Empowering Villages in Rural India

by Seva Mandir Vetted since 2007 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Staff Favorite Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


Seva Mandir helps rural villagers come together to address the issues they face in their day-to-day lives. Village Development Committees collect and channel funds for the overall development of the village.

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Local rural communities often have little access to government schemes and are left out of the development process. This keeps them backward and hinders their growth. In this environment, individual interests often take precedence over community interests.


Seva Mandir helps villages set up Village Development Committees to focus on the needs and entitlement of the poor and marginalized sections of the community. Currently we have 541 Village Development Committees helping about 50,000 people improve their lives. Forming Village Development Committees and funds gives villagers a forum to discuss their immediate problems and find tangible solutions. The Committees also bring villagers together and encourage a spirit of community and solidarity.

Long-Term Impact

The communities will be self-reliant in managing their resources and addressing their problems. They will also gain greater bargaining power as they collaborate, negotiate and come up with solutions.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Seva Mandir
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India
$8,416 raised of $10,000 goal
132 donations
$1,584 to go
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