The monsoon has turned out quite good this year. One of the most popular lakes in Udaipur city – Fatehsagar has got filled up fully today with the rain water. It is a double bonus to all of us here with the Eid festival being celebrated in the city.
In villages too some of the streams are flowing and everyone is happy with the monsoon. As indicated above, with monsoon many festivals are being celebrated in our country including Lord Krishna’s birthday (Janmashtami), Ramadan, Eid, Lord Ganesha’s birthday, Diwali (celebrated at the harvest time) and so on. Most of our festivals occur during monsoon and the festivity will last until winters (December to February). All in all, it is a happy time.
In addition to the festivity and a good monsoon, your support to rural children in Udaipur is another reason for us to be happy. So thank you very much for adding to our overall happiness.
With this letter, we would like to share with you a couple of stories written by one of our long-term volunteers from the US - Dodie about the work you are supporting. Below my letter you can find the two stories….
It would be very encouraging if you could provide us with your comments on our feedback reports that we post on Global Giving in addition to your continuing support.
Many many thanks once again for your support and help. We look forward to your continuing support to our rural children's immunization in the coming months too.
We will keep you posted on our progress.
With warm regards,
July 2, 2010, Immunization Camp in village Digawara Khurd, Kotra Block
Today, Sampa Bai’s 9-month-old son, Savi, has just finished his final immunization, the measles shot. It is his fifth visit to the Seva Mandir immunization camp, held on the second day of each month on the grounds of the primary school in his village, Digawara Khurd, in Kotra Block. He has now received his full course of immunization and is vaccinated against tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertusis, tetanus, measles and polio. This camp is very close to Sampa’s home, so she and her children are able to walk there easily.
Sampa Bai went to the immunization camp during her pregnancy with Savi to receive her tetanus vaccinations. She has five other children, all of whom have been fully immunized. Since Savi has finished his full round of shots, Sampa Bai will be given a set of cooking utensils today.
Sampa Bai initially learned about the immunization camp from Dhanki Bai, the Seva Mandir-trained traditional birth attendant in her village. After Dhanki Bai performed her last delivery, in Sampa Bai’s home, she encouraged her to take her newborn baby for his vaccinations. Sampa says that she keeps bringing her children to the camp because she knows that the shots will prevent them from getting sick.
July 17, 2010
Daku Bai came to the Seva Mandir immunization camp, held in the early childhood education center in her village, for the first time. She is a couple of months pregnant with her first child and came to receive her tetanus vaccination and an antenatal care checkup. After receiving her vaccination, she had her weight checked, her hemoglobin level tested, and her blood pressure taken. As she was found to be anemic, with a hemoglobin level of only 9, she was counseled by the nurse to eat dark green vegetables and eggs, and to take iron-folic supplements from the local government health center in order to increase her hemoglobin level and decrease her risk of obstetric complications. She will return to the camp next month for another antenatal care checkup.
It gives me immense pleasure to write this letter to you. The immunization program of Seva Mandir was posted on Global Giving on November 2007 and since then it has received incredible support from all of you. A total of 3743 children and 3163 expecting mothers have been immunized in past three years with the support received from you and other friends. (Please see the enclosed report for more details).
Very big thanks to all of you for helping rural tribal children and their expecting mothers.
Seva Mandir’s model of immunization makes sure that expecting mothers and young infants/children can come to the immunization camp on a fixed date and time at a location in the village which is feasible to all. We hold 68 mobile camps every month at 68 locations. The children and mothers get enrolled for immunization and are provided with an immunization card. The village birth attendants (supported and trained by Seva Mandir) notify the mothers about the immunization camp a day prior and remind them to go for the shots. The birth attendant also spreads awareness about the significance of immunization, since she is from the village and helps women with deliveries; she has good connections with all the mothers.
The mothers receive one kilo of Pulse upon their child receiving each shot. The pulse is a good source of protein for the good health of children and for lactating mothers. In addition, it also provides the mother (attending the immunization camp) an incentive of having missed a significant part of her work-day. When a child completes the entire course of vaccination (which means receiving shots for Tuberculosis, Pertusis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Measles) the mother is given with a dinner set (a plate, a spoon, a bowl and a cup). The mother is required to bring the immunization card every time the child/she receives a shot. The expecting mothers receive two shots for tetanus.
As we went along with these camps we realized that a lot of times mothers and children experience various illnesses and given that during the immunization camps, they could access basic health services, we added facilities of providing some treatment and referrals for childhood illnesses. Therefore the team of immunization received trainings and now they treat common, but often deadly, diseases including diarrhea, pneumonia, bronchitis, scabies, malnutrition, and ear and eye infections.
Our association with you, all these years, we have been able to raise a total of $ 51,611 for immunization program to date. A detailed report about how the model evolved and what impact it is making – is presented in the enclosed report. Please do have a look and let us know what you think.
Many thanks for your continuing support. Immunization is an ongoing program and we have integrated various significant aspects in our model to improve the overall impact. It would have not been possible for us to do if you were not with us. We hope to receive your regular support for this program and very much wish to have you with us someday here to show you the program you are supporting.
Thank you once again from all of us here. We look forward to working with you in the years to come. Please do write to us if you have any queries.
A brief story is give below -
Jaruli devi stays in the remote Kaucha village of Kotra block. Her village is very far from the district health center and the local health facilities have much higher than normal rates of worker absenteeism, making access to health care very challenging. Jaruli was in her third pregnancy. In her prior pregnancies, she never got TT immunization, as the government immunization services were not regular in the village. Both the two deliveries were institutional deliveries, but the babies did not survive. During her third pregnancy, she got her antenatal check ups and both the TT shots as Seva Mandir had started an immunization camp in her village. The GNM (General Nurse Midwife) counseled her on nutrition and care during pregnancy, and also encouraged her to take iron folic acid (IFA) tablets, as she was anemic. The GNM continued to check up on her health each month when she visited the village for camp. Jaruli had a safe delivery and, this time, her child survived.
(The report enclosed is compiled by Doddie from the US)
December 7, 2009
Greetings from Seva Mandir!
Many thanks to all of you for responding to our call of support during ‘Give More and Get More’ Challenge. We did quite well in the challenge and you would be happy to note that we stood third with receiving over $35,000 across various projects.
The funds are always helpful in continuing our work but that we can write to this community of supporters and rally support is very morale boosting. Thank you for your trust in us. We are truly grateful.
With best regards for the Holiday Season,
Many thanks for all your support. It is indeed very encouraging to have friends like you. A very big thank you once again from all of us here.
My colleagues in Health Program want to share with you a story of a little child who was suffering from ear infection. The nurse in our immunization camp helped this little child. The story is very inspirational as it also accounts the efforts put in by other people to make sure that the child's condition improves.
This all has become possible because of support from people like you. Thank you for helping these children and bringing health to their lives.
Raju, 4 yrs, is a resident of kadiya nala in village Demat (Kherwara block). He was suffering from ear infection since few days. His ear was discharging pus and it was accompanied with severe pain. His family members ignored his illness for some time until his mother brought him to an immunization camp conducted by Seva Mandir in Demat village. The camps also include treatment of childhood illnesses by GNMs (the nurse) apart from immunization. On examining Raju’s condition, the GNM advised his mother to consult a doctor and referred Raju to M.B. Hospital/Kherwara CHC (community health center). GNM convinced Raju’s mother for further treatment but she was reluctant to consult a Doctor. To stop the infection from getting worse, the GNM gave Gentamycin drops to Raju’s mother and advised her to use them regularly for Raju.
Raju’s condition improved with continued use of the medication and his pus discharge stopped after a couple of days. His condition was monitored by local Balwadi Sanchalika (teacher at preschool) who ensured patient compliance. He was also followed up by the Health Incharge from Kherwara block who reported that Raju had completely recovered within a month’s time.
Thats how Seva Mandir’s intervention prevented Raju’s condition from getting worse and cured his infection.
It’s the season for Thanks and Giving…and we hope very much that you will continue your support to Seva Mandir.
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity that we are participating in through our partners, Global Giving. A donation made to any of our projects, on Global Giving between November 10 and December 1, will be matched.
Total donations up to $2,500 will be matched at 30%. Donations in the range $2,501 - $7,500 will be matched at 40%. Donations above $7501 will be matched at 50%. However, please note that only donation amounts below $500 will be eligible for matching – any donation above $ 500 will come to us, and make us more eligible for bonus awards but without the matching amount. SO GIVE MORE – GET MORE!
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