Fellowship Programme for Tribal Community Leaders

by Seva Mandir

Dear Friend,

New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

Thank you very much for your continued supported. I am Deepti and I look after the Reporting and Communication Program in Seva Mandir. I will be staying in touch with you regularly to keep you updated about the program that you have been supporting.

As we had indicated in our last update that the Fellows have selected issues of social-change. In the last couple of months a one-day workshop was organized to orient the fellows about the issues that they have selected. Each fellow was required to prepare a plan of action for next six months. It has also been decided during the workshop that the mentors will have monthly meetings with the fellows to monitor their progress and addressing their problems if any.

All the fellows have been paid an installment of Rs.4000/- in December 2008. To begin with their work they are required to gather details of the issues they have selected in their respective region. On the basis of the information collected, the fellows will have to design the action-plan and awareness campaign in order to deal with the issues that are affecting their communities.

Once again, we would like to communicate our deep thanks to all of you. We will keep you updated about the progress in this program.

With warm regards,

Deepti Ameta, In Charge Reporting and Communications deepti@sevamandir.org

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!

We are grateful to all our donors for keeping their faith in our work and for standing by us.

I am going to give you a brief account of the progress we have made in Fellowship Program and would request all of you to please share your thoughts and comments on our feedback as well as the program.

In the last two we have completed the process of selecting the Fellows. A total of 17 Fellows have been selected so far. This was done by a selection committee that held several rounds of meetings and interviews before selecting the Fellows.

The selected Fellows would be working on various issues of social-change in their respective regions that are related to the social, political and environmental concerns and are affecting their communities considerably. The issues chosen by these Fellows include witch-hunting, desertion of women tracking, the performance of Government Schemes, forest rights issues etc.

We will be organizing an orientation workshop for these fellows very soon. Our next step is to identify mentors for these Fellows who will provide constant hand holding and advise. The enthusiasm expressed by these Fellows for the programs is very encouraging. We would like to communicate our deep thanks to all our supporters, friends and well wishers for supporting our Fellowship Program. We hope to receive very encouraging results from this program. Please do write to me at sunita@sevamandir.org for any information or doubts.

With warm regards,


Dr. Sunita Kumari In Charge People’s Management Program

July 22, 2008

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Seva Mandir!

We thank all our donors and friends to support the Fellowship Program.

The last date of receiving nominations was 15th June 2008 but we received many applications after the last date. In total 54 Applications have been received.

A committee of Six People had four rounds of meetings to select 20 Applications for the Fellowship. The selection was delayed because a) everyone in Seva Mandir was busy in Annual Retreat during the last week of June 2008 and b) the applications were too many to select from.

The Committee has sent letters of Interview calls to all the selected applicants. The interviews will be held on the 31st July 2008 at the Head-Quarter of Seva Mandir.

At the moment the Committee is busy in getting ready to hold the interviews. Everyone is very excited about the program.

Sunita Jain who is one of the committee members says –“People are so excited about this new initiative. It is so overwhelming to see a number of people applying for this.” Sunita also adds, “During our meeting with all the committee members we all felt that the application format may needs some changes which we will be including in the next round.”

Seva Mandir would like to communicate its heartfelt thanks to all our donors for making it possible and we look forward to your support. Please keep up your support.

Thanks once again.

Dr. Sunita Kumari, In Charge Peoples Management School Seva Mandir, India

Currently the Seva Mandir team at the Head Quarters is expecting to receive all the nominations/applications by 15th June 2008. Then a committee will be scrutinizing the selection of applications and at least of 20 fellows will be selected by the end of June 2008 for this year’s target.

The Fellowship program is under process. The nominations for fellowship have been invited and soon the applicaitons will be scrutinized. However, we would like to share a story of a village leader to our partners just to give a sense of what a village leader is and what makes these leaders special? We will keep you updated about the prgress. Thank You


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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India

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