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The toilets for boys and girls were renovated, which resulted in improved attendance, especially for girls. A comfortable seating arrangement was created for the students by providing benches. After this initiative, an increase in enrollment of 182 students was seen. All these efforts have resulted in the positive transformation of the schoolchildren. 

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Partnership Highlight

Crop Residue Management Highlighted at Partners’ Meet

S M Sehgal Foundation Trustee and CEO, Ms. Anjali Makhija, spoke at the Godrej & Boyce CSR Partners Meet 2024 on Feb 22 at the Godrej Plant, Mumbai, about crop residue management project outcomes in Punjab carried out in partnership with Godrej & Boyce. Chief Development Officer Ms. Anjali Godyal also represented Sehgal Foundation at the event.

The meet provided a wonderful opportunity for cross-learning and interaction with other partners of Godrej and Boyce, alongside felicitations to recognize the collaborative efforts of partners.

Partner's Meet Presentation at New Delhi

Celebrating the shared commitment to making a meaningful impact, S M Sehgal Foundation presented the Project Vriddhi partnership project with Nestle India at the partner's meeting on February 13, 2024, organized by Nestle. It was an opportunity for Nestle's partners to share and learn from each other across thematic areas. Ms. Debika Goswami, senior program lead, shared about the remarkable transformations of rural villages under Project Vriddhi.

Pond Inauguration 
The global operations senior leadership team of Mercer visited the newly constructed pond in the village Bhirawati, Nuh, Haryana, on February 22, 2024, which they supported under their CSR program. The panchayat felicitated the guests and presented the pond to the community and village committee. Plantation was done by the team to further rejuvenate the landscape around the pond, along with wall paintings promoting water conservation.

Month At A Glance

District Collector Applauds School Transformation

District Collector Mr. Ashish Gupta (IAS) paid a surprise visit to Government Senior Secondary School, Mahuakhurd, Alwar, which was transformed under the Transform Lives one school at a time program. Impressed by rainwater harvesting, the digital library, and the BaLA concept, he commended S M Sehgal Foundation's partnership and lauded the sustained infrastructure interventions.

Empowered Mango Farmers in Kolar

In collaboration with the District Horticulture Department and NGOs, S M Sehgal Foundation organized a women’s mango fruit farmers training program in Kolar, Karnataka. Participant included Mr. Kumaraswamy, deputy director of the Horticulture Department; Ms. Shruchi Singh, senior program lead for South India at S M Sehgal Foundation; and Ms. Nidhi Nischal from Seventh Sense Talent Solutions. Topics included financial management, accessing government schemes, cost-cutting, production planning, and marketing strategies.

DPS International Students Visit Sehgal Foundation

A two-day capacity-building and exposure visit was orchestrated at S M Sehgal Foundation for DPS International, Gurugram students. The dynamic group of 5th graders immersed themselves in captivating quiz sessions while gaining profound insights into the innovative concept of “green building” exemplified by Sehgal Foundation. Informed about the foundation’s impactful work in social development, the interactions with these budding minds resulted in a rejuvenating experience.

Working Professionals and Students Group Visit

Two groups, a working professional student group of FH Vorarlberg University, Austria, and another from the Master's in Social Work program from Yashwantrao School of Social Work, visited S M Sehgal Foundation to learn about best practices across programs and sustainability approaches. The FH Vorarlberg students were in India as part of their collaboration with Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH).

Conferences and Workshops

Ms. Anjali Makhija at the 18th UN GCNI 

Ms. Anjali Makhija, CEO & trustee at S M Sehgal Foundation, recently participated as a plenary speaker on “Advancing Water Resilience for Forward Faster 2030” at the 18th UN GCNI National Convention. She emphasized how water resilience efforts affect communities and agriculture. Strategies were discussed for the private sector to ensure long-term sustainability post-handover of catchment programs to communities.

Collaborative Launch: Spoken Tutorial

S M Sehgal Foundation's CR Connect, IIT Bombay, and CR Kadal O Sai launched the Spoken Tutorial platform. This acclaimed educational tool is dedicated to delivering top-notch education and information in English and vernacular languages across India.

As part of this initiative, the radio series "Dainik Jeevan Mein Vigyan" was inaugurated during the Regional Community Radio Sammelan in Chennai, coinciding with World Radio Day. During the launch ceremony, Ms. Pooja O. Murada, principal lead of Outreach for Development, S M Sehgal Foundation, briefed about the radio series and related collaborations. Read more . . .

Asia Regional Learning Exchange

The Asia Regional Learning Exchange took place February 5–9, 2024, at ENPHO in Nepal. Water, Research, and Training collaborated with partners, including CAWST from Canada, ENPHO from Nepal, and WASH SDO from Cambodia, to discuss vital climate change and resilience topics in the WASH sector.

Conference on Societal Inclusion

Ms. Arti Manchanda Grover, senior manager of Public Relations, S M Sehgal Foundation, participated in the “Societal Inclusion: Taking a Step Forward” panel at IHC, Delhi. The event was attended by representatives from diverse sectors, including the government, and chief guest, Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture.

Workshop on Youth in Agroecology in Nepal

Barsha Das, assistant program lead of Local Participation and Sustainability, S M Sehgal Foundation, participated in the “Youth in Agroecology: A new generation leverages climate-resilience in agriculture” by ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems: Field of Action 2 (GRAPE FA 2) in Nepal. 

The workshop addressed tackling climate-change challenges in agriculture.

Let's Connect

The second episode of “Let’s Connect” features Mr. Garba Diallo, founding director of Crossing Borders. Ms. Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development at S M Sehgal Foundation, leads a thought-provoking conversation about the vision of crossing the border and its significance in the development process. 

Catch the entire episode on Spotify.


Interns Corner

Chandni Shah, an Ivy League graduate from UPenn in neuroscience, with minors in chemistry and healthcare management, is a full-time clinical research coordinator and a part-time student preparing for medical studies, passionate about leveraging research to improve global healthcare. Her focus is assessing mental health services in rural areas, examining factors like nutrition, childbirth, and education, and particularly evaluating the impact of S M Sehgal Foundation's initiatives on women's well-being.

Kareena, a first-year MIT engineering student, champions social change through technology. Her World Water Crisis Awareness Campaign, including the podcast "One Drop At A Time," sheds light on global water issues. She works hands-on in rural India, implementing solutions. She also holds leadership roles in MIT's Water, Food, and Agriculture Prize and Engineers Without Borders.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Jalagam: Workshop 4

Community voices in water management are critical to the success of any water initiative. S M Sehgal Foundation and DCB Bank now bring you the ‘Jalagam’ series concluding workshop in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. Mark your calendars for March 14, 2024.Register now to be a witness to voices of change.

Location: Lemon Tree Hotel, Civil Lines Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Date: 14th March, 2024

Theme: Community Adaptability and Sustenance Mechanisms at the Intersectionality of Water and Climate Change.

For more information, click here. 

Publications & News


SMSF Connect Podcast features a bouquet of interesting 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: Marly Cornell, Pooja O. Murada, Priya Chaudhary

Contributors: S M Sehgal Foundation team

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team


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