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...
Feb 4, 2016

Creating Economic Independence for Rural Women

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting our program to empower women. The women empowerment programme of Seva Mandir focuses on bringing women together for creating a common platform of mutual trust and support. The Self Help Group program is an extension of the Women’s Empowerment program under which, the women save up small amounts every month in groups known as SHGs (Self Help Groups). They borrow small loans from their SHGs which help overcome their dependency on traditional money lenders for petty credit needs. The SHG also allows women to set up small business for earning  like for opening a ration shop and tailor shops, buying cattle, setting up a flour mill etc. Besides the financial autonomy, the SHG extends a platform for these women to discuss social issues. It strengthens their solidarity, builds their confidence and allows them a space to unload and deliberate solutions.

At present, there are 627 women’s self-help groups with a membership of 9625 women. These groups exist in 168 villages of Udaipur district in southern Rajasthan.

During the past years various income generating initiatives were introduced to help the women of these SHGs. In the last six months following activities were conducted:

Detergent making work: Women from Shisvi village got involved in detergent making work and they produced 825 Kg of detergent, of which they were able to sell 625 Kg.

Stitching and designing work: A group of 30 women from Shisvi village were trained on stitching and designing work. Now they are working for a women enterprise and earning a good amount for their work.

Collection and sale of custard apple: Discussions were done on collection and sale of custard apple. One of the groups has expressed interest in taking up this activity and started working on this.

Fisheries work:  75 women from 6 villages are involved in fisheries work. In this period, these women sold fish for around $1,500.

We are able to introduce all these initiatives for women from rural communities only because friends like you are helping us regularly. Thank you once again for your help and support to our programme.

If you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to write to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards

Atul Lekhra & Seva Mandir Team

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Jan 28, 2016

Struggle of a Village Community for Legal Rights

Dear Friend,

The Village Institutions Programme of Seva Mandir aims to create and nurture alternative and autonomous platforms through which citizens can become responsible for their own development. These autonomous platforms are called Village Development Committees.

The Village Development Committee of Peepad village in Kherwara block had made a successful proposal under MGNREGA (a government scheme) for pastureland development with Seva Mandir as implementing agency. The owner of a mine had encroachments on the site and had started mining, despite protests from the people. After a meeting attended by most members of the village, it was decided that action would be taken against the mine owner. Villagers blocked the road and did not allow laborers and vehicles for the mine to enter the village. Simultaneously, villagers had various discussions with the Village Governing Body, Rajasthan State Mining and Minerals Ltd., Block Development Officer and the Forest Department, and received confirmation at all levels that mining was illegal in the area. A meeting was then held at Peepad village to which the mine owner was invited. Although initially reluctant, he came after the villagers pressurized him. In the ensuing discussions, he was persuaded to give up his encroachment. In order to prevent further encroachment and develop the pastureland for fodder, the village, with the help of Seva Mandir, has carried out wall repairs and plantation work, and the plantation is secure thanks to the villagers' efforts.

It takes me great pleasure in telling that such institutions were created by your support. Thank you so much for your generous contributions which can make such self governance possible in hundreds of villages in Southern Rajasthan.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Jan 28, 2016

Jaruli's Success Story...... Thank You

Dear Friend,

Today, I would like you to know about Jaruli who lives in one of the village of Kotra block where Seva Mandir works. She has given birth twice and both times the baby did not survive. During these pregnancies, she never received any maternal health care assistance, such as antenatal care or TT vaccinations, as government health services and facilities in the area were out of reach. She got pregnant again, but this time Jaruli attended immunization camps in her village, an initiative been launched by Seva Mandir since 2009 in order to raise awareness and improve immunization services. She was given proper vaccination shots during her pregnancy. She was also counseled on nutrition and advised to take iron tablets to combat her anaemia.

Furthermore, Seva Mandir’s Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA), a woman from the village who had been trained by Seva Mandir to serve pregnant woman, assisted her throughout the pregnancy, checking on her every month when she visited the village for immunization camps. Thanks to her primary assistance, eventually Jaruli had a safe delivery.  Jaruliis now happy with her healthy child and she's deeply grateful to Seva Mandir’s TBA for all the help and support she was given during her pregnancy.

Seva Mandir will continue to conduct free health check up and immunization camps in other remote villages of its work area in order to help many such women like Jaruli.

Your support to Seva Mandir is essential, since only people like you can really turn Seva Mandir's efforts and commitment into reality. With your help we can make a difference and provide a valid treatment to tribal women and children who would otherwise have no option available to get the basic health care. 

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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