The Desai Foundation Trust

We empower women and children through community programs to elevate health, livelihood, and menstrual equity in India

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  • Headquarters

    Navsari, Gujarat

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The Desai Foundation Trust empowers women and children through community programming to elevate health, livelihood, and menstrual equity for rural Ind Read moreia. This public programmatic non-profit (fully registered both in the US & India) has been perfecting their programming by listening to the people they serve for over 25 years. With a local, grassroots approach, Desai currently runs more than 30 programs, positively impacting over 8 million people in 8 states across India, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Odisha. Our innovative and impactful initiatives have brought positive change to marginalized communities and continue to create lasting impacts in the lives of women and children. They have two award-winning flagship programs: Asani Sanitary Napkin Program for menstrual equity; and Heroes for Humanity which started as a COVID rapid response program - both of which have been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, SP Hinduja Banque Privee, Bridgestone, PwC and more with accolades and grants. The Desai Foundation Trust cultivates dignity so that people can dream beyond their circumstances.

Demographies Served


  • Livelihood

    Our livelihood programs are aimed at building sustainable income and development for rural communities. They begin with a complete cycle of assessing the needs and resources of individual communities, designing, and establishing vocational training centres for sewing, electrical work, jewellery making and entrepreneurship training, etc., and finally, developing livelihood skills and competencies. In addition, we deliver basic financial literacy and banking training to support women to better manage their finances.

  • Health

    The Desai Foundation Trust, in collaboration with local partners, offers various health camps like Women’s Health Check-Up and awareness drives, Camps for Vision and Dental, and General Health and Paediatric Check-Ups in the most remote and isolated geographic locations in rural India. The health programs are developed and executed based on need assessment and identification of demand and succeeded by regular follow-ups, to ensure continuing treatment even after the camp’s end.

  • Menstrual Equity

    Menstrual Hygiene Management is a vital aspect of public health, and that everyone deserves the right to manage their menstrual cycle with dignity and ease. The MHM program is dedicated to promoting the importance and awareness of Menstrual Hygiene and Management for girls and women in a community. Our program aims to reduce the stigma and shame associated with menstruation and empower girls and women to manage their periods confidently. This includes a variety of initiatives, such as distributing menstrual products and providing education and information on menstrual health.

Impact Metrics

  • Total Number of Lives Impacted

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    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 2355
    • 2019-20 3962
    • 2020-21 440274
    • 2021-22 585570
    • 2022-23 401949
  • Total Number of Lives Impacted

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    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 1387
    • 2019-20 2265
    • 2020-21 856816
    • 2021-22 5662
    • 2022-23 17619
  • Total Number of Lives Impacted

    Program Name


    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 9212
    • 2019-20 40203
    • 2020-21 7751
    • 2021-22 1211346
    • 2022-23 2264071

Leadership Team

  • Manoj Panda

    Director - Development

  • Mittal Gohil

    Executive Director

  • Yati Desai

    Director of Special and Advance Project

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  • Headquarters

    The Desai Foundation Trust, Rashi Icon, 3rd floor, S V Patel Marg, behind Rajhans coral, Opp Jayshankar party plot, Navsari-396445


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    The Desai Foundation

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  • 2022-23

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