Jul 1, 2021

Planting trees for a better tomorrow!

Dear Friend,

We greatly appreciate your trust in Seva Mandir and for supporting our project ‘Plant 10,000 Trees to Reduce Carbon Footprints’.  

Seva Mandir is working to restore degraded Aravalli hills in south Rajasthan in India. Till now, more than 2 million plants have been planted in the area which is drought prone and experience irregular rainfall.

Through this project, we aim to plant another 10,000 plants in this area which will restore local ecology and will also benefit local people with food, fuel and fodder. The local community will ensure survival of the plants making the project sustainable.

We are proud that the local communities we work with understand the importance of trees and plantation. Sharing with you a small incident which shows the interest and efforts of the people to save their plantation:

"We could not see our plants dying. Something has to be done"

Nogama is a village in southern Rajasthan with 250 households. Since 2020, the village group, especially women have been actively working with Seva Mandir to restore community plantation site.

Last year, when the lockdown hit the nation in March, it became difficult to continue working on the plantation site and the survival of the planted saplings was critical. Although the concerns of lives and livelihood were much pressing at the time, women groups did not deter from taking care of their plantation site. They collected money at village level and called for water tankers -seven times over the last year so that the saplings could survive.

"We hope to see this land become greener everyday" says Kamla, one of the local woman.

As our country deals with the second wave of COVID-19, we hope that our project keeps working towards making this world a better place and this certainly has not been possible without your support. 

Thank you so much once again for your generous support. World has become more greener because of people like you.

Warm regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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Jul 1, 2021

Moving Together with Rural Communities

Dear Friend,

We sincerely hope that you, your family, and your colleagues are in good health and safe.

The second wave across India has hit harder than the first one. The worst-affected are always the underprivileged and vulnerable communities. For them prevention is very important, as treatment is a bigger challenge.     

During this medical emergency, Seva Mandir team continues to work and support rural communities. We are working closely with health experts and organisations to understand needs and have taken up the response work ahead in the villages where Covid cases are surging at an unstoppable pace. Multitude of problems are witnessed causing spread of the virus such as rural patients struggling with home isolation, finding treatment close to home, arranging for food and basic amenities, misinformation and so on. An immediate and pressing need is to provide access to reliable information, counter dangerous myths regarding the disease, vaccination and treatment, and provide survival support to the vulnerable families in the rural and tribal parts of Udaipur and Rajsamand.

Seva Mandir is well placed to deliver this through its wide network of volunteers and community institutions. It is responding to the situation by undertaking the Covid Relief Work. The organisation is taking up different interventions, below are the interventions planned at present towards relief efforts:

  1. Community Awareness & Education
  2. Support to COVID affected patients and families
  3. Support to vulnerable families in villages
  4. Ensuring Safety & Welfare of Frontline Workers
  5. COVID Care Centres

We, hence, seek your continuous support to help the rural communities withstand the impacts of the pandemic. We trust that you will continuously support us.

We also believe that the world will soon come out with this situation. Take care.

Thanks & Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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May 24, 2021

Struggling with the second wave of Coronavirus

Dear Friend,

The 2nd wave of COVID-19 across India has hit us harder than the first one. The entire health system of the country is out of its breath, due to the large number of patients needing treatment. At Seva Mandir, we still believe in the importance of precaution and prevention, and the only way to reduce the burden on a health system that has already been pushed to the limits. But the worst-affected are always the underprivileged and vulnerable communities. For them prevention is very important, as treatment is a bigger challenge.

The state of Rajasthan is under strict lockdown. Udaipur and parts of southern Rajasthan are severely impacted. Unlike last year, this time the rural region has been hit hard and large numbers of patients are reported from the villages.

During this medical emergency, Seva Mandir team continues to work and support communities. We are working closely with health experts and organisations to understand needs and have taken up the response work ahead in the villages where Covid cases are surging at an unstoppable pace. Multitude of problems are witnessed causing spread of the virus such as rural patients struggling with home isolation, finding treatment close to home, arranging for food and basic amenities, misinformation and so on. An immediate and pressing need is to provide access to reliable information, counter dangerous myths regarding the disease, vaccination and treatment, and provide survival support to the vulnerable families in the rural and tribal parts of Udaipur and Rajsamand.

Seva Mandir is well placed to deliver this through its wide network of volunteers and community institutions. It is responding to this situation by undertaking the Covid Relief Work. The assessment of needs in areas of food, safety equipment, care, counselling, awareness and referral is being carried out continuously in consultation with communities and local institutions to help community withstand the adversity. Also, Seva Mandir is implementing robust measures to protect its staff and the team of front liners who are undertaking the implementation of the relief work.

We, hence, seek your continuous support to help the rural communities withstand the impacts of the pandemic. We are aiming to provide families in rural, tribal and urban slum communities with vital relief packs to ensure they can survive this crisis. We trust that you will continuously support us. We also believe that the world will soon come out with this situation.

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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