Education
 India
Project #1877

Send a Child in India to School for a Year

by Seva Mandir
Vetted

Wishing you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Thank you for your support to our project ‘Send a Child in India to School for a Year’.

With your support we began a new year and are excited about the hopes and surprises it will bring. YOUR support is bringing real changes in the lives of these children.

With your support last year we have reached to approx. 6500 children who have never been to school, through our 172 rural Bridge Schools in southern Rajasthan.We are able to make this progress only because of the support from YOU.

We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you want to give and help us to make sustainable progress in coming year.

We look forward to your continued support. Please do consider visiting Seva Mandir when possible. Once again, wish you a very Happy New Year to you and your family. 

Best wishes,

Atul Lekhra & Seva Mandir Team 

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Confident Sugna
Confident Sugna

We hope you are looking forward to your holiday season. You have been adding to our happiness every year with your support and faith, we would like to extend our gratitude to you for your most bighearted and regular donations each year.

As you know with your support we run 159 rural schools reaching out to more than 6,000 children every year for their education. Seva Mandir started running Shiksha Kendras (formerly known as Non Formal Education Centres/ rural bridge schools) in 1970s with 10 schools. The aim of running Shiksha Kendras is to ensure quality education to tribal children of 6-14 years old in remote rural areas of Udaipur District who have no access to education for social or economic reasons. Most of our Rural Schools are located in impoverished and remotest villages where Government schools are either located very far or not serviceable. I really wish that everyone could see with his own eyes the deep-rooted change that Seva Mandir is making in these remote areas, how many efforts had been put into the project, and therefore sustain these amazing schools and also the detailing and warmth they are taught and mentored.

We are privileged to experience moving stories of women like Sugna. In the year 1999, Sugna a girl child resident of Magra village is one of the children who have been touched by Seva Mandir who took admission in a non-formal school run by Seva Mandir. She passed out from Seva Mandir’s school in the year 2003 and joined government school to further continue her education and went on to complete class 12th. Some people may think that neither children nor parents from poor economic backgrounds have interest in schooling them but Sugana was an exception also because she had wings in the form of Seva Mandir School. Sugna Graduated in Arts and is pursuing Teachers Training Program currently, she is teaching at a Primary School in her own village. Sugna feels proud to be part of Seva Mandir’s School. Sugana’s achievement has lifted confidence of other children. Sugana wants to teach children not just the subject but also teach and train children to dream for a bright future. She also wishes to pursue Bachelors of education degree. The children can perform well if the quality of Education is better, if access to Education is easy for them. Sugana’s achievement has lifted confidence of other children. Can we have more Sugna’s in the village?

Thanks once again for your valuable donation and I look forward to your continued support in future too. Your faith and untiring support is very critical to us

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Gau Pipla, a remote village which is around 100 miles away from the township of Udaipur. Life over here is as tough as its geographical terrain. The scattered land forms which easily get flooded with seasonal rainfall provide you no means of transportation. Over such land forms, the possible mean for traveling is walking only. Apart from all those of tyranny, the government school in the region is around 5 kms. far resulting less footfall of children towards school, especially during the rainy season when the only way to school is being blocked by a number of seasonal streams. Many children had left their schooling because of this reason.

In 2008, Seva Mandir intervened in this issue and had started a bridge school (NFE- Non Formal Education Centre) in Gau Pipla. It was very difficult to bring those school dropout children back to school. Ram- the instructor explains - "In the starting days people over here have no concern about their children's education. This negligence towards education led many factors like migration and child labor.” With the continuous efforts of Ram in convincing the parents about the importance of Education finally he had succeeded in bringing the children towards school.

For the past eight years, this NFE center is doing well, resulting in getting better quality education for these children. This NFE center currently has the strength of 50 children out of which 21 are girls and 29 are boys.  

Children of this NFE are quite smart and quick learner. Neha, a young girl aged 9 from this NFE, wants to become a teacher. She says that she loves to attend the classes and also shares with her parents whatever she learns in class. Even though her wings are small but she tries her best to fly towards her dream. 

Your generous support can lead many such dreams to go beyond the barrier.

Kindly also see a short video on Seva Mandir’s education programme https://youtu.be/7YLpjmN5JPk

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Seva Mandir as an organization is fully committed to the educational development of impoverished children in southern Rajasthan. Seva Mandir has successfully educated more than 30,000 children up to this day. Each of the children that come to Seva Mandir has experienced significant difficulties due to economic hardships and other family responsibilities. One of such children, Rajesh, has overcome significant odds to finally earn the gift of education.

Rajesh (name changed) is a ten year old boy living in a village called Bedadhar in Maamer zone of Kotra block. Rajesh and his parents originally lived in Merpur village in Bikarni. However, when he was nine years old, Rajesh’s mother moved out of the family leaving him to his father, Alka’s care. Alka used to do subsistence farming in his own land in Merpur, but after his wife left, he started occasionally migrating to Udaipur and Ahmedabad is search of temporary, petty jobs. Since he was hardly ever at home, he left Rajesh under the care of his maternal aunt who lives in Bedadhar. Rajesh did not go to school while he was living with his parents in Merpur.

While his mother and father worked in the field, Rajesh would be sent away to rear goats. Even after coming to his aunt’s house, Rajesh continued to engage in household work. However, after attending the school enrolment campaign that was conducted by the Teachers of the Seva Mandir’s NFE centres in the villages of Maamer in June 2015, his aunt decided to enroll him in the NFE centre in Bedadhar.

The Teachers Suresh and Sohan claim that in just 4 months, Rajesh has picked up concepts in Mathematics and Hindi. He can now count till 100 and can read and write Hindi words and identify objects in Hindi. While most children take time to understand enough concepts that can help them to move from being a C level student to a B level student, Suresh and Sohan feel that it is a matter of time before Rajesh becomes a B level student. The fact that he wants to be a teacher when he grows up is a testimony of the love and respect the NFE Teachers command from their students. Rajesh’s perseverance and focus is extraordinary for a boy coming from such disadvantaged circumstances.  

This success has not been possible had your support not been there. Thank you so much for your help and support to our education program for children. You can help these children and Seva Mandir even more by donating on upcoming BONUS DAY –on 15th June beginning at 9:00:01 am EDT (Washington, DC time) on Global Giving. Donations made on Bonus day will be matched by 50% by Global Giving, hence enabling us reach out to many needy children like Rajesh.

Please consider telling your friends and family about our project and special Bonus Day.

Kindly also see a short film on our education program https://youtu.be/7YLpjmN5JPk

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team 

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The school, from outside
The school, from outside

Dear Friends,

We thank you for your support to our project!

We want to share with you thoughts pen down by Elisabetta from Italy who has recently volunteered with us. Every year, Seva Mandir hosts around 150 volunteers from all over the world. Below, you find a glimpse of her experience at Seva Mandir.

Having completed my BA in Social Anthropology at the University of Bologna, where I had been focusing on the Indian subcontinent, I really wanted to fulfill my dream to come to India. I wanted to see with my eyes the magic hidden in this ancient country, touching with my hands both the beauty and the problems. I also desired to be useful for people around me, trying my hands at doing something practical, and especially, due to my interest in pursuing a master in international development, I wanted to learn how NGOs work and carry our their projects in rural areas. Seva Mandir, that means “the temple of service”, met all my deepest expectations. I wish to share with you one of the most special experience that I've done, that brought me close to those who most suffer the absence of basic needs in the society: the children.

During my staying at Seva Mandir as a volunteer I had the chance to visit a bridge school located in a rural area around 20 km from Udaipur(Rajasthan). Seva Mandir has been running these schools for many years, showing promising results in promoting primary education amongst out-of-school children of tribal and rural communities. These schools serve as bridge schools to provide the children with a basic grounding in main subjects, such as Hindi, math and elementary English and help them to transit into government school as soon as they reach an adequate level of knowledge.

In these areas, the dusty and hilly terrain dominates the surroundings, making it hard for the population to carry on, and especially for children to go to school. The poverty, lack of transportation, lack of near schools and the family needs that force children to help with chores and agricultural work, are all serious factors preventing children from attending school. Despite the environment challenges and social constraints, the beauty of the surrounding landscape strucks me and makes my trip to these hard-to-reach areas worth every moment of it.

At the first helmet, I visited, the jeep stopped in front of the school. While I was approaching the building, I could hear the children' s voices filling the dusty air, and as I stepped in, I was warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic but still composed “Namaste” of a bunch of around 20 children. At the beginning, I was feeling bad for having interrupted their daily activities and lessons.A smiling young boy standing proudly in front of me recited a poem about “patang”, the kite, one of the most popular games played by children in Rajasthan.

During my visit, the teacher pointed at a small boy and told me about his life. He's Anand, and together with his small brother walks to school every day from his house, quite far from the school. I was told that he is from a very poor family but his father is very keen on getting them a good education. After having taken part in some activities with the children, we set off, leaving that small place full of hope, desires and smiles.

This visit made me realize how Seva Mandir's action is essential for those children, since it might be the only opportunity for them to study. Despite the difficult social and financial background, those children really try their best to learn and not to waste any single moment. These areas are really far to reach and without these schools is literally impossible for those children to get access to education; instead, they might be forced into domestic chores or, even worse, end up in child labour. Honestly, this experience was even more rewarding than I could have ever hoped. I really wish that everyone could have the chance to see with his own eyes the deep-rooted change that Seva Mandir is making in these remote areas, how many efforts had been put into the project, and therefore sustain these amazing schools.

I really thank Seva Mandir for having given me the opportunity to discover this extraordinary country, that I've been wanting to visit for a long time, through the eyes of those who spend their lives to help other people.

Elisabetta

 

 

I am sure you enjoyed reading Elisabetta’s experience. If your travel brings you to this side of the world, do consider visiting us. Please do reach us at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org


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With best regards,
Atul Lekhra

A bunch of 20 children welcomed my with"Namaste!"
A bunch of 20 children welcomed my with"Namaste!"
A smiling young boy recited a poem on kites
A smiling young boy recited a poem on kites
Posters and books.At the centre, the poem on kites
Posters and books.At the centre, the poem on kites
Children while attending their lesson
Children while attending their lesson
Anand
Anand
Anand and his brother
Anand and his brother
Anand and his brother enjoy especially reading
Anand and his brother enjoy especially reading
We set off, leaving that small place full of hope
We set off, leaving that small place full of hope
Thank you again for this experience! Elisabetta
Thank you again for this experience! Elisabetta
 

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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India

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