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Mar 25, 2019

An Inspiring Story of Change

Dear Friend,

We are thrilled to announce that GlobalGiving has awarded Seva Mandir with 5 achievements (Effective Organization, Staff Favorite Organization, Top Ranked Organization, Vetted Organization, Site Visit Verified Organization) making us a top-ranked organization for 2019!

All thanks goes to our dedicated supporters that we are able to keep accomplishing more every year and changing people's lives for the better. We can't thank you enough for your support and we look forward to another successful year!

Narayan a farmer, 47 years of age and a resident of Cheekhla village. Not only, is he known for his hard work, but also, for his keen interest in agriculture and horticulture development and an environmental champion in his community. Equally important, in a remote tribal village like Cheekhla, where the state of agriculture is still subsistence, innovative practices to make agriculture more lucrative remains farfetched for small and marginal farmer which constitute the farming population in the region. In this context, Narayan is an exception, all the more, he has become an example for others in the village to follow his lead. Since the year 2000 he has been in close association with Seva Mandir through its Natural Resource Development program. To point out, he has been a pioneer in developing 1000 nursery plants in his village, owing to which these sapling were later used for restoring common lands at other villages.

Furthermore, with the introduction of Package of Best Practices in Vegetable Farming by Seva Mandir to help farmers gain nutrition, food security and livelihood opportunity. He is exemplar by adopting to new methods received through regular training and field demonstration. Likewise, in 2016 he also attended the training on cultivation of Bottle Gourd by improved seed sowing technique. As a result, his total production of bottle gourd from ½ bigha of farmland and 250 gram of seeds came up to 8 Quintal.

Additionally, he also manages the community seed bank at his house. Another key point, which sets Narayan as a herald of change in his community, is his initiative towards the campaign on 100% open defecation. Likewise, setting an example by constructing a toilet cum bathroom at his house. He remains relentless in advocating the cause of community hygiene and sanitation.  

Narayan is today happy and thank Seva Mandir for all the knowledge and support.

We thank you for showing interest and for your support to our “Provide Enough Food for Poor Farmers in India” project.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Mar 22, 2019

Naresh - Overcoming Great Odds

Dear Friend,

We are thrilled to announce that GlobalGiving has awarded Seva Mandir with 5 achievements (Effective Organization, Staff Favorite Organization, Top Ranked Organization, Vetted Organization, Site Visit Verified Organization) making us a top-ranked organization for 2019!

All thanks goes to our dedicated supporters that we are able to keep accomplishing more every year and changing people's lives for the better. We can't thank you enough for your support and we look forward to another successful year!

Limited access to quality education is a significant development challenge in Udaipur district. In Seva Mandir’s work area, poverty and the lack of quality education are the key factors that lead to a child not going to school. Furthermore, the condition of schooling in the tribal areas is often one of severe neglect, with high rates of teacher absenteeism, teacher’s posts lying vacant, poor teaching methods, a paucity of required materials and inadequate infrastructure. These conditions coupled with poverty de-motivate children and force them to drop out from school. Seva Mandir design and implement programs based on the needs and demands of the communities. These programs include Bridge School Program known as Shiksha Kendra’s, Residential Learning Camps, Activity Centers at government schools and Youth Resource Centers and Scholarships to ensure continuity of education.

Naresh, only 11 years old, is a testament to overcoming great odds. He was born in a very remote village in Jhadol block, Udaipur district, and was forced to stay at home and look after his alcoholic father who supported his addiction through petty crime. Eventually, Naresh’s grandfather took him to live with him in his village of Dhartimata, Kherwara block, located over 60km away from Udaipur city. He enrolled Naresh in August of 2018 in the Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (School). Naresh initially struggled with the routine of attending school and would regularly run away.

The teacher at the school, Dinesh, focused his efforts on showing Naresh the importance and enjoyment of education. He began to play games and have lunch with Naresh whilst regularly meeting his grandfather to further encourage him. Eventually, Naresh felt comfortable in the school environment and started to attend all of his classes and make friends with the other students. He quickly learnt the English alphabet and basic multiplication and was provided a uniform and additional clothes by Seva Mandir’s Village Development Committee. He is currently studying in Level 1, and will graduate into level 2. His grandfather expressed his joy that Naresh has been able to overcome great odds to receive a quality education from the school.

Thank you for your support and for the confidence that you have placed in us. None of this would have been possible without you.

We would also like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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Mar 22, 2019

The Gift of Good Health

Dear Friend,

We are thrilled to announce that GlobalGiving has awarded Seva Mandir with 5 achievements (Effective Organization, Staff Favorite Organization, Top Ranked Organization, Vetted Organization, Site Visit Verified Organization) making us a top-ranked organization for 2019!

All thanks goes to our dedicated supporters that we are able to keep accomplishing more every year and changing people's lives for the better. We can't thank you enough for your support and we look forward to another successful year!

An immunization camp in Sagwada village was initiated by Seva Mandir previously because of the lack of basic healthcare facilities there.

The nearest general health center is 7 kms away and the nearest center where immunization is undertaken is 4 kms away. Many of the women and children of Sagwada are simply unable to undertake these journeys and therefore often missed out on routine immunization.

Mohani (name changed), a resident of Sagwada who has attended the Seva Mandir camp, shared her experiences with us. She said that without the camp she would not have been able to get immunization for herself during pregnancy or for her young son. She lives at the farthest end of the village and it would have been too great an ordeal for her to walk, either when pregnant or with her baby after his birth, to the nearest center.

Mohani had been motivated by a representative of Seva Mandir to attend the camp and received ante-natal check-ups as well as immunization. She knows that the camp is a boon for her village as it helps protect the lives both of the pregnant women and of their young children.

Thank you for your support and for the confidence that you have placed in us. None of this would have been possible without you.

We would also like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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