About Rakhi Seva.
Rakhi Seva Society is a private foundation based in Canada and serving communities in India. Our work is primarily based in the Udaipur area of Rajasthan. We are involved in hands-on work as well as assisting and supporting local organizations.
Our name, Rakhi Seva, is composed of two Hindi words. The second, seva, means service. The first, rakhi, comes from the annual Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters. During this festival a girl or woman ties a string, or rakhi, around her brother’s wrist. This rakhi is a talisman given with the intention to protect him. It symbolizes her commitment to help ensure his safety throughout his life. In return, the brother gives his sister a gift and pledges to stand by her and to protect her for the rest of her life. These are significant commitments in the context of Hindu customs since the females of each family leave their birth family and join their new family upon marriage. This concept of mutual service and protection forms the basis of how we choose to participate within communities in need. We choose to work with communities rather than for them. All learning is shared and all decisions are made together. Working as one allows us, i.e. this new larger community, to serve better and allows communities to be better served.