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Transform Lives one school at a time Impact

Renovation of high school leaves residents of Chilamathur in awe 

By Jincy Chacko

Walking around the school premises, students radiate confidence and pride. This school is a living example of how infrastructure along with practical trainings play an effective role in promoting learning and development. 

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Kisan Sammelan (farmer conclave) organized

A kisan sammelan was organized in district Nuh, Haryana, on Feb 26 under a partnership project with participation from 268 farmers who shared their experiences on the interventions. Nine stalls provided agriculture-related information for farmers. The District Horticulture Officer and Block Agriculture Officer were the chief guest and special guest respectively. They visited stalls and interacted with farmers, advising them to use fewer chemicals in agriculture. A quiz session was organized to understand the impact of capacity-building programs.

Water workshops in Hyderabad

In partnership with Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Canada, and The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) two workshops were conducted including a JalKalp Biosand Filter Technology training on Feb 24–26, promoting access to clean drinking water for communities. A workshop on Sharing Experiences and Technologies on Household Water Treatment and Storage on Feb 27–28 included water practitioners from civil society, corporates, and grassroots-based organizations who presented technological solutions for cross learning and further scaling up.  

Exposure visit for school students in Alwar

An exposure visit for over 110 school students was organized on Feb 18 under the Transform Lives one school at a time project. Students visited museums and local government offices and participated in an interface meeting with government officials. Deputy Secretary, Child Labor Department, was the chief guest for the occasion, which also included officials from the District Legal Services Authority and Nehru Yuva Kendra, who spoke about child rights, the importance of sports in child development, labor rights, and options for livelihoods for youth. Students gained new perspectives and exposure to governance systems at the block and district level.

Annual gender sensitization training

The Gender Committee conducted a workshop for the Sehgal Foundation team in Nuh on Feb 18 where invited gender experts discussed about the Policy against Sexual Harassment and gender stereotypes. The group delved into the subject in a participatory way. Gender Committee members reiterated the organization’s gender policy, the discussed the Internal Complaints Committee and its role. Over sixty-five participants engaged actively and discussed ways to set positive examples for promoting gender equality.

Community Story

Farm mechanization: A boost to crop productivity and entrepreneurial spirit
By Jincy Chacko

Until a few years ago, Ram Pukar Khushwaha from East Champaran, Bihar, was a traditional farmer, but today he is a trendsetter in his region. He was one of the first few farmers to adopt mechanization practices. Read more . . . 


Sharing rural development interventions and learning!

Sehgal Foundation COO Anjali Makhija, and Pooja O. Murada, director, Communications, take part in engaging discussions and sharing sessions with the students and donor community in the US from Feb 28 through Mar 10. Key events included a talk on women's empowerment and economic development in rural India on Mar 2 at St. Catherine’s University, Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics; meeting with Des Moines and Minnesota chapter members, and Transform Lives one school at a time event in Florida on Mar 7.

In the Spotlight

Quacks: The Health Services Lifeline in rural India?

By Vikas Jha (published in Review of Management, Dec 2019) 

Jholachhap doctors (“quacks”) are easily found in urban slums and in rural India. They do not have medical degrees; most learn medical practices by serving as assistants under physicians in the cities. However, these doctors continue to be relevant in India’s health ecosystem. 

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Sehgal Foundation & District Legal Services Authority Collaboration: A Model for Social Justice

By Navneet Narwal

Sehgal Foundation through its Good Rural Governance program has been organizing legal literacy camps at the village level in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authorities. The characteristics of this collaborative model help to promote social justice. Read more . . .  



Udyami Krishak: An enterprising farmer 

This film encapsulates the journey of project Udyami Krishak supported by Acuity Knowledge Partners that has benefited over 500 farmers in select villages of district Nuh, Haryana.

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News and Media

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

Contributors: Jincy Chacko, Navneet Narwal, Vikas Jha 

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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