Our Founding Story
The Desai Foundation began its journey by providing services to communities in India and the United States in 1997. We have reached over 765,000 individuals with over 25 programs such as health and hygiene camps, menstrual health programs, vocational training programs, science and entrepreneurship, and more. Our work focuses on empowering women and children through community programming to elevate health and livelihood in the over 568 villages we serve in India. These communities lack basic facilities such as healthcare services, education systems, and livelihood opportunities. Through our projects on health camps, skill development (skill and business training) and education, we ensured that the members of the communities especially girls and women have access to opportunities leading to elevate their health and livelihood. The Desai Foundation believes that the only way to elevate a community is to employ a holistic approach to community development with an emphasis on cultivating dignity for those we serve.
Now, as a public programmatic organization, we work to bring these over 25 programs to the other remote rural regions in India. Our unique model of bringing programming from the incubation phase to the scale phase – experimenting with inputs and outputs results in maximum impact in these communities.
In India, our focus is rural areas located in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. Our partners include local community-based organizations, hospitals and educational institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT-GN). – where we connect students with opportunities for volunteering and giving back to their community. Our flagship Asani Sanitary Napkin Program has created economic empowerment, provided hygiene education, increased community awareness and cultivated dignity for numerous women in the region. In the United States, our efforts focus on connecting students with social causes and entrepreneurship through initiatives with Columbia University’s Community Impact, Lasalle College and TIE Boston.