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Transform lives one school at a time

The lives of schoolchildren in rural India have been transformed by Sehgal Foundation under Transform Lives one school at a time with innovative models of school buildings designed to resemble cruise ships, trains, and airplanes. These models, created in government schools, have just been adopted by the district administration for 20 government schools in Rajasthan. This exciting decision may result in other local governments adopting the designs, and hopefully even more of the features of the Transform Lives model. This effort to create a better future for the youth of rural India is a perfect example of the type of accomplishment Sehgal Foundation teams most want to achieve!

Story of Change

From learning about village institutions to becoming a sarpanch

Ch. Kavitha’s story is about an achiever who began as a mere citizen and quickly emerged as a people’s representative. Kavitha shares that “it is very rare to have an opportunity to realize one’s dreams and then implement what we have learned.” After learning about village-level institutions, she became a part of the same. Read more . . .

Women in Gram Panchayats

Enjoy the third in the series of videos showing the powerful impact of S M Sehgal Foundation work with women leaders in gram panchayats. 

Change starts with us. Making this adage true is Monu Devi from village Chachera, Nuh, a gram panchayat member who developed her village by undertaking infrastructure development work such as a water pipeline, streetlights, school transformation, anganwadi, and more.

Latest at Sehgal Foundation

Government officials visit schools
Mr. Nannu Mal Pahadiya, I.A.S. (District Magistrate) of Alwar district of Rajasthan visited the Government Senior Secondary School at Mahuva Khurd village of Umrain block on Jan 18, 2021. He appreciated the transformation work done in the school, especially the provision of a rainwater harvesting system. This school was transformed during the lockdown period and is now ready to welcome children back to school.

Thanks to our housekeeping team!
Sehgal Foundation’s housekeeping team took prompt action by extending immediate help as a massive fire broke out in the neighboring Jindal building in Sector 44 on Jan 5, 2021, in the wee hours. The housekeeping staff responded effectively, restricting the damage by dousing the spreading flames with water at our end. We thank our housekeeping team for being proactive and vigilant.

Inauguration of two transformed schools 
Two schools recently transformed in the districts Alwar, Rajasthan, and Muzzafarpur, Bihar, were inaugurated by government representatives. Government Senior Secondary School, village Hajipur, Alwar district, was inaugurated on Jan 11, 2021, by Sh. Tikka Ram Julie, labour minister, Rajasthan Government. Hari Singh Senior Secondary School in Kanti block of Muzaffarpur district was inaugurated by the member of legislative assembly, Md Israil Mansuri, in the presence of school principal and other teachers on Dec 30, 2020.

ACGC Top 30 under 30 recognition
Ms. Yashi Gautam, assistant program lead, Water Research and Training, was selected as part of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) Top 30 under 30 recognition. ACGC is a network of organizations and individuals in Alberta working globally and locally to achieve sustainable development and global citizenship. Yashi was nominated by Mr. Suneel Rajavaram, Senior Global WASH Advisor, CAWST, a Sehgal Foundation partner organization in the fall 2020, and a member of ACGC. Congratulations to Yashi! The Sehgal Foundation team wishes her the best for her work in the drinking water sector in India.

Sehgal Foundation is Podcasting!

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

Sarpanch conference in Aurangabad
The Sehgal Foundation team in Aurangabad organized a conference on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development that was presented on Dec 31, 2020. Sarpanches and ward members of villages were invited. Speakers invited to address the group were from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, the sarpanch of model village Golegaon, the head of G. Pathrikar College of Agriculture, and a specialist in fisheries.

National Girl Child Day celebrations 
Sehgal Foundation teams in different geographies celebrated the National Girl Child Day on Jan 24, 2021, by conducting village-level events talking about gender equality and sharing about women role models and leaders at the grassroots. In district Mahendragarh, under partnership project Parivartan with support from HDFC Bank, the team observed the day by recognizing girl students to encourage them to study further. The team also shared a series of social media posts on women exemplars and beneficiaries at the grassroots to mark the occasion.


A paper titled “Rural Household Cooking Fuel Choices: A Multidimensional Approach” by team members, Mr. Chander Shekhar Mehra, and Ms. Niti Saxena, Rural Research and Development, has been carried in the Indian Journal of Human Development published by SAGE. The publication is an outcome of the study funded by Mondo. Read full paper . . .


Join Us!

Sehgal Foundation invites interns to join us in the cause of rural development by sharing their skills and experience for empowering people in rural areas. We are currently only accepting select virtual internships due to COVID-19. See the list of projects available for virtual internships.


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

Contributors: Chander Shekhar Mehra, Hari Prasad Rao, Niti Saxena, Salahuddin Saiphy

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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