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School Transformation

Government Senior Secondary School at Parsa ka Bas village, district Alwar, Rajasthan, has been transformed in partnership with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing of Department of Education under Transform Lives one school at a time program. The metamorphosis is huge, and schoolchildren take pride in the changes done in their school. 

(Video courtesy: Mr. Rajesh Lawania, SSA, Alwar, Rajasthan)


Story of Change

Encroached land retrieved by empowered community

By Debika Goswami and Sagar Siddhant

Rajina, a BPL legal beneficiary, together with fellow villagers, retrieved encroached land after learning about the government program through the Citizen Information and Support Centre (CISC). 

Here is what she did . . .

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Water is life and beyond. . .
Everyone has their own perceptions about water. Let us understand and consider the value of water for others too. On this World Water Day, Sehgal Foundation team wishes water for all—for better health, growth, and development in a peaceful and sustainable world. 
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Women Farmers Conclave organized
On March 7, 2021, the Sehgal Foundation team organized Women Farmers Day at primary school Newari Ghorawal, Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh. The event was attended by the Block Monitoring Coordinator from UNICEF, auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), ASHA and anganwadi workers, and schoolteachers. About 200 women participated in the event.

International Women's Day Celebrations
International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, 2021, were held in varied ways across project locations in district Mahendergarh and Nuh, Haryana. Over 300 women gathered to discuss about health and nutrition, digital awareness, gender equity in the presence of a chief guest from the Education Department and Anganwadi Department. Women sarpanches, women doctors and teachers, the Women and Child Protection officer of the district, among others, participated in these sessions and encouraged participants to understand and value themselves and their priorities.

Drought elimination project
Sehgal Foundation is implementing a drought elimination program in Marripadu mandal of district Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, in D.C. Palli, Tikkavaram, Chilakapadu, Ketugunta villages. The ongoing project in fourteen villages will focus on farm ponds, soil conservation, soil testing, and social forestry with the support of villagers. These interventions will be done with some community contributions for long-term ownership through Tank User Groups. Smt. Supraja Gopal Reddy, sarpanch, laid the foundation stone for construction of a farm pond in the village D.C. Palli.

Economic Advisors visit community radio
Senior Economic Advisor, Mr. Pooranchand Bodh, and Economic Advisor, Mr. P K Abdul Kareem, from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, visited community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat on Saturday, March 20, 2021, to look at the operations and functioning of community radios and how they are instrumental in disseminating important information at the last mile.

Community members lead the sanitation drive
A sanitation drive was facilitated on March 8, 2021, in Chunni Kalan village, district Fatehgrah Sahib, Punjab. Block Development Officer, Mahender Singh, flagged off the sanitation drive led by 100 community members, along with the village sarpanch, panch, all ward members, village development committee members, schoolteachers, and others. The drive was conducted as part of Project Pragati.

Distribution of solar spray pumps 
Solar spray pumps were distributed to farmers across ten villages in a farmers’ meet held at village Goyla, district Nuh, Haryana, under the Gram Uday project. Sehgal Foundation team member, Nandpal Singh, speaking about the benefits of solar spray pumps, shared that about 3–4 acres of land can be covered using a pump in a single day.

Presentations of Sehgal Foundation work
Sehgal Foundation COO, Ms Anjali Makhija, spoke at the GCNI Gender Equality Summit 2021 virtual event on March 10, 2021, on the theme “COVID and New Gender Equations: Adversity to Opportunity.” Anjali also spoke at a webinar “Women on the frontline” organized by Crossing Borders on March 8, 2021.

International Women’s Day recognition
Sehgal Foundation principal lead, Outreach for Development, Pooja O Murada, was nominated by Lead India Foundation (US), for their Power Women Award for her work in communications and outreach for rural development. The event felicitated 111 women from different fields of work from India and has been covered by the World Book of Records, London, and the Karnataka Book of Records.

A Tale of Struggle: Lack of Water Threatens Tigers and Humans
The Panna tigers face another challenge they share with the human community in the surrounding area: a struggle for water security. The Sehgal Foundation team visited these human settlements along with Last Wilderness Foundation to suggest solutions for water scarcity in the area. Read more . . .



Technology makes life easier
By Sonia Chopra
Technology is ever-changing. With digital communication technologies, connecting people across the globe has become easier and faster. Read more . . .

Water harvesting – An ancient tradition, must for each village
Water harvesting is not new to India. Ancient India had a rich and diverse history of water harvesting where demographic and technological factors synergized and gave way to innovations that are still relevant today. Read more . . .


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News and Media

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

Contributors: Debika Goswami, Sagar Siddhant, Sonia Chopra, Siprian Kiro

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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