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Commemorating 24 Years of S M Sehgal Foundation!

With great pride and gratitude, we commemorate the 24th anniversary of S M Sehgal Foundation (SMSF) work to promote the empowerment of rural communities across India. Beginning in four villages in one state, our dedicated team, aligned with our valued partners, has so far launched development initiatives in more than 2,000 villages across twelve states. SMSF takes a community-led partnerships approach to create and assure sustainable impact that inspires and enables villagers to further their own development.

SMSF's commitment to credibility, transparency, and accountability has earned our work many recognitions and awards, which are truly a measure of the valuable partnerships that have made our work possible. We thank every partner who has joined hands and continued with us on this journey.

As we enter our twenty-fifth year in rural India, we remain dedicated to continuing our work with renewed enthusiasm and commitment. Together we will achieve even greater milestones in agriculture development, water management, transforming the lives of schoolchildren, and promoting local participation, especially women and girls, as we continue to grow organically.

Here's to 24 years of sustainable development and many more to come! Together, we empower rural India!

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In Spotlight

Coca Cola India wins National Award for Jaldhara Project

In partnership with Coca Cola India, the Jaldhara Water Project, was implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation. The project was initiated to replenish groundwater levels in India's water-scarce areas. The project has achieved significant progress, including desiltation water tanks in Kolar (Karnataka) and constructing check dams in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh). Coca-Cola India has been honored with the National Water Award 2022, presented by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India, in recognition of its outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in the field of water conservation. Read more..

Cabinet Minister Visit Transformed School

Mr. Tikaram Jully, honorable cabinet minister of Social Justice and Empowerment (Government of Rajasthan), paid a recent visit to the newly established second digital library of the Government Senior Secondary School in Mahuakhurd, Alwar, Rajasthan, under the SMSF program, Transform Lives one school at a time. The visit was focused on gaining insight into the resources offered in the digital library and exploring how similar initiatives will narrow the gap in digital access between schoolchildren in urban and rural areas. 

Stories of Change

Kolar, the southern region and the easternmost district of the Karnataka State, is often referred to as the Milk and Silk City, known for vegetable crops, including tomatoes. The significant sources of employment is agriculture Farmers in Kolar depend on borewell water for irrigation and drinking.  Read more..

Month At a Glance

Advisors & Partners Visit

SMSF advisor Gensuke Tokoro, Dr. Ankush Gulati and family, and Sehgal Foundation USA advisors, Anoop and Preeti Mathur, visited villages where S M Sehgal Foundation has implemented interventions with the rural community. Hosting our partners and supporters in the villages was a delightful experience. The feedback shared provided added motivation and evoked constructive ideas for the entire team. The visit revolved around understanding the expansive groundwork needed to build on the impact of SMSF's work in addressing social, environmental, and humanitarian challenges and promoting sustainability.

Environment Day with UBL

S M Sehgal Foundation observed World Environment Day on June 5, 2023, under Project Jal Sanchay, a CSR initiative of United Breweries Ltd. in Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka. A plantation drive was conducted around Hydalu and Bettahalli tanks, which are being renovated as part of the project. The villagers discussed various initiatives that can be undertaken individually to protect the environment in line with the theme for World Environment Day 2023: Beat Plastic Pollution. Employees from the UBL Nelamangala team volunteered for the plantation activity along with panchayat members.

International Yoga Day Celebration

This year’s Yoga Day theme, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: One Earth, One Family, One Future, highlights the essence of universal well-being and emphasizes the significance of nurturing the health of every individual. To actively participate in the Yoga campaign, the SMSF community radio initiative, Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8, joined hands with the Ministry of Ayush, the Government of India, and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) for  advocate for the benefits of integrating yoga into everyday life.

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Convergence with Agricultural Department

Capacity building for farmers in rural India is a crucial practice that is linked with improving agriculture production and sustaining best farming practices. In a joint effort with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Bihar, the S M Sehgal Foundation team set up a campaign for the local farmers to spread awareness on kharif crops from sowing to harvesting. Given the ever-changing climatic conditions, building resilience is essential. The session focused on advocating risk-management strategies for better output.

Internal Training Session

Jan Dirk Geertsema has been consulting and providing training in management since 1997. His understanding of human behavior results from twenty-five years of extensive research and many in-depth interviews with leaders all around the globe. He has been associated with S M Sehgal Foundation for the last twenty years, guiding and directing the foundation toward its full potential. The initial training he provided after the COVID-19 pandemic included introductory sessions with new members and a strategic meeting with leaders, emphasizing a clear focus on future growth and expansion of the foundation.

Understanding Behavioural Styles: The Human Logic

Listen to Jan Dirk's perspective on Human Logic and gain insights into managing diverse behavioral styles among colleagues within an organization, at SMSF CONNECT Podcast. 


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 are also available on Spotify.

Editorial Team: Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada, Priya Chaudhary

Contributors: S M Sehgal Foundation team

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation 

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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