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Key Mission

1. Provide access to education to unprivileged children.
2. Provide access to health care to unprivileged children
3. Women empowerment through skill training.


“DAYA” (Destitute Aged and Young Association), founded in 1996 is a voluntary non-profit making child & women focused organization registered under the Societies Act of India with a goal 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 is registered under 12A, FCRA


Dr.Anna Strom is a doctor educated from Oslo University in Norway. She always wanted to make the world a better place. She moved to India to run DAYA.


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 Odisha. Shantipriya saw the great need among the women and children and how the children were often neglected, ill treated and unwanted. This gave her the desire to provide a better life for the little ones.