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IAM Recognizes Sehgal Foundation, USA, for COVID Relief Work

India Association of Minnesota (IAM), based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, recently honored Jay Sehgal, head of Sehgal Foundation’s US operations, with a Person of the Year award for his efforts to arrange the delivery of much-needed equipment and supplies to rural India to help mitigate the harmful effects of COVID.


Bamboo stick handwashing station 
S M Sehgal Foundation designed a handwashing station that is simple, low cost, user friendly, easy to fabricate with locally available resources, has zero environmental footprint. The model offers ease and convenience of handwashing in an affordable DIY format, thus it has a huge potential to bring about behavior change in handwashing. Read more . . .

Strawberry farming, an alternative to economic gain 

Siddhartha Raj and Naveen Pratap Singh

Farmer Khagesh of Panchnota village, Mahendragarh district of Haryana, took up the commercial cultivation of strawberries in a half- acre of his land. A small demonstration benefitted him a lot and inspired others as well. 

Month at a Glace

Drinking Water Quality Testing course completion 

S M Sehgal Foundation in partnership with CAWST organized a free six-week self-directed online course on Drinking Water Quality Testing (DWQT) introducing the fundamental concepts of DWQT using potable water quality field test kits designed to meet the needs of humanitarian, development workers, or community health workers, who may not have access to laboratory testing equipment or services. Thirty participants across six different countries took the course, completed on March 30, 2022.

Village Fair Cleanliness Celebration

S M Sehgal Foundation organized a Swachhata Samaroh (Cleanliness Celebration) on March 27, 2022. More than 450 women from all women’s groups engaged in promoting WASH behavior, participating enthusiastically to showcase their progress, and come together to learn new things under a project “WASH for Healthy Homes” that engages ten women’s groups in partnership with CAWST and supported by Fig Tree Foundation in Jafrabad Panchayat, district Vaishali, Bihar. The project focuses on behavior change toward safe drinking water, handwashing, and sanitation practices.

Presentation at CSAS Spring Symposium at Univ of Hawaii 

Pooja Oberoi Murada, S M Sehgal Foundation, was invited to speak as part of a panel on “The Art of Communication about Health” on April 21, 2022, as part of the 39th CSAS Spring Symposium 2022: Health and Community in South Asia, held online by the University Of Hawai‘i Mānoa. She talked about the Positive Deviance application in development communications for behavior change during and post-COVID-19 wave for a rural audience.

Stories from the Ground

Family secures monthly income 

India is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, which includes a third of the world’s poor and one-eighth of the world’s elderly. The government’s old age pension benefits older people, providing them with a sustainable income. Read more . . .

Improved Animal Nutrition Increases Profit 

Selected members from Women’s Farmers Groups in Bihar noticed that the milk had become thicker in consistency and increased in quantity after feeding their  animals with the nutrient supplements. Read more . . .

News and Info

Interview on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Mr. Pawan Kumar, principal lead, Agriculture Development and Extension, S M Sehgal Foundation speaks to Doordarshan on 'Water Efficient Agriculture Practices, a step towards climate-smart agriculture.'

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!

S M Sehgal Foundation invites interns to join us in promoting rural development by sharing their skills and experience for empowering people in rural areas. See the list of projects available for virtual internships. Also see a video tutorial on Internships.


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

Contributors: Akshay Gilbert, Anand Maurya, Naveen Pratap SinghShahina Khatun, Siddhartha Raj, and Neeraj Dubey

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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