Our Story

Who We Are.

The Year Was 1989

DEHAT was founded during this year by a group of young activists from the district of Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh. The Planning Commission of India has identified Bahraich as one of the 100 most backwards districts in India. For ten years since it’s foundation, DEHAT served as a school for “Tharu” tribal villagers and forest children, until being registered under the Society Registration Act 1860 on the 21st of August 2000.  

What We Do


Developmental Association for Human Advancement has worked with partners worldwide to empower and advocate for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us. We believe that sustainable development can only take place when all children are assured of their survival, protection, and have full participation in the development process.

A child is first and foremost affected by his or her direct surroundings. Family, neighborhood, school, and friends help shape a child’s life. With this in mind, DEHAT brings together education, maternal and child health, female literacy and women empowerment, human trafficking protection, sustainable livelihood options, and community organization into a unified movement for children in our communities.

DEHAT's Impact (By Decade)

2020 Projection (With Your Helping Hand)





Words from communities, we're working with