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Bhamashah Award for Transform Lives Program 
S M Sehgal Foundation received the Bhamashah award and was recognized as Shiksha Vibhusan by the Department of Education, Government of Rajasthan, in a state-level function held at Jaipur on 12 October 2022, for work in schools under the Transform Lives one school at the time program. Mr. Navneet Narwal, associate director, Transform Lives, and Mr. Pawan Kaswan, program lead, Water Management, attended the event and accepted the award. 

Department of Education Cabinet Minister Dr. B D Kalla presented the award in the presence of other government dignitaries. The foundation team has transformed the lives of schoolchildren in twenty government schools in the villages of Alwar district in the last three years. The transformation work in these government schools has provided safe and upgraded facilities to 8,591 beneficiaries: 4,208 girls, 3,988 boys, and 395 school staff, including teachers.

Visitors to Nuh and Alwar Schools Share—Dr. and Mrs. Yogesh Shah 

"The work done by the foundation, and the impact it has on local children and families, is immense. The local communities are benefiting from the efforts. To say the least, it was truly a life changing experience for us."

Read more . . . 

Community Connect

International Girl Child Day celebrations  

By Vikas Jha 

Sehgal Foundation organized several events to engage communities on the International Girl Child Day, October 11, 2022, in villages, schools, gram panchayats and universities to give opportunity for girls to have their voices heard in various forums. Read more . . .

I will continue to study and become a police officer, not marry now! 

By Salahuddin Saiphy & Swati Sinha

A schoolgirl from government high school of Sri Sathya Sai district (erstwhile Anantapur), Andhra Pradesh, stood against child marriage despite all odds and chose higher studies to build her career. Read more . . .

Upcoming Events

Learning Exchange Workshop, November 1011, 2022

Global HWTS Network and HWTS Network, India are coming together for the annual Learning Exchange Workshop on November 1011, 2022, at Gurugram, Haryana. The workshop will provide a platform to share and discuss the accomplishments and challenges to pave the way forward for better access to safe drinking water for all and also to explore the potential areas to reap the benefits of the relationship between the two networks.

Delivering Effective WASH Training,  November 1719, 2022   

S M Sehgal Foundation is organizing a three-day training workshop on Delivering Effective WASH Training (DEWT) from November 1719, 2022, in partnership with CAWST and WASH Institute for not for profits, civil society, and community-based organizations working to schieve SDG 6 and is keen to engage with government opportunities. Register Now! 

Month at a Glance

Edda Sehgal Digital library inauguration 

A digital library in partnership with Trees for Life named after Mrs. Edda Sehgal, SMSF cofounder and trustee, was inaugurated at the Government Senior Secondary School, Sahudi village, Alwar, Rajasthan. Mr. Tikaram Jully, Cabinet Minister (Jail, Social Justice and Empowerment Departments), Government of Rajasthan, visited the library and interacted with the students. The digital library will act as an e-learning resource center for students, especially girls, as it has State Government curriculum class study materials, material for competitive exams, and audio-visual content. The learning materials are also available offline to avoid connectivity issues. Moreover, the provision of solar panels for the library addresses the issue of erratic electricity so that learning can continue without disruption.

World Food Prize Laureates SPEAK OUT at the Fifth Iowa India Summit

The Mosaic Company Foundation and Sehgal Foundation in the US hosted an event at the World Food Prize International Borlaug Dialogue on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines. Four World Food Prize laureates spoke out about climate-resilient strategies, processes, and solutions to slow climate change. Read more . . .

Jaldhara VI water project inauguration and World Water Week celebrations 

Project Jaldhara VI, supported by Coca-Cola India Foundation was inaugurated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, with the objective to provide safe drinking water for the community and water conservation for six villages in district Aurangabad. In addition to the construction of check dams in one village, five water ATMs are planned that will increase access to safe drinking water in these villages. The villages observed World Water Week by holding community meetings and gatherings to discuss ways to conserve water.

Support to India Giving Day 

Sehgal Foundation is a founding member of the India Philanthropy Alliance, and the team is glad to share IPA's India Giving Day. The first-ever India Giving Day will be held on March 2, 2023, and annually thereafter. Together, we have the power to start a movement that promotes effective, thoughtful, and joyful giving to India; and we want you to be a part of it! Visit the India Giving Day website to see how you can contribute to the cause. Celebrate the gift of giving with us! 

Presentations and Conferences

Ms. Arti M. Grover, senior program lead, Outreach for Development, spoke about the work of S M Sehgal Foundation at the India Development Coalition of America (IDCA) 17th Global Conference held virtually on October 1516, 2022. The theme of the conference was “Exploring Innovative Approaches for Mitigating Poverty in India.” The presentation focused on the water management program and innovations.

Mr. Lalit Sharma, principal scientist, Water, Research, and Training, was invited as a keynote speaker by the Department of Hydrology, IIT Roorkee’s 9th International Groundwater Conference (IGWC2022) November 24, 2022, with a focus on “Effective Management of (sub)-surface Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid regions.” 

S M Sehgal Foundation in partnership with ECHO India has launched an online TOT spread across fourteen sessions commencing from October 20, 2022, for WASH in School for internal field team members.

S M Sehgal Foundation conducted training of doctors and medical officers on fluoride and fluorosis in district Narnaul on October 20, 2022.



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

Contributors: Salahuddin Saiphy, Swati Sinha, Vikas Jha

Photo Credits: S M Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Outreach for Development team

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