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This issue reaches you soon after our annual planning workshop with all staff on January 23-24, 2017. The workshop was a platform for the Sehgal Foundation team to discuss and firm up the plans for the coming year. The discussions centered on the further deepening the work of the foundation within its core goals of water security, food security, and social justice. Highlights of the workshop were the expansion of the Good Rural Governance program in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and transforming the community center in village Ghaghas to a center of excellence. Sehgal Foundation is proud to partner with the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) for hosting a certificate programme on accountability mechanisms for good governance for development practitioners from March 1-10, 2017.

During the first quarter of 2017, we are raising funds to make a dry village, Talab in Alwar district of Rajasthan, water sufficient. Please support "Water is Life" generously. Spread the word. Donate a drop and be a part of this important work!

CM Window spreads its roots in Haryana subdivisions

By Debika Goswami

After the success of the Chief Minister’s Window (CM Window), a simple and user-friendly one-stop complaint cell exclusively intended for citizens’ grievance redressal that is located in all district headquarters of the state, the Haryana government has taken one more step in bringing public governance to the doorstep of common people. Read More...

Citizen Information and Support Center becomes a lifeline in Nuh

“A never-say-die attitude is all you need to get your work done”, says Niyaz Mohammad, age 65, a resident of village Kairaka, Nuh district, Haryana. Though Niyaz has reached an age when many people retire from work, his circumstances haven’t allowed him to do that. Like many others in the village, Niyaz had a below poverty line (BPL) card that enabled his household to receive subsidized food grains but he became a victim of false reporting in the survey conducted in 2011 that led to the cancellation of his BPL card. Read More...

Crusaders for sanitation in Nuh

Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India) was launched in 2014 with a specific focus on ensuring a toilet in every Indian household by the end of 2019. Sehgal Foundation plans to help develop swachh gaons (clean villages) by creating a pool of sanitation ambassadors who will eventually become action-oriented leaders in a movement toward swachh gaon. Read More...

1000 Sanitation Ambassadors is a public group created on Facebook to build momentum and facilitate sharing of work on sanitation to enable learning and positive change. Join the network to stay updated with the latest information. Spread the movement and show solidarity! 

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

Contributors: Anjali Makhija, Arti M. Grover, Bhawna Mangla, Debika Goswami, Naman Dubey, Padmavathi S., Vikas Jha

Header Photo Credit: George C. McLemore

Design and Production: Communications team

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