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 tog...
Sep 21, 2016

Thanks for Bringing Light in a Darken Village

Dear Friend,

You will be happy to know that with your help and support our project “Lighting up a Darken Village in India” is now fully funded. Thanks to you.

Our first phase of installation of solar home lighting has been finished in the Mala hamlet near Madri village of Jhadol tehsil in Udaipur district. The villagers are very jubilant after the first phase of solar lighting installation got over; they said ‘our dark nights are over now’. Totally ten households have been electrified out of twenty, rest of ten household will be electrified in the next month.

The villagers almost had lost their hopes, that they will never have light during night time. They imagined that lighting up of village will never happen in near future, considered it as a distant dream for themselves. The demographic constraint likes hilly terrain, less and sparsely located population, unavailability of any communication always put their dream of lighting in question. In this hamlet, most of the households are of BPL (Below poverty Line) categories, who can’t afford to generate power for their night light on their own. Their livelihoods are basically dependent on subsistence farming and rearing of cows and goats. The lower level of literacy and unavailability of basic amenities like electricity for every household, pointed towards their bleak future for their younger generation. But the installation of solar light in the village has started to make great impact in their day today life.     

One of the solar power beneficiaries told us that “every night was like curse for us for many years, where we used to finish our daily routine work under kerosene oil lamp it was suffocating for us; we had to inhale smoke released from lamp as well as we had to put strain on our eyes for finishing day-today task, due to less visibility. It was often a norm in the village as the sun set to dusk; we used to finish our household chores and initiate ourselves to go for sleep.” Their children were always deprived of studying in the night, their education used to affect most during school’s exam. Now, the parents are relived that their children will have better future because they would be able to study in the nights too. This hamlet is located in the forest area, where there is always a chance of attack from different wild animals like Panther, wild foxes or even high risk of snake biting. Many solar light beneficiaries opined that they had several cases of snake biting during night sleep. Due to these reasons their movement within the household was also restricted during night. Now, they say solar light has given them new life where their life would be little carefree and able to perform their day to day task more efficiently. Even the inaccessibility of lights in the night has impact on their nutritional intake. Usually they used to cook food early in the afternoon or evening and used to eat in the night which usually kept in the open for longer duration without any protection, which led to mixing of dust particle and insects in the food. But now they say solar lighting will allow them to eat fresh cooked meals under light in the nights, which will improve their overall health and well beings.

Thank you once again for all your help and support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & Seva Mandir Team

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Sep 13, 2016

Narayan: An Inspiration for the Whole Community

Narayan in his Bottle Gourd Farm
Narayan in his Bottle Gourd Farm

Narayan a farmer, 45 years of age and a resident of Cheekhla village. Not only, is he known for his industriousness, but also, for his keen interest in agriculture and horticulture development and an environmental champion in his community. Equally important, in a remote tribal village like Cheekhla, where the state of agriculture is still subsistence, innovative practices to make agriculture more lucrative remains farfetched for small and marginal farmer which constitute the farming population in the region. In this context, Narayan is an exception, all the more, he has become an example for others in the village to follow his lead. Since the year 2000 he has been in close association with Seva Mandir through its Natural Resource Development program. To point out, he has been a pioneer in developing 1000 nursery plants in his village, owing to which these sapling were later used for restoring common lands at other villages.

Furthermore, with the introduction of Package of Best Practices in Vegetable Farming by Seva Mandir to help farmers gain nutrition, food security and livelihood opportunity. He is exemplar by adopting to new methods received through regular training and field demonstration. Likewise, in January 2016 he also attended the training on cultivation of Bottle Gourd by improved seed sowing technique. As a result, his total production of bottle gourd from ½ bigha of farmland and 250 gram of seeds came up to 8 Quintal.

Additionally, he also manages the community seed bank at his house. Another key point, which sets Narayan as a herald of change in his community, is his initiative towards the campaign on 100% open defecation. Likewise, setting an example by constructing a toilet cum bathroom at his house. He remains relentless in advocating the cause of community hygiene and sanitation.  

Narayan is today happy and thank Seva Mandir for all the knowledge and support.

We thank you for showing interest and for your continued support to our Provide Enough Food for Poor Farmers in India” project.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Bathroom and Toilet at Narayan
Bathroom and Toilet at Narayan's Home

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Sep 13, 2016

Education: The Gift of a Lifetime

Gau Pipla, a remote village which is around 100 miles away from the township of Udaipur. Life over here is as tough as its geographical terrain. The scattered land forms which easily get flooded with seasonal rainfall provide you no means of transportation. Over such land forms, the possible mean for traveling is walking only. Apart from all those of tyranny, the government school in the region is around 5 kms. far resulting less footfall of children towards school, especially during the rainy season when the only way to school is being blocked by a number of seasonal streams. Many children had left their schooling because of this reason.

In 2008, Seva Mandir intervened in this issue and had started a bridge school (NFE- Non Formal Education Centre) in Gau Pipla. It was very difficult to bring those school dropout children back to school. Ram- the instructor explains - "In the starting days people over here have no concern about their children's education. This negligence towards education led many factors like migration and child labor.” With the continuous efforts of Ram in convincing the parents about the importance of Education finally he had succeeded in bringing the children towards school.

For the past eight years, this NFE center is doing well, resulting in getting better quality education for these children. This NFE center currently has the strength of 50 children out of which 21 are girls and 29 are boys.  

Children of this NFE are quite smart and quick learner. Neha, a young girl aged 9 from this NFE, wants to become a teacher. She says that she loves to attend the classes and also shares with her parents whatever she learns in class. Even though her wings are small but she tries her best to fly towards her dream. 

Your generous support can lead many such dreams to go beyond the barrier.

Kindly also see a short video on Seva Mandir’s education programme https://youtu.be/7YLpjmN5JPk

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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