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Dear Readers,

We are pleased to present the March issue of Connect with stories focusing on water and women as the month observed the International Women's Day on March 8, and the World Water Day on March 22. If we talk about women empowerment, we also talk about access to safe drinking water on the other hand as success of the first depends on the second.

Our campaign "Water is Life" has come to an end. We thank all those who supported generously to make a dry village, Talab in Alwar district of Rajasthan, water sufficient. Thanks once again for being a part of this important work!

We hope you will enjoy the issue, painted in blue, as campaigned by one of our partners, CAWST, this World Water Day.

Simple, affordable solutions for clean water: a profile of CAWST 
by Arti Manchanda Grover  
With World Water Day celebrated worldwide on March 22, Connect features Sehgal Foundation partner CAWST-Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, Canada, and an interview with Suneel Rajavaram, International Technical Advisor (South Asia and Middle East), CAWST, on his role at CAWST, the organization’s vision, the World Water Day campaign, and his own water story. Read More...

Good rural governance seminar inspires law students
by Ashish Poonia and Debika Goswami 
Sehgal Foundation, in collaboration with Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna, Bihar, presented a seminar, “Legal Awareness for Good Rural Governance,” at the university campus on February 7, 2017. Many of the 85 CNLU student participants were from rural areas of Bihar and had expressed interest in good rural governance. Read More...

Law students take action!

by Ashish Poonia

What happens when a group of students from a leading national law university of the country take it upon themselves to work for access to social justice at the grassroots? It is educative, inspiring, moving, and above all transformative!
Punas gram panchayat (village council) of Samastipur district in Bihar was witness to a legal awareness program conducted by the legal aid cell of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna, in collaboration with Sehgal Foundation, on February 19, 2017. Read More...
Indian Philanthropy: Pushpa Sundar's perspective
by Padmavathi S.
On February 23, 2017, Sehgal Foundation hosted a talk about philanthropy by Pushpa Sundar, author of the book Giving with a Thousand Hands: The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy. Read More...


Open defecation is more than a sanitation problem 
by Rukshat Hussain 
“I make my children sit on the wooden legs of the cot if they get nature’s call at night so that the pressure can go up, because I cannot take my young kids for defecating alone at night,” explains Kanta of Hamirpur village in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. 

Can social accountability achieve good governance?

by Aparna Mahajan

To promote citizen action and social accountability, Sehgal Foundation and the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), jointly presented a ten-day pilot certification program on Social Accountability Tools for Good Governance. Read More...

Safe Drinking water is a right for all!

by Lalit Sharma

Safe drinking water is a concern faced by many communities today. In order to address this issue, three organizations joined hands to share the know-how on issues and sustainable solutions through a training conducted in Samastipur, Bihar, from March 1-4, 2017. Read More...

Outstanding Service in Agriculture Award
Sehgal Foundation received the Outstanding Service in Agriculture on March 7, 2017, in Des Moines, US. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey presented the awards, and Jay Sehgal, trustee, Sehgal Foundation, accepted the honor. Read More...

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

Contributors: Aparna Mahajan, Ashish Poonia, Debika Goswami, Deepali Vaish, Lalit Sharma, Padmavathi S., Prasant Mohanty, Rukshat Hussain, Sonia Chopra, Susmita Guru

Header Photo Credit: Jan Dirk 

Design and Production: Communications team