Manav Seva Sansthan "SEVA"

Child health camp in Uttar Pradesh. Provided by MSS

Manav Seva Santhsan "SEVA" is an award winning NGO based in North India delivering a range of holistic programmes focusing on child rights and protection, health and HIV, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, gender rights and empowerment, anti-human trafficking, disaster management, migrants' rights and climate change. MSS Seva focuses on the most marginalised and vulnerable community groups, and particularly women and children, living in the districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

The Ashmore Foundation began funding MSS Seva in 2013. Our first grant provides funding over 3 years to enhance access to health, nutrition and education services amongst Musahar communities of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. The people in this regions suffer disproportionately due to caste barriers and the geographical remoteness, such that communities are devoid of health, education, and social welfare services. Child and maternal mortality rates are dangerously high. 90% of children under the age of 6 suffer malnutrition and only a negligable number are immunised against infectious diseases. Maternal malnutrition is very high resulting in low birth weights, whilst 50% of Musahar children have never been to school and those that do drop out early due to the pressures of poverty and work. The programme funded by the Ashmore Foundation targets around 3000 children, as well as lactating and pregnant women across 55 remote community villages with a range of education, health and nutrition initiatives with the aim of improving child and maternal health and the enrolment of children in primary schools.

The Ashmore Foundation also recently provided a grant to MSS Seva in support of emergency relief operations following flooding in the Himalayas.