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Leaving No Child Behind

Amidst the season of festivities, giving back is the greatest virtue. Many rural schools in India still lack safe and adequate facilities, proper classrooms, clean water, sanitation, and digital technology.

This month, S M Sehgal Foundation launched Leaving No Child Behind, under the program Transform Lives one school at a time. This fundraising campaign is designed to leave no schoolchild behind. The Transform Lives program empowers students by ensuring their critical access to life skills education and digital literacy trainings in safe school infrastructures.

Please join us in our mission to leave no schoolchild behind. Your support will help make a meaningful difference in countless lives and create ripples of change that reach far beyond the classroom walls.

Small acts of generosity can create a lasting impact. Start today!

Stories of Change

“If she wants to study, why would I not wish to fulfill her dream?” Yes, these were the words a father-in-law spoke for his daughter-in-law, an unusual story of strength and hope. For Kalsum and her family, the radio is a box of informational “treasure” that has not only been a source of entertainment but has also educated them on various subjects related to agri-practices, water management, good health, and social education. 

Read more . . .

Partnership Spotlight

Jalagam Inauguration 

S M Sehgal Foundation, in collaboration with DCB Bank, and with NIRDPR as the knowledge partner, held the inaugural workshop in the capacity building and experience-sharing workshop series in New Delhi on Nov 30, 2023. Titled “Jalagam,” the series opened with a keynote address (recorded)  by the Honorable Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. 

The plenary sessions were graced by the Ministry of Jal Shakti and NITI Aayog. Panel sessions featured discussions about community adaptability and sustenance mechanisms for addressing water-related challenges. The proceedings from the four workshops in the series will form part of a white paper for sharing with policymakers, practitioners, and academia. Read more . . .

Witnessing Sustainable Development In Project Gram Utkarsh

Sehgal Foundation welcomed the senior leadership team from Pernod Ricard India to witness the development interventions carried out in select cluster villages of Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, on Nov 9, 2023, and to meet with the community engaged through the Gram Utkarsh project they supported. The senior leaders who visited the women-led microenterprise, pond structures, and the Krishi Sansadhan Kendra, included Jean Touboul, managing director; Ranjeet Oak, chief commercial officer; Gagandeep Sethi, SVP of Operations; Nitu Bhushan, CHRO; Nivedita Vermani, senior manager; and the CSR team led by Sashidhar Vempala, chief sustainability officer and head, CSR; along with Latika Nayar, program manager, and Garima Khera, program assistant. Project Gram Utkarsh began in 2022 with a focus on water, agriculture, and farmer livelihoods. The project has augmented water resources through the development of eleven ponds, creating a recharge potential of 135 million liters, and other positive outcomes in agriculture and farmer livelihoods. Overall, the project has reached over 12,000 people across fourteen villages, and counting.

 Interface Meeting Under Gram Uday–7 

A CSR-Supported Project

S M Sehgal Foundation presented an interface meeting between government department officials and villagers under the “Gram Uday–7" (A CSR-supported project) in Nuh, Haryana. Seventy village leadership school members, community members from fifteen villages, and various government representatives participated. This meeting provided a platform for villagers to interact with officials and discuss government programs. Read more  . . .


Month At A Glance

Agriculture Exposure Visit

S M Sehgal Foundation hosted an agricultural exposure event in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Thirty-six women from five project villages visited the Borlough Institute of South Asia to learn how to implement zero tillage techniques in wheat and other crops. 

The visit itinerary included a classroom training session, a field visit, and a tour of the institute's farms unit.

Health Camps

The S M Sehgal Foundation team conducted a Health and Hygiene Awareness Meeting at Chegunta Block, Medak District, Telangana, that focused on infant protection and cancer prevention. Dr. Chakravarthy, senior oncologist, Medak, led an informative session on the latest cancer research and its early detection, infant care, and best practices for child health, engaging women farmers, self-help group (SHG) members, and local villagers.

United For Better

In this episode of Let's Connect, we explore the nuances of organisation strategies aligned with community behavior in the context of social development work. Ms. Pooja O. Murada, principal lead Outreach for Development at S M Sehgal Foundation, engages in a conversation with Mr. Joel Meyers, director of Communications at Global Washington. The podcast shares the applied approaches and interventions for driving positive change in the field.

Seminars and Workshops

Elevating Business Strategies for SHGs

Mr. Pawan Kumar, principal lead, Agriculture Development, S M Sehgal Foundation, was the invited speaker at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj’s workshop on “Business Development Strategy for the Self-Help Groups.” He shared his insights on the factors to consider prior to starting or expanding a business, and discussed the components for business sustainability and growth. State coordinators under the National Rural Livelihood Mission and various women entrepreneurs participated in this event.

Paper Presentation at the National Seminar

Ms. Pooja O Murada, principle lead, Outreach for Development, and Ms. Priya Chaudhary, assistant program lead, Outreach for Development, S M Sehgal Foundation, presented a paper at the National Seminar on “Women in Decision-Making Roles” at the Conference Centre, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. 
The presentation focused on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and the positive outcomes of furthering women-led development in rural India.


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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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