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This year Sehgal Foundation crossed the milestone of 15 years of collaboration with rural people who seek to lead a secure, prosperous, and dignified life. This issue of Connect presents news of events we are holding as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of our work. In the last three months, Sehgal Foundation held many community events and thematic discussions, such as how to meaningfully implement the Right to Education in Haryana and "frequently asked legal questions" at village-level legal literacy camps in Mewat district, Haryana. Community members organized a rally to save trees and build water harvesting structures in Alwar, Rajasthan, and women farmers from Alwar were honored as part of ICRISAT's Women Farmers' Day on September 12, 2014. In addition, our community radio initiative Alfaz-e-Mewat marked and celebrated 24 special national and social days.

Upcoming events are posted on the Sehgal Foundation website www.smsfoundation.org, which has a new look and feel. Do share your feedback on the website and on this issue of Connect with us. Please email me at CEO@smsfoundation.org.

Visit www.smsfoundation.org for details of our work and the event calendar for our 15th anniversary year!

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Back to Johad: A story of people's endeavor

Five villages of Samra Panchayat (village council) in Rajasthan relived the old times by constructing earthen and masonry water harvesting structures to augment water for agriculture and other uses.

Strong community participation in Hameerpur, Kaler, Jaitpur Gujran, and Natata villages has led the Samra Panchayat, located on the periphery of once water abundant Sariska forest, to solve water scarcity in the area. Members of a village water committee formed in the project villages took stock of the problems in the region and prioritized them.

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From the Field

An effort to uplift the education level in Mewat

Voices for Change

Members of School Management Committees in Mewat met the district-level officials to discuss hindrances to uplift the level of education in the state of Haryana. Mewat Education Forum gave an opportunity to the committee members to participate in the deliberations on increasing enrolment of girl students in schools and decreasing their dropout rates. The major problems highlighted during the course of the event include lack of female teachers, very few girl-only schools, and lack of sanitation facilities (toilets) in schools due to shortage of water. The purpose of the series was to create a platform for partnerships and collaborations to improve education in government schools. The Haryana Education Department participated to take inputs on the problems in education system and suggest solutions.
Santosh, President of Chaman Samuh (women's collective), in village Rathibass of Mewat district of Haryana, has displayed undeterred will and the power of collectivism. She, along with 300 women of her village started a drive against alcoholism and forced an alcohol booth to close down. While working as a crusader against the menace of alcoholism in her village, she motivates other women of Mewat district to stand up against evils. Community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat (Rural Voices of Mewat) FM 107.8 provided a media platform to such community women and profiled their stories of struggle in a 30-episode series titled Udaan (flight).

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Millennium Alliance award for water project

Paper on Innovation to make potable water available published

Sehgal Foundation's innovation titled "Installation of pressurized recharge wells for creating fresh water pockets in saline ground water areas" won a Millennium Alliance award in August 2014. The technology made it possible to recharge groundwater with rainwater in saline groundwater areas and harvested water can be used for drinking and other household purposes. The sustainable solution provides safe water in schools that previously had no source of water. A paper on "Innovation for Making Potable Water Available in Saline Groundwater Areas" has been published by Journal of Water and Resource Protection. The paper, written by Lalit Sharma, Director—Adaptive Rural Technologies at Sehgal Foundation, focuses on an innovative technique of creating a pool of fresh groundwater within a saline aquifer.
Events at a Glance

OCT 2: Celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8, Ghaghas
OCT 14: IOWA India Submit, USA
OCT 16: Capacity Building Workshop for Waqt ki Awaaz Community Radio Station
OCT 18: Participated in International Conference on Poverty and Climate Change in India Organized by India Development Coalition of America
NOV 11: Celebration of Education Day at Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8
NOV 12: Village-level Legal Literacy Camp in Nuh, Mewat, Haryana
NOV 14: Launch of Community Learning Program Radio Series Titled Shauchalay Mere Angana
NOV 16: Des Moines Fundraiser Event, USA
NOV 21-23: Training on Mainstreaming Gender in Community Radio by
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, UNESCO, and Sehgal Foundation Staff
DEC 3-6: Training for Community Radio Stations under FREE/DEM Initiative

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Upcoming Events

DEC 7: Members' Meeting of Sehgal Foundation Des Moines Chapter, USA
DEC 18: Village Legal Literacy Camp in Nagina Block of Mewat, Haryana
DEC 23: Village Legal Literacy Camp in Firozepur Jhirka Block of Mewat, Haryana
JAN 12-13: 11th International Conference on Inspiring Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Eradication and Climate Change Mitigation by India Development Coalition of America in Ahmedabad
MAR 13: Fifth Annual Good Governance Conference at Sehgal Foundation
MAR 13-15: Workshop on Access to Justice in KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar

Editors: Pooja O. Murada, Director, Communications; Arti M. Grover, Program Leader, Communications; and Charu Khanna, Copywriter

Acknowledgement: Community and Sehgal Foundation team have contributed to this issue.

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