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Until six months ago, the Beejwar Naruka government school had a dilapidated building, broken classrooms, ceilings that leaked, and an unattractive facade. But today, this Alwar government school is wearing a new face with the help of teachers and other staff who donated Rs 1,100 each, and the villagers donated as well. Read this inspiring account of community-led development under the Transform Lives initiative. Read more . . .  

Be part of this powerful change for more rural schoolchildren!
As many as 130 million school-age children in primary government schools in rural India still do not have the most basic requirements for a nurturing and safe learning environment. They lack essential skills and training to prepare them for a bright future. Your donation of any amount will be matched 1:1 by Dr. Suri Sehgal and Mrs. Edda Sehgal to transform more children’s lives.

Focus on Sehgal Foundation field team member: Shaheen
What began as a mere willingness for Shaheen became a passion that continues to expand at an unrelenting pace. Her work with the foundation has evolved over the years. As part of the Strengthening Village Level Institutions team, she is instrumental in the capacity building of local institutions. Read more . . . 


Information on wheels
By Upasana Upadhyaya
“Information is power” is a true adage. India’s agriculture sector faces many problems, mostly because farmers lack basic knowledge and information regarding most agricultural practices. In order to provide a holistic solution to help farmers identify and utilize sustainable agriculture practices to meet the growing demand for food, a mobile agri clinic van is serving as an information lifeline. Read more . . .  

Fight against fluorosis
By Aparajeeta Vaibhav
Imagine a disease that restrains you from the physical activities most people can do and slowly making you look much older than your actual age. People with crippled legs, some in an immobile state, are a common sight in some villages. Fluorosis is a disease caused by excess fluoride intake and has been flagged as a global threat. Read more . . .  


International Women's Day Celebrations
Women’s empowerment is central to all work at Sehgal Foundation. Seeing the remarkable shift from negligible participation by women to active participation in foundation programs and initiatives has been a profound experience for the team. Women’s day celebrations at Sehgal Foundation locations across seven states were no less than a festival, as each one presented a colorful bouquet of the fruits of empowerment that have changed many lives in rural areas. Read more . . .  

The Mosaic Company Foundation Award Ceremony
Mosaic India and the Sehgal Foundation celebrated The Mosaic Company Foundation annual awards ceremony on March 12 that honored outstanding research in plant nutrition. Mosaic and Sehgal Foundation have been working together on a project called Krishi Jyoti (farm enlightenment) in districts Nuh, Haryana, and Alwar, Rajasthan, since 2008 to enhance farm productivity and empower farmers. Now for the fifth year, The Mosaic Company Foundation honored agricultural scientists in Best Doctoral Research and Young Scientist Award categories. Read more . . .  

Book launch for 'Community Radio in India'
UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office hosted the launch of the book 'Community Radio in India', authored by community radio pioneer Dr. R. Sreedhar and Ms. Pooja O. Murada, director of Communications, Sehgal Foundation. The book is published by Aakar and is now available. Most relevant for students and learners, the book brings together community radio in India with the processes guiding the grassroots medium and provides examples from the ground. 
View TV Reports of the book launch by DD National and India Hot Topics . . .

Radio series on voter awareness
Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat started the broadcast of Votan Ka Tyohaar (Festival of Voting), a 12-episode radio series on voter education. The series went on air on March 7, 2019 as part of the Festival of Democracy project of the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, in partnership with the Election Commission of India. Aired twice a week (every Thursday and Tuesday), the series looks at democracy, its functioning at various levels, and the role of citizens. The team reached out to the Election Commission Office, Nuh, to speak with experts about the value of voting.


Sehgal Foundation’s drinking water technology, JalKalp, is being successfully adopted in rural households across several districts in Bihar and other states. Mithila City News channel televised Sehgal Foundation village meetings on water awareness, featured live water testing, and aired consecutive episodes on the installation of the JalKalp water filter. See video . . .   

NewsLine, a newsletter of India Water Partnership (IWP), the Indian Chapter of Global Water Partnership, featured a user satisfaction survey with households with the JalKalp water filter. IWP in collaboration with Sehgal Foundation as a network partner has installed JalKalp filters in thirty-seven selected villages in Samastipur and East Champaran where arsenic contamination of water is high. Read Report . . .  


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

Contributors: Aparajeeta Vaibhav, Siprian Kiro, Upasana Upadhyaya

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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