Dear Readers,

The month of April has been full of action in Sehgal Foundation's development intervention areas in Nuh, Haryana; Alwar, Rajasthan; and Samastipur and East Champaran in Bihar. Besides updates from these areas, this issue of Connect features an insightful interview with Mr. Ramesh Menon, stories about sanitation ambassadors, and blog entries written by staff on education and interns from Indiana University who visited community sites.

Sehgal Foundation hosted a discussion on philanthropy and corporate social responsibility at the Gurugram campus site on April 21 featuring an esteemed panel who shared their views on the theme and deliberating the way forward on the need for a platform, such as this, with focus on rural development. Read a short report about the event.

We have to create an environment for inclusive thinking
by Pooja O. Murada
With World Press Freedom Day, May 3, just round the corner, Connect features an insightful conversation with Mr. Ramesh Menon, author, award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and corporate trainer, on the changes and challenges in journalism. Read More...

Education still far from the reach of many girls
by Richa Saxena
Education is instrumental in empowering girls and women, and eventually their entire families; therefore India is determined to educate all children, especially the girl child. By declaring education as a fundamental right, constitutional provisions were made to provide free and compulsory education to all children ages six to fourteen. Since the Right to Education (RTE) was enacted in 2010, gross enrolment has increased at a slower rate. Read More...
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1,000 sanitation ambassadors crusade for clean villages
by Debika Goswami
Lack of access to sanitation is prevalent in both urban and rural India. The Census 2011 report disclosed that more than half of the country’s population defecates in the open. To address rural sanitation in India, Sehgal Foundation has been creating a pool of 1,000 swachhta senanis (sanitation ambassadors) in district Nuh, Haryana. Read More...

News and Updates

School renovation serves as a boon for students

Does school infrastructure increase enrolment? It certainly does. Sehgal Foundation in collaboration with Mosaic Fertilizers Pvt. Ltd. renovated a higher secondary school in village Sammanpur, block Rampur, in Alwar, Rajasthan, which was completed on March 7, 2017. As reported by the teachers, the school enrolment has increased since the renovation. The retention of children in schools has improved now that the school is well equipped with all the basic facilities.

Women: An epitome of development

Women in Village Information and Support groups from fourteen villages came together to celebrate and learn from each other as part of vikas sammelan (development conclave) held in Alwar, Rajasthan, on March 24, 2017. Shri P. C. Meena, deputy director, Agriculture, Alwar; Ms. Ritu Raghav, women officer; and Mr. Nawal Khan, Social Justice Department heard the inspiring accounts of women and congratulated them on their achievements. These stories and many others were included in a booklet that was released at the occasion.

A celebration of women and water! 

Over 125 women representing mahila sangathans (women's collectives) in Nuh came together to observe their triumphs and trials and share their stories of change in a sammelan (conclave) held on March 22, 2017. Mahila sangathans since their inception in 2014, have been addressing numerous long-overdue village concerns, including water woes, and finding solutions for many social problems as well.

Orienting development post graduates on rural governance

Sehgal Foundation’s Strengthening Village Level Institutions team conducted a three-day training on good rural governance at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, from March 29-31, 2017. Thirty-one students participated in the training, covering topics, such as the functioning of panchayats, school management committees, village health sanitation and nutrition committees, and government schemes. The students intend to use this learning in their internships in various organizations throughout the year.


A thrilling flight to Denver

Lalit Sharma, director, Adaptive Technologies, participated in the Flight to Denver, Project X-ITE, serving as an innovator and part of the team Freshwater Recharge Cells team from March 31-April 2, 2017. Lalit said he was thrilled to share the innovation "creating freshwater pockets in saline aquifers," that was developed by his team at Sehgal Foundation. 

Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, the United Nations Foundation and the Colorado Office of Economic Development brought together global entrepreneurs, including the best minds in innovation and entrepreneurship, and faculty and students to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Editorial Team: Arti Manchanda Grover, Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada

Contributors: Debika Goswami, Deepali Vaish, Natalia Walker, Pawan Kumar, Prasant Mohanty, Richa Saxena, Rio Schondelmeyer, Ritambhara Singh, Susmita Guru, Vanessa Lopez

Header Photo Credit: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team