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 16, 2015

Food for one and all

Rawla is a little hamlet in Pareda village of southern Rajasthan. Here, given the low amount of rainfall, there was only one crop that was grown in a given year. The productivity could only suffice the families hunger for the next three months. Ultimately, the farmers had to migrate to far off towns to work as migrant labors.

The villagers raised the issue to Seva Mandir and it was decided that a watershed management system would be established in their village. This system usually comprises of bunds, trenches, small and medium sized dams which channelize rain water to the fields and prevents runoffs.   

After the soil and water treatment through water shed activities, now the farmers in Rawla grow three crops in a year. The productivity is not just restricted to subsistence but is now commercialized. The farmers are food secured throughout the year and don’t have to leave their families behind to make the ends meet.

I had to work in restaurants in Ahmedabad and Surat to feed my family. Now I produce enough for the family and also sell the produce. I am not just food secured but am also looking ahead to a brighter future of my children” – Daulat (a farmer)

Being totally dependent on rainfall, we could only grow one crop and that would be over even before we knew. Today, I produce 800 Kg of which I sell 300 Kg and keep the rest for my family” – Makhan (another farmer)

It gives me immense happiness to say that this would not have been possible without your faith and consistent support. 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 you would be interested to be associated with the cause. 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 the lives of these poor farmers and providing them a sustained future.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Sep 16, 2015

Self Help Groups in Case of Emergencies

Devali age 28, is a member of a Self Help Group managed by Seva Mandir in her village. Last year, she fell critically ill and the doctor suggested her to get her uterus operated. She did not have enough money for the medical emergency.

She then approached her Self Help Group and requested for a loan of Rs.16,000 ( $250) . Her Self Help Group approved the loan, even though her savings was less. Devali says that money lender would have charged an exorbitant interest rate of 60% per annum while she was able to get the loan from her savings group @ just 10% per annum. She feels thankful to her group for supporting her and says, “If not for the group, I would have been in a never ending debt trap

Today Over 10,000 women are associated with 612 Self Help Groups and have similar experiences to share. This faith that they portray would not have been possible without your undeterred support and encouragement.

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 on making these rural women financially empowered . 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 women’s lives by making them stand on their own feet and break the circle of poverty.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Sep 15, 2015

Deu's plight with pregnancy

Deu, 24, is a resident of village AmbaKa Vela (Shishvi Zone). This village fares low in terms of health facilities for its residents and thus Seva Mandir started the immunization camp which caters to the pregnant women and the children.

 Deu came to the immunization camp during her second pregnancy and during the checkups it was revealed that her hemoglobin level was very low and she was anemic. The immunization team advised her to consult a doctor immediately as otherwise it would prove to be dangerous for her as well as the child. However, she did not give importance to the advice and never went to the doctor.

 On her second visit to the camp, the team again asked her to consult a doctor and also counseled her family members about the same. She was then taken to the hospital in ‘kurabad’ from where she was referred to the Udaipur Hospital. The woman delivered in her 7th month and she was put on drip as her condition was poor. She gave birth to a still born child but the doctors were able to save her life. She had become very weak after the delivery but has gradually regained her strength.

 The immunization team’s timely advice and appropriate counseling saved her life and this experience has also proved to be a learning experience for Deu for her future pregnancy.

At present, these camps reach out to over 1700 women pregnant women and 3500 children every in remote villages of Districts of South Rajasthan.  This would have not been possible without your constant encouragement and support.

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 you would be interested to be associated with the cause. 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,

Atul Lekhra

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