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Mahan Seva Sansthan, formed in 1989 started working with the tribal families of 20 villages spread over 4 Panchayats. Initially the focus of intervention was to address discrimination and deprivation through strengthening of education system. Later with broadening of perspective, experience and experimentation, the organization focused more on community mobilization and working towards the rights of children, advocating for the rights of displaced communities and creating a just society. The operational area of Mahan is now spread over 8 Panchayats, covering 60 villages in Jhadol block and 5 villages in Kotra block. Through all its intervention, the organization now reaches out to approximately 6000 families and covers approximately 42000 populations.


The project area has villages, predominantly inhabited by tribal communities (almost 66%). Most of the tribal families are involved in the collection of the minor forest products and their sale in the local markets. There are 6200 children residing in the target area. Children from indigenous communities, in southern Rajasthan are being forced into an environment which is non-enabling and non-empowering to them. These children are deprived of quality of education and health services they deserve. Their right to develop to their fullest potential is not being met. Discriminatory social practices deprive women of an equal platform, space and opportunity. All these downgrade their self confidence and self esteem as a child and even as an adult. Lack of self-esteem reduces their capacity to raise voice for their rights, which results in their low participation and low value in the political sphere. This makes tribal community and their children unrecognised and unacknowledged as a constituency. Thus, they are unable to influence the state policy, system and mechanisms to change their lives.


  • Ensuring access to free elementary education.
  • Ensuring formation and active participation of School Management Committee (SMC) in managing education programs.
  • Ensuring birth registration for all new born.
  • Establishing linkage of disabled children with relevant government schemes.
  • Ensuring reduction of Child trafficking with actively liaisoning with the law enforcement agencies.
  • Children’s knowledge building through exposures/ interaction and thematic theatre group formation.

Review and Impact

Mahan has built up its strength in child centric issues and linking it to larger issues like right to health and education. More than 90% percent of the deliveries took place in hospitals and other institutions with not a single reported case of maternal death in the project area. This could not have been possible without a sensitized community about the importance of safe delivery and benefits of Janani Surakshya Yojna. Mahan has been able to mobilize communities to provide better facilities in the health institutions. The constant pressure over Anganwadi and the PRI led to 100 percent registration of all the reported new births and enhance in issuance of birth registration certificate. The organization played a facilitating role in formation School Management Committee (SMC) in the schools of project area.

  • Health service systems strengthened and effective in 7 Gram Panchayats involving 41 villages of Jhadol Block.
  • Birth registration certificate issued to 317 children.
  • 1187 children covered under complete immunization.
  • Free & compulsory elementary education ensured to 1774 children (6 to 14 years) in the 22 schools in intervention villages.
  • 65 children were rescued during migration from their own village to join labor force.
  • 20 Bal Samuh and five Bal Panchayats formed in the project interventions villages.


  • Ensuring better health facilities and enhance quality nutrition at project villages through activation of Primary Health Centres (PHC’s).
  • 100% Immunization of all new born children and pregnant women and 80% immunization of 493 children within age group 1 to 5 years.
  • Ensuring quality education for children in between 6 to 18 years of age with active involvement of community, SMC and Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI).
  • Sensitizing Bal Panchayat on the need for proper Student Teacher ratio as well as on the Right to Education Act.
  • Protection of the child from all forms of exploitation at family, community and village level through linkages with govt. schemes and legal system.
  • Liaison with other network and alliance at the regional, state and national level to ensure the protection Child Rights.


  • Right to Development
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Administration
  • Total Annual Project Budget