About Disha

DISHA is a non-government organization, founded in 1985 registered under Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1958

The objectives of the “DISHA”
I. To undertake, surveys, studies and research pertaining to the economic and social and livelihood, conditions of the rural and urban poor.
II. To undertake, organize, training programmer’s seminars about health, social awareness, economic development and technical training and all such programmers useful and essential for protecting for then better economic, social, cultural, moral and ethical life.
III. To establish ,conduct, manage ,promote ,maintain ,equip, administer ,social welfare centers ,training centers , ,shelters, libraries to promote the objective of the trust.
IV. To organize, facilitate, provide assistance for youth skill building, any other individuals engaged in upliftment of rural and urban poor, and to arrange study tours, for them anywhere in India.
V. To make or give subscriptions , contributions, to individual groups or institutions , in promoting the education or livelihoods of the urban and rural poor ,
VI. To do, to cause, to be done any or all such acts or things as to be conducive to the social ,economic ,cultural ,moral ,ethical patriotic , or physical welfare of the people, provided such things or acts are not contrary to or inconsistent with the basic objective of the trust and spirits and principles of the laws under which this trust has been organized and registered.
VII. To assist and support state government, local authorities , development corporation , and institutions in community development programs
VIII. To publish articles, pamphlets, bulletins, booklets, concerning the issues of the development or rural and urban development of poor
IX. To support local and state government in relief operations at the time of natural calamities (floods, droughts, earthquakes,
X. To collect, propagate and disseminate information useful for rural development.

DISHA’s strategy broadly seeks to address problems at three levels:

  • Sensitization & awareness generation about the barriers & hurdles which hamper communities’ economic security & social institutions, as well as organizing them to address their own developmental issues including Land, Water, Livelihood, Labour.
  • Promoting leadership among the members through skill-based training; seminar, workshops.
  • Formation and strengthening of community-based organisations.

Over the last 25 years, Disha has played a key role in advocating for laws such as the Forest Rights Act, 2006, PESA, the MGNREGA, 2005,the Unorganized Sector Social Security Act, 2009 and The national Food Security bill-2013. Following the enactment of these laws, Disha is now monitoring their effective enforcement thus to ensure that the government’s laws/policies/programs/services and schemes relating to poor and marginalized communities are reaching them.

we work to influence public policy on behalf of poor and marginalized communities by research, dialogue with the policy makers and people’s representatives, budget analysis and media advocacy at appropriate levels – State, Central government - to influence public policy.

Disha's Work Area

Disha works in 1301 villages of 36 blocks of seven most backward districts in northen eastern tribal belt of Gujarat.

Sl. No. District Block Village
1 Dahod 7 249
2 Panchmahal 6 170
3 Mahisagar 5 110
4 Choto Udaipur 3 114
5 Sabarkantha 8 381
6 Aravali 6 252
7 Banaskantha 1 25
Total 7 Districts 36 1301