After catastrophic floods hit Uttarakhand in 2013, Sewa International supported initial relief and rescue efforts and later embarked on a long-term rehabilitation program for holistic development of the region, especially in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts, focusing on health, skill development, women empowerment, tourism promotion and livelihood generation.
Presently, Sewa International is working with many Self Help Groups to improve the lives of more than 3800 women in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. These women are being trained in Farm-Based Livelihoods like Organic Farming, Horticulture, Food Processing and other jobs such as Knitting, Sewing, Bamboo (Ringal) Crafts and Tourism. Sewa's Model Skill Centers, recognized as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs) by the National Skills Development Center (NSDC), are training youth to help them find jobs in in Electronics, IT, Healthcare, Agriculture, Telecom and Hospitality industries in Pauri, Tehri, Dehradun, Haridwar, Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts.
Sewa's Health and Awareness programs are providing preventive and curative care to the rural people in the remote corners of the region. Sewa's Mobile Health Van (Sewa Aarogyam), equipped with the latest health gear, provides X-Ray, ECG and Advanced Pathology facilities to more than 100,000 inhabitants of Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. This van is in service 24 days a month and covers 250 villages and helps build awareness in the community on Menstrual Hygiene, Nutrition and Preventive Healthcare.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused unprecedented loss of livelihoods and reverse migration to rural areas from cities. Several communities served by Sewa are impacted by the pandemic and Sewa volunteers are working on developing Sustainable Community-led initiatives to help rebuild livelihoods. Sewa requests your financial support to develop Community Organic Farms in villages of Rudraprayag and Chamoli that would improve the lives of hard-working men and women and their families living in the sensitive border areas.
Sponsor a Community Organic Farm by contributing $200 a month - A Community Farm is a collection of small land holdings worked by about 8-10 farmers with common drip irrigation, polyhouse and vermicompost facilities. These farmers receive specialized training from experts in choosing sustainable crops based on the season and weather patterns and applying advanced agriculture techniques in various stages of farming. This initiative helps farmers earn higher income by reducing their input costs and knowledge sharing.