Decentralized renewable energy (DRE)

Who we Do

Livelihood Promotions

  • Livestock promotion
    The thrust areas of Diya foundation in Livestock promotion activities are Piggery, Goatery, Poultry, and duck farming. The models are low cost and also add to improving the health and hygiene of the livestock as well as the health of the family. The rearing practices have been improved and commercialized to
    enhance income generation. A total of 1200 families are directly involved in the livestock activities receiving an additional income of 25,000/- to 45,000/- per household annually.

  • Integrated Horticulture interventions
    This intervention comes with an intensive focus on agricultural crops such as banana, areca nut, lemon, and pineapple. Adopting the practice of intercropping with spices in areca nut trees (black pepper, turmeric, ginger, etc). This allows the
    farmers to earn an extra income of Rs. 30,000/- to 50,000/- annually which translates into a
    better life with investment in children’s education and household infrastructure.
  • Spice promotion The areas Diya Foundation is working in are prone to human-animal conflicts,
    especially wild elephants. In order to regain income from the damage caused, spice cultivation is promoted. Spices such as black pepper, ginger, turmeric, etc
    are being cultivated by 2000 households. Spice cultivation is incorporated with
    homestead crops; black pepper is grown together with areca nut.

  •  Sericulture The area of Assam that Diya Foundation is currently actively engaged in is referred to as the golden belt for sericulture. The Rabha communities in these areas are still holding on to this traditional practice. Diya Foundation is working on promoting sericulture in these areas and for that has formed a farmer producer company (FPC) called Mappakai. A total of 550 households are involved in Sericulture value chain activity (plantation, rearing, spinning, weaving, natural dying) and are earning an additional income of around 3500/- to 4000/- additionally per month. Eri silk and Muga silk are produced under this livelihood
    intervention.

Decentralized renewable energy (DRE)

Renewable energy interventions by the Diya foundation have allowed small-scale
entrepreneurs to come up in remote parts of the state. Earlier this was not
possible nor feasible due to constant power cuts but now with solar-powered
machines, it has become much easier and more efficient to set up small
enterprises. Through this Diya Foundation has been able to reach around 30+
villages, and 100+ entrepreneurs and build sustainable enterprises in the field of
Tailoring, eri spinning, Irrigation, egg incubators, rice huller, eatery, petty shops,
digital services, spice grinding units, etc.

Health Interventions

  • Maternal health
    Health is one of the primary indicators of a good life and Diya Foundation is actively
    promoting respectful maternity care through awareness and advocacy among the
    stakeholders and childbearing women. The programs conducted by Diya also sensitize
    ASHA workers, to actively guide childbearing women, create awareness about government
    programs and bridge the gap with primary healthcare providers for safe and healthy delivery.
    Diya is also engaged in data collection in the domain of maternal deaths, maternity care in
    health facilities, and the implementation and functioning of VHSND. This collated data is
    analyzed and presented to the stakeholders for designing strategies and models through
    active participation.
    Diya is also a proud member of The White Ribbon Alliance India and holds the secretariat
    for the Assam Chapter for actively building alliances among individuals, institutions, and civil
    society organizations for the promotion of Respectful Maternity Care for Safe Motherhood in
    Assam.
  •  Mental Health interventions
    Mental health is one of the most looked over aspects in rural as well as urban health
    assessments. Suicide is the highest killer in India, around one million people die every year
    globally due to suicide, and depression is the leading cause of years lost due to a disability and
    it is ranked third in the global burden of disease. It is projected to be the first by 2030.
    Diya Foundation is providing mental healthcare facilities since 2020 through organizing camps
    regularly on monthly basis in Kamrup rural. Treatment facilities for diseases such as
    schizophrenia, schizotypal, delusion, epilepsy, somatoform disorders, etc are provided.
    The camps have been highly successful as of now where 85% to 90% of patients attending
    these monthly camps are under control. Patients largely from Assam and Meghalaya are getting
    the benefits of this progr

Education

  • Education is a tool that allows us to live a life of dignity and fulfillment. It can provide us with financial, emotional, and social capital for our holistic growth. However, the marginalized
    sections of our society lack access to primary education, this can be because of financial or  social burdens. The expenses incurred on education keep pilling up and there comes a point
    when the only option left is to drop out. Taking all of these factors into consideration Diya Foundation initiated Education and child rights program for the Schedule Tribe, Schedule Caste,
    Team Tribe, and other backward classes. Diya initiated a project  titled Enabling Rights of Children (ENRICH) supported by Child Aid Network, Germany, and facilitated by the Institute of
    Development Action (IDEA). The project ENRICH is creating a platform for the children in these communities for their life skill development. RHINO club sessions are conducted on a weekly
    basis and the children are being educated in a creative, and fun way. In the child Education and rights program, 24 primary schools were covered in the Kamrup
    district of Assam and Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya. The focus of the program was to provide the children with their Right to education. Diya also conducted classes for the students lagging
    behind so as to keep them on track. The gap between students and books was getting wider in border areas, forest villages, and tea garden areas, Diya was actively involved in bridging the
    learning gap of children due to covid. A total of 550 students benefitted from this program and can now effectively read and write.
  •  Institution and capacity building
    Diya foundation by building Women Self Help groups advocates for women’s equality and empowerment. There are currently 155 working Self-Help Groups, and these are being promoted into Village Organization and incorporated with the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM). Along with this Diya has built, and is currently promoting two Farmer Producer Companies namely; 1. Rangsang Agro Producer Company Limited and 2. Mapakkai Agro Producer Company Limited comprises 600 and 500 members respectively. Rangsang has 300 shareholders while Mapakkai has around 450. Rangsang’s activities are primarily horticulture and spice promotion; the spices include black pepper, ginger, and turmeric. Mapakkai’s activities are focused on the Sericulture value chain and livestock rearing.
  •  Humanitarian Response Assam Floods
    Assam is a state prone to Floods and the devastation it causes is unprecedented. The current flood of 2022 is one of the most destructive floods ever recorded in the history of
    the state. There are reports of frequent landslides and approximately 1.9 million people have been affected, where 54 people have lost their lives. Post-flood relief becomes crucial for the people to rebuild their lives and their homes.
    Diya Foundation in collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation (APF), Bangalore, Goonj, New Delhi, and Cristian Blind Mission (CBM), Bangalore provided the people with relief
    materials and hygiene assistance. Diya is also developing a plan to engage with these distressed communities on long-time association for rebuilding and regaining their losses
    through Short, Medium, and Long Term engagement.