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. Earlierin 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 havingyou 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.
Thank you for supporting our project for food security among tribal farmers. We are writing to tell you a bit about our recent successes that your contribution has helped us accomplish! The focus of our work in this project lies in recovering, developing, and sharing common pasturelands and forests for the benefit of entire communities. Over 73% of the land in our work area is government-owned common land, and is supposed to be managed and used for the benefit of the entire community. However, illegal private interests have encroached on much of this land, accruing benefits to powerful individuals and depriving people of their right to the community’s natural resource base.
On February 12, Seva Mandir staff along with scores of tribal villagers led a rally to the Office of the Commissioner of Tribal Area Development, in order to bring attention to the local government and community of Udaipur on the issue of inadequate forestland management in the area. The 2006 Forest Rights Act, giving individuals entitlement to land they have encroached upon, has led to problems concerning the protection of forests as a valuable resource for the community as a whole. As a result, the Forest Protection Committees (FPCs) have asked for forestland to be leased to entire communities instead of individuals. We will continue to encourage an open dialogue between the communities and the state.
Here are some of our important accomplishments to date:
• Hectares Reclaimed and Developed: 16,000
• Worth of Fodder Produced Annually on Reclaimed Land: Rs. 4,500,000 (£53,000)
• Forest Protection Committees: 84
• Treated 3,335 hectares of community pastureland
• Constructed 44 lift irrigation systems
Thank you for contributing to the success of this program! We are working hard to maintain this important project and develop new innovations to increase the agricultural productivity of the tribal farmers in southern Rajasthan. On June 12th, GlobalGiving is offering a unique opportunity, matching 50% of your donation, and making your gift go that much further. We hope that you participate in this special day and continue to support all the work that we do.
With this letter, I am very happy to share with you some news and updates about the program you have been supporting.
Since we’ve launched this project on Global Giving, we have managed to raise about $15,000. With a target goal of $40,000, we still have a long way to go. 93% of the population in our work area relies on self-employed agriculture, yet only about 20% of the cropped area is irrigated. In a region as rugged and dry as ours, farmers typically struggle to get a good harvest out of their basic subsistence crops. Our staff is tirelessly working with over 5,000 households, to create a thriving network of farmers who are trained in sustainable agricultural practices that can give the highest yields, while using the least amount of resources.
Below this letter is an exceptional story of how 63 female farmers seized an opportunity to cultivate new crops that contributed greatly to their household nutrition and income, while also reinvesting in the local ecology.
This past year, in the villages of Dob, Nevaj and Atwal, the waters retained during the monsoon season (July-Aug) have given farmers the option of sowing valuable cash crops. These three villages are active in Seva Mandir’s watershed development program, which effectively combats land degradation by preventing water and soil from running off the hilly terrain. These watershed development projects are the prerequisites to guaranteeing that the ecosystem not only remains in balance, but also thrives. As in all of Seva Mandir’s initiatives, local ownership is at the heart of the project. Every participating village has a Watershed Development Committee (WDC) responsible for overseeing the project. Watershed development is a long commitment; it is a commitment to training, to equality in the community, and to the ecosystem. But the rewards are enormous.
With Seva Mandir support, 63 women from the three villages received training on how to grow new cash crops that they have never grown before. The women proposed to cultivate valuable crops such as ginger, turmeric, colocassia (AKA Elephant Ears), yams (ratalu) and safed musli. In addition to receiving Seva Mandir training, the women also convinced their local WDCs to fund their project.
It was a great success. After harvest, the women took their new crops to the markets. They also were able to keep some of the crops for their own household consumption, which introduced a more diverse and nutritious diet to their families. In the end, each woman was able to pocket Rs. 1,000 – 1,500 in profit, after paying back the WDC plus an additional 10% of what they received. In a region where the daily per-capita consumption is less than Rs. 20 a day, this is a substantial amount!
The villages of Dob, Nevaj and Atwal embody much of what is to be aspired in true sustainable development. The villagers united to fight against the degradation of their land. Then, in a society that is traditionally oppressive towards women, the communities let 63 women receive training and lead a project that took advantage of a healthier watershed to cultivate a diverse array of new crops. The communities are actively combining the values of a healthy ecosystem, biodiversity, and gender equality into guaranteeing that they, and their future generations, will always have a meal to eat.
Wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!
Thank you for your continued support to our project ‘Improving Food Security for Tribal Farmers’.
With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yea rend, we would like to share half yearly progress report of this project. We have attached the progress report for you to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:
We are able to make these progresses because of YOU.
And in this holiday season you can help us make more exciting progresses by doubling the impact of your donations.
From December 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET and December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET, Global giving has created a ‘Recurring Donation Campaign’ where all the recurring donations made by you will be matched up to $100 per donor per project. We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you can afford and help us to make such more progresses in coming new year.
We look forward to your support and thoughts on this report. Once again, wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family.
I am here again to share with you happiness, light and tranquility on this Diwali from all the 5,000 farmer families you are helping through this project.
Diwali is a festival of lights and candles. It symbolizes the fact that there is more good in us than bad and that we all have to keep working on it. This is what you have been doing for all these farmers. The problems in this world are endless, the struggles break us down everyday and yet we all come together to support each other. This is the message from all the farmers from our area.
Happy Diwali to all of you and we also wish you a great year ahead.
With warm regards,
P..S. Find more about Diwali here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali
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