Development Agency for Poor and Tribal Awakening

The informal initiation started with voluntary spirit from 1989 to provide relief & welfare support and services during natural calamities in Ganjam and Rayagada District. The starvation death and sale of human kids of Kalahandi district alarmed the world. Tribal exploitation & rampant corruption was the main cause of starvation . Right of tribal and women was highly affected. Witnessing the drastic condition of excluded community, DAPTA formalized it’s entity as a non profit making secular organisation to combat the situation. As an organisation started with welfare & right based approach for development of excluded community and now working for programme sustainability. To influence the civil society and policy makers it has extended it’s collaboration for networking advocacy and right based campaign on conservation of Land, Water, and Forest. It includes the restoration of survival rights of vulnerable section in different way. The supporting/collaborating partners, CBOs and Govt. has recognized it’s stepping stone in the field of development.

DAPTA is a registered NGO under the Societies Act, 1860 working in Kalahandi district of Odisha since 1990. DAPTA’s vision is that marginalized poor in India can live without poverty and access to equal opportunities. DAPTA’s Mission is to work with marginalized poor to alleviate poverty by overcoming injustice and inequity that causes it and to lead a meaningful life with sustainable protected environment and bio-diversity.

DAPTA works with poor and most marginalized communities including Schedule Tribes (ST), Schedule Castes (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC) etc., with a focus on most vulnerable individuals like women, children, elderly, Persons with Disability (PWDs), distress migrants and their families etc. DAPTA works on four thematic areas including Women Empowerment, Livelihoods, Health Care (MCH), Education and Child Protection.

DAPTA has a physical presence in Kalahandi district. The organization also works in Angul, Kandhamal, Deogarh, Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts of Odisha. DAPTA has a full-fledged operational Head Office at Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi, along with a Liaison Office at Bhubaneswar. DAPTA has intervened in Papadahandi Block, Nabarangpur district to empower women leaders to participate in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) processes and contest for Gram Panchayat elections. In 2020, DAPTA has initiated a project in Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts to work with Transgender communities to ensure their rights, entitlements and social security issues, supported by SSEPD Department, Government of Odisha.

DAPTA has the capability to manage large scale donor supported development and humanitarian aid projects. DAPTA has sound programme and financial management capabilities as per the national and international standards. DAPTA has a team of 70 full time professional staff and 45 part time staff. DAPTA has been supported by international donors, UN agencies like UNICEF, UNWomen, UNDP, New Delhi (Through CEE project), WFP, Government of India and Government of Odisha. The major donors include WFP (World Food Programme), OXFAM GB, AWO International, Germany, YFA (Roca Feller Foundation), IGSSS, New Delhi, CAPART, NABARD, RGVN/SIDBI, Bhubaneswar, The Hunger Project, New Delhi, CORDAID, Terres De Hommes (TDH), CEBEMO/BILLANCE, Netherlands, Save the Children Fund (SCF), Ministry of Labour and NCLP, Kalahandi, NRLM, Government Of India, Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi, OSACS, Millet Mission, Government of Odisha, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI), Bangalore, TATA Trust, IPE Global, New Delhi, , MGNREGS, Government of Odisha, Agriculture Department, Government of Odisha, State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), NHM, Bhubaneswar, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), GoI, Ministry of Social Justice & Women Empowerment, GoI, OSACS (NACO), GoI, Smile Foundation India, Selco Foundation, Lets Endorse/SIDBI, Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, Childline India Foundation, Habitat for Humanity India etc.

DAPTA has over three decades of experience and expertise in community mobilization, awareness generation and outreach and implementation of development and humanitarian aid/emergency projects. DAPTA is working in 97 Gram Panchayats of Kalahandi district on Women’s empowerment. It has formed and strengthened Women Leaders Federation in 6 Blocks namely Bhawanipatna, Junagarh, Karlamunda, Koksara, Thuamul Rampur & Lanjigarh known as Alibha Mahasangha, which is working as a pressure group on issues relating to food security, PDS, access to entitlements and Government schemes and programmes relating to women and child, nutrition and social security and employment schemes at Gram Panchayat level.

DAPTA works closely with the local communities and their groups / organizations / Co-operatives / associations like Self Help Groups (SHGs), Farmer Co-operatives, Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), Water Users Associations (WUAs), etc. DAPTA has been involved in the formation and strengthening of SHGs, Water User’s Associations and works closely with the various Government line departments, Block and District. DAPTA has successfully facilitated thematic trainings and capacity building initiatives with local communities and their groups/associations.

DAPTA has been instrumental in the formation and strengthening of two Farmers’ Co-operatives for Vegetable cultivation and marketing, one Rural Mart, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) like Loka Adhikar Samukhya, Kalahandi - a NGO network working for people’s right to livelihoods and Kalahandi Bhumisurakhya Samukhya, a forum working for land rights and Natural Resources Management (NRM). DAPTA is convening an NGO network SANJOG a network working for women empowerment and microfinance in Odisha.

DAPTA has developed innovative models at grassroots level on Farmers Co-operatives for Vegetable marketing, Water Users Association, Farmers Producers Organizations and Federations of Tribal Women and Youth to address immediate issues of education, health, access to Government development schemes and programmes including social security, food and nutrition security, livelihoods and employment programmes.

DAPTA has a special focus on women and children. DAPTA is the nodal agency in Kalahandi for Childline. DAPTA believes in sustainable development of the local communities with a long term vision. Empowerment of the most marginalized people and their groups has been the focus and corner stone for all programmatic interventions and campaigns. DAPTA has consciously build the capacities of local communities and their groups/associations to enable them to access and claim the various Government development schemes, benefits, services and programmes on a sustainable basis. DAPTA has set up information centers like Svabhalamban Centers in various Gram Panchayats and Block headquarters to link beneficiaries to various institutional financial institutions like Nationalized banks to avail credit and loan facilities to support small businesses and entrepreneurial initiatives. These centers have been instrumental to link up the eligible beneficiaries to various Government schemes and programmes like MGNREGS, Pensions, Social Security Schemes, Food and Livelihood schemes.

DAPTA has built a good reputation among Government departments and Block and District administration, over the years in Kalahandi. DAPTA is a nominated member in the District Watershed Conservation and Development Advisory Committee, RPDAC of Ret River project Kalahandi, District level Coordination Committee as well as in Block level Coordination Committee and the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Kalahandi. DAPTA has experience working with Government line departments like Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, PD DRDA, Block and District administration and SIRD.

DAPTA has been accredited by Credibility Alliance. DAPTA has received appreciation letters from various international donors like OXFAM GB, Government and CSR Foundations like TATA Trusts, APPI, Smile Foundation, Habitat for Humanity India for its work with most marginalized rural communities in Kalahandi district of Odisha. The District and Block administration have also issued appreciation letters for its work with most marginalized communities in Kalahandi district.

Our Vision

DAPTA’s vision is to eradicate poverty from the earth and to provide equal opportunities to all people.

Our Mission

Its mission is to work with the common people for their development and to provide adequate support service whenever they require.

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Near Old Cinema Hall, Bhawanipatna, Dist- Kalahandi
06670 234147
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