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...
Oct 5, 2011

Will you support a stone seperator for Dal Mill?

Grading Machine - cleaning and repair
Grading Machine - cleaning and repair

Dear Friends, Greetings from Seva Mandir! I hope you are well. Many thanks for supporting farmers living in remote villages of Kotra, Udaipur. This time, I have brought you a letter from the farmers themselves. The letter below accounts the recent happenings at their Dal Mill that you are supporting. At the same time, a small request for you from these farmers - they wanted to repair their machine because they were facing constant problems at the technical end. They got someone to evaluate the status of the machine and eventually got it fixed. However, in their evaluation of machine, it turns out that if they have a stone separator, it will help them produce a better product (final dal) as well as overcome causing damage by the stones in raw tuar/dal. So enjoy reading their letter and please consider to support the farmers in buying the stone seperator. Please write to me if you have any queries. Thanks you again. With regards, Deepti --------------- "Hello, The procurement for raw tuar began early this year. The target was set to procure only 3,100 kg of tuar so that we can process it before the raining season starts in July. However, we couldn't process it entirely and still had 1,000 kg of raw tuar dal yet to be processed, by the time it began to rain in our region. The procurement remained significantly low this year, primarily because we had been facing a number of technical issues with our machine. The milling therefore has been affecting our business a lot. In the meantime, we got an expert from OSAW industries, Ambala, Haryaana to guide us about the technical issues we were facing with our Dal Mill Machine. The expert advised us to either we could get the existing machine repaired and buy a brand new stone separator. Or we buy the entire machine altogether. The technician couldn't himself repair the machine because he didn't have sufficient knowledge and tools to repair a machine of a different brand. It was decided that we contact our manufacturer who has originally built this machine. After much persuasion of two months the company sent their technician from Sri Ram Associate, Akola, Maharashtra. The same person came who had come in the past to install the machine for the first time. He examined the machine and gave recommendations with costs as under - Work to be done: Expected cost Replacement of the Roll (Stone) Rs. 6,500 5 filters (Jaali) Rs. 3,000 8 bearings Rs. 600 2 eccentrics Rs. 400 1 Stand for the vibrator (18*12) Rs. 300 Expected service charge (TA, DA) Rs. 5,000 Others Rs. 2,000 Rs. 17,800 (USD 400) We also hired a welder for a day for quick fix some problems. However, the technician suggested to buy a stone separator for separating the stones from the dal while milling. Even though the raw dal is manually cleaned and sieved before processing. He explained that sometimes iron particles and stones cause damage in the machine. The roll which splits the tuar into two pieces has been causing problems. He showed these to us and we observed ourselves the marks made by the stones and iron particles on the filters (Jaalis) which cover the roll. He strongly suggested us to have a stone separator so it saves our machine and also saves stones to go in our final product. The expected cost of a stone separator would be around Rs. 50,000 (USD 1,000). Ultimately it was decided to get the machine repaired first and later around the time of procurement in December 2011 onwards, if we secure enough funds, we will buy a stone separator. In August the technician came and repaired the machine. If the machine is ready we could go for the increasing our product portfolio. We will also have the Green Gram and Black Gram coming in October and November. So our machine in good condition is the need of the hour. This is all what is happening Nala Dal Utpadak Sangh. Till now we have sold the entire final product (Dal) that we had in our stock from previous harvest. We are receiving more demands which is a good sign. Around July-August, we also did some plantation in our premises of Dal Mill. In total we planted 50 saplings with the staff of Seva Mandir. The team at Nala Dal Utpadak Sangh"

Dal Mill Repair Work
Dal Mill Repair Work

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Oct 5, 2011

Fellowship - Thanks for supporting a difficult project! Bravo

Good Crop matters
Good Crop matters

Dear Friends, Greetings from Seva Mandir! Hope you are well. Thank you for supporting the fellowship project. Your support towards this project strengthens the efforts of a number of village leaders in Rajasthan. These fellows work very hard to address social, political and ethical issues in their villages. Since many of these issues are deeply rooted in people's lives and socio-political structure, continuous and dedicated efforts are required. These efforts take a long time to show actual results and may cause emotional fatigue. Therefore your regular support and encouragement to these fellows is much appreciated. It would have been not possible for many of these fellows to fight against issues if people like yourself, were not supporting them. These kinds of development projects, as you would also agree with me, do not often receive much attention and support of people. A lot of times, we all expect quicker results. It is difficult for us to appreciate the complex solutions for issues that are complex in nature themselves. Similarly, in the whole set up of this program, the core idea is to bring communities together for issues that affect them by allowing them an opportunity to understand the nature of the issue, its implications on their lives and resolving these by expecting a change within themselves. It is a complex idea and much more difficult to bring it to reality. The even more daunting task is to find passionate people who are willing to spend their time in undertaking this challenge. Having these fellows who are willing to invest their time, energy and emotions to carry out these uphill tasks is certainly a bliss for all of us. These fellows, mostly come from an impoverish backgrounds themselves. They also belong to the same society and culture, the issues they take up from. We can imagine the struggles must be tiring for them to rub against the very people these fellows live with everyday. There must exist power structures and dynamics. On top of it, the societal change take place at a very slow pace. So thank you again, for standing by these fellows in their journey of helping themselves. It is not easy for anyone to support a difficult idea such as the fellowship project. We really are grateful to you for your regular support and hope that you will consider telling about this project to your other friends too. With this letter, I am also sharing a brief update on different kinds of trainings and workshops these fellows have attended in 2011. At the same time, I also take immense pleasure in informing you that the monsoon was wonderful this year. It rained a lot every where in Udaipur and the lakes filled up pretty quickly. As you know Udaipur is the most famous tourist attraction of Asia. Therefore, good rains assures a good tourist year. On the other hand, the rains may have not assured a good crop for "Maize (the corn)" because it rained a bit too much in some places. The corn is the major staple diet in this region. However, the positive side of the rains is that increased moisture of the ground will ensure good crops for winters. Though not most farmers are able to grow wheat and gram in winters, the overall availability of water has definitely increased due to good rains. Thanks once again for your generous support. We hope to hear from you on this feedback. With warm regards, Deepti

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Aug 10, 2011

You supported 1,449 expecting mothers for ante natal check up

mother with her child at the immunization camp
mother with her child at the immunization camp

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

Hope you are well. Thank you for supporting immunization of children of our region.

The monsoon has been active in Rajasthan. It has rained a little but more rains will be great. We still have another month of monsoon. Hopefully it will be a great monsoon year. The lakes in the city, however, are not full yet. The city is all green and beautiful at the moment.  

I am sharing the annual report of Immunization Program that you are supporting. The report accounts detailed information on the total number of children immunized in 2010-2011, expecting mothers received tetanus shots and various other activities carried out with your support.

Following is a brief fact sheet for your quick reference –

1.     A total 790 camps were conducted.

2.     1,236 children got registered to receive immunization.

3.     1,123 expecting mothers received tetanus shots.

4.     1,449 expecting mothers received ante natal care at these camps

5.     Please see the enclosed report for more details.

I hope you will enjoy reading all the progress your support has afforded to these children and expecting mothers.

Many thanks to all of you for your continuing support to this program. Two stories of women who were benefitted with your support are also enclosed in the report.

We would be very happy to hear from you. Thank you once again for your generous support.

We will keep you updated about the progress of this program as well as about the monsoon.

With warm regards,

Deepti

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