Seva Mandir is a non-profit organization, working in, and around Udaipur in Rajasthan in the field of education, health, empowerment of women and youth, village institutions and natural resource development.
With an aim to create sustainable livelihoods and bring in a positive change in the lives of individuals and communities, Colgate partnered with Seva Mandir in 2013, to support its unique programs through an annual grant.
The association with Seva Mandir has supported programs in various domains of education, women empowerment, and environment in the under privileged rural and tribal communities. Colgate, in the year 2016, launched the ‘Colgate Seva Mandir Education Scholarship Program’ for the disadvantaged children from tribal and rural areas of Udaipur, Rajasthan. 38 children, who enrolled in this residential program for five years, were primarily girls from standard VIII onwards. These children study in Vidya Mandir School which focuses on an all-round development of children through both, studies and sports, as well as builds a strong value system through various engaging activities and initiatives. Under this program, Colgate sponsors their school fee, hostel fee, study materials, uniforms, travel costs, special coaching and other support costs. In the fifth year of the program, a joint review will be conducted by Colgate and Seva Mandir to understand the career choices of these children and support them to build their future.
Colgate is also facilitating Seva Mandir and Vidya Mandir, to help build better infrastructure and facilities for the children which include well-lit, ventilated classrooms, uniforms, providing safe drinking water, availability of computers and learning facilities, and the renovation of toilets and washing facilities in hostel campuses. Through this education scholarship program, Colgate aims to provide quality education and an enriching experience to these children to help realize their dreams.
More information about the NGO is available on www.sevamandir.org