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National Award to Community Radio Alfaz-e-Mewat

(In Picture (L to R): Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, S M Sehgal Foundation, receiving the award from Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon. Minister of MIB and Shri Apurva Chandra, Secretary of MIB.)

On National Broadcasting Day, 23rd July 2023, S M Sehgal Foundation's community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat was honored with the National Community Radio Award for sustainability. The jury considered content, technical, community participation, and financial sustainability in their selection criteria. Mrs. Pooja. O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, S M Sehgal Foundation, received the award on behalf of the foundation from Hon. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur. This is the second time community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat has received a national award.

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In Spotlight

Certificate of Appreciation

S M Sehgal Foundation has been honored with an appreciation letter from the chief development officer of Champawat, Uttarakhand, in furtherance of all the groundwork the foundation is doing for the development of the farmers of rural regions in the district. The efforts have been well recognized, and will reach more people with this continuous support.

(In Picture R to L: Ajeet Nailwal, assistant program lead, S M Sehgal Foundation, receiving the certificate on behalf of the foundation.)

CAWST has awarded S M Sehgal Foundation a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the significant contribution toward impacting the lives of 12,562,031 individuals, helping to achieve this remarkable milestone. S M Sehgal Foundation has made a substantial impact by enhancing the capacity of grassroots implementers in India and twenty other countries through a combination of in-person and virtual programs for attaining the goal of clean water and sanitation for all.

Stories of Change

Mamta Kholia made animal husbandry her main business to support her husband and family. She went to the forest daily to bring grass for her cows, bullocks, calves, and goats to supplement their food. But despite her hard work, Mamta still needed guidance to get the right price for her product. Read more..

Partnership Spotlight

Pond Inauguration with Lady Bamford Charitable Trust

(In Picture: LBCT Team inaugurating the pond with Village Development Commitee and S M Sehgal Foundation team)

With the collaborative efforts of Lady Bamford Charitable Trust (LBCT), a CSR entity of JCB India Limited and S M Sehgal Foundation, a pond in Devli village, Palwal, Haryana, was rejuvenated. The total water storage capacity of the pond is 8.7 million liters. The pond now provides a surface water source and also helps recharge groundwater. A special committee from within the community will continue to maintain the pond.

Month At  A Glance

Transformed School Inauguration

(In Picture: Shri C.H. Malla with school staff and S M Sehgal Foundation team)

Govt. Z. P. High School at Pudur village, Medchal Malkajgiri, Telangana, was recently transformed under the Transform Lives one school at a time program. The school was inaugurated by Shri C.H. Malla Reddy, minister for Labour and Employment, Factories, Govt. of Telangana. Smt. Shailaja Vijaya Anand Reddy (Zila Praja Parishad Territorial Constituency), Smt. Rajitha Raja Malla Reddy (Mandal Praja Parishad), Shri. Venkat Reddy (Vice. Mandal Praja Prashid), school administration, Gram Panchayat and others attended the inauguration. The program will benefit 220 schoolchildren, providing an enriched learning experience.

Anjali Makhija speaks at the Civil 20 SEWA Summit

(In Picture: Mrs. Anjali Makhija during C20 Summit)

Mrs. Anjali Makhija, trustee and CEO of S M Sehgal Foundation, was the invited speaker at the Civil 20 SEWA (Sense of Service, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism), 2023. This insightful session brought together a diverse group of inspiring women working relentlessly to bring about positive societal change. The panelists shared personal anecdotes of how they were encouraged to take this path, and its transformative impact on their lives and those they served. Each panelist then took turns sharing initiatives they had undertaken and the challenges they faced along the way.

Farmer Producer Training Sessions

In a display of collaborative efforts, S M Sehgal Foundation joined Samunnati Financial Service Pvt Ltd to organize an enlightening and empowering financial workshop at the picturesque Myrada Campus in Kamasamudram, Kolar, Karnataka. This significant event occurred on a bright morning and became pivotal for the district's five Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) governing bodies. The workshop equipped the FPO governing bodies with essential knowledge and insights into the economic landscape, mainly focusing on credit and financial linkages. Sridhar Easwaram, CEO of Samunnati Foundation, highlighted the economic outlook, explaining the credit and financial ties to the FPO governing bodies.

(In Picture: S M Sehgal Foundation team initiating the FPO session)

Interns Corner

Participative Training Sessions

Water Management Pieces of Training

S M Sehgal Foundation delivered Fluoride and Fluorosis Mitigation training at the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad. Special attention was given to educating participants about the health impacts of fluoride and providing comprehensive guidance on prevention, management, and mitigation strategies.

Mr. Salahuddin Saiphy, principal lead, Water Management, S M Sehgal Foundation, participated in the Jal Jeevan Mission write-shop at NIRDPR, which included a training module development exercise of 500 aspirational blocks for accelerating the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission and achieving 100% coverage of Functional Household Tap connections (FHTCs) by March 2024. 

(In Picture: S M Sehgal Foundation team at NIRDPR, Hyderabad)

Sustainability Training

Throughout history, games have had a significant role in transferring knowledge. They encompass strategies, approaches, and techniques enabling individuals, groups, and organizations to collaborate for communities to participate actively.

One similar training was organized by S M Sehgal Foundation in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, for community engagement and sustainability, focusing on building capacities, sharing development concerns, and devising a solution.

(In Picture: SMSF field team along with Dr. Vikas Jha, in training)


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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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