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S M Sehgal Foundation in Top-10 NGOs in Water Management

We are pleased to share that Give India has covered S M Sehgal Foundation in top-10 NGOs implementing sustainable water management practices.  

Our program page gives you insights about our work in water management across 11 states in India. Also read Give India blog here in full.


Ms. Anjali Makhija has been appointed as a trustee and chief executive officer of S M Sehgal Foundation in May 2022. Anjali has been with the foundation since 2000 and has worked in several capacities. She holds a master's in social work (Delhi School of Social Work), economics degree (Delhi Univ.), Leadership Foundational Principles certificate course by HarvardX. She is also a Certified Corporate Director, Institute of Directors (IOD), Life Member of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI), member of Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI), and Internal Committee member for Marks and Spencer India Sourcing Office. Join us in congratulating her in the new role!

Stories from the Ground

Enabling Water Access to the Marginalized Communities 
By Ashutosh Singh and NP Singh 
Water is a valuable resource and means health, hygiene, dignity, and productivity. For marginalized communities in Chhata block of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh, access to sweet water was still a question for sixteen households of the Valmiki community, residing in village Ladpur. Read more . . .

Month at a Glance

Walmart Foundation and S M Sehgal Foundation Join Hands for Project on "Bolstering Farmer Producer Organizations in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka"

S M Sehgal Foundation announced the implementation of a two-year project on May 18, 2022, on “Bolstering Farmer Producer Organizations in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka” with philanthropic grant funding from the Walmart Foundation. The project will directly impact ten FPOs in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka and reach out to 5,000 smallholder farmers (FPO members) and a population of 25,000 people (direct family members of FPO members). Read more . . .

Crossing Borders team visit 
Crossing Borders (CB) representatives, Mr. Claus Hedegaard-Jensen (development consultant, Denmark) and Mr. Omar Al Sayed (head of Communications) visited Sehgal Foundation office and project locations in Muzaffarpur district, Bihar, from May 16–20, 2022. The project, "Women’s Empowerment in Local Development" is being implemented in twenty villages with support from CB, and funded by CISU. The team visited project progress on the ground and interacted with beneficiaries.

Webinar: Intern-Alumni and SF Staff Interaction 

S M Sehgal Foundation staff interacted with former interns over an experience-sharing webinar organized on May 21, 2022. The interactions brought out interesting facts and experiences from internships and helped interns know about the development and updates of the foundation’s work. Watch webinar video . . .

Celebration of Press Freedom Day 

S M Sehgal Foundation, through its community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8, celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2022, with a special podcast launch. The theme of this year was “Journalism Under Digital Siege.” The podcast featured Ms. Pooja O. Murada, principal lead, Outreach for Development, and Mr. Fakat Hussain, station coordinator, Alfaz-e-Mewat, in conversation with Ms. Sonia Chopra, program lead. Listen to podcast . . .

Presentation on Agile Work Environments 

S M Sehgal Foundation's CEO, Ms. Anjali Makhija, and senior manager, Human Resources, Ms. Meenakshi Mrinalini, presented information about the collaborative work culture for sustainable NGOs at the 49th IFTDO Conference and Exhibition, May 19–21, 2022, in Delhi. They shared about the values and management principles followed by the foundation team, which promote teamwork and maintain work agility.

Training program on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage 

In partnership with CAWST, S M Sehgal Foundation concluded a three-day training workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage & WASH Behavior Change from May 18–20. 

Participants learned about WASH, safe drinking water access, and community behavior change toward healthy living.


Parivartan Project: A Step Toward Progress

Catch glimpses from our long-standing partnership with HDFC Bank on project Parivartan. The video showcases impact across several villages in areas of natural resource management, clean energy, health and hygiene, life skills, agriculture livelihoods, and rural infrastructure. Watch video . . . 


Stained and Smiling 

By Chehak Mishra and Aparajeeta Vaibhav Unaware of the consequences of consuming contaminated water, people have made up their own theories regarding the disease. It wasn't until S M Sehgal Foundation intervened (in 2018–19) to make the people of aware of the link between consuming fluoride water and fluorosis. 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: Aparajeeta Vaibhav, Ashutosh Singh, Chehak Mishra, NP Singh

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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