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.
“I was a laborer and had only 2250 sq. ft. of land to earn my family’s livelihood. Joining DEHAT’s agro-based livelihood initiative not only provided me with ownership of 1 acre of land and a healthy earning livelihood, but also helped me with restoring all the needs of my children and nurturing them with 100% organic and nutritional diets.”
“Only because of DEHAT’s agro-based livelihood support am I’m able to stand arm to arm with my husband in farming activities, and now I’m not only a successful farmer with my husband but also nurturing a bright future for my children in all ways possible.”
“DEHAT has not only trained me with great agricultural practices and increased the productivity of my land, but also provided me with good market links. And now in my community we’ve denied the middle men tradition in the local markets and we are selling our crops and vegetables at best market prices.”
“Engaging with DEHAT’s livelihood initiatives and especially vermin-compost technique not only provides me with a handsome earning by the best sources but also caused me to think about renewing my family’s and especially my children’s happy life by all the rightful means.”
“DEHAT’s Skill Development Center Initiative driven me to achievements beyond my imagination. Now I’m not only an employee with good connection in the national market but am also thinking of starting my own entrepreneurship. I am restoring all the happiness of my children.”