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Transform Lives events engage individual partners

Transform Lives one school at a time engaged individual and group partners in the US as part of two networking events on November 16 and November 23, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively. Practitioners working on the ground with Transform Lives one school at a time, Shipra Baduni and Niti Saxena, shared their experiences and answered questions about the initiative’s impact. The focus of the Minnesota event was a celebration of twenty years of impact by Sehgal Foundation. The Iowa event also included students who shared about their internships with Sehgal Foundation in India, illustrating and the tremendous difference the program is making at the grassroots. 

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Enabling self-reliance with Life Skills Education
By Jincy Chacko
Communication, logical and critical thinking, creativity, self-awareness and confidence, decision-making, problem solving, empathy, interpersonal relationships, stress management and emotional health are important components required for efficient life skills. Life skills education is vital for facing and overcoming life’s challenges to achieve a more secure, prosperous, and dignified life. Read more . . . 

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Ninth Annual Conference on Good Governance and Citizen Participation
Sehgal Foundation organized a conference on good governance and citizen participation called ”Water Governance in Rural India-Potential, Practices, and Policy” in collaboration with the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) at Hyderabad. On November 6, 2019, more than seventy delegates attended from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. The conference provided a platform to share ideas on water conservation and good governance, engage in dialogue on policy perspectives, and network with like-minded individuals and organizations. The foundation team is preparing a policy brief on water and governance in collaboration with NIRDPR as an outcome of this conference. Dr K Rajasekhar, deputy director general, NIC, Govt. of India, was the keynote speaker. Representatives from organizations such as ICRISAT, University of Hyderabad, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Gramalaya, Gram Vikas, WaterAID, FES, TERI, and Arghyam participated in panel discussions.

Panel speaker at Brand Leadership and CSR Summit
Anjali Makhija, chief operating officer, Sehgal Foundation, spoke at a panel “Igniting Compassion and Innovation for Driving Social Change” at the Brand Leadership & CSR Summit held on November 16, 2019, in New Delhi. The panel deliberated on how social innovation is going through a dynamic phase in India with “design thinking” as a new and potent approach to problem solving and innovation through the eyes of the community end users. Anjali expressed her views on the topic, sharing Sehgal Foundation's approach to initiating change within communities.

Launch of Bachpan Express Season II
Series II of Bachpan Express was launched at community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat as part of the partnership project of Community Radio Association and UNICEF on the subjects of Early Childhood Marriage, Continuing Education, and the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (India’s flagship immunization program). Bachpan Express uses an imaginary train to help depict the childhood journey through radio programs that highlight issues of health and the importance of education, especially girl child education. Alfaz-e-Mewat is producing content on these thematic areas.

Employee volunteering activities engage schoolchildren
Schoolchildren in government middle schools in villages Sabras and Jaffarabad in Taoru block of Nuh engaged in fun learning activities including storytelling, hand-washing, and discussions about aspirations for the future. The activities were facilitated by volunteer employees of Acuity Knowledge Partners (earlier Moody’s Analytics). Acuity Knowledge Partners also supports Sehgal Foundation in a partnership project, Udyami Krishak, which improves the crop productivity of small and marginal farmers to sustain their livelihoods. To improve farmers’ food security, demonstrations of various crop-specific practices and water-saving irrigation practices are taught.

Workshop in Household Water Quality and Treatment

Sehgal Foundation in partnership with CAWST and Water Wisdom Foundation organized a workshop on Household Water Quality and Treatment from Nov 27-29, 2019 in Udaipur. Team members Lalit Sharma, director, Adaptive Technologies, and Aparajeeta Vaibhav, assistant program leader, Adaptive Technologies, facilitated the workshop together with CAWST.



ZS Associates supported Meri Paathshaala project transforms the lives of schoolchildren by upgrading school infrastructure, providing a library, imparting digital literacy training and life skills education, and providing other critical facilities to create a secure, healthy, and stimulating learning environment.

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Financial Literacy–Empowering Lives

By Dhruv Singh Chauhan

My perception of financial literacy in India changed completely when I had the opportunity to intern with S M Sehgal Foundation. I used to think that most of us know how to open and maintain a bank account, but that day I came to know that I was quite mistaken. Read more . . . 

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

Contributors: Dhruv Singh Chauhan, Jincy Chacko 

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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