Support Abused Women in India

by Seva Mandir
Support Abused Women in India

Bhumika (name changed) got married when she was around the age of 16. Her husband was an alcoholic and used to beat her often. Bhumika refused to tolerate this violence and returned to her parents' house after a year. She then sat the 12-grade exam and passed. Her husband came to her and convinced her to return home. But things didn't improve much. He continued to behave violently so she came once more to her parents' house. She then had the opportunity to attend a five-day training course on gender and life skills conducted by Seva Mandir. As her husband continued to harass her she decided to not to return to his house. Bhumika then contacted our Shelter Home staff, who helped her and also started looking for a job for her. She has then found a job and is currently working in Udaipur. Today, she is not dependent on anyone for her survival and is living a dignified life. She is one among the many women who were victim of domestic violence and are supported by Seva Mandir.

Since 2004, Seva Mandir has been running shelter home to support women and their children in distress. The Shelter home offers support and rehabilitation, legal and financial counselling, legal aid, medical and psychological care, skills development, and also take care of education of their children during their stay.

We are deeply grateful to you for your support towards helping women in distress.

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. So, this is the chance to take one small action and it will have more impact on the lives of many women and their children. We hope that you will once again support our programme.  

Thank you,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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Jaya, who was staying in Seva Mandir’s Shelter home, was finally reunited with her family after 5 years.

She, along with her two children, a 6 year old and a new born, were found at the railway station and somebody informed Seva Mandir about them. She was in depression and one of the main barriers was communication as no one was able to understand her language. She was then brought to our shelter home, where she spent 5 years.

We tried various counsellors, language specialists, etc. but could not understand her language. During these years Seva Mandir had taken care of all her medical and other needs. The education needs of her children were also taken care of. With regular efforts, Jaya has now improved a lot.   

After continuous efforts by Seva Mandir finally with support from the Police and Women’s Right Department we finally found her family. After a long time when she saw her family, tears of happiness came to her eyes with a big smile.

Thank you so much for all your faith and continuous support to our programme. 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. So, this is the chance to take one small action and it will have more impact on the lives of many women and their children. We hope that you will once again support our programme.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team

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Wishing all of you a very Happy Women’s Day!

8th March, considered as International Women’s Day. This day brings many things for women – a cause for celebration, a reason to pause and re-evaluate a remembrance, an inspiration and a time to honour, loved and admired. The day celebrates the achievements and contributions of women in different spheres.

Seva Mandir is working from last 53 years in the southern part of Rajasthan for the upliftment, safety and development of women. But changing the mindsets of the people is not easy and it takes time. In Seva Mandir’s work area women play a major role in sustaining families and communities, in addition to their domestic responsibilities, but then also the situation of women is not very good in this region. 

Covid-19 pandemic has further impacted women the most as the migrants returned to their villages which affected the family income, and it has also increased additional work for women. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have increased. So, Seva Mandir’s work becomes more important here.

Our team at Seva Mandir is regularly monitoring the situation in rural areas and putting all the efforts to stop any kind of violence and is also helping women those who are in need. Women and their children currently living at our Shelter Home are all fine and our team is making all the efforts to keep them happy, engaged, and physically & mentally fit.

Recently, in celebration of the “International day to eliminate violence against women” a fortnightly campaign was organized by Seva Mandir. The purpose of this celebration was to sensitize communities and staff on how violence affects women and men.

As part of the celebrations, webinars, solidarity events and village-based campaigns were conducted. 4 webinars were done on the topics - Building Better Relationship, Threat to Women and Young girls in the age of Covid, Protecting Children in Digital era, and Masculinity and Violence. 8 solidarity events and 131 campaigns around this issue were done. 4,270 women participated in the fortnightly campaigns on gender and violence.

A talk was also organized with the Deputy Superintendent of Police (who is also a woman) to motivate the women staying in our Shelter Home. She also shared her personal experiences.

We would like to thank you for all your help and support to our programme. Without the supportfrom friends like you none of this had been possible. So, a big applause for you. The world can only progress if women are respected and given equal opportunities for their growth and development.  Seva Mandir is continuously working for the upliftment and betterment of women in this part of the world.

Once again thank you and Happy International Women’s Day.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Dear Friend,

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 brings to you lots of love, laughter, and joy.

COVID-19 impacted us all in a spectrum of ways and it has impacted every single person on the planet. These are challenging times for all of us!!

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have increased. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by her own partner.

While the world’s attention is focused on COVID-19, this other scourge is growing. Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders may be crucial in limiting and preventing the spread of COVID-19, but they also have a devastating impact on women and girls living with the risk of violence. Our team at Seva Mandir is regularly monitoring the situation in rural areas and putting all the efforts to stop any kind of violence and is also helping women those who are in need. Women and girls currently living at our Shelter Home are all fine and our team is making all the efforts to keep them engaged, and physically and mentally fit.

All the women and their children at Shelter home have a feel safe place while they cope with their personal problems. This certainly has not been possible without your support. We greatly appreciate your trust in Seva Mandir and for supporting our project.

We would like to thank you for letting us meet our commitments in the field and for all your trust in our work.

Our whole team wishes you a lot of joy and happiness during this holiday season.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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This is Nidhi’s (name changed) story.

In 2018, as Nidhi felt troubled, she finally decided to leave her house. With her five-year-old daughter and many months pregnant stomach, she went straight to the railway station.
She had boarded the Ananya Express train, and somewhere in the middle of its route to Rajasthan Nidhi had her labor.

It was finally in Udaipur, Rajasthan that she received medical care.

Unable to find her family or well wishers in town, the police decided to contact Seva Mandir’s Women-Shelter. Vinita (name changed) from the Shelter, took her in.

The organization tried to speak with Nidhi several times, but she did not understand Hindi or English. She also had a speech defect, the words unclear. Most of the communication with her took place through hand gestures and basic sign language.

Her trauma had clearly affected her speech and expression. Her deteriorated mental health needed professional help. The organization helped her for the same.

The team speculated the accent to be of a Bengali origin, but Nidhi’s response to the language confused the team. It became even tougher to locate her initial whereabouts.

People in-charge of the shelter went out of their way to call several experts, dialed NGOs that worked for women in the cities that Ananya Express train passes through. Neither could they find the language, nor were they able to locate her town.

Nidhi has been living for three years in the shelter since. Therapy has definitely worked for her. She is very active with her chores and routine, keeps herself clean which at one time seemed all impossible. She is also a loving mother despite all odds.

Under the aegis of Seva Mandir, her daughter is enrolled for education as well.

We hope Nidhi can start her life afresh for her children and herself, become independent, and maybe be able to visit her community. Some day!

Till that hopeful day, Nidhi finds a home in this shelter and has been living safely with her two little kids.

We are so very thankful to you for helping our project. Lives of many women and their children are changing every day because of the people like you.

We are excited to share with you that our project is participating in GlobalGiving’s Giving Tuesday Campaign. The campaign will last 24 hours, from 00:00:00 EST to 23:59:59 EST on November 30, 2021. Please help us win the Incentive Funds by donating again to our project.

Thank you once again for all your help and support. From all of us here in Seva Mandir we wish you and your family a very HAPPY DIWALI, the Festival of Lights.  

Warm regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team 

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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