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 22, 2015

Manage Rain Water and Rescue Us from Hunger!

The issue of farmer suicide flashing on our television screens is a sad reality in the drought prone regions of Rajasthan. The farmers practice rain fed farming as this is the only option available to them in the hilly terrain of south Rajasthan. Hence they are able to grow food that just last for 4 months. In rest of the year, they have to migrate to the cities to work as labor to make their ends meet and still not able to feed their families sufficiently.

Since 1984, Seva Mandir has been working on natural resource development in the area to improve food security of these poor farmers and their families. Watershed activities help increase ground water level along with harvesting rain water and channelizing it to the fields through soil and water conservation activities. Hence, they are able to grow multiple crops in a year.

A happy farmer benefited by the watershed says- “We were always under pressure of thinking how will we feed our families after a few months when the grown crops over. But now our wells don’t run dry in summers and we can grow 3 crops a year. In fact I sold 300 kg wheat this year and got my leaking roof repaired with this money”

While there have been around 10,000 farmers who have been able to sustained their lives through farming, there are still thousands of farmers awaiting to get their hills treated so that they could have enough water for irrigation throughout the year. And to make this possible, we need your help!

Food security brings in financial security too. Please help us making these farmers become secured so that they don’t have to leave farming and migrate to cities to work as labors. Help them grow enough food to feed their families.

Wondering how can you help us? 

Global Giving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, Global Giving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

Hence we request you to become our recurring donor and help us through your contributions. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us and we look forward for your continued support in eliminating hunger and destitution from the beautiful landscapes of south Rajasthan.

Should your travels bring you to this part of the world, please do consider visiting Seva Mandir.

 

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Sep 22, 2015

You make us help ourselves.. Thank You!

“I had to borrow Rs. 10000 for an emergency @ 10% against my gold chain. Self Help Group lends at only 2% without any collateral”- Kamla

“Needed Rs. 10000 loan for my daughter’s marriage which came at 25% from local landlord, but my  Self Help Group money came to my rescue”- Lakshmi

“I don’t want my daughter to go out in field for toilet purpose at odd hours. So I plan to borrow money from my self help group to construct a toilet” -Rameela

“I got married while studying B.Ed. I plan to study ahead by taking a loan from my Self Help Group” – Priyanka


It was your contribution that empowered these women in the remote villages of Southern Rajasthan. Without your efforts, we at Seva Mandir could not have been able to bring about awareness to be financially secure. Just like Kamla, Lakshmi, Rameela and Priyanka, there are thousands of women who are waiting to be aware and be empowered.

Wondering how can you help us? 

Global Giving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, Global Giving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

Hence we request you to become our recurring donor and help us through your contributions. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us in making these women financially independent. 

Should your travels bring you to this part of the world, please do consider visiting Seva Mandir.

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Sep 22, 2015

You Strengthen our Villages.. Thank You!

A distance of 10 Kilometers being completed in two hours; One bus in a day connecting the village to the nearest town; roads full of potholes yet to be constructed; river flowing above the surface of the road – A few glimpse of what Seva Mandir’s work area looks like. It is in villages like these where Seva Mandir is trying to create self reliant communities.  

I would say that if the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India. India Lives in her Seven Hundred Thousand Villages” - Mahatma Gandhi

While the sayings of Gandhi ji is till today discussed and deliberated upon, we at Seva Mandir believe that self governance can bring about tangible solutions to the problems that the people face every day. To enable self governance, Seva Mandir has developed Village Development Institutions and Village Development funds which solves out the various issues that surfaces each day.

Recently, the pasture lands of the remote hamlet of Badanga were encroached upon by people who practicing illegal mining. This affected the common property resources and the feeds of the cattle were threatened. At once, Village Development Committee met and made sure that the boundaries of the pasture land are re enacted and the activities of the miners are stopped at once.

It takes me great pleasure in telling that such institutions were created by your support. However, we are still in need of generous contributions which can make such self governance possible in hundreds of villages in Southern Rajasthan.

Wondering how can you help us? 

Global Giving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, Global Giving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

So grab the opportunity, be a recurring donor and help us through your contributions. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us. Also we look forward for your continued support in strengthening the roots of India, its villages.

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