Project #1877

Send a Child in India to School for a Year

by Seva Mandir

While Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, it remains a disturbing fact that still one out of three children in southern Rajasthan is deprived of education.

In this context, Seva Mandir is running 170 centers across 600 neglected villages in Southern Rajasthan providing access to education to around 6000 children every year. I want to study Science and know more about Biology. I want to be a doctor. I will do everything to become one.” Aspires a boy from one of our Non Formal Education Centers. Such aspirations can only be fulfilled with your support. 

Wondering how can you help us? 
GlobalGiving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

 So grab the opportunity, be our recurring donor and help us educate children in these remote hamlets to make the world a better place. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us. Also we look forward for your continued support in brightening up the future of hundreds of kids.


Amidst the Aravalli mountain ranges some 25 Kilometers from Udaipur is a little hamlet called Badanga. Here, Seva Mandir runs a Siksha Kendra (Non Formal Education Center) for the children to ease the access of education in the remote hilly terrain. Pushpa, a lady in her late twenties run the center.

Pushpa’s NFE is not just about fun and learning but also about values and of humanity. It so happened that on the dawn on 25th July, two of her students was bit by venomous snake at their residence, while both were asleep. Dharma, the elder of the two died instantaneously, Khyali was in a state of comma for nine days followed by pneumonia. His treatment in the nearby private hospital was a costly affair.

 Seeing the financial difficulties that the family was facing, the NFE students collected whatever little they had from their piggy bank and handed a total of Rs. 400 to Pushpa.

Pushpa further contributed Rs. 500 from here salary for Khyali’s treatment. Each day, during the morning assembly, the children pray for Khyali’s health, and are looking forward for a day when he would join them again. 

We at the Non Formal Education Centers do not believe that education is all about studying but also inculcating values that would make the world a better place.  Seva Mandir is running 170 centers across 600 neglected villages providing access to education to around 6000 children every year.

It takes Time to imbibe those values and I am proud to say that it has been possible with your support that we are able to inculcate values besides educating through our centers

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 supporting these poor kids is so close to your heart? , please do reach out to me at

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,


Dear Friends,

Seva Mandir is working on providing essential services with one of them being education. Basic education is offered to children who might otherwise receive none, in all of the 171 Shiksha Kendras (Schools) that run across six blocks in Udaipur District. As these children are often the first generation learners in their households, they are also given the confidence to persist with their studies. Seva Mandir also works with their parents to encourage attendance of their wards in the school.

Friends, I am sharing with you story of Jyoti who is now studying at our education centre.

Jyoti, 9 years of age, belongs to a small village and is currently studying at one of Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (school) in Kherwara Block. While Jyoti had always wanted to go to school, her parents never let her do so. Her father in particular was against girls receiving education. Jyoti’s father who by profession is a mason got involved in helping build a Shiksha Kendra for the students from his village. During this process, several community members and representatives from Seva Mandir tried to convince him about the importance of education and in particular girl education. Jyoti’s father finally let her daughter enroll in a Shiksha Kendra. Even though she entered the Shiksha Kendra late, the instructors are trying their level best to help her match up to the level of her classmates of the same age. Currently, she is studying at Level C and she hopes she will become an instructor one day to help more girls like her receive education. Jyoti’s father is also supportive of her efforts and has decided that Jyoti will only get married after she is 18 and has completed her education.

Thank you so much Friends for bringing HAPPINESS in the lives of so many children.


Atul Lekhra  


Dear Friend,

Sunita lives in a remote village of Southern Rajasthan.  Sunita’s father is an alcoholic and unable to maintain steady work to support his family, so from a very young age, Sunita was required to sustain the livelihood of her mother and siblings through cattle grazing.  Though Sunita dreamed of getting an education, school was never an option for her.  Not only was Sunita occupied with work, but there was also no way for her to easily access an education facility.

This all changed in 2012 when Seva Mandir opened a Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centre in her village. Magan, the instructor at the NFE Centre, visited Sunita and her family to communicate the importance of an education, and had an extremely positive influence on their attitudes toward schooling.  Sunita proceeded to join the NFE, and attends every day, despite having to walk two miles to get to class. Sunita also helps her mother gather firewood to sell at the end of the day. Today, Sunita is at A level.  In addition to being a regular student, Sunita also brings her little sister to NFE to get an education.  In her hopes to continue schooling, and help others learn as she has, Sunita has developed a new dream:  to become a teacher

This all is only possible because Friends like you are regularly supporting our program.

Thank you so much for your help and support.


Atul Lekhra

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Dear Friend,

Nisha, who is 11, had never been to school - not that she didn’t want to go, but there wasn’t one close to her home in a rural village and her parents were unable to send her to a school out­side the village. They heard about Seva Mandir’s Residential Learning Camp at a village meeting, and as other children they knew were going they decided to send Nisha. She soon settled into this environment (very different from the government schools) with ten pupils to one encouraging and supportive teacher, and several hours of enjoy­able lessons every day. Like the other children at the camp, she was given two sets of clothes, good meals every day and lessons in basic arithmetic and Hindi, some English, science and hygiene, and a chance to play as children do. It was during one of the weekly health checks by a doctor that it was discovered that Nisha had a cata­ract in one eye, the result of an earlier injury. Seva Mandir arranged for her to have an operation to remove the cataract, free of charge, and her father came with her. Now her sight is returning and she just has to wear sunglasses while her eye recovers. She is continuing to soak up all the learning she can in her third successive two-month camp, anxious to make up for lost time. Now her Parents hope a bright future for her.

Without your help, Nisha would probably have remained illiterate and partially sighted. It’s due to your support we are able to help her.

Thank you for your contribution in ensuring her a better future!  We look forward to your continued support.

We would love to hear from you. Please do reach me at


Atul Lekhra

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Seva Mandir

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

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