Send a Child in India to School for a Year

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Dear Friend,

Recently, Seva Mandir was elated to welcome 2019 Nobel Laureate Prof. Abhijeet Banerjee, Economist, Director J-Pal (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) and Mohammad Abdul Latif Jameel, Chairman and CEO, Abdul Latif Jameel Group and J-Pal team. This visit was a special visit for both parties due to the exciting exchange of thoughts and ideas shared on the mutual interest in the development of rural communities in Rajasthan.

Prof. Banerjee and Seva Mandir have had a longstanding and strong relationship since 1996. The Nobel laureate has worked extensively on studying various development problems and has helped in contributing to their solutions.

The few days of their Udaipur visit were jam-packed with visits and productive discussions. The J-PAL team, along with Seva Mandir’s team, traveled to remote villages Jalpaka and Jhabla; where they were formally introduced to Seva Mandir’s initiatives including natural resources, early childcare and nutrition, women empowerment and education.

A notable highlight of the visit was Prof. Banerjee’s enthusiastic discussion at a women’s Self Help Group (SHG) regarding the growing challenges of poverty and need for climate action in vulnerable regions and communities such as theirs.

During the community discussion, Prof. Banerjee vocalized, “Climate change and water scarcity are global challenges, and it will worsen in future. In India, the rural community has vast knowledge of water related challenges and its solutions. I look forward to understanding community perspectives and suggestions on tackling the future challenges and its solutions. This democratic approach will enable us to find collaborative solutions to the future challenges.”

Thank you so much for all your faith and continuous support to our programme.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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‘I owe my success to the Shiksha Kendra (Seva Mandir’s Bridge 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 Bridge School, who graduated from 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 Bridge School 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 $0.70. Her parents struggled to look after their large family of 6 children, supporting them through subsistence agriculture. 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 our Bridge school with flying colors.

Since 2007, more than 12,500 children have graduated into government or private schools from the bridge 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. 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.

Our Bridge School 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, her 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 third 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 receive a quality education and your donation can help us do just that.

We are happy to share that we are participating in GlobalGiving’s September Little by Little Campaign which will last 5 days, from from September 12, 2022, at 00:00:00 EDT to September 16, 2022, at 23:59:59 EDT. All eligible donations of up to $50 USD will be matched at 50% for the duration of the campaign. Therefore, every donation will have deeper impact and will enable us to reach out to more children in need. It takes only $60 to send a child to school for a year. We do hope that you will extend your generous support towards education of less privileged children.  

Thank you,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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Covid-19 has caused profound changes around the world. This is the worst shock to education systems in decades, with the longest school closures. In India, more than 250 million students got affected due to school closures because of lockdown induced by Covid-19. The pandemic posed several challenges in schools which included an expected rise in dropouts, learning losses, and increase in digital divide.

The economic condition of families has also declined further due to various lockdowns and that has increased vulnerabilities of children. The children are facing pressure to engage in household and labor work and hence losing interest in education. Seva Mandir team is regularly working on the strategies to fill this gap happened because of Covid. Our paramount focus is to keep the level of engagement consistent with children, counsel them and their caregivers to realize the importance of the continuity of education.

Apple, a 14-year-old girl, is an alumnus of Seva Mandir’s Kheraghati Bridge School. She graduated from Seva Mandir’s Bridge School in 2017 and joined class 2nd in the government school. In 2021, when the pandemic hit the country and schools were closed, she was studying in class 6th. She did not have a mobile phone to attend to the content shared online or talk to the teachers. The school teachers also did not visit her during the lockdown, as her house was far from the school. So, she got engaged in household and agriculture work, and gradually lost interest in education. She had completely lost touch with education, so, her parents also didn’t motivate her to continue her studies.

Arjun, her teacher at Seva Mandir’s Bridge School met Apple during his routine home visits, during this time. After understanding her situation, he counseled her parents for continuing education and persuaded them to send her to the mentoring support classes of Seva Mandir. Apple joined the classes and with time regained interest in education. Now, she is a regular student in her school. She feels very happy that she received timely support, and has started to motivate other children to continue education.

Arjun happily says "This is something I would have done for my own daughter."

Thank you so much for all your faith and continuous support to our programme. The quality of the education provided by our Bridge Schools, and their accessibility, has given rural communities a more positive attitude towards education. For only $60, you can send a child to school for a year. We hope that you will continue your support to our programme.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Over half of the children in the rural areas of southern Rajasthan where Seva Mandir works do not attend school, and over a third have never been to school.

Education was the first area in which Seva Mandir became involved, beginning with adult education. Our response today is to provide quality education for children who have dropped out of or have never been to school, or who cannot attend school because of financial constraints or family obligations. Through our Shiksha Kendras (bridge schools) and Residential Learning Camps, we offer 6,000 out-of-school children access to quality primary education every year, whilst our scholarship programme offers access to quality secondary education. We have also begun to work with government schools to improve the education they deliver.

At a deeper level, by educating thousands of first-generation learners and striving for equal enrolment of girls, we are slowly transforming the demand for quality education among families from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering young people to achieve their best.

 

Roshan (name changed) was well known is Lohsing village - he would roam around causing trouble for his family and other members in the community and would help his family in conducting household chores. Roshan initially took no interest in education even though his parents saw the importance of schooling.

In 2017, a member of the local Village Institution visited Roshan and his family along with Lohsing Shiksha Kendra’s (Bridge School) instructor, Premlata. They sat with the family and spoke about the importance of enrolling in school. His parents were keen to enrol him and were able to persuade Roshan to attend as his sisters would also be at the school with him.

At the beginning of his time at the school, Roshan would disrupt the learning of other students, and took no interest in learning how to read or write – but Premlata was determined to help him.

Premlata would give him special attention during class, encouraging him to read short sentences or write singular words out on the blackboard. Slowly but surely, he began to start completing classroom tasks by himself.

Eventually, Roshan’s hand would be the first to be raised to answer a question on any subject and even helps other students wherever he can.

Currently, Roshan is in Level 3 (the highest learning level in the Shiksha Kendra/ Bridge School system) and is well on track to graduate this year and move into a higher-primary government school.

 

Thank you so much for all your faith and continuous support to our programme. The quality of the education provided by Shiksha Kendras, and their accessibility, has given rural communities a more positive attitude towards education. Till now, we have provided quality education to approximately 39,000 children since the Shiksha Kendra (Bridge School) programme began. Encouragingly, a large proportion of students are now girls, which is an indicator of a change in traditional attitudes towards their access to education; between 2008 and 2018, 44% of enrolled students were girls. In earlier times they would have been kept at home to work or look after younger siblings while the parents worked.

We are happy to share that we are participating in GlobalGiving’s July Bonus Day Campaign. Donations of $100 USD and up will be matched on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, starting at 9 a.m. ET. The higher the amount, the higher will be the match. Therefore, every donation will have deeper impact and will enable us to reach out to more children in need. It takes only $60 to send a child to school for a year. We do hope that you will extend your generous support towards education of less privileged children.  

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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Ravina, aged 9, lives in Sada, a village in rural Rajasthan. Her father is an alcoholic with mental health issues. She also has a younger brother. Ravina lost her mother 4 years ago and she and her younger brother started living with their maternal grandparents. She stopped her studies and started assisting her grandmother in household chores and grazing livestock in the field all day.

A Shiksha Kendra (bridge school run by Seva Mandir) teacher, Laxman, noticed Ravina and her brother during one of his community visits. Upon learning about Ravina's case, he insisted that her grandmother enroll Ravina in Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra. After multiple appeals by Laxman, Ravina was finally enrolled in a Shiksha Kendra.

Ravina, a shy kid, and took some time to adjust. Laxman gave her special attention and with his help, Ravina slowly became an active student of Shiksha Kendra. Now she is able to identify alphabets and do basic counting operations in Mathematics. She is regularly attending classes at Shiksha Kendra. She also enjoys the sport of skipping, along with her studies. Her younger brother is also enrolled in the same bridge school.

Laxman’s efforts are commendable as it has improved the future prospects of both the children. He happily says-

"I am glad that I was able to enroll Ravina in our Shiksha Kendra and hope she continues her education."

This is just one example of the effort and commitment of our teachers and staff. They want to see all children enrolled and attending schools. A big thank you also goes to you, our supporters. With your help, we have been successfully running this program.

We are excited to share with you that we are participating in GlobalGiving’s Little by Little Campaign, which will run from 04th to 08th April 2022. It is a five-day crowdfunding campaign. All eligible donations of up to $50 will be matched at 50% during the campaign.

We need your support once again to help us get matching funds, this will then help us reach out to more children in need.  For only $60, you can send a child to school for a year.

Your donation will build brighter futures for underprivileged children. We thank you once again for your continual support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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