Sehgal Foundation engages in strategic partnerships to build strong synergies and collaborate with organizations that help make a greater impact in the lives of rural people. Sehgal Foundation continues to strengthen its knowledge base and expand village interventions by working with government, nonprofits, academia, and corporate organizations.
We thank all individual donors for their contributions toward various rural development projects. Every partner ensures value.
Below is a brief snapshot of a few ongoing and/or recently completed partnership projects.
The Sehgal Foundation based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt private foundation that was first established in 1998. The US team works closely with the non-resident Indian community in Iowa and elsewhere to support the development work by S M Sehgal Foundation and others interested in development work in India.
This project aims to enhance farm productivity and empower farmers in the community to lead more secure and prosperous lives. A key component is promoting water conservation in villages and supporting the development of infrastructures in villages to conserve water. The project also promotes education of children in these remote villages by offering them a healthy learning environment which entails, at a minimum, the provision of potable water, decent sanitary facilities, and a safe school building.
This project promotes integrated water management for improved livelihoods and food security. The project supports villagers in the building of rainwater harvesting structures to collect, store, and recharge groundwater, and creates infrastructures to manage household wastewater. The project trains farmers on the application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and water-efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture.
Project Gram Unnati aims to benefit smallholder farmers of Jodhpur, Pali, and Barmer districts of Rajasthan by improving crop productivity through promotion of better agronomic practices, conserving water through promotion of water saving irrigation practices and rainwater harvesting, and build capacities of farmers through exposure visits and training sessions.
Project Vriddhi adopts an integrated approach focusing on various aspects of rural well-being. This includes conserving and harvesting water, improving farm livelihoods, improving delivery of public services, particularly related to education, nutrition, health and sanitation, among others. The project is aimed at improving the livelihoods of 1,500 people in the village of Rohira in Nuh district, Haryana.
Integrated Village Development project titled Project Parivartan aims to improve the lives of rural communities in areas of natural resource management, clean energy, health and hygiene, life skills, agriculture livelihoods, and rural infrastructure. The project goal is to create positive change in the lives of villagers including adolescent girls, young women and mothers, school-going and dropout children, farmers, and the elderly in districts Nuh, Rewari, and Mahendrgarh, Haryana.
This project aims to empower rural citizens to play a leading role in the communities and build knowledge and skills of farmers to make agriculture and allied activities more remunerative. It provides information about government programs and services through a toll-free number, builds capacities of villagers to engage effectively with panchayats (village councils) and village-level institutions for improving access to government programs. Farmers are given exposure on agriculture management practices, use of new technology, and are encouraged to adopt allied agricultural activities such as horticulture and livestock development.
This project involves the renovation of physical infrastructures and deteriorated government school buildings in a village. This includes repairing the existing structural weaknesses of buildings, creating new and safer infrastructures, and providing an environment that is conducive to better learning. This intervention is designed to retain and increase school attendance and improve students’ academic performance.
This project trains students from government schools in villages on the workings of digital devices such as tablets and laptops with an eventual focus on Internet literacy, thus connecting them with the outside world. The project further focuses on the development of social and emotional skills, knowledge about health and sanitation as well as government programs, schemes, and rights.
This project aims to offer holistic solution to minimize farmer’s risk, decrease cultivation cost and increase farm income, particularly for smallholder farmers. The project provides advisory and on-site demonstration services to farmers to promote minimal or no tillage in wheat and paddy, improve yields and quality, and reduce cost of inputs. A mobile agri clinic has been established as part of this project to provide diagnostics and advisory services to the farmers.
DCB Bank’s Groundwater development project in Amarpur village, Palwal district, Haryana focuses on conserving water, and protecting traditional water bodies to address surface water storage concerns, and promote water use efficiency.
Project Jal Sanrakshan further focuses on groundwater development in the drought prone region of Aurangabad providing water security for households and agriculture.
This project harvests rainwater from school rooftops and through pressurized recharge wells, creates freshwater pockets in saline groundwater areas to makes water available for drinking and cooking purposes.
Project Gram Utkarsh, in villages of Karchhana tehsil in Allahabad district, Uttar Pradesh emphasizes on building capacities of rural communities to lead their own development. Through an integrated approach, the project focuses on aspects crucial to well-being of rural lives and improving delivery of public services, particularly related to education, health and sanitation and farmer’s prosperity.
This project involves the creation of community-managed water management models to fulfill the domestic water demands of select water-scarce villages.
This project carried out in five villages of Nagina block of Mewat District of Haryana aims to augment productivity of lead crops—wheat and mustard. The major interventions include dairy development, animal nutrition management, vaccinations, insurance, deworming, integrated crop nutrient management, soil testing, composting techniques, field days, farmers’ training, bank linkages, and exposure visits.
Project Jaagruk Mahila-Swasthya Parivar aims to improve awareness amongst women on preventive and remedial healthcare, improve awareness on and access to safe drinking water, and increase compliance of government health services in Samastipur district, Bihar.
PTC Foundation Trust is supporting three projects in Bihar. Project Gram Utthaan aims for a sustainable and inclusive growth across five villages of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar. The project provides holistic solutions to farm families which includes use of solar energy; mechanization of farming practices; balanced nutrition and crop protection; and entrepreneurship for better livelihoods. Project Aadarsh Panchayat Bhandari, in three villages of Bhandari Panchayat in Sitamarhi district of Bihar, rests on the belief that knowledge about better agronomic practices, and government programs and entitlements will empower communities to lead their own development to achieve a positive social, economic and environmental change. Further, through Project Humari Paathshaala, PTC Foundation Trust has adopted two government schools in Bhandari Panchayat to transform them into a secure, healthy, fun and stimulating spaces.
This project is aimed at making semi-medium holding farmers competent in areas of soil nutrient management and high-yielding crop varieties through technical handholding, information dissemination, and liaising with state agricultural departments.
As part of this project, a check dam of 185 m in length and 2.4 m in height has been constructed at Sukha Khola in Rawli village on the Haryana and Rajasthan border to conserve and harvest rainwater runoff from the nearby Aravalli hills. In addition, four gabions and nallah bunds have been constructed, and 98 contour trenches have been dug on the upstream side of the check dam to manage rainwater runoff and increase the percolation rate.
This project focuses on assessing the needs and aspirations of women and girls in terms of skill development. Subsequently, the project team encourages these girls and women to participate in skill training programs organized by UNDP.
Project Samridhi engages with farmers in Behror, Rajasthan, to develop water resilience within the community through an integrated approach which includes construction of water harvesting structures for surface water storage and ground water recharge. Additionally, it aims to mainstream water-efficient agriculture through promotion of micro-sprinkler systems. The project also promotes digital literacy and life skills education for youth, and capacity building of community members towards their village’s growth and development.
Academic / Research Partners
Coca-Cola India Foundation
The Institute of Social Sciences
Center for Development and Population Activities
Mosaic India Pvt. Ltd.
The Center for Social Research
The Mosaic Company Foundation
University of Iowa
Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
Jindal Global Law School
Aravali Vikas Sangathan
Times of Money
University of Baltimore
Misr Hytech Seed “International”
Institute of Rural Management
Mewat Social and Educational Development Society
K+S Kali GmbH Fertilizers (India) Pvt Ltd
St. Catherine University
Mamta- Health Institute for Mother and Child
Coca-Cola Foundation, USA
Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses
Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Haryana Agricultural University
One World South Asia
Aide et Action
International Development Research Cente
Dr. Shroff’s Charitable Eye Hospital
Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development
The Energy and Resources Institute
York University, Canada
Sesame Workshop India Trust
Trees for Life
Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
Global Development Network
Charities Aid Foundation
Navjyoti India Foundation
Mewat Development Agency
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Haryana Institute of Public Administration
Haryana Institute of Rural Development
Ashoka trust for Research in Ecology ad Environment
Ministry of Agriculture
Missouri Botanical Garden
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
Institute of Biotechnology Overseas
Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
Plant Database Consortium
Dept. of Education, Govt of Haryana
Trees for Life
Govt. of Japan-Embassy of Japan
William L. Brown Center
Niti Aayog (Planning Commission)
Dharma Vana Arboretum
World Food Prize
Millennium Alliance ( USAID, UKAID, FICCI, DST, ICCo, ICICI Foundation, WISH Foundation)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)