Samajik Seva renders holistic support towards responsible citizenship. This is achieved by supporting the various phases of the day-to-day life of individuals and communities. We believe that well-being is essential in promoting self-esteem among individuals. Our units plan and implement various micro-level programmes upon identified needs in this regard. Punarjani counselling services, Mangalya Nidhi to support financially backward women, the Gramavaibhavam programme to facilitate nation-building through rural development, and the Chidagni programme to support the funerals of the poor are the major three programmes running statewide now.
Sevabharathi Punarjani Counselling Centre is one of the projects launched by Sewa International in response to Kerala's 2018 floods. The primary objective of this is to establish holistic counselling centres, to provide psychosocial support, trauma counselling, and to facilitate mental health services, as well as to promote overall growth and development of all segments of the population, including recent flood victims associated with Deseeya Sevabharathi Kerala as inmates and community members. In nine districts of Kerala, there are 14 counselling centres. The project team is comprised of 14 qualified psychological counsellors and three coordinators, who work alongside Chinmaya Viswa Visdhya Peedom's technical support. The primary areas of intervention are psychosocial support to the general public in flood-affected areas, counselling and guidance to inmates of Bala-Balikasadanams and care homes, career counselling to high school students, mental health support and guidance to the Indigenous community, and collaboration with government departments involved in women and child development.
The most frequently reported cases involve Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar and Affective Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Marital Conflicts, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Academic Related Issues, Behavioural Issues, and Substance Use. The majority of cases occur as a result of miscommunication and a lack of effective communication. The majority of students at this school struggle with exam anxiety as a result of their lack of confidence. The project intends to expand to include pre-marital counselling in light of the rise in youth divorce, summer camps for students to foster social and intellectual development, tele-counselling services, and geriatric counselling.
To carry out the project effectively at the community level, the consulting team determined that each centre should establish a developmental committee. The centre's development committee is comprised of senior Sevabarathi officials and community organisers, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, advocates, teachers, and staff members of Seva Bharati residential institutions. The developmental committee's role is to support the centres in terms of infrastructure, logistics, and operations. The committee also covers the costs of accommodation and travel for counsellors attending various programmes. Additionally, the committee, in collaboration with the Punarjani Project Coordinators, monitors the day-to-day activities of the centre. The committee meets monthly with the punarjani team to analyse the previous month's activities and plan for the future. Sevabharathi State Committee is responsible for monitoring the Developmental Committees.
Many find it difficult to care for their children at home due to financial instability, lack of proper housing, or the migrating nature of their occupation. Some families may be separated, and there may be no provision for their children's care. of Nuclear families aggravate this difficulty. In the most unfortunate circumstances, some children will be orphans or abandoned by their families. We take care of all those needy children and provide them with quality education, food, and shelter. We have children’s homes across the state, functioning properly with all necessary registrations. Children from all segments of society reside there, receiving quality care and education. These homes are run by the village units independently using their resources and staffing. We have separate homes for boys and girls with necessary facilities and staffing.
"Sukarma Vikas Kendra" is a residential school in Parakkadavu, Ernakulam, Kerala. It provides residence and education intending to empower and educate differently-abled children in our society. For 25 children, the institute provides a homestay. Additionally, there will be 100 differently-abled children served by the daycare and training/classes. It intends to identify the abilities of diversely abled children and to support their total development through the use of qualified and trained faculty and infrastructure. Sukarma provides all services free of cost.
Deseeya sevabharathi is keen to ensure that financial constraints are not bringing barriers for poor families in conducting the marriage of their beloved ones on time. With initiative from the village units supported by the district units, we raise funds to support the needy women on their marriage occasions. This initiative has been in practice from earlier years of our work onwards. Community marriage ceremonies and financial support have benefitted many families from the downtrodden segments of society today.
We run homes for the elderly all over kerala. Abandoned and destitute elderly find it comfortable being at our service. Feeling like home, they receive care and affection in our elderly care facilities. We regard it our duty to serve the needy irrespective of their caste and creed. Expert services like doctor, nurses and counseling experts services are available towards quality care. Our existing care homes have proper registration and legal compliance together with state of the art services. Our units run these homes independently, raising resources from their networks and caring for the elderly with trained staff.
Our vision is to make each village independent in the fields of farming and agriculture and food production thereby. Together with this, we aspire to preserve indigenous farming practises and knowledge, seed varieties, and food recipes for the health benefit of the community. We all know that these are far-fetched goals.We promote indigenous farming and animal husbandry in villages as supported by the local farmers and skilled hands. Production of food grains, fruits, vegetables, poultry products, and organic manures has actively progressed over the last couple of years. Together with this, social forestry and the observance of important days are also minded with equal focus to promote national integration and solidarity among the population. These are hoped to reflect positively on environmental restoration, which has been a serious global concern for the last couple of decades. We maintain a strong sustainability focus in all of our activities, and we constantly support communities in the targeted activities so that they can make a living from the efforts they put into land and agriculture.Agri markets, small-scale units for processing and marketing of food products from indigenous products, and JLGs are being promoted to ensure reasonable income from agriculture and allied activities. Intersectoral and cross-sectoral collaborations with financial institutions, government departments, training institutions, and experts are found reasonably helpful in this regard. We hope to bring back green and self-dependent villages as envisaged by Gandhiji, the father of our nation, in his Gram Swaraj.
Grama Vaibhavam is not all about increasing agriculture. It has a much wider perspective towards sustainable growth in tune with the environment. Deforestation and overexploitation of natural resources and forest products around the world have been changing the environment since industrialisation days. Fast-growing urban centres are another byproduct of industrialisation. These, together with uncontrolled environmental pollution, have been raising the global temperature caused by the depletion of ozone protecting the planet. Though there have been macro-level discussions and policy changes to fight this, it needs grassroots interventions and awareness of citizens to act responsibly towards SMART environmental goals. We initiated a community drive to plant 1 million trees on World Environment Day 2021, as inaugurated by H.E, Arif Muhammad Khan; the Honourable Governor of the State. This programme is planned to continue beyond Earth Day, making it an ongoing task. We have gained widespread acceptance and appreciation for the programme demonstrated through excellent participation from the community. The programme is supposed to involve people of all ages, locations and all walks of life. From day one onwards, this programme is getting extended support from different stakeholder groups with the passion to make it big enough to stand for the environmental restoration of the State. On completion, this initiative is hoped to bring immaculate outcomes if counted in terms of oxygen generated, the volume of land prevented from soil erosion, disasters minimised and lives supported thereby. Awareness of measurable attributes can only motivate the community to act towards change. We are planning IEC at the grassroots level with quantitative output indicators accomplished to motivate the coming generations towards the need of protecting this planet.
Having own land for cremation has been the major challenge faced by people from low-income families. This has been aggravated due to the rising population, which has increased pressure on usable land availability. People generally depend upon public crematoriums due to the constraints in cremating in thickly populated locations also. Finding provisions for a decent funeral in homage to the deceased is still a problem for many. Sevabharathi has initiated funeral services to support the needy in providing funeral services with dignity to their beloved ones. The present pandemic situation has raised the need for funeral services dramatically. The Mobile Crematorium Units were introduced in the state to serve the needs of deserving families by helping them conduct cremation rituals in their own homes. The programme was piloted in Kottayam District by Meenachil Hindu Mahasangama Seva Trust (MASCOT), Pala. We have #28# mobile crematorium units across the state today, serving needy families round the clock.