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Sewa Ashram was started back in 1998, and it started small…a few rooms in the heart of Delhi, which housed a dozen or so patients.
But the need was great and the patients kept coming. By 2000, the property here in Narela had been purchased, and it now houses about 100 people on the plot of land. Since the move to Narela, the organization has been seeking every opportunity to decrease their need for outside assistance and increase its own sustainability.
These days, the organization employs a variety of tactics to boost their self-sufficiency. They grow their own crops. They produce a number of different retail products. They raise animals. And they help patients obtain their own financial independence.
The ultimate goal for Sewa Ashram is to be increasingly self-sufficient. Whether it’s sewing their own mattress covers or producing their own food, the organization wants to cut costs any way they can.
While donations are a vital part of Sewa Ashram’s long-term existence, these sustainability efforts are a way for the organization to be a partner in its financial cause, instead of a dependent.
- Think about the sustainability methods that Sewa Ashram employs. Have you ever read about any others that you think may be of use to them? They’re always open to new ideas and strategies, so write to them with your thoughts!
- Support their efforts by browsing the jewelry line they have developed. They take orders worldwide. Better yet, think about starting a fundraiser on behalf of Sewa Ashram using the jewelry they produce! It’s an easy sell, and a great cause!
- If you would like to partner with Sewa Ashram to purchase cows, please contact them!
- Pray for the leaders at Sewa Ashram. Pray for guidance as they continue to implement sustainability strategies. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
About the Author: Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!