they deal with their pupils.

Hariram is very proud of this school and has gained confidence of sending Roshan for higher studies, after graduating from Dhana Fala rural school.

 

 

Dec 30, 2011

You, Seva Mandir and Happy 2012

Wish you a very Happy New Year 2012!
Wish you a very Happy New Year 2012!

Dear Friend,

I very much hope that you are enjoying the holiday season. From all of us here at Seva Mandir, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you. May 2012 brings peace and success to you and to your family. We thank you for your kindness that you gift us always. With this letter, we love to share some key highlights of year 2011.

For Seva Mandir, the year 2011 has been a year of changes and success. Ms. Neelima Khetan stepped down after 12 years of her excellent leadership (total 25 years of association with Seva Mandir) in March. Ms. Priyanka Singh became our new Chief Executive in April 2011. Seva Mandir is ready to see many more years of its successful engagement with rural communities in Southern Rajasthan in her leadership.

In October, Seva Mandir became the implementing agency for the MNREGA projects for 32 sites in rural Udaipur. It is a significant achievement as well as an indicator of the faith of the 74 Panchayats in Seva Mandir’s work. These Panchayats have endorsed us to be their implementing agency for MNREGA. Of these 32 sites that were sanctioned, the work has begun on the 22 sites. Most of these sites of pastureland development and currently the building of boundary wall is going on.

In 2011, Seva Mandir has been included in two working (sub) groups –  {i) Child Survival & Development and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and ii) Girl Child} constituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to review the existing priorities, policies, strategies, programs and their implementation for fulfilling the rights of children to survival, development (including early childhood care, early learning, elementary education). Also, to highlight emerging issues and recommendations, resources allocation and utilization for Twelfth Five Year Plan of Government of India.


Several of Seva Mandir's programs have seen a maturing in the last years. For example, in the villages where Seva Mandir organized regular immunization camps, the complete immunization of children is 60%, while in comparison villages it is only 35%.

Similarly, the work on Natural Resources is yielding a lot of benefits to the poor. Every year grass worth Rs. 52 lacs (5.2 million rupees) is being harvested from the common lands developed under this program.

In April 2011, Champa Devi from Vassela village was awarded the "Woman Exemplar Award 2011". It is another reason to look back and feel joyous to see that a community member of Seva Mandir was being recognized by rest of the society for her selfless services.

We are privileged to experience exciting stories of women like Champa Devi. A big credit goes to friends like you for this. Your support has always been the source of our emotional strength. It helps us keep going with our work. It is gratifying that with your support we have been able to create spaces where ordinary people can exercise truth force to bring about social and political transformation.

We hope you will continue to be with us in future too. Your faith and untiring support is very critical to us at the moment. Especially, when national and international scenario is changing rapidly for civil societies and the definitions of ‘development’ are being re-explored.

We believe that the full and deep impact of Seva Mandir's work lies not so much in the tangible development activities that it promotes, but more in bringing the poor and rich together and enabling them to  work for the commons of building more just  and oppression free communities.

We look forward to your continuing contribution in the year 2012 too. Wish you a very bright and successful New Year.

 

With warm regards,

Deepti

Dec 7, 2011

You sent 1178 'Alchemist' boys & girls to schools

Children playing
Children playing

Dear Friends,

Greetings and Happy Holiday Season!

We hope you are looking forward to your holiday season. You have been adding to our happiness every year with your support and faith, we would like to extend our gratitude to you for your most generous and regular donations every year.

I am sharing the half yearly progress report of the program you are supporting - "Send a Child in India to School for a year". This year 1,178 children graduated from rural schools and were enrolled in Government Schools for higher studies. The 1,879 more children got enrolled in rural schools this year.

These children are also trying to realize their dreams of quality education. They are also on a journey like Santiago of the book 'Alchemist' who was searching for his treasure. Most of these village children are also shepherds as they also take care of their cattle, if they are not going to schools. Those who go to school may take care of their cattle after coming back home from rural schools. They may not cross the boundaries of their villages while taking their cattle out for grazing, but they do all aspire to see good things in their lives. They too, learn to communicate with the their natural environ. In order to make their dreams come true, you are supporting rural schools every year. In these children's lives, you appear as the Old King to help them translate their aspirations into real.

Thank you very much for all your support. We hope we will see many more children to have an access to education in Rajasthan in the years to come. Below my letter, there is a small story of hope which is a small gift to all of us for this Holiday season.

Please do take a look at the report enclosed and encourage us with your feedback. Your support to 178 rural schools is very critical for 5,749 children in Rajasthan. They all are our Santiago.

Thank you once again and with warm regards,

Deepti

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Story of hope:

The Rural School (Shiksha Kendra or SK) was set up in 1994 in Khara Fala, Jhadol with 50 children. For 3 years the community was very happy with the progress made by the school. In 1997 a Government school was set up near the SK. Most children got enrolled in the Government School.

Since now there was a government school the SK was closed down in Khara Fala. The village decided to take it to some other remotest hamlet of the village where there was no Government School. In the other remotest hamlet, the first year 30 children got enrolled. However in the second year, the enrollment was raised to 50 children because the parents were not satisfied with the performance of the Government school in Khara Fala. It meant that children who got enrolled in the government school began to come to the rural school which was located very far from their homes. Every year, more and more children got enrolled in the rural school. In village discussions the parents reported that they would not send their children to government schools because their children were receiving better education in the rural school.

Currently there are 107 children at the rural school. The children who have graduated in the past are excelling in their higher studies. Two children have acquired Bachelor degree (Under Graduation) , one is pursuing his Masters in Hotel Management, the other one is pursuing a Nursing course and 2 others are pursuing their B.S.T.C (Basic School Teaching Certificate).  

Some children who have more recently graduated from the rural school are also pursuing higher education including – two children are in their first year of under graduation degree (Bachelor), five children are in 12th standard, 11 children are in 11th standard and fifteen children are in 10th standard.

The children who are graduating from the school have secured good grades in their higher studies too. They are all very happy to have access to quality education which will help them live a good life that they aspire to.

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Aug 3, 2011

You supported 5,694 children to attend schools

Children busy in studies
Children busy in studies

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. Thank you for supporting eduction of children in our region.

The monsoon has been active in Rajasthan. It has rained a little well but more rains will be great. We still have another month of monsoon. Hopefully it will be a great monsoon year. The lakes in the city, however, are not full yet. The city, however, is all green and beautiful.  

I am sharing the annual report of Education Program that you are supporting. The report accounts detailed information on the total number of children enrolled in 2010-2011, teachers trained and various other activities carried out with your support.

Following is a brief fact sheet for your quick reference –

1.    5,694 children were enrolled last year. It includes - 3,288 boys and 2,406 girls.

2.    There were 192 Rural Schools or SKs (Shiksha Kendras) but by the end of March 2011 there are 188 schools. Some of them were closed down for various reasons. Please see the report enclosed for more details.

3.    72% of the total token fee across 188 centers was collected. Token fee for each child is Rs. 100 per year. Each rural school spends the collected fee to buy uniforms or shoes or lunch boxes for children at the school. This is a community decision.

4.    193 teachers completed the ‘Teacher certification course’. Please see the enclosed report for more details on the course.

5.    A children’s fair was organized in December 2010. It was a successful event with more than 500 children and 200 villagers participation. Children from 16 SK’s, 4 Youth Resource Center (YRC) and Umariya Government school participated in various activities and competitions (Essay writing, drawing, heena tattoo etc).

6.    Read more about the story of Himanshu in the report enclosed.

Please do check out the report enclosed. I hope you will enjoy reading all the progress your support has afforded to these children. Many thanks to all of you for your continuing support to this program. Please do write to us if you have any queries. We will keep you updated about the progress of this program as well as about the monsoon.

With warm regards,

Deepti

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Jun 8, 2011

You are helping villagers in India with the business plan

Business planning at community level
Business planning at community level

Dear friends,

Hope you are well. Thank you for your continuing support. We are very grateful to you donations and inputs .

Every time with our letter to you, we wish to acquaint you with Seva Mandir a bit more. In this letter, you will get to know about the process of our business planning.

Seva Mandir focuses on communities rather than on individual/s. The belief is that in order to bring about the durable changes in the society; the constructive work involving all the community members is important because social problems are complex. It therefore, takes longer but the outcomes are more sustainable and long lived. Therefore, Seva Mandir has a three pronged strategy –

1)      To create and strengthen institutions for development (at the village, organization and society levels)

2)      To enhance people’s capabilities for self-development (both at individual and community level); and

3)      To create sustainable improvements in the livelihoods base.

Our bottom-up approach allows creating stakes for every section of society to participate in their own development. We very much hope that you will enjoy knowing about our business planning phase that we are going through right now.

It has been a very hot summer here in Rajasthan this year. We are now all prepared to welcome the monsoon which should be here in the next week and half. Gradually it is getting humid day by day and we are trying not to let the rising temperatures effect us and are currently in the midst of the exciting organization wide planning process to develop our 7th Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan outlines the strategic direction and action-plans for Seva Mandir over the next three-year plan period (2012-2015). 

Seva Mandir has been preparing Comprehensive Plans since 1990 as a way to systematically review and evolve its near-term strategic priorities across all programmatic areas.  The process of putting together the Comprehensive Plan also serves as an opportunity for Seva Mandir to reflect upon the work we have done, examine the environment we work in and evolve our strategies accordingly, within the context of past lessons learnt and the overall long-term vision of the organization.

The process for creating the 7th Comprehensive Plan began in late 2010 and includes all levels of Seva Mandir’s tiers viz. - from the villages where we work all the way up to the Chief Executive Officer.  The Comprehensive Plan process is consistent with Seva Mandir’s bottom-up approach, with the kick-off meetings taking place at the village level with the Chief Executive present.  After these initial meetings, the staff members at the zone and block offices had an opportunity to share their thoughts, observations and information.  Using the information gathered from the field, the Programs devised their strategies for the upcoming years.  These were presented to the organization as a whole, where debate, discussion, criticism and suggestions took place.

We are now headed into the final stages of this exciting process.  Programs are incorporating the comments and suggestions into their reports, and putting the final touches in to the operating frameworks. This is an exciting time at Seva Mandir and we are really looking forward to the next few years when we can put these strategies into effect and watch the change they make.

The integrated approach allows all our partners, friends, donors and well wishers to contribute to the holistic development of our communities. Any project/program that you support for Seva Mandir is a part of this comprehensive plan. Thank you so much for regularly supporting our cause and making a difference.

We will soon be providing you with an annual report of our programs you are supporting on Global Giving. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With warm regards,

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Organization

Seva Mandir

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
http://www.sevamandir.org

Project Leader

Priyanka Singh

Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India

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