Seva
Mandir

Non-Profit & Impact Consulting
Community Engagement
2020-2022

Brief

Seva Mandir is a

trailblazing organization

situated

in the

socioeconomically

disadvantaged

state of

Rajasthan,

India.

Recognized

as one

of the

world's

most

innovative

and effective

organizations,

it is

dedicated

to tackling

resource

management

challenges,

improving

livelihoods, and

enhancing

village-levelgovernance.

Pioneering

community-led initiatives

with a participatory approach and social

lens,

Seva

Mandir

empowers

local

communities

to address

complex

issues

and uplift

themselves,

fostering

sustainable

development

and

transforming

lives in

rural

Rajasthan.

As part of the State Bank of India’s Youth for India fellowship program, we spent 1.5 years

addressing

issues

around

water scarcity

and

farmer livelihoods

,

with a focus

on

tribal

women

farmers.

Solution

The project focused on:

1.

Promoting

village-level water management

by repairing

and

maintaining

water

harvesting

structures,

creating

public

awareness

around

usage,

and

documenting

indigenous

knowledge

2.

Boosting the

income of farmers

by introducing water-efficient agriculture,

scaling up

interventions

through

value-addition,

and

creating

more

profitable

market

linkages

We partnered with the Indian government’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR - CIMAP) to make the agricultural portion of this project possible.

DELIVERABLES & results

A holistic rural development project, oriented in place-based natural resource management
30-40% increase in annual income of participating farmers

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The famous Adivasi slogan of Komaram Bheem, jal, jungle, jameen (water, forest, land), provides the framework of this holistic rural development project. What started as a water management project eventually grew to cover livelihood and community development. Our project touched:

  • Natural resource management, with collective water budgeting, harvesting, and management, as well as farmland management for agricultural livelihoods
  • Women’s and tribal communities’ livelihoods, as we established a supply chain for women to create value-added products from water-efficient agriculture.

In addition to primary project work, we also did extensive cultural documentation, grassroots awareness on sexual assault and legal recourse, and research on caste and gender disparities.

Project Synopsis
Final Project Report

Major Presentations

FINAL PROJECT PLAN
NGO REPORT
BLOCK REPORT
SAMPLE MONTHLY REPORT
SAMPLE FIELD REPORT
SAMPLE CAMPAIGN REPORT

FUNDRAISING

During my tenure at Seva Mandir, I spearheaded a successful fundraising strategy by writing grants to major global funders, securing a remarkable 15 crore INR (approximately 2.5 million USD) in contributions.

Additionally, I conducted extensive grassroots research to identify areas of greatest need and formulated a comprehensive 5-year plan for allocating funds across three major regional blocks in Rajasthan, ensuring the most effective utilization of resources to uplift rural communities and foster sustainable development.

Through diligent grant writing and strategic engagement with donors, we achieved significant financial support, enabling the organization to continue its impactful work in addressing critical social and developmental challenges in rural Rajasthan, India.

sample fundraising proposal
sample grant application proposal

PROCESS CREATION + IMPLEMENTATION

During my tenure at Seva Mandir, I spearheaded a successful fundraising strategy by writing grants to major global funders, securing a remarkable 15 crore INR (approximately 2.5 million USD) in contributions.

Additionally, I conducted extensive grassroots research to identify areas of greatest need and formulated a comprehensive 5-year plan for allocating funds across three major regional blocks in Rajasthan, ensuring the most effective utilization of resources to uplift rural communities and foster sustainable development.

Through diligent grant writing and strategic engagement with donors, we achieved significant financial support, enabling the organization to continue its impactful work in addressing critical social and developmental challenges in rural Rajasthan, India.

VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS

Sample mini water budgeting project

In my mini-project, I conducted a detailed analysis of water budgeting and management practices at the village level in Parwat Kheri, Rajasthan. This comprehensive study delved into the community's water resources, consumption patterns, and conservation efforts, aiming to identify potential challenges and propose sustainable solutions to enhance water availability and usage efficiency in the region. The project shed light on the significance of localized water management strategies to address water scarcity and support the well-being of the residents in Parwat Kheri.

WATER BUDGETING IN PARWAT KHERI
PARWAT KHERI ACTION PLAN

MAJOR PRESENTATIONS

Final Project
Capacity Building Presentation
Project Status + Analysis

ACADEMIC PUBLICATION

Our academic paper, co-authored with Laxmi Thakur and Varsha Rathore, explores the critical importance of providing rural women in Southern Rajasthan with leadership spaces, alongside capacity-building training. By presenting our research at the conference "FUTURE OF WOMEN ’20: The Next Generation of Women: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, and Equal Participation," we shed light on the significance of empowering women to become fully realized leaders within their communities. The paper advocates for a holistic approach to gender equality, emphasizing the need for both skills development and opportunities for women to take on leadership roles, fostering a more inclusive and progressive society.

CAPACITY BUILDING PAPER

Testimonials

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Varsha
CEO
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Varsha
CEO
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Jeremy Torgerson
Varsha
CEO
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Jeremy Torgerson
Varsha
CEO
"Quisque nisl eros, pulvinar facilisis justo mollis, auctor consequat urna. Morbi a bibendum metus. Donec scelerisque sollicitudin enim eu venenatis."
Jeremy Torgerson
Varsha
CEO
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Jeremy Torgerson
Varsha
CEO
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