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...
Jul 19, 2016

"Lentil Mill Gave Farming New Vision" says Naresh

Dear Friend,

India is one of the largest exporters of Lentils, but it is an unfortunate truth that the cultivators of Lentils live a life of drudgery. They seldom got profits for their produce and were often subjected to exploitation.

With the start of the Lentil processing mill by Seva Mandir in Medi village of Kotra region, the farmers are able to draw returns of their labor and produce in a fair mechanism. Today, 10,000 farmers of southern Rajasthan are connected with the Lentil processing mill.  

A farmer at the village says, “Today every farmer in Kotra is pretty confident that his produce will get a fair price in the market.”

Naresh (name changed) is a farmer in Medi village with a small piece of land; like most others in this area, his main produce is lentils. In fact, his family has worked in the fields here for generations, cultivating this staple crop.

Compared with many others in his community, Naresh tried always to invest in good quality seeds and regular irrigation. But despite his best efforts, his family income remained low, mainly because of a lack of proper storage for his crops and problems with transport. 

Every time he wanted to sell some of his harvest, Naresh had three choices: he could travel to the market using local transport, which raised his costs; he could walk the several miles there; or he could sell his lentils through middle-men, in which case he would not receive a fair price.

Over time, the financial position of his family worsened until some were forced to leave the village in search of laborer work. But even this radical step didn’t protect them from hunger. 

The solution for this family's increasingly unstable situation came with Seva Mandir’s agriculture programme: Naresh and others from his community were given support and proper training to become co-owners of dal (lentil) mill. 

The principal aims of the project are to operate along ethical lines, guarantee proper storage for the harvests and ensure fair prices to the farmers by cutting out the middle-men. The farmers who are part of the cooperative are now able to control the process of dal (lentil) making and selling, they are guaranteed a fair market price for their crops and they receive a share of any future profits.        

Thanks to the generosity of Seva Mandir's supporters like you who made this project possible, the economic situation of Naresh's family continues to improve. As one of the farmers participating in the dal mill cooperative, he is able to support his family and provide them with a decent standard of living. 

His initial contribution to the project was 100 rupees ($2). This investment, and the support of Seva Mandir in enabling the farmers to realize the scheme, has given Naresh assurance that his efforts will bring him appropriate rewards. Indeed, with time he will be able to cultivate a little more of the land and further ensure that his large family's finances are stable. The future is now brighter for them all.

Naresh says “The lentil mill gave farming a new vision.

It is because of your support we have been able to help increase profits of these poor farmers. Thanks to your trust and support. We look forward to your support in running this mill so that the farmers eliminate drudgery from their lives.

I am also thrilled to share with you that one of our photo has been selected among top 15 in its category to feature in the Global Giving Photo Contest 2016. The organization whose photo has the most votes by noon EDT on July 22, 2016 will win and receive a prize of $1,000. Voting began on July 18, 2016 and will end on July 22, 2016. Please confirm your vote to help our project “Send a Child in India to School for a Year” by clicking on the below link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=998

Your one vote to this photo can bring change in the lives of many more children. Please do share this information with your Friends, Family members and colleagues. 

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Jun 15, 2016

You Can Spread More Happiness on This BONUS DAY

Dear Friend,

Only 35 percent of children are fully immunized from deadly diseases in Rajasthan. This statistic is made more alarming in the fact that 193 children dies every day in Rajasthan because of various diseases. Seva Mandir has continued to push for further for more immunization efforts. Since its inception Seva Mandir’s immunization program has immunized 5,100 children and 2,700 pregnant women.

Please see a short film on Seva Mandir’s efforts to help these children and women:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jqJNVcDfiw&feature=youtu.be 

Thank you so much for your help and support to our immunization programme. Help Seva Mandir save more children’s lives through immunization by donating on upcoming BONUS DAY on Global Giving- 15th June beginning at 9:00:01 am EDT (Washington, DC time). Donations made on Bonus day will be matched by 50% by Global Giving. The donations will be matched untill funds run out.

Please consider telling your friends and family about our project and special Bonus Day - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the SHARE feature on the project page to share the project to your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose our project, what it means to you, and how to become a part of the CHANGE!

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Jun 15, 2016

Helping Farmers Sustain Their Lives

Since last 48 years, Seva Mandir stands committed to provide impoverished people with food security by developing and conserving natural resources.

Under Natural Resources Development 5000 hectares of common land agricultural intervention with 10,000 families, 12,000 hectares of watershed work, 1500 families with clean drinking water and sanitation, 45 Lift irrigation systems and 76 anicuts (small check dams) have been rejuvenated.

Among all the natural resources development works, the anicut (small check dam) intervention has more significance in terms of conserving rain water and using it throughout the year for irrigation. Each time an anicut and additional irrigation systems are constructed, it helps farmers significantly such as Bhuri. Bhuri (name changed) is a native of Thep village in southern Rajasthan. With the start of thep anicut (small check dam) intervention he became flag weaver for change in uniting community of the village. Before 2005, he was able to grow maize in monsoon season that would only last for 4 months as water was available during monsoon season only. For rest of the months, he would migrate to nearby Gujarat region to sustain his family of 5. After learning of anicut construction in his village, he knew the possible benefits and united the communities for helping hand and contribution. He along with village committee took after the responsibility of opening anicut maintenance account, collection of token money for water and making water sharing norms. After construction of the anicut, apart from maize crop, he is now able to cultivate around 60 quintal of wheat in addition to 8 Quintal  of maize and 2 Quintal of Tuar lentils. He is now also able to cultivate vegetables such as pea, onion, brinjal, chilli and potato in between the crops by which he has earned Rs 6,000 last year, this all has been possible due to availability of water throughout the year.

Today he proudly owns a motorcycle, a pair of cow-ox, and is sending his children to nearby primary school. Thep is only one of such areas that Seva Mandir is helping to develop an irrigation system.

This check dam has not been possible had your support not been there. Thank you so much for your help and support to our food security program for poor farmers. You can help these farmers and Seva Mandir even more by donating on upcoming BONUS DAY –on 15th June beginning at 9:00:01 am EDT (Washington, DC time) on Global Giving. Donations made on Bonus day will be matched by 50% by Global Giving, hence enabling us reach out to many needy farmers link Bhuri.

Please click on the link below to donate: remember – 15th June

Please consider telling your friends and family about our project and special Bonus Day

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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