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A Heartfelt Wish . . .

Sehgal Foundation extends best wishes for the safety of all our readers and their families during these trying times. Let us be together, not let our guard down, follow COVID appropriate behaviors at all times, and extend our help to those who need it. Be strong and be healthy!

COVID Second Wave in India 

COVID-19 has affected the lives of millions of people in India. The onset of a second wave of COVID-19 in 2021 has brought further damage to an already crippled economy, livelihoods, and infrastructure.

Helping rural communities overcome challenges
S M Sehgal Foundation’s (Sehgal Foundation) initial activities in response to COVID-19 focused on distribution of essential items such as soaps, sanitizers, masks, gloves, and thermal scanners to frontline workers and villagers, and food and nutrition kits to underserved communities. 

Moving from relief to rehabilitation, the foundation activities and programs focused on building rural resilience with improved farm productivity (better agri technologies and practices), and increased water availability in villages (rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge). Schools have been made safer for children with handwashing stations, toilets, and drinking water facilities; and communities are being made safer by building their awareness levels of the relief packages provided by central and state governments and by enhancing local participation and sustainability in rural panchayats. Alfaz-e-Mewat, our community radio station, played a key role during the lockdown last year and continues to spread awareness on prevention and the importance of vaccination.

A Big Thank You

Sehgal Foundation extends a big thanks to individual supporters across the United States who donated generously to save lives affected by the second wave of COVID-19 in India. Working in close coordination with local partners and government officials, the Sehgal Foundation team on the ground in India is ensuring that critical equipment directly reaches those who need it in public hospitals in villages across 7 states. 

This would not have been possible without your timely help! 

We are in need of more oxygen cylinders, ventilators, personal protective equipment, rapid diagnostic tests, and therapeutics to be sent to rural villages in India.


Special Feature: Joining Hands 

Dr. Sunil Lalla, MD, a pulmonologist in Fort Myers, Florida, and his family have been a huge support to Sehgal Foundation’s work. In this issue, we share information and resources from Dr. Lalla’s experiences with COVID-19 recovery in patients. See a video testimonial below that shares how breathing exercises helped save life. 

Breathing and Pranayama

Lung exercises or breathing exercises are beneficial for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19.


Apart from the many benefits of Suryanamaskar or Sun salutation, comprising of 12-yoga poses, improves the capacity of the lungs, stimulates oxygen supply and regulates it to all the vital organs in the body, which is much needed in the present times.

We wish you all good health and safety! 

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