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Sehgal Foundation extends a heartfelt thanks to our supporters who have generously contributed toward our campaign in India Giving Day, March 2.  Kudos to our caring community of supporters. 

Because of donors like you, we were able to raise $70,259, with each gift made on the day matched 1:1 by our founders, Suri and Edda Sehgal, doubling the impact of your gift. Our campaign got a boost with youth joining in the cause. Current and future interns, alumni, and volunteers raised donations for making a gift to empower rural youth. 

India Giving Day is an initiative of the India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) to celebrate and catalyze philanthropic giving to benefit India's development. 


Youth Engagement Webinar recording

Jay Sehgal shares about the foundation’s work

Month At a Glance

International Conference on transforming dryland agriculture 

Anjali Makhija, trustee and CEO, S M Sehgal Foundation, spoke at the ICRISAT International Conference on Innovations to Transform Drylands, Feb 21–23 in the plenary session on seed systems: elevating public-private partnerships in Asia and Africa. She shared lessons from the field on local participation in dryland agriculture. In the presentation, she looked at various dimensions of sustainability through the lens of local participation. A Sehgal Foundation exhibit at the conference highlighted rural development interventions across twelve states.

Visit by PNB Housing CSR team 
Kumar Gaurav and Arpita Samal from PNB Housing Finance Limited CSR Team visited the Government Senior Secondary School, Khareda Village, Alwar district, and the Government Middle schools of Atta and Kiranj villages, Nuh district on Feb 16. The transformation work of the Government schools of Khareda and Atta Villages was completed in March 2022 under PNB Housing Ki Paathshala. The team closely looked at the transformation work, specially Swachhata Vahini, and other improvements in the school. They interacted with the community members of three villages who extended gratitude for the work done.

Interview with All India Radio 

Pawan Kumar, principal lead, Agriculture Development, participated in a radio discussion on AIR FM rainbow on Feb 15 on the topic, "Climate Change and its effects." Listeners called in to ask questions on the helpline to discuss climate change effects on agriculture and cropping patterns.

World Radio Day Presentation 
Sonia Chopra, program lead, Outreach for Development presented in an online Community Radio Symposium organized on Feb 11 by Ideosync Media Combine on World Radio Day as part of the panel on "Radio in the Digital Age." Community Radios came together to share their opinions, thoughts, and suggestions, and engage with each other.

CSR partner’s 25th anniversary celebrations 
Anjali Makhija, trustee and CEO, and Pawan Kumar, principal lead, Agriculture, joined the Power and Technology Show Event on Feb 9, 2023, marking the 25-year celebrations in Pune. Our collaboration with John Deere adds significant value to communities by fostering rural growth and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Partnering with John Deere, Sehgal Foundation is implementing Integrated Village Development Program (IVDP) in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, and Livelihood Improvement through Sustainable Agriculture (LISA) in districts Sitapur and Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Capacity building trainings on HWTS and WASH 
S M Sehgal Foundation in partnership with CAWST conducted a three-day training workshop on Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS) JalKalp biosand filter technology on Feb 7–9 to build access, sensitization, and awareness about safe drinking water and have a hands-on technology experience. Another four-day training “Delivering Effective WASH Training (DEWT)” for CDD India was conducted to train the trainers for participatory engagement and promote active learning among participants. Together with Adore India and Safe Water Education Centre (SAWEC), the foundation team also delivered a webinar on health and development.

Introducing social impact sector at Shiv Nadar University 
Pooja O Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, shared the NGO’s perspective on the changing landscape of the social impact sector in a panel discussion on Feb 9 at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida. The discussion was moderated by the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

National Workshop by NIRDPR 
Anjali Makhija, trustee and CEO, S M Sehgal Foundation, spoke about the synergy of Self Help Groups and Farmer Producer Organizations, the importance of “backward” linkages in the agriculture sector, and need for life skills training for women at the national workshop. The event was presented on Feb 8–9 by the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) in New Delhi.

11 years of Community Broadcasting

Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat celebrated its 11th anniversary on Feb 28 in the presence of community members and district representatives from the health department. Listeners participated in live discussions on radio sharing about the impact of radio in their lives and how community radio has been a lifeline for the rural communities. 

Training on Enterprise Resource Planning 

Members from accounts and finance, human resources, and administration teams went for an offsite training on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) from Feb 24-26, 2023 to deliberate about the ERP processes and its integration in the present systems of the organization. 

Partnership Spotlight

Impact of Pond Development on Farmers in Gwalior

Project Jal Vikas implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation in partnership with DCB Bank Limited in the Morena and Ghatigaon blocks of Gwalior district in Madhya Pradesh in 2021–22 has helped to replenish the depleting water table by implementing solutions such as ponds with recharge wells. Read more . . .


Turning challenges into opportunities with MatiKalp: A Ceramic Pot Filter, Journal of International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR)

Ceramic pot filter MatiKalp is one of the best low-cost sustainable technologies to provide safe drinking water. It's efficiency in removing iron and coliform bacteria have resulted in the gain of many community members. Read more  . . . 


SMSF Connect Podcast features innovative programs about rural development and other social issues and themes.  TUNE IN to our podcast channel on I-RadioLive. Podcasts also available on Spotify


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

Contributors: S M Sehgal Foundation team

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation 

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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