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Send a Child in India to School for a Year

by Seva Mandir
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Dear Friend,

Given that poverty and lack of quality education are the key factors that lead to a child not going to school, Seva Mandir’s education program attempts to ensure primary education to the out-of-school children through Shiksha Kendras.

Shiksha Kendras are Bridge Schools run by community teachers for children aged between 6 and 14 years. The schools provide them with functional literacy and mathematics skills in rural hamlets where government schools are non-existent. The instructors in the Shiksha Kendras are from the respective local community, meaning that they already have an understanding of the local context and are able to speak the local dialects such as Mewari, Marwari or Wagdi. Currently, Seva Mandir facilitates 151 Shiksha Kendras reaching out to more than 5,300 out-of-school children aged 6 to 14. The role of the instructor is not just restricted to teaching and facilitating classes, but they are also the guiding force behind motivating the children, encouraging them to succeed and building their interest in education. This enables an attitude in the children to fall in love with education and continue their studies after they graduate from the Shiksha Kendra.

To ensure that the school is being run to schedule, teachers are required to take a photo at the start and end of each day with the entire class. The photographs are time and date stamped and then monitored by Seva Mandir. The instructors are only paid on verification of these photographs.

Dharmi is a 10 year old girl studying in Raanpur, Shiksha Kendra of Jhadol block. Dharmi’s family comprises of her parents, three brothers and grandmother. Her father had studied till 8th class and now works as a water supplier in village Ogna, while her mother farms their household land. Alongside her siblings Dharmi is encouraged to help her mother in the field and with household chores like filling water and cooking food. She specifically mentioned ‘making rotis’.

Dharmi seldom gets to play with her brothers due to her dedication and commitment to work both at home and at Shiksha Kendra. During class she is on time and an attentive student. She is able to grasp the concepts early and helps other children in the class to understand better.

When Dharmi grows up, she wants to be a police officer, or in her terms the ‘Ladies Police’. Apparently, she saw a lady in uniform at another village, since then she has had this dream to be like her. She wants to go to college and for that she knows that she has to study. We are delighted to see Dharmi embody our goals that aim in fostering a passion for education and raising children to strive for their dreams. The school provides support for children straddling high demands between home and school, encouraging a healthy balance that works for the family.

We are immensely proud of what we have achieved so far and hope to continue making a positive impact on the lives of children in southern Rajasthan. I would like to thank you for being an integral part of this journey and giving dreams to many children like Dharmi. Your support will help us reach out to more aspiring youth. None of this would have been possible without you. Thank you once again for your support and for the confidence that you have placed in us.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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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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“Investing in girls’ education is the best thing we can do, not for our daughters and granddaughters, but for their families, their communities, and their countries” – Michelle Obama.

Just like Michelle Obama, we at Seva Mandir also believe that educating girls is the best gift we can give to the community.

Here is a story of a cheerful and enthusiastic 8-year-old girl, Rekha, who joined our Patharpadi bridge school as a student this year. Rekha’s father passed away when she was just 2 years old, and sadly, her mother is handicapped and cannot work to support her family of 5. Rekha’s grandparents cover the family’s income by working in the field or as contract workers, earning only a meagre wage. She does have 3 brothers who are not more than 17 years old, but they had to emigrate to find work in small factories in the neighboring state of Gujarat. Her grandfather, determined to ensure Rekha had a bright future, made her join the school last year so that she did not spend her time doing household chores. Rekha loves to attend the class daily and meet her friends, even though she is faced with a 40 minute walk each day there and back. Her family are very supportive, and they make sure that she goes to the school every day without any problems so that she may continue studying. Rekha is able to express herself at Seva Mandir’s bridge schooland loves to recite Hindi poems alongside a passion for dancing. Rekha’s family reflect Michelle Obama’s words incarnate, investing in Rekha’s education so that she has the best opportunities in life. Seva Mandir, along with the help of its supporters through its bridge schools, enables girls to reach every goal in life.  

We are immensely proud of the improvements we have been able to make in the lives of these children and hope to reach out more children with your continued support.

We are proud to share that Seva Mandir has been featured in a The New York Times article! One of our GlobalGiving campaigns has been selected as an alternative way to give a gift this Christmas through supporting tribal children's education. The link to the article is https://goo.gl/sCxFGC

Also, GlobalGiving's “Year End Campaign” has begun! Until the end of December, all recurring donations up to $200 will be 100% matched throughout the campaign, and whichever organisation achieves the most funds during the campaign will receive $2,000 from GlobalGiving!

Help Seva Mandir achieve these goals this December by donating on our GlobalGiving page!

Thank you so much.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

Nina, aged 16 raised in Kada, a deprived village of Jhadol block. The village lacks basic facilities like education, health and sanitation. Teacher absenteeism & lack of quality education in the Government schools force many of children in this village to drop out at primary level. Even in Nina's family, her elder siblings have left school after the primary level to help with household chores and in cattle rearing.

In 2004, Seva Mandir started a NFE (Bridge School) in Kada to provide quality education to the children in the age group of 6-14.

Nina had her education up to 9th standard in the nearby Government school in her village. At the time of registration and enrollment of standard 10th, she was denied by her teachers. It shook Nina from within, she wanted to continue her education but was told- she lacks the basic competencies to study in 10th standard. This was the breaking point for Nina, where she would have quit but her parents supported her.

After the denial from school, her parents explain the whole situation to the NFE teacher- Keshu. Understanding the situation, Keshu assured them that he will do his best to keep Nina's education going. For next two years, Keshu, supported her by providing remedial classes to meet the expectations of class 10th. With the serious efforts of Keshu and dedication of Nina, improvement in her learning level could be seen.

Once again Nina approached the Government School for admission in 10th standard. This time, teachers at government school conducted a test for Nina, to check her learning level. But Nina, not only passed the test with flying colors, also proven her dedication to the teachers.

Thanks to NFE teacher Kheshu, who understand that his responsibilities are not only limited to his NFE’s children but way beyond.

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

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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‘If you educate a girl, you educate a family, and a whole nation.’  However, still girl’s education is not given much importance.

Given that poverty and lack of quality education are the key factors that lead to a child not going to school, Seva Mandir’s education program has attempted to ensure primary education to out-of-school children through Bridge Schools and Residential learning camps.

Last year, 151 Bridge Schools reached out to 5687 children, 45% of which are girls. In the past few years, the community has become more sensitized towards girl child education; the enrolment of girls in SKs has slowly increased. This is a positive and motivating indicator and shows the efforts put in by Seva Mandir in bridging the gender gap prevailing in society.

10 year old Neha (name changed) lives in the Baghpura village of Girwa block. She lost her mother to illness, and after her father remarried, he abandoned her to live with her maternal uncle, a laborer at a mine in Udaipur. With only the uncle earning, and 4 children in the family, the household is financially unstable. Having never been to school before, Neha came to Udaipur with her uncle and, because of the Right to Education rule, was placed in Class 3 at a government school. She dropped out because the grade was beyond her understanding.

In July 2016 she took admission in our Bridge School. Despite a long walk of 4 kilometers, she was a regular student. Luckily, in September 2016, a new Bridge School was opened in Retda village, only 1 kilometer from Neha’s home. There, she is in Level C and can identify few words and can count to 20. Though Neha is keen to study, she often has to take out time for household chores. She intends to complete her Bridge School education and so that she can seek admission into a higher education facility. Seva Mandir will help her in every possible way to continue her education.

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

Regards

Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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