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‘I owe everything to the Shiksha Kendra (Seva Mandir’s School) and my teacher. Without them, I would not have achieved what I did today’.

These are the words of Kokila, an ex-student of one of Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra, who recently graduated from her 12th Standard with one of the highest marks in Udaipur District. However, 7 years ago, just enrolling into a government school seemed like an unreachable dream.

Kokila was a student in one of our Shiksha Kendras located in her home village in the remote rural and tribal area of Kherwara, around 80km from Udaipur city, where the average daily wage per-capita is just $0.50c. Her parents struggled to look after their large family of 6 children, supporting them through subsistence agriculture (as with most of the families that Seva Mandir works with). In our working area, many girls are kept home from school and instead perform household chores. But Kokila didn’t let this deter her - she was determined to get an education.

Kokila excelled and she passed through the Shiksha Kendra with flying colours.

Since 2007, more than 12,500 children have graduated into government or private schools, but even with her success, Kokila’s family’s poverty prevented her from going any further; they just could not afford to pay her school fees and continue to support themselves at the same time. For Kokila, it felt that all was lost. Her education had given her basic literacy and an understanding of maths but most of all it had started a flame inside her to learn more.

Her Shiksha Kendra teacher saw that longing inside her and he was determined to get her back into education. He made regular visits with her parents, trying to persuade them to send her back to school. Eventually, his efforts paid off and they agreed. Kokila was soon enrolled into a local government upper-primary school.

7 years later, Kokila has exceed all expectations – even her own. She is now studying in her second year of university in Udaipur and, even though she is not sure what will come next, she has become an inspiration to the girls from her remote community.

Just as with Kokila, it is vital that we support children and ensure that they can receive a quality education and your donation this Christmas can help us do just that.

Donating just $60 will provide education to a child for 1 year, and as part of GlobalGiving’s Year End Campaign, we could be eligible for bonus prizes which would help send more children to school. But we need your help to get there.

You would also be supporting a programme that has been developed alongside the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economic Science! Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, Prof. Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer partnered with Seva Mandir over a number of research projects and helped to develop a camera monitoring system for our Shiksha Kendras that greatly improved attendance of students and teachers. You can find out more here https://bit.ly/2YUO9aJ.

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best Wishes

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Changemaker,

Thank you so much for all your confidence and faith in our work. We are continuously working hard to make this world a better place for children, the first step for which is providing education, as it is an investment that pays the best interest.

Kanti is from a distant village in Kotra, living with his parents and 6 younger siblings. He was attending a Shiksha Kendra (Seva Mandir’s School), and, as the eldest, Kanti wanted to be a role model for his brothers and sisters, and encouraged them to learn. However, one day, Kanti and his siblings stopped coming to class. The teacher was concerned. He decided to visit Kanti’s parents to discover why he was not coming to school – but they were not there. Both of them had left to find work in a nearby region, leaving Kanti and his siblings in the care of their uncle. Unfortunately, the uncle did not want the children to learn – instead he wanted them to work on the family farm and look after the animals. The teacher immediately contacted the parents and informed them of the situation, to which they were dismayed. After a few days, Kanti and his brother and sister re-joined the Shiksha Kendra, full of excitement and happiness to be back in school and with their friends.

Kanti is now in Level 2 at the Shiksha Kendra and is improving his learning every day. His favourite subject is Hindi and he loves to read and write short stories. Thanks to the teacher’s concern and the parent’s tenacity in educating their children, Kanti is now able to see a bright future ahead of him.

This is just one story from the many successful people that we are working with. All thanks to our most generous supporters and well wishers like you.

We are also happy to share with you that three of our photos have been selected in GlobalGiving’s Annual Photo Contest 2019 and now we need your support to win the contest. I am sharing the links to our selected photos and, if you like our photos, you can vote and help us in spreading our work to the world. Please note that the last date to vote is September 20th till 12:00:01 EDT.

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1. https://bit.ly/2kPuYiP

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3. https://bit.ly/2mfAP18

Thank you once again for all your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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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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