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S M Sehgal Foundation completed twenty-three years of its rural development journey. June 22, 1999, was the day that S M Sehgal Foundation was registered in India with the vision of Dr. Suri Sehgal and Edda Sehgal to give back to the rural communities. Because of their unrelenting spirit of philanthropy and leadership, we have expanded our presence from four villages in one district in one state to reach 1,689 villages across 52 districts in 11 states, and growing. Together with communities, our partners and supporters, we strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India. 

We wish for this journey to continue to create greater impact for many more years to come. The short video below takes a walk down the memory lane. 

Anjali Makhija 

Trustee and CEO

Month at a Glance

Course on Drinking Water Quality Testing 

S M Sehgal Foundation rolled out a six-week virtual certificate course on Drinking Water Quality Testing (DWQT) in partnership with CAWST beginning June 7, 2022. The self-paced course is co-facilitated by Seeds of Hope International Partnerships, WASH Skills Development Organization, and Aqua Clara, Kenya.

Project inauguration in Gwalior 

On June 14, 2022, S M Sehgal Foundation (SMSF) team inaugurated and handed over two pond structures in Gwalior under Neer Sanrakshan Project supported by Pernod Ricard India Foundation. PRI Plant Head-Gwalior, Ms. Rajni Gupta; National Program Manager, PRIF, Ms. Latika Nayar; and other PRIF team members along with Ms. Anjali Makhija, Trustee and CEO, SMSF; project team and key village committee members participated.

Paper Presentation

Ms. Namrata Borthakur, senior research associate, Rural Research and Development, participated in the 21st Indian Association of Social Sciences Institutions (IASSI) Annual Conference held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai during June 13–15, 2022. She presented her paper, “Understanding Household Food Insecurity from Covid-19: A Qualitative Study in Rural Rajasthan” at the conference.

Yoga Promotion through community radio 

Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8, with support from Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, and Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) promoted awareness on yoga and its benefits among rural communities in Nuh. We held village meetings and awareness sessions with youth in our coverage area to adopt healthy living through yoga and physical exercise.

Honorary Roles at WICCI 

Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) has invited S M Sehgal Foundation’s Trustee and CEO, Ms. Anjali Makhija and Principal Scientist, Rural Research and Development, Ms. Niti Saxena, for holding honorary roles in Haryana Agriculture Council, as state president and state vice president respectively. Anjali and Niti will be working together with the council members on policy issues related to women in agriculture.

Signing of MOU with IMPRI 

S M Sehgal Foundation signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) on knowledge mobilization with IMPRI (Impact and Policy Research Institute), a think tank for proactive, independent, nonpartisan and evidence-based research. We will be working with IMPRI on preparing joint recommendations to government departments, conduct capacity building programs, and undertake joint research studies.



Mini-Sprinkler Saves Water and Input Costs 
By Ajay Bhavsar and Sanjay Tewari 
Abbas opted for a demonstration of a mini sprinkler system, which he used to irrigate his 1.09 acres of land. The mini sprinkler saved him about 30 to 50 percent of the water he typically used, which could now be used for the timely irrigation of other crops. Read more . . .

Digital and Life Skills Awareness assists the economically challenged 
By Jitendra Koli and Ankit Ojha 
Digital India is a flagship program of the Government of India, with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Learn how awareness on digital skills is becoming an asset for the youth. Read more . . .

Arsenic Removal in Groundwater 
By Lalit Mohan Sharma and Yashi Gautam Groundwater plays a vital role in rural and urban domestic needs, industrial needs, and irrigation purposes in India. The consumption of arsenic concentration above the desired limit affects health, including respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. 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.


Meet our summer interns

Siobhan Hull is an American student attending Cornell University in New York. She is studying sociology and environmental sciences, and her interests lie in fostering sustainable community systems and examining the impact of climate change. She is working with Ms. Pooja O. Murada in Outreach for Development to explore the role of media in development issues, especially climate change. 

Arya Bairat is from the US studying Economics at Cornell University, New York. His passions lie in enabling the next generation of farmers and laborers to succeed and to create a sustainable future for all. He is working with Dr. Pradeep Mehta from Research to analyze laser-leveling and sprinkler irrigation systems and devising a plan to better track and manage water inputs/outputs in various settings.


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

Contributors: Ajay Bhavsar, Ankit Ojha, Jitendra Koli, Lalit Mohan Sharma, Sanjay Tewari  and Yashi Gautam

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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