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In the last month 240 girls completed their Digital and Life Skills Awareness Course under the Transform Lives one school at a time program. With your support, digital training will reach more vulnerable rural youth and equip them with the vital digital knowledge and understanding that will provide them with access to opportunities, foster their employment readiness, promote inclusiveness, and positively impact India’s future economic and social development. Help Sehgal Foundation bridge the digital divide faced by rural youth, especially girls, in India. 

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Community Connect

Promoting Gender Equality in Agriculture

By Vikas Jha

Promoting gender equality in agriculture has tremendous potential for increasing farm yield, family income, and nutrition across the world. Equipping women farmers with the latest knowledge and skills in agriculture is tremendously important for India. S M Sehgal Foundation’s Women’s Farmer Schools help to build the agency of women in agriculture. Read more . . .

Month At a Glance

FPOs Buyer and Seller Meet

A buyer-seller meet was organized under the Bolstering FPOs-Walmart project with 500 farmers of five FPOs of Kolar on Jan 24. Sixteen input sellers and eighteen output buyers attended the program. District director, Agriculture; district director, Horticulture; KVK head; assistant director, Horticulture, and other people from the agriculture department attended the program.

MIT/SMSF Bullkey Project Visit

A two-day focused visit on access to machinery and its operations within the small-marginal farmer section was conducted by engineers from MIT in villages of district Nuh, Haryana, and Aurangabad, Maharashtra, under the MIT and S M Sehgal Foundation Bullkey Project.

US University Students Visit Rural Development Work 

Students of St Catherine University in Minnesota participated in an exposure visit to S M Sehgal Foundation (Jan 9–12, 2023) to see firsthand the rural development work in Nuh and Alwar districts and get an overview of S M Sehgal Foundation development work in twelve states across India. A Purdue University group participated in the short India Course visit from Dec 28, 2022–Jan 3, 2023.

A Government Citizen Interface Meeting

A multi-stakeholder interface meeting was organized on Jan 18 at Narnaul in the presence of representatives from the government and academia with Chief Guest Shri Prem Kumar, DHO, Mahendragarh. Attended by 125 farmers, the session focused on existing schemes for individuals and groups from line departments and innovations required in the agriculture sector. Enthusiastic participation from the women attendees depicted a substantial change in the recognition of women as farmers.

National Meet for Rural Youth Changemakers

Vikas Jha, principal lead, Local  Participation and Sustainability, addressed about 100 rural youth changemakers at National Meet for Rural Youth Changemakers, Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, Delhi, on Jan 9 organized by The Ashoka Initiative. The objective of the meeting was to share success stories, peer group learning and idea exchange and planning action. Vikas shared his experiences and insights for planning local initiatives in rural India. 

Nestle Partners Meet

At a partnership meet on Jan 18, Debika Goswami, senior program lead, Local Participation and Sustainability, shared about Project Vriddhi, an integrated rural development project in five villages in Nuh, Haryana, implemented since 2019. Project Vriddhi includes conserving and harvesting water, and improving farm livelihoods, improving the delivery of public services, particularly related to education, nutrition, health and sanitation, among others.

G20 Third MHM India Summit 

Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, led a panel on the role of CSR initiatives in the promotion of MHM (menstrual health management). Pooja chaired the session with panelists from nonprofit CSR foundations and corporates including Padma Shri awardee, S Damodaran, at the Third MHM India Summit,  Jan 11–12, held under the G20 banner.

Women’s Economic Forum 

Anjali Makhija, CEO and trustee of S M Sehgal Foundation, and Neema Joshi, manager, Partnerships, took part in the 84th AWEF Annual Women’s Economic Forum at JW Marriott Aerocity, New Delhi on Dec 28, 2022. Anjali spoke about the roles and contributions of women in the agriculture sector.

Partnership Spotlight

Community Water Tank Initiative Provides Access to Water

The primary responsibility of fetching water in rural India lies with women and girls. This daily chore is time-consuming and physically demanding. However, the newly constructed community tank provides access to drinking water. Read more . . .


Pashu Sakhis: Delivering services for livestock in villages

Livestock contributes 25% to the agriculture GDP of the nation. The Pashu Sakhi Model under the HDFC Bank Parivartan Project implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation is creating an impact on the ground as these rural women trained as pashu sakhis are delivering primary healthcare for livestock in consultation with the government veterinary department and livestock assistants.


Check out One Drop At A Time Podcast Episode, “A Flow of Innovation” featuring Sehgal Foundation Executive Vice President and Trustee, Jay Sehgal, and Adaptive Technologies Director, Lalit Sharma! 

Check it out on Spotify.


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

Contributors: Vikas Jha

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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