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DISHA (Development Initiatives for Sustainable Human Advancement) is a voluntary organization founded in 1998 by a group of social workers who have been actively involved in the field of development work for more than two decades.


Legal Status

• Registered as public charitable trust (No.106/17.01.2000).

• Registered under section 12A of the Income Tax Act 30.01.2001.

• Registered under section 80G of the Income Tax Act No.D5 /80G/ CIT/MNG/2012-13/Valid from 12.09.2012 onwards.

• Registered under FC (Regulation)Act ,1976 of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt.of India (No:094630176/May21,2004).



Target population

DISHA works with disadvantaged sections of the society especially women, tribals, daliths, landless poor, marginal and small farmers in Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka-South India.


Building and strengthening the capacities of people’s groups/ community based organizations for sustainable development through education, organization and training.




DISHA Implemented Natural resources management project with financial aid from Andheri Hilfe Bon during the period 2008-2015 in the ten villages of Kuppepadavu, Kandavara, Ulaibettu, Moodushedde and Addur Grama Panchayats of Mangaluru taluk, Karnataka.

  • 3938 staggered trenches were dug through 76 farmers in 123 hectare area in 10 villages.

  • 843 cumt stone bunds constructed by 91 farmers in 10 villages

  • 912 mt bunds constructed by 76 families in 9 villages

  • 7175 forest and fuel wood plants planted by 580 families in 10 villages.

  • 900 fruit bearing horticultural plants are planted by 180 families in 10 villages.

  • 98 gully plugs constructed by 45 families in 10 villages

  • 14 Masonry gully plugs constructed by 14 families in 8 villages.

  •  04 vented dam constructed by 31 families in two villages.

  • 17 farm ponds constructed by 17 families in 9 villages.

  • 05 irrigation ponds renovated by 33 families in 5 villages.

  • 10 shutter walls for irrigation wells constructed by 20 families in 5 villages.

  • 96 drinking water wells – stone lining and parapet wall constructed by 186 families in 9 villages.

  • 10 roof water harvesting storage tanks constructed by 58 families in 9 villages

  • 125 roof water harvesting units installed by 125 families in 5 villages.

  • 03 model units established by three farmers in 3 villages.

  •  91 seed protectors and donors were trained and enlisted in 10 villages.

  • 65 vermi composting units were established by 65 families in 10 villages.

  • 60 Liquid bio manure and bio pesticide units were established by 60 families.

  •  111 Kitchen garden units were established by 111 families in 10 villages.

  • 66 bio-gas units were established by 65 families in 10 villages.

  • 113 Smokeless Chullas were established in 10 villages.

  •  43 income generation activities were started by 43 persons in 9 villages.

  •  15 persons were trained in  carpentry and pottery in 6 villages.

  • 109 SHGs were formed with 1527 persons in 10 villages.

  •  10 village watershed committees were formed by 96 SHGs and function in 10 villages.

  • One Central level Self Help Group Federation (SPANDANA) was activated involving SHGs from 10 villages.



• To conscientize, mobilize and organize people for social change and for sustainable development.
• To prevent all forms of injustice to the disadvantaged sections in the society with particular reference to women, children, tribals, daliths, displaced, unorganized and landless poor.
• To strive for the social, political and economic empowerment of the disadvantaged and exploited sections in the society.
• To raise awareness and increase people’s participation in the protection, development and judicious management of natural resources and environment.
• To facilitate initiatives for the use of sustainable farming practices among small and marginal farmers.
• To foster the principle of self help and self reliance as the basis for enduring development.




  • 164 persons were helped to get various government benefits like old age pension, widow pension, toilet, house site, housing, vermin compost pit etc.

  • One Central Coordination Committee called Nesara Kendria Samanvaya Samithi (NKSS) was formed by representatives of Village Watershed Committees and is functioning at Gurupur Firka level. Seed exhibition and distribution program, farmers exposure visit, quiz competition on protection of natural resources for school children, environment awareness programme for children, best farmer award are some the activities being conducted by the Committee.

  • 27 dialogue meetings with government officials have been conducted. DISHA staff and members of village watershed committee utilized the dialogue meetings as a forum to vocalize their grievance.  These meetings were useful in getting payments on NREGA works. 220 works started under NREGA in 24 categories.  Total payment received by the workers was Rs 19,71,900.41/-.

  • 164 persons were helped to get various government benefits like old age pension, widow pension, toilet, house site, housing, vermi compost pit etc.


     DISHA  is implementing a Natural Resources Management 

     Project   in the 20 villages of 10 Grama Panchayats of Bantwal

     Taluk ,Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka with 1000 small and

      marginal farmers.


Main areas of Intervention:

  • Water conservation

  • Soil conservation

  • Sustainable agriculture

  • Community development

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