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S M Sehgal Foundation (Sehgal Foundation) is a public, charitable trust registered in India since 1999. Sehgal Foundation’s mission is to strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India. The Foundation envisions every person across rural India empowered to lead a more secure, prosperous, and dignified life. With support from donors and partners, the Foundation team works together with rural communities to create sustainable programs for managing water resources, increasing agricultural productivity, and strengthening rural governance. The team’s emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment is driven by the realization that human rights are central to developing every person’s potential.


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→ Millennium Alliance Award for Water project on Installation of pressurized wells for creating fresh water pockets in saline ground water areas to make water available for drinking and sanitation processes in water scarce schools of Mewat, Haryana. → Congo Karmaveer Puruskaar to Dr. Suri Sehgal, Founder, S M Sehgal Foundation

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The Water Management program mitigates water scarcity and water-related health concerns by applying appropriate technologies designed to secure and sustain a local water supply for drinking, household and agricultural purposes, while helping villagers improve sanitation and manage wastewater in their schools, homes and community environment.

  • 40 rainwater harvesting systems, storage tanks, bio-sand filters, and stand posts with water taps installed in schools and homes
  • 1389  soak pits and 99 soak wells constructed for safe wastewater disposal.
  • Ground water levels augmented with 26 check dams, contour trenches, dug well recharging, pressurized recharge wells, and pond development.
  • 87,408 villagers trained on better hygiene, sanitation and water conservation strategies.
  • 74 villages and 250,000 people impacted till date.
  • Plan to reach 50,000 more people in the states of Rajasthan & Haryana by 2017. 


The Agricultural Development program grows rural prosperity by training smallholder farmers, particularly women producers, on scientific agricultural practices and new technologies that increase crop yields, conserve water, and improve soil fertility.

  • 45,348 farmers in in 124 villages in Mewat and Alwar impacted till date.
  • 11,135 farm demonstrations conducted, and helped in testing of 4,564 soil samples.
  • 341 field days for farmers conducted to make them aware of modern agricultural practices.
  • Plan to reach 185 villages, benefiting approximately 50,000 farmers by 2017.


The Good Rural Governance program creates an enabling environment for citizens to become informed, active drivers of their own development, and helps channel local forces of collective action by focusing our programs on mass awareness, capacity building and leadership development.

  • 403 villages of Mewat, 14 villages in Alwar, Rajasthan and 11 villages in Samastipur, Bihar reached.
  • 8,533 villagers, including 50% women, have trained through Village Leadership Schools.
  • 33,004 villagers participated in legal literacy camps for solving local problems.
  • 2,693 villagers received benefits under various social security schemes of the government across 53 villages.
  • 500 women members are being trained in 100 villages as part of mahila sangathans (women collectives).


Community media initiative empowers individuals and communities through information-based communications, community radio and mobile technologies, and to help champion the voices of the most isolated and vulnerable populations by raising citizen awareness and providing a platform for expression.

  • Established community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat (“Rural Voices of Mewat”) to provide a media platform for local community voices in Mewat district, Haryana.
  • Radio broadcasts run 13 hours a day, 7 days a week covering 183 villages. 
  • Over 29,000 calls received till date including 20% women villagers  


The Rural Research program conducts participatory research and impact assessments as a rigorous strategy and a practical tool for informed action, results and learning. Research helps us ascertain the needs of different community, provide customized solutions, and assess the impact of our work with communities.

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Rain Water Harvesting System in village school

LocationPatkhori High School, Mewat district, Haryana, India

Demographics : Total number of students- 325

Problem statement:  For drinking purposes, the school used an open water tank with a capacity of only 8000 litres. The tank was filled with expensive tanker water priced at Rs600 ($10) per 5,000 litres. Due to the high priced water, the school also used water from tube wells in farmer field to fill its tank. Both these source of water lacked drinking water quality and thereby made students & teachers vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Also, the open storage tank saw contamination and bacterial growth making it even more difficult for the school. 

Solution: Sehgal foundation has installed a new Rain water harvesting unit. The unit comprises  of groundwater storage tanks, pre-filters, biosand filters and drinking water storage tanks.  The 4 new drinking water tanks have a total capacity of 108,000 litres, sufficient for meeting demands of 325 children for 8 months without refilling. Rainwater is collected in the storage tanks from a drainage area of 606 sq metre, having a total rainwater harvesting potential of 360,000 litres per year. The pre-filters in this new system remove all the suspended impurities coming from rainwater to the tank. Also, the biosand filters remove the TDS and removes bacterial growth. 


Additional information

Lalit Mohan Sharma : Lalit is the Director of Adaptive Rural Technologies at Sehgal foundation. He is a civil Engineer and an alumnus of IIT, Delhi. He holds a postgraduate diploma in construction management, and is also a fellow of the Institution of Valuers. He is an invited member of the panel of experts for the War for Water and Water Technology initiatives under the Technology Mission of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.



Salahuddin Saiphy : Salahuddin is the Program Leader for Water Management group in Sehgal foundation. He holds a Master’s degree in applied geology and postgraduate diploma in hydrogeology from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, and a postgraduate diploma in environmental monitoring and impact assessment from Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi.





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Integrated Water Management for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security

Partner: Coca-Cola Foundation

Duration: January 2014-March 2017

This project aims to improve groundwater level in five villages of Alwar district in Rajasthan namely Hameerpur, Jaitpur Goojran, Nitata, Kaler and Samra. This will be done by augmenting local water resources, promoting sustainable water management practices and promoting water conservation techniques in agriculture. The primary objectives of the project are:

  • To build rain water harvesting structures that will collect, store and recharge ground water resources
  • To construct structures that will manage waste water emerging from kitchen and bathroom
  • To enhance application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and promote water efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture



​Pressurized Recharge Wells: Ensuring Water Availability in Saline Water Areas
Partner: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Duration: February 2015-March 2016
This project is being implemented in four villages of Mewat. The objective is to provide potable water to school children by creating a sustainable fresh water pocket within saline aquifers in the areas where no alternate water sources are available. Alongside this, the project will also create awareness among and build capacities of school children, teachers and School Management Committees (SMCs), constituted in every government school under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act). SMCs are being trained on operation of the structures created, their maintenance and on judicious use of water.


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