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Program: Empowering Uttarakhand - Holistic Development

The 2013 floods were undoubtedly Uttarakhand’s worst disaster in living memory. The flash floods swept away everything that stood in its way like villages, households, towns, offices, livestock, men, women , children. While the national media was solely covering the rescue of thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded in these floods, there was a section of the population that had to bear the brunt of the tragedy long after everything was said and done, long after everyone left. The local populace, especially the men whose major source of income was from the annual yatra that takes place around the areas of Char Dham, suffered the most. These are the same people who run small shops for the entire 14 km trek route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, selling raincoats, umbrellas, canes, sticks, soft drinks, water bottles, and all other essential supplies. You would also often see them carrying children, the old, the infirm on their backs or running around ponies or horses carrying the yatris.

It was these young boys and men that lost their lives in the disaster leaving behind households with widows and orphaned children, often without any alternative and viable source of livelihood and income.

Sewa International’s endeavours in Uttarakhand began precisely with the objective of rehabilitation of these village folk and local population of the mountains.

The cradle of our rehabilitation program in Uttarakhand is Sewa Kaushal Vikas Kendra (SKVK), which is further split into 6 specialized constituents dealing with different aspects of the rehab:-

  • Sewa Krishi
  • Sewa Mahila Jyoti
  • Sewa Srujan
  • Sewa Yuva Jyoti
  • Swasthya Sahyogi Sewa
  • Sewa Saahas


Sewa International invites volunteers to come forward and support various initiatives by volunteering with us.



  • I am grateful to Sewa International for providing me with this opportunity. I visited the place where this school began and was baffled at how 55 people could live in that small place. It takes great vision and dedication to complete such a task. We all know that education is the route from poverty to fulfillment. People with disability are at certain disadvantage but a facility like this provides them with the opportunity to realize their potential. I want to thank all of you.. the teachers, people who have made this possible, Sewa international and on behalf of UK parliament, I would like to say that you've made a difference! Let's pledge to make this difference in all the states across Bharat together. Let's give everyone an opportunity to become the best they can.

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    • Bob Blackman
  • The experience and exposure provided by Sewa International was very enriching. It is heartening to see people not giving up easily despite unfavourable conditions.

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    • Aneesh S V L S
    • MBA Student at NIFTEM, Sonipat, Haryana
  • Wonderful experience. The visit helped us in gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by the village residents in terms of food technology and processing.

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    • Raunak
    • B. Tech. Student at NIFTEM, Sonipat, Haryana
  • Sewa International is doing a phenomenal jobin Uttarakhand providing means of sustainable development to the community specially women under various banners like Sewa Krishi, Sewa Arogyam, Sewa Mahila Jyoti etc. The mobile health van is a unique concept providing advanced services like ECG, Xray and other investigations at affordable prices. The team understands the need of volunteers and visitors and delivers accordingly. You don't feel like an outsider and they welcome you warmly into their family. I would request you to help them in their noble cause in any way you can.

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    • Dr. Nihkil Garg
  • Great initiatives by sewa. It feels great to work with people to know the people around Uttarakhand. Had lots of learning and good experience with the team. Since I was working in the field of village tourism I got an opportunity to explore the Village life local traditions and cuisines which was fabulous. Sewa has built a strong network between the people and NGO, it is just remarkable. You never feel an outsider when you are working with sewa over here. If got another chance i would definitely like to carry my work forward with sewa.

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    • Sourabh Veer
    • Volunteer

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