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DAYA’s mission is to provide quality education to underprivileged children and employment opportunities to women in India.


“DAYA” (Destitute Aged and Young Association), is a voluntary non-profit making child focused organization registered under the Societies Act of India with a mission to work for the poorest of the poor both in rural and urban areas in the state of Orissa, one of the most economically backward states of India. The Hindi word DAYA means “compassion” in English. DAYA has been working in Orissa for the last 15 years and has undertaken different social developmental projects.


Mrs. Shantipriya Basiston is the founder of the organization. After obtaining her Bachelor in Education she worked for several years as a primary school teacher in the Pulbani District of Orissa. This is a tribal district were there is much poverty. Shantipriya saw the great need among the women and children and how the children were often neglected, ill treated and unwanted. Many children had lost their parents through sickle cell anemia, malaria and other diseases. Many parents were too poor to care for their children. This gave Shantipriya the desire to provide a better life for the little ones and so, after some time, the vision to relocate them to Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa became a reality. Here the children are now able to get an education and health care and their future looks much brighter.

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