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...
Jul 16, 2015

A Step Towards Food Security in Thep Village

Dear Friend,

Bhima was an untoward farmer of Thep village under one of the Block of Seva Mandir’s work zone. Geographically Thep is surrounded by mountainous terrains which hinder the production of farmers, not only this but, most of the farmer like Bhima has to rely on the monsoon for irrigation. All together it was apprehensive to practice farming over there, resulting extreme of poverty that rules over. With Seva Mandir’s intervention an anicut (small dam) was built in Mithi Bor hamlet which caters the irrigational need of 11.4 hectares of land of 48 farmer’s production.

The main cropping pattern of farmers was only circled around wheat cultivation, however last year few farmers wanted to try hand at potato cultivation. It was first time for Bhima & fellow farmers to use only organic manure in potato cultivation. It was done on pilot basis on three hundred kilograms of potato seed. However farmers were pleasantly surprised by output which came to tune of Eighteen to nineteen hundred kilograms (almost 2 Tons). It was quite sufficient for Bhima and his family. Some of the produce was sold at local market too. Like Bhima many other are getting their back spark of hope, with your support.  

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Jun 30, 2015

A Story of Self-Empowerment

Dear Friends,

Varzu is an elderly woman living in one of our working block, in southern Rajasthan.

Earlier in her life, she worked with her husband whenever and wherever possible - sometimes in the fields, sometimes as a laborer on construction sites. The work was hard, but she had no choice.

Then Seva Mandir formed a Self Help Group (SGH) in Varzu's village. She has been affiliated to it since 1994 and, over time, it has brought many improvements both to the area and to her personal situation. 

Varzu is now self-employed and able to earn an average of 100 rupees a day. She says, 'When I took my first loan from the SGH I never imagined the difference it would make to my life. I have restored my ancestral home and been able to buy a grinding machine. Now I don’t have to go out to work because people come to my house for the services I'm able to offer. I'm happy that I can have an easier life in my old age.'

With your support, Seva Mandir is able to help many women like Varzu earn a better livelihood and live a fairer life.

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Jun 26, 2015

Lift Irrigation - Boon to Farmers

Dear Friends,

Kavaa is a farmer living in the remote village of Udaipur district, in the dry region of the hilly terrains of Aravali Mountain Range where water is very difficult to fetch for irrigation purposes.

The villagers put forward this problem in the Village development meeting. After researching the need and feasibility, Seva Mandir, with the help of villagers installed a lift to fetch water from the nearby water source (Som River) to the fields.

Today, 22 families of the village are utilizing this installed lift to irrigate their field. Earlier they were able to grow only wheat that would last for one time in every 6 months starting from November till March (until rains start). And for rest of the year farmers grow Maze and get Public Distribution System (PDS) at low cost to feed their families.

With the improved irrigation facilities and close by water resource, Kavaa with other villagers are now able to grow foodgrains, Legumes-Lentils, Lemons, Indian Gooseberries, Mangos, Pomegranate, etc in their fields throughout the year and hence been able to sell the surplus production. For example: Kavaa  is currently growing 60Kgs Legumes-Lentils in his farmland which is $ 79 to $100 worth.

The village development committee has fixed $1 per hour from the beneficiaries to meet the electricity bills and other maintenance charges.

Today, farmers are able to grow sufficient food grains throughout the year and hence don’t have to migrate to work to different cities as a laborer.

Thank you so much friends for your continuous support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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