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Renewed Schools Reopen 
Varsha, a class 11 student from Alwar, Rajasthan, was delighted to attend school after such a long break due to the pandemic. She says, “We feel so happy to be back to this colorful premises. We are following all COVID-appropriate behavior in our school and handwashing has become an integral part of our life. Our school was in very good shape when we joined back.” Sehgal Foundation teams, with support from donors and partners, school management committees, and villagers in rural India, had worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown to create safer, more-functional school infrastructures, and beautify school premises—to make government schools ready to welcome back the kids.

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Annual Fundraiser, November 13, 2021 

Along with donors and partners across the US and in India, Sehgal Foundation in the US will celebrate and share the successes of rural schoolchildren across India who now have the tools for a more promising future—all because of a proven model of empowerment: Transform Lives one school at a time. The fundraiser is being held virtually with participants in the US and in India, and we will hear directly from children and their parents about the transformation. Register Now . . .

   

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Drinking water and bala paintings replicated in Government Schools, in Nuh, Haryana 
By Sagar Siddhant and Nasir Hussain
Vinita, a student of the school, says that facilities of drinking water, toilets, school grounds, and classrooms have had a face lift, so schoolchildren like coming to school and staying in school for the full school day. She says it makes learning easier and more enjoyable. Read more . . .

My Daughter My Tree initiative celebrates the girl child 
By Vishnu Khedkar and Arti M. Grover
S M Sehgal Foundation has been working on projects in water management and agriculture in district Aurangabad, Maharashtra, and the newest initiative is “My Daughter My Tree,” which was started with the objective to question society’s mindset of preferring a boy child over a girl child, and also addressing environmental protection. Read more . . .

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Empowering Sustainability global webinar 
Sehgal Foundation's executive vice president and trustee, Mr. Jay Sehgal, spoke as part of a global day-long webinar on the theme “Empowering Sustainability” organized by Lead India on October 15, 2021. The event marked the 90th birthday of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Jay shared about Sehgal Foundation’s work empowering rural communities through programs on water management, agricultural development, local participation, Transform Lives one school at a time, and Outreach for Development. 

   
   

Webinar on role of community radios 
S M Sehgal Foundation principal lead, Outreach for Development, Ms. Pooja O Murada, spoke on a panel “Voices of CR stations in North India: Experiences & Challenges” on October 23, 2021. Under the theme “Let's Celebrate Communities” Power Radio, a publication, was released, profiling CR stations work in the pandemic. Alfaz-e-Mewat kept its transmission going unhalted during the pandemic, reaching people with important information about the virus spread, government help being extended, debunking myths around vaccination, and fact checking of fake news. Pooja was also invited to speak at the community radio awareness workshop organized by the Ministry of Information and broadcasting for eastern states on October 9, 2021.
   
   

Successful completion of HWTS certificate course 
The six-week virtual certificate course on the Introduction to Household Water treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) organized jointly by Sehgal Foundation and CAWST came to a successful end in October. Speakers from CAWST, TERI, and INREM Foundation joined the valedictory session. Pawan Kumar Kaswan, a qualified civil engineer working with the Transform Lives program at Sehgal Foundation, secured the second position in the course gamification by breaking international records. We congratulate Pawan for setting a record! The course gave participants insights into HWTS and its role in providing clean drinking water.
   
   

Partner field visit 
Leadership team from our partner, RioTinto, including Mr Vikram Merchant, Country Head, RioTinto India; Mr Pankaj Yadav, Head-Administration, Travel and Security; Ms Meghna Chaturvedi, Senior Advisor, Corporate Relations; Mr Pravin There, Advisor, Health, Safety, Environment and Community visited project site in village Kherla, Gurugram, on October 29, 2021. S M Sehgal Foundation is doing a water conservation project where a recharge well has been constructed in Government Sr. Sec. School, Kherla and pond development work is in progress. Earlier, Mr Gurpreet Singh, General Manager, RioTinto also visited the project site.
   

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Ms. Anjali Makhija, chief operating officer, Sehgal Foundation, co-chaired a session at the 9th Social Work Congress,  a 3-day event jointly organized by NAPSWI, Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work Nagpur, MASWE on October 30. The session theme was 'Social Work, Community Resilience and Social Cohesion during COVID-19 and new normal.' She also spoke on the topic 'Rekindling women leadership in rural India.'

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Sehgal Foundation invites interns to join us in promoting rural development by sharing their skills and experience for empowering people in rural areas. We are currently accepting select virtual internships due to COVID-19. See the list of projects available for virtual internships. Also see a video tutorial on Internships at Sehgal Foundation.

   

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

Contributors:  Amol Bhilange, Nasir Hussain, Sagar Siddhant, Vishnu Khedkar

Photo Credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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