Feb 11, 2021

Learning is for Teachers as Well!

Hello Friend,

As you know, learning is a continuous process. Therefore, we at Seva Mandir have always believed in enhancing the capacities of our staff as well as of teachers. Building capacities not only motivates the teachers but also directly benefits the children enrolled at the schools.  

Recently, a 6 days residential training was conducted for 15 teachers to upgrade their knowledge and teaching skills.  The teachers were very excited about the training and with great enthusiasm, learned the concepts of activity-based learning. 

All the teachers actively participated in the sessions conducted on understanding curriculum, sports, Covid-19 safety measures, menstruation & personal hygiene, critical issues related to children, and storytelling.

The teachers of the bridge schools are appointed from the local communities and greatly appreciate such training sessions where they not only get a break from their regular schedule but also get exposure to new things.  

Regular teachers’ training is an important part of our project to ensure that children receive the best possible learning. Currently, 5000 children are studying in a decentralized group through bridge schools.

Many thanks for all your support in the past, and we look forward to your continued support to provide education to children.

If you have any questions, please email us at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thanks & Best Regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team


Feb 8, 2021

Supporting Farmers and Providing Solutions

Dear Friend,

84% of the farmers in rural parts of our work area are small and marginal farmers earning only about INR 13,000 (USD 185) annually from agriculture. The outputs from agriculture and livestock are usually less than the state and national averages. As a result, after their family’s consumption, farmers are left with little or no surplus for sale to enhance their income.

A recent survey states that 30-50% of all agriculture-dependent rural households in this region are facing indebtedness. Even after a good harvest, it is a challenge for a farmer to earn any meaningful income without connectivity to markets. Not only do most farmers live far from markets, but they also have little understanding of how they work. Furthermore, they sell their produce as individuals and not as a group, which would help to achieve economies of scale.

Seva Mandir works with farmers to increase their income by identifying critical areas in the farmers’ value chain and providing solutions. Seva Mandir uses its community-based agri-extension service model, through trained agriculture workers called ‘Krishi-karyakartas’ and agriculture experts, to support these farmers at every stage of the production cycle to ensure best results.

Through our network of women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), we help women farmers to start agricultural and livestock-based livelihood activities at an entrepreneurial level. SHG members can take out loans from their group to invest in their farms and livestock. They are given training and other technical assistance to implement the business plan with the help of experts from farmer-producer organisations or social enterprises, trained agriculture workers and local agri-entrepreneurs. These groups are evaluated from time to time to measure their progress in building entrepreneurship.

Seva Mandir works in tandem with the community groups and federations that we have helped set up to enable them to aggregate farm produce in order to achieve economies of scale, enabling farmers to receive a fair price at current wholesale prices and to benefit from these organisations’ expertise in rural agri-business developments in the region.

Through this intervention, Seva Mandir aims to increase the prosperity of the rural farming community by enhancing their entrepreneurial capabilities through links to training and credit and by giving them access to fair markets, without the need to travel long distances.

Many thanks to you for all your help and support to our project. It is because of your support we have been able to help increase profits of these farmers. 


Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team 

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Feb 1, 2021

A Home Away From Home

Suman (name changed) could find her family back after 3 long months of being separated from them.

The story goes back to 2018 when a woman with a young girl was found by paralegal volunteers (from District Legal Services Authority) in very poor conditions. They brought her to our shelter home to provide her safety. Upon investigation, it was found that she was mentally unstable and facing depression for a long time. She could not offer much of her whereabouts but from her language we understood that she hailed from Uttar Pradesh state. Our shelter home further investigated more and contacted Uttar Pradesh police station to enquire about her. Police found her family and asked her husband Pankaj (name changed) to go for verification to the Seva Mandir shelter home. Meanwhile, Suman continued to stay at the shelter home with her daughter.

Pankaj came to Seva Mandir shelter home and briefed about the history of his family. He said that 4 years back they lost a 3-month-old baby boy. Suman was in depression since then and 3 months back she left home with her 3-year-old daughter. Pankaj and his family tried very hard to find her but could not trace her. They even filed a lost report in the police station but came empty-handed. Slowly they lost all hopes of finding her.

When he received information about Suman being alive and safe, he could not believe it at first. He is not sure how she reached so far from home. He cried tears of joy when he saw his wife and daughter and the daughter was more than just happy on seeing her father after so long. The family left happily for their native and Pankaj was given counseling on how to take care of Suman’s depression.

Our Shelter Home is not just for abused and helpless, it is a home for everyone and the doors are open for all. The aim of our shelter home is to bond the families and in every case, the first attempt is to reunite the families.

Thank you so much for your support and for the confidence that you have placed in us. None of this would have been possible without you.


Atul Lekhra and the Seva Mandir Team

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