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...
Sep 16, 2015

Self Help Groups in Case of Emergencies

Devali age 28, is a member of a Self Help Group managed by Seva Mandir in her village. Last year, she fell critically ill and the doctor suggested her to get her uterus operated. She did not have enough money for the medical emergency.

She then approached her Self Help Group and requested for a loan of Rs.16,000 ( $250) . Her Self Help Group approved the loan, even though her savings was less. Devali says that money lender would have charged an exorbitant interest rate of 60% per annum while she was able to get the loan from her savings group @ just 10% per annum. She feels thankful to her group for supporting her and says, “If not for the group, I would have been in a never ending debt trap

Today Over 10,000 women are associated with 612 Self Help Groups and have similar experiences to share. This faith that they portray would not have been possible without your undeterred support and encouragement.

I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT. The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts on making these rural women financially empowered . Please do reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in these women’s lives by making them stand on their own feet and break the circle of poverty.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Sep 15, 2015

Deu's plight with pregnancy

Deu, 24, is a resident of village AmbaKa Vela (Shishvi Zone). This village fares low in terms of health facilities for its residents and thus Seva Mandir started the immunization camp which caters to the pregnant women and the children.

 Deu came to the immunization camp during her second pregnancy and during the checkups it was revealed that her hemoglobin level was very low and she was anemic. The immunization team advised her to consult a doctor immediately as otherwise it would prove to be dangerous for her as well as the child. However, she did not give importance to the advice and never went to the doctor.

 On her second visit to the camp, the team again asked her to consult a doctor and also counseled her family members about the same. She was then taken to the hospital in ‘kurabad’ from where she was referred to the Udaipur Hospital. The woman delivered in her 7th month and she was put on drip as her condition was poor. She gave birth to a still born child but the doctors were able to save her life. She had become very weak after the delivery but has gradually regained her strength.

 The immunization team’s timely advice and appropriate counseling saved her life and this experience has also proved to be a learning experience for Deu for her future pregnancy.

At present, these camps reach out to over 1700 women pregnant women and 3500 children every in remote villages of Districts of South Rajasthan.  This would have not been possible without your constant encouragement and support.

Also, I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT.  The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts and to know why you would be interested to be associated with the cause. Please do reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in these children’s lives by providing them a bright future through quality education.

Warm Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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Sep 15, 2015

Leverage the strength of the Community

Meeting of villagers for pasture land development
Meeting of villagers for pasture land development

The village institution of Chiria decided that pastureland is very important for the community and needs to be given the top priority. Post initial engagements it was found that a group of villagers has nefarious plan of grabbing the land and therefore, obstructing the course of action.

After tireless efforts of the residents, people gathered under the leadership of Ransa Mukhi, a village elder and decided to start land development work in November. The work started after that.

 However, due to fear mongering of opposing group, only 6 people turned up for work for a fortnight. At the end of the fortnight, people gathered under the encouragement from Ransa Mukhi and decided to resume the work.

Villagers were motivated through personal house visits. As the result of these activities, now there about 55 workers toiling on the site. Ransa Mukhi was not able to do physical work due to his old age but he kept on encouraging. Pastureland work has led to the membership of 16 households and added Rs. 11,411 to the coffers of Village Development Committee.

At present, there are 632 Village development committees working relentlessly to address the issues at a grass root level. This would not have been possible without your faith in us.

I would take this opportunity to share with you that Bonus day is round the corner on 16th September from 9 AM EDT.  The donations made on bonus day will be matched up to 30%. That means we would be able to expand further and hence would appeal to you to support us on 16th September.

We would love to hear from you on your side of thoughts and to know why you would be interested to be associated with our cause of empowering the villages. Please do reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thank you for joining hands with us! I am sure we can really make a difference in these children’s lives by providing them a bright future through quality education.

Warm Regards,

 Atul Lekhra

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