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Together, We Can! 
Schools in Alwar, Rajasthan, are making news with their program and infrastructure improvements and enrollment is increasing. Sehgal Foundation joined hands with Nehru Yuva Kendra in Alwar, Rajasthan, to boost the newfound confidence in schoolchildren and give them the tools needed to contribute to a more promising future. The organizations held a district-level competition for Youth Week, January 12–18, 2019. Fifteen students participated from digital literacy classes under the Transform Lives project. They are also now a part of Nehru Yuva Youth clubs. One student won an award for a speech that provided much-needed exposure to the initiative.

Be part of this powerful change for more rural schoolchildren!
As many as 130 million school-age children in primary government schools in rural India still do not have the most basic requirements for a nurturing and safe learning environment. They lack essential skills and training to prepare them for a bright future. Your donation of any amount will be matched 1:1 by Dr. Suri Sehgal and Mrs. Edda Sehgal to transform more children’s lives.


Transform Lives one school at a time

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00–9:00 PM (EST)

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Training on the Jalkalp Biosand Filter Technology, February 20–22, 2019, Hyderabad

This training workshop is an opportunity that offers know-how on sustainable solutions for treating drinking water. Read more . . .  

National Workshop on “Advances in Social and Behavioral Science Research," March 4–8, 2019, Gurugram

This workshop focuses on strengthening fundamental skills in social and behavioral research with adequate hands-on experiences with specific techniques. Read more . . . 

Change Through Communities: Lessons from District Bureaucrats
By Malvya Chintakindi
For the last decade, community-led development has been the prevailing operational strategy to steer development interventions and projects, focusing on community mobilization to ensure sustainability. 
Sehgal Foundation conducted interviews with officials in order to understand their views on the pressing water issues in the district. The interviews pointed to a larger issue, which is the lack of community motivation to work toward development goals. Read more . . .  


Promoting Good Rural Governance for effective delivery of services to citizens
By Upasana Upadhyaya
Punas village in Samastipur district, Bihar, has seen sushasan (good governance) champions bringing about positive changes along with active participation and cooperation of the community. Sustainable solutions are led by community members. Read more . . .


University of Iowa student group visit to Sehgal Foundation 
Since 2006, Sehgal Foundation has been hosting University of Iowa student groups, mostly from the engineering school, who have focused on studying salinity in water and measuring the impact of the foundation’s efforts in mitigating water scarcity and water-related health concerns. Together, the two institutions apply technologies and publish the research. Accompanied by Professor Marian Muste and Allen Bradley, the group this year presented their study findings across themes, including mapping groundwater salinity near check dams, monitoring rainwater harvesting pockets and wells; measuring the coliform presence in water samples from Nuh; and understanding rainwater harvesting prototypes and the economics.

Community events on themes of women’s empowerment and sanitation
Community members in Siwan, Bihar, and Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, witnessed mega events on themes of women’s empowerment and sanitation for a month in December–January. The events also celebrated a TV series, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon, produced by Population Foundation of India and Bombay Local Pictures. Season 1 and 2 of the series, broadcast on community radio, received good responses and inspired people to question prevalent behaviors and cultural norms. The events also provided an entertainment platform to local folk artists and featured grassroots women changemakers.

Promoting financial literacy
In an effort to spread financial literacy through community radio programs, Alfaz-e-Mewat, Alwar Ki Awaaz, and Salaam Namaste are proud to bring a series on financial literacy titled Vitya Vani under Project Samarth in association with Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Ltd. The series bridges the financial literacy gap in rural communities by organizing community awareness events, enabling them to improve their financial planning and access financial services through various institutions and mechanisms.

Inauguration of Water and Wastewater Resource Centre 
Housed in the Rural Technology Park at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad, the Water and Wastewater Resource Centre (WWRC), established by Sehgal Foundation, was inaugurated on January 6, 2019. The centre hosts working models, demonstration models, panels, posters, murals, etc., on various technologies for water conservation and wastewater management suitable for rural areas. Read more . . .

Building alliances for strengthening rural development!

Sehgal Foundation co-organized a seminar for students of journalism department of Ramlal Anand College, University Of Delhi on "Role of Media in Rural Development." Pooja O Murada, director, Communications, shared the foundation's community media and communications model. A Panelist from Population Foundation of India spoke about the television series, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon on women's empowerment. 


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

Contributors: Aparna Radhakrishnan, Malvya Chintakindi, Siprian Kiro, Susmita Guru, Upasana Upadhyaya

Photo credits: Sehgal Foundation staff

Design and Production: Communications team

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