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Note from the Founder Chairman

The Year That Was . . . 

As we say goodbye to 2021, we look back at the challenging times posed by the spread of the second COVID wave and its ongoing implications. The loss of life and livelihoods hit every family hard, and interfered with many development activities of the foundation. 

In spite of difficulties caused by new variants of virus, the S M Sehgal Foundation teams, continued to make progress through webinars, 

radio, and the written material to promote good practices to combat the virus. Since the foundation has boots on the ground, it was able to get COVID-fighting supplies to remote rural areas in the country. 

The foundation is currently working across eleven states in India to enable communities to be back on their feet. Using the proven principles and strategies, we continue to strive to further translate our vision for rekindling hope in rural India into a reality. 

As we enter 2022, we sincerely wish for the good health of everyone. The ideals and ethics fostered at all levels of S M Sehgal Foundation have been instrumental in attracting powerful and effective partnerships with organizations in business, academia, government, nonprofit philanthropy, in communities, and with individuals locally, regionally, and across the globe.

Before closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support over the years and wish you all the best in the New Year. 

Suri Sehgal 

Sabera Award to S M Sehgal Foundation 
S M Sehgal Foundation received the Sabera Award 2021 in the category of Special Jury Commendation for NGO of the Year. Ms Anjali Makhija, chief operating officer, S M Sehgal Foundation, received the award on behalf of the team and represented the foundation in the virtual award ceremony held December 9, 2021. Sabera’s annual social impact award and summit highlight the best practices and sustainable development initiatives by corporates, nonprofits, and individuals. Read more . . .

Latest at Sehgal Foundation

Conference on Rural Development Initiatives

A Rural Development Initiatives conference was held in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Participants included corporate partners Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, Krish-e, CANPACK Group, farmers, and women leaders, media people, KVK representatives, and academia representatives of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth. Thematic sessions on water management and agriculture development discussed the rural initiatives and the challenges overcome. The sharing event marked S M Sehgal Foundation's four years and continuing journey in rural development in this region. Read more . . .

Watch Video: S M Sehgal Foundation's Footprints in Maharashtra

Mahendragarh district in Haryana has an Uttam Gram in progress 

By Shashank Devra 

In the Uttam Gram (exemplary village) initiative of S M Sehgal Foundation, various development activities undertaken by the foundation team are being sustained in select villages by village development committees and gram panchayats. Read more . . .

HWTS Learning Exchange 

S M Sehgal Foundation in joint partnership with CAWST and NIRDPR-National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj hosted a virtual learning exchange workshop for HWTS Network, India, members on December 21–22, 2021, 7:30–9:00 pm IST. Practitioners working on safe drinking water issues shared their experiences, challenges, and updates on the subject. Read report . . .

Recharge Well in Government Senior Secondary School, Kherla 

By Pawan Kaswan and Navneet Narwal 

S M Sehgal Foundation and Rio Tinto came up with a low-cost, environment-friendly solution—a recharge well to clear up the waterlogging of the school campus as well as improve groundwater levels through recharge. Read more . . . 

Stories from the Ground


Public-Private Partnerships: The way forward for safe water in rural India 

Lack of access to safe water leads to a health burden that is borne by the rural masses in terms of higher prices for water, risk of disease, and other associated issues. Are public private partnerships (PPP) the answer to water management? Read more . . .

Is small farm profitability possible in the Indian context? 

Though small farming plays an important role in food production for India’s vast population, most small farmers in India are poor, food insecure, have limited access to agriculture and sustainable development, and face a diversity of challenges. 

Read more . . .

Listen to our Podcast

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


Join Us!

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: Pawan Kaswan, Navneet Narwal, Shashank Devra

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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