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Schools lead the way, one at a time!

Government school in village Pehal, Mundawar in Alwar district, Rajasthan, developed by Sehgal Foundation under the Transform Lives one school at a time project, is one of its kind that has been developed on the theme of a train. You can support the foundation team in bringing transformation to many more such schools.

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Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat honored with a national award by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI
Alfaz-e-Mewat, the community radio station established by S M Sehgal Foundation in 2012, won the National Community Radio Award from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI, in the thematic category. The awards were presented by the Union Minister, Information and Broadcasting, Sh. Prakash Javadekar at the Community Radio Sammelan held at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre August 27–29, 2019. Ms Pooja O Murada, director of Communications, accepted the award on behalf of Alfaz-e-Mewat. The awarded program Kanoon Ki Baat, initiated to realize the mandate of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), is a series that spreads legal awareness and helps people at the village level understand major governance issues. In a panel, “CR: Issues, Ideas, and Experiences,” Pooja talked about how community radio work contributes to various SDGs. 

Sehgal Foundation wins two awards at CSR Summit

Sehgal Foundation team received two awards at the CSR Summit organized by UBS Forums on August 9, 2019, in New Delhi. The awards—NGO of the Year, and CSR Implementing Partner, acknowledge the rural development journey of the foundation over the past twenty years and the impact of the implementation work done under CSR projects. Ms Anjali Makhija, chief operating officer, and Ms Aparna Mahajan, director of Projects and Fundraising (South) accepted the award on the team’s behalf. Thanks to the commitment of Sehgal Foundation’s dedicated teams who have made this happen and to the wonderful partners who have supported Sehgal Foundation in reaching out to rural communities across India. Anjali spoke on a panel describing Sehgal Foundation’s twenty-year journey addressing water security, food security, and social justice in rural India.

Check dams facilitate water collection

During the 2019 rains, check dam structures built by Sehgal Foundation (with support from corporate partners) in villages in districts Nuh, Haryana; Alwar, Rajasthan; and Aurangabad, Maharashtra, brimmed with water. Infrastructure projects, including check dams and anicuts, have enabled the collection of water for groundwater recharging. Aligning with the national mandate on water and the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, foundation teams across different locations conducted sensitization sessions. On Alfaz-e-Mewat, experts interacted with community members in live radio shows, and a radio quiz solicited people’s opinions on water-saving methods.

Rainwater harvesting training at NIRDPR, Hyderabad

A four-day training program on rainwater harvesting was successfully conducted by the Sehgal Foundation team in the South. The training was held at the Rural Technology Park (RTP) at the NIRDPR Rajendranagar campus, Hyderabad. RTP at the NIRDPR campus houses the Water and Wastewater Resource Center that was set up by Sehgal Foundation to showcase its innovative models in water management. Twenty-four participants attended the training from five states.

My Story

Your work defines you! 

By Kailash Gupta 

I have always felt close to farmers and can easily strike up a conversation with farmers and interact with them to understand their challenges and discuss solutions. Read more . . .  

Upcoming Event

Ninth Annual Conference on Good Rural Governance and Citizen Participation, NIRDPR Campus, Hyderabad; November 6, 2019 
Sehgal Foundation in partnership with the National Institute of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development (NIRDPR), Hyderabad, India, invites policymakers and practitioners of water management, civil society organizations, and rural communities to participate in the day-long deliberations on the theme 'Water Governance in Rural India: Potential, Practices and Policy'. Read more . . . 

Community Story

Maya Devi, the Jagruk Krishak 
By Jincy Chacko
“I was the first one to adopt change in my village, and I am the one progressing faster than the rest," shares Maya, brimming with pride. In village Sotaka Bas in Alwar, Rajasthan, vegetable farming is done mostly by women. Contrary to popular belief, women here make up an active farming community. Read more . . . 


How Water-Rich Are We?
By Arti Manchanda Grover
According to a 2018 report by Niti Aayog, twenty-one major cities in India are at the verge of running out of groundwater within the next year. Nationwide, 600 million people are facing acute water shortages, and 200,000 die each year from inadequate or unsafe water supplies. Read more . . . 

News and Media

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

Contributors: Jincy Chacko, Kailash Gupta

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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