Support Abused Women in India

by Seva Mandir
Support Abused Women in India
Jul 3, 2017

Introducing to You an Inspirational and Brave Woman

Nisha interacting with women in Short Stay Home
Nisha interacting with women in Short Stay Home

‘Peaceful, quietly tucked away from the road, is Seva Mandir’s Short Stay Home. Beautiful paintings adorn the walls and the kitchen garden is an oasis of green.

Inside we meet Nisha. She’s been dedicated to the Short Stay Home since it was opened in 2004.

“I am so involved with the lives of these women. Some women who arrive are so badly beaten… I can’t help but bring these thoughts home with me. It disturbs me. I always ask – ‘What more can I do?’ I want to solve the problems of these women.”

On the kitchen wall, a rota in Hindi outlines the daily menu and the cook. The women here share the tasks of running the home. Nisha ensures everyone is busy, their minds away from what that have suffered. In the evening they play badminton or football, and then watch a film together or sit and sing songs. Many go out to work during the day, and a former resident runs a creche to help with childcare.

Nisha is with the women from the beginning. Thanks to employment and training advice at the Home, many women now work in childcare, in domestic work, or at malls around the city; some are taking courses in computing or beauty therapy. Others are happily back with their families thanks to Seva Mandir’s interventions.

Such is her dedication that Nisha recently completed her law degree, so that she can give legal advice to the women at the Short Stay Home – advising them on the rights on property, divorce and their children.

While we sit talking, a woman phones to invite Nisha to Eid celebrations in her village. The women here share everything with Nisha, big and small.

It hasn’t been easy. Recently, the husband of a young woman started stalking his wife at the Short Stay Home, and threatening the staff.

“He was watching my house. He told me “I see you, I know where you live, I know your children.” He had become so obsessed that he left his job,” Nisha says. Thankfully, they were able to intervene and stop the man.

Nisha is inspired seeing how the women transform – after training, activities, finding work. She loves to see their confidence and independence grow.

She told us the story of Pooja (name changed), a young woman who came to live at the Short Stay Home after leaving her abusive husband and being rejected by her community. When she arrived, she lacked confidence and very much relied on those who had let her down.

“Pooja came to the Short Stay Home feeling that she couldn’t do anything. Since coming here her mentality has totally changed,” Nisha explains. “She realised that she didn’t need her husband, parents or community to be something, and that she can do things for herself.”

Thanks to support from Nisha and the Short Stay Home, Pooja is in her final year of university studying Fashion and Textile design, and is working in a boutique. She is confident and independent, and doesn’t rely on anyone but herself.

Thank you so much for helping Nisha and her team change the lives of women like Pooja.’

The above views, insights are shared by Lydia Walker, who recently visited our Short Stay Home. Lydia is from London and joined Seva Mandir as a volunteer. She had always been interested in the social sector and wanted to spend a few months volunteering in India.

We are happy to share with you that we had recently participated in the GlobalGiving Photo Contest 2017 and our photo secured 1st position in the Hope category. All thanks to friends like you who had voted for our photo and helped us win the contest.

We are also excited to share with you that, we are participating in GlobalGiving’s HER VOICE campaign. Till August 8th, GlobalGiving will match every donation received to our project by 50%. The link to our project page is

Every small bit, no matter how small helps us reach closer to our goal. We do hope that you will continue to support our project. This matching fund campaign will help your contribution go deeper.

Best Wishes,

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
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