Development Association for Human Advancement (DEHAT)

Founded: 1989

Headquarters: Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh

Geographical Focus: Uttar Pradesh

Lives Impacted: 200,000

Organization Overview:

Development Association for Human Advancement (DEHAT) aims to ensure the right to survival, development, protection, and participation of children and their families in underdeveloped districts of Uttar Pradesh, near the Indo-Nepal border, that are human trafficking hotspots. It works on the thematic areas of child protection, livelihoods, education, and health services, with Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and minority communities in the region.

NGO List

  • Nalanda

    Founded: 1996

    Headquarters: Lucknow, UP

    Geographical Focus: Indo-Nepal border districts of Uttar Pradesh

    Lives Impacted: 160,000

    Organization Overview:

    Nalanda works with children of religious minority communities in the flood and drought prone districts of Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh. Their approach is to impart inclusive education in faith-based schools irrespective of caste and socio-economic conditions. Nalanda’s model is a combination of direct intervention via education and in-direct support to government bodies for knowledge based inputs via research.

  • Nari O Sishu Kalyan Kendra (NOSKK)

    Founded: 1979

    Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal

    Geographical Focus: West Bengal

    Lives Impacted: 547,000+

    Organization Overview:

    NOSKK is formed and governed by aspirational women from disadvantaged groups who envision a self-reliant, sustainable society. In West Bengal, it works to empower women and children, migrant workers, and minority groups who are vulnerable to trafficking, exploitative work conditions, and gender-based challenges.

  • Nav Bhartiya Nari Vikas Samiti (NBNVS)

    Founded: 1993

    Headquarters: Ballia, Uttar Pradesh​

    Geographical Focus: Uttar Pradesh​

    Lives Impacted: 600,000+​

    Organization Overview:

    The organization was set up by Khalikun Nisha who basis her own lived experience of growing up restricted by patriarchal gender norms, was inspired to work on women’s issues. In order to achieve this, NBNVS believes that it is best for women to identify and solve their own problems. NBVS promotes women groups at the panchayat level that are responsible to identify issues and find solutions on their own.​

  • Navchetna Sarvangin Vikas Kendra

    Founded: 2008

    Headquarters: Beed, Maharashtra

    Geographical Focus: Maharashtra

    Lives Impacted: 70,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Navchetna Sarvangin Vikas Kendra was founded by Manisha Sitaram Ghule, a survivor of gender-based violence in Marathwada, Maharashtra. They operate in the drought-prone Beed district and focus on advocacy for land rights, and menstrual health for NT-DNT and Dalit communities. They support single women through microfinance and livelihoods.

  • Nirman

    Founded: 1997

    Headquarters: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

    Geographical Focus: Odisha

    Lives Impacted: 55,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Nirman works with farmers, tribals, and forest-dwelling communities in Odisha. Nirman is committed to the inclusive, holistic, and sustainable development of marginalized communities through a regenerative eco-system, and empowerment of the local community and resource-poor. The struggle as a household and community-led the founders to start Nirman to address the needs and issues of the farming community.

  • Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development (NEAID)

    Founded: 2014  

    Geographical Focus: Assam 

    Organization Overview:

    NEAID is co-founded and led by Neeladri and Miraj who have grown up in the northeast and have personally experienced the lack of exposure and focus on holistic education while growing up which prompted them to start NEAID. The organization is led by people from the region to support development initiatives in tribal and rural areas of Northeastern India focusing on Quality Education, Health, and its determinants. NEAID’s interventions are aligned with sustainable development goals (SDGs) and designed to complement the existing public system.  

  • Patang

    Founded: 2005 

    Geographical Focus: Odisha 

    Organization Overview:

    Patang aims to build youth leadership to drive social change and mobilize youth by building their capacities. They do this through different thematic areas like education, gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (to build a gender lens), livelihoods (working with young farmers, 60% of whom are women) and child rights. By working with the youth across these themes, they are able to provide support on skill-building (interpersonal and project skills), work plan curriculum and an enabling fund of INR 3000 per month to youth teams to run their programmes. With these efforts, Patang is able to mould youth into more confident leaders who can contribute to the community and advocate with government. 

  • Payana

    Founded: 2009

    Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Geographical Focus: Karnataka

    Lives Impacted: 5000+

    Organization Overview:

    Payana was established by leaders from the LGBTQIA++ community with the aim to build a community owned and managed organization to address the many challenges of their community. Payana works with different identities within the LGBTQIA++ community – Male to Female (MTF), Female to Male (FTM), Kothi*, Double Decker*, Bisexuals, Jogappa*, Manglamukhi* – from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

  • People’s Resource Development Association (PRDA)

    Founded: 1995

    Headquarters: Bishnupur, Manipur

    Geographical Focus: Manipur

    Lives Impacted: ​15,000+

    Organization Overview:

    People’s Resource Development Association (PRDA) was founded as a youth group to support with re-settlement of people impacted by flood that was triggered by the construction of the Ithai dam in Manipur in 1990. Since then, the organization has evolved to work on livelihood promotion, protection of women & child rights, access to rights & entitlements and natural resource management for the Scheduled Tribes (Naga, Meitei, Chiru, Kuki) that reside in the Bishnupur district of Manipur.

  • Prabhat Education Foundation

    Founded: 2003

    Headquarters: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

    Geographical Focus: Gujarat

    Lives Impacted: 3,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Prabhat supports children with special needs and their families through education, rehabilitation, capacity building, and advocacy with the aim that these children achieve their full potential. It functions through community centres run by local leaders and focuses on children from Dalit and minority communities in the urban slums of Ahmedabad.

  • Prakriti

    Founded: 1990

    Geographical Focus: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh 

    Organization Overview:

    Prakriti Women focuses on community involvement right from the start to build abilities to enable the transfer of ownership and accountability to community representatives and enable the sustainability of programs. The organization inputs community voices into program design via Focus Group Discussions, surveys with different village stakeholders (including village-level representatives) to identify challenges and solutions. They also form groups of community members who are capacitated through fellowship programs- to work alongside the organization to run these interventions. For each intervention that they plan with a specific target group, they onboard members of that group into the fellowship.


    Founded: 1989

    Headquarters: Gariaband, Chhattisgarh 

    Geographical Focus: Chhattisgarh 

    Lives Impacted: 390,000+

    Organization Overview:

    PRERAK was founded to serve communities that continue to be at risk of displacement due to the construction of a dam in Gariaband. Its work has evolved to also focus on tribals displaced due to coal mining and those who have been displaced from the Barnavapara forest. PRERAK works mainly with 7 primitive tribes – Baiga, Bhujia, Kawar, Abuj, Maria, Pahadi, Korba – and Gond, Halba and Dhurvaa Adivasis whose population is declining.