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 14, 2015

Non Formal Education Centers: Of Education and Hum

Amidst the Aravalli mountain ranges some 25 Kilometers from Udaipur is a little hamlet called Badanga. Here, Seva Mandir runs a Siksha Kendra (Non Formal Education Center) for the children to ease the access of education in the remote hilly terrain. Pushpa, a lady in her late twenties run the center.

Pushpa’s NFE is not just about fun and learning but also about values and of humanity. It so happened that on the dawn on 25th July, two of her students was bit by venomous snake at their residence, while both were asleep. Dharma, the elder of the two died instantaneously, Khyali was in a state of comma for nine days followed by pneumonia. His treatment in the nearby private hospital was a costly affair.

 Seeing the financial difficulties that the family was facing, the NFE students collected whatever little they had from their piggy bank and handed a total of Rs. 400 to Pushpa.

Pushpa further contributed Rs. 500 from here salary for Khyali’s treatment. Each day, during the morning assembly, the children pray for Khyali’s health, and are looking forward for a day when he would join them again. 

We at the Non Formal Education Centers do not believe that education is all about studying but also inculcating values that would make the world a better place.  Seva Mandir is running 170 centers across 600 neglected villages providing access to education to around 6000 children every year.

It takes Time to imbibe those values and I am proud to say that it has been possible with your support that we are able to inculcate values besides educating through our centers

Also, I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT.  The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts and to know why supporting these poor kids is so close to your heart? , please do reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in these children’s lives by providing them a bright future through quality education.

Warm Regards,

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Aug 20, 2015

Dal Mill- Crossing the Boundaries

Dal mill- the two words which don’t quite depict it as a corporate enterprise, nevertheless this entity has been providing fair livelihood opportunities to more than 5000 farming families in rural Rajasthan and has become a symbol of identity for them. The farmers of Kotra have not only received fair price for the pulses they produced since past seven years, but now also take pride in the fact that their pulses are being recognized as of supreme quality in some of the best hotels and restaurants of Udaipur.

In the previous edition we discussed plans about NalaBachatSamiti’s expansion of scale in terms of procurement and production. Those plans have taken shape and for the first time NalaBachatSamiti has procured raw moong (type of lentil) from the farmers of Kherwara, a tribal block, about 100 Kms from Udaipur. As with the farmers of Kotra, the farmers of Kherwara were also subject to middlemen exploitation. The border of Gujarat, being very close to Kherwara, farmers often had to do distress selling of their agricultural produce.

This year NalaBachatSamiti has purchased almost 1500 Kgs of raw moong from Kherwara. This quantity was the collection from 20 farmers of Pareda village of Kherwara. For the first time in their life, the farmers received full “market price” for their agricultural produce without bearing any cost for transportation. The farmers were so elated about the proposal of purchasing raw pulses directly from them that they willingly sorted and graded the raw pulses into two varieties- the superior larger grains and the inferior smaller ones and were ready to accept lower price for the inferior variety. The farmers promised that they will employ better farming practices next time and will try to grow only the superior variety of pulses. They have already started preparation for cultivation of other varieties of pulses namely Tur and Urad, crops which were not generally in agricultural practice in the area. In the words of Manna, a farmer from Pared village, “We never imagined we shall get full price of our agricultural produce. We are thankful to the dal mill and shall help in every way we can to take it to new heights.”

Thank you Friends for your help and support to this program.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Jul 28, 2015

Understanding the Importance of Education

Dear Friends,

Seva Mandir is working on providing essential services with one of them being education. Basic education is offered to children who might otherwise receive none, in all of the 171 Shiksha Kendras (Schools) that run across six blocks in Udaipur District. As these children are often the first generation learners in their households, they are also given the confidence to persist with their studies. Seva Mandir also works with their parents to encourage attendance of their wards in the school.

Friends, I am sharing with you story of Jyoti who is now studying at our education centre.

Jyoti, 9 years of age, belongs to a small village and is currently studying at one of Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (school) in Kherwara Block. While Jyoti had always wanted to go to school, her parents never let her do so. Her father in particular was against girls receiving education. Jyoti’s father who by profession is a mason got involved in helping build a Shiksha Kendra for the students from his village. During this process, several community members and representatives from Seva Mandir tried to convince him about the importance of education and in particular girl education. Jyoti’s father finally let her daughter enroll in a Shiksha Kendra. Even though she entered the Shiksha Kendra late, the instructors are trying their level best to help her match up to the level of her classmates of the same age. Currently, she is studying at Level C and she hopes she will become an instructor one day to help more girls like her receive education. Jyoti’s father is also supportive of her efforts and has decided that Jyoti will only get married after she is 18 and has completed her education.

Thank you so much Friends for bringing HAPPINESS in the lives of so many children.

Regards

Atul Lekhra  

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