Answers to common questions that we receive.

Is DEHAT-India an international organization?

No, DEHAT is an Indian non-governmental-organization and DEHAT’s funds are purely deployed in India to benefit underprivileged Indian children and a small proportion is also invested in local causes. DEHAT is also receiving supports from international organizations (under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act-FCRA) as well.

Does DEHAT receive government funding?

As an NGO (non-government organization), we do not receive any direct government funding allowing us to remain independent, making unbiased evaluations of government policies and programmes. The government has also extended certain tax and duty exemptions to us, enabling us minimize costs

In that case, how does DEHAT raise resources?

DEHAT raises the valuable resources we need for our work through:
1. Individuals
2. Corporate and institutional donations (National and International as well)

What is the role of DEHAT in ensuring basic rights?

At DEHAT, we believe if children are assured of their survival, protection and participation in the development process, only then can a society achieve sustainable development. Having over 230 CBO partners, strong community ties and partnering the choices for implementing programs, we work with children and communities to make them aware of their rights, and empower them to address their issues and demand what is rightfully theirs. Therefore ensuring not just a small change, but an entire movement towards sustainable change in the lives of the children and their families.

How does DEHAT reach out for basic rights to children?

DEHAT believes that community mobilization and involving them in depth of child rights perspective is one of the key aspects of ensuring sustainable change. For more than one decade and 5 years, our approach has ensured that children, their parents and communities are informed about their rights and engage with their local government bodies to make sure that the root causes of their immediate problems are solved.

How are resources used?

We have learned that effecting long-term, sustainable change requires a holistic approach. Accomplishing this kind of change necessitates work at three levels:
1. Direct action with children in the form of education, health care and livelihood.
2. Community mobilization towards achievement of their rights.
3. Advocacy with government bodies to influence policy framing and implementation.
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Financial support and non-financial inputs in the form of organization development, capacity building and training is extended to:
1. Individuals and projects working directly with underprivileged children and their parents, with local communities and government bodies
2. Resource organizations that provide training, education material, etc. to smaller, younger initiatives in particular
3. Strategic alliances or networks, whose aim is to facilitate the transfer of learning, build solidarity and influence policy.

How does DEHAT cover its own costs?

DEHAT’s organizational costs comprise:
1. Raising donations.
2. Selecting, monitoring, evaluating and providing capacity building inputs to projects.
3. Creating public awareness on our children’s situation and their rights.
4. Support activities like administration, human resources, communication, information technology and financial management.
We would like to take his opportunity to reiterate our on-going need for support in the form of infrastructure, equipment, corpus funds, skills and services. It is support of this nature that enables us to focus on our activities in the field rather than on our own viability. Each rupee saved is another deployed to benefit children. Every contribution in these areas actually frees resources and enhances our capacities.

Are DEHAT employees paid for their work?

The full-time employees are given regular salaries. We believe that this is important to attract the professional talent we need to manage our activities (and your resources) effectively. It is important to note, however, that DEHAT salaries are modest in comparison with commercial organizations.

If you have any queries that have not been addressed here or require clarification on any of the information provided, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at the DEHAT Office or email us at [email protected]

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