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Friends of Seva Mandir USA, Inc (FSM) is a 501(C)(3) public charity based in Edison, New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, supporting education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India. We have been registered as a charity since July 27, 2009.
Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households. It works to strengthen individual and collective capabilities of people and their communities such that they are able to achieve their own well-being. Please read more about Seva Mandir at
The Executive Board of Friends of Seva Mandir is committed to the Gandhian principles of constructive development and supports various programs at Seva Mandir. To learn more about our grants to Seva Mandir please click here.

Executive Board members of FSM:

Uday Singh Mehta (Chair of the Board) is a professor of political philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been interested in issues of democratic governance and development, especially in southern Rajasthan, for the past 25 years.
Sanjiv Khanna is the Co-founder and CEO of Iris Software, Inc. an IT consulting organization based in New Jersey. He is a Chartered Accountant by education and has spent the early years of his professional career with Tata Unisys Ltd (now a part of TCS). He has been a well wisher and supporter of the work done by Seva Mandir. FSM’s is operationally based out of Iris’s NJ headquarters.
Poonam Abbi (Executive Director) is a social worker and has been associated with the non-profit sector in India for about 25 years, six of which were spent working directly with Seva Mandir. She serves as the Chief Executive of FSM and is the Cofounder of Sustainable Threads, a Fair Trade company based in New Jersey, that works with artisans in India. Poonam holds a MA from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai India.

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