Happy New Year
From all of us here in Seva Mandir we wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the New Year bring to you lots of love, laughter, and joy.
Your generosity is bringing cheer and hope to so many. Thank you! from Seva Mandir on behalf of 500,000 villagers whom we work with in Southern Rajasthan.
Mona (name changed) came in contact with Seva Mandir’s shelter home during the second wave of Covid-19 lockdown. She was not able to sustain herself and was not able to get back home. When she came in touch with Seva Mandir she was found extremely depressed, confused and numb. During her initial days she would not speak at all, was having sleep issues and would often break down crying during the day.
Initially Seva Mandir provided Mona with a simple routine for her day to keep her engaged. Mona in a span of 6 months then had completely submerged into her daily routine, where she particularly enjoyed cooking food and organising meals with other women and the TV watching hours where she felt lightened.
Mona was then initiated into counselling and given medication for her sleep issues. She was showing steady improvements in her mental and physical health. Her personal hygiene and habits also improved and she was able to protect herself from Covid-19 virus.
She then started to communicate with Seva Mandir staff members and after some inquiry of few months it was found that she had her family in Lucknow (1,000 kms away from Shelter home). Her husband, who was a fruit seller there, was contacted and it was found she was also mother of two children. During the lockdown she was unable to return home to her family and got stuck in Udaipur.
After 14 months of staying at Seva Mandir’s shelter home Mona finally made her journey back home to her family and reached safely. She is in contact with Seva Mandir through telephonic follow up and she often recalls about her time spent there and she tries to keep herself busy as she likes to have a routine for the day. She feels healthier and doesn’t feel distressed with her life situations and talks about hoping to have a food stall sometime in future in Lucknow.
This new life for Mona has only been made possible because of the support Seva Mandir receives from well-wishers like you. However, there are many more like Mona who are still remain vulnerable and need your support.
This New Year, you can give the gift of life to many more women in need. $10 from you will cover the cost of 15 day’s food, clothing and other personal hygiene products for 1 victim of abuse.
We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us. Once again wish you and your family a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team