The Desai Foundation/Trust is an organization that empowers women and children through community programming to elevate health, livelihood and menstrual equity in rural India.


Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity


Empowering women has the power to not only change the economic circumstances of individual families, but entire villages.

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Educating and providing children with the building blocks to future advancement allows families to transcend their circumstances.

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Alleviating health issues that prevent women from working and children from attending school enables the community to thrive and focus their attention elsewhere.

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Providing vocational training and the ability to increase household income leads to immediate quality of life improvements.

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Our Pledge

Every dollar raised goes directly to programs that change lives.

Our staff and infrastructure is supported by the founding endowment from the Desai Family and its board members.

Now, as a public foundation, your support helps expand our life-changing programs in
India and the U.S.

News + Media

'GMA' Celebrates Diwali | Featuring the Desai Foundation!

We are overjoyed to share the incredible news that we were featured on Good Morning America! This year, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Diwali on the Hudson as well as Diwali becoming a public holiday in New York. The festivities reached new heights as we were honored to be featured on none other than Good Morning America! Watch video HERE.

How You Can Help

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Menstrual Equity

Donate to the Heroes for Humanity program

in partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée

Donate to our COVID-19 Relief

Working with the existing strengths of each community, we provide the tools needed to create stronger, healthier, and more economically independent households.

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🌟More from our #DF2023Rewind, February 7th marked a proud moment as we welcomed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to visit the work of the Desai Foundation in Gujarat, India.

On this impactful day, Secretary Clinton addressed many of our our Heroes for Humanity initiative, empowering individuals—primarily women—to become frontline Heroes, addressing crises related to health, livelihood, and menstrual equity.

During her visit, Secretary Clinton immersed herself in the heart of our initiatives, witnessing the profound impact of our Asani Sanitary Napkin Program. Her words echoed our mission: "I love the way this program connects to both mothers and the next generation to create change and break the cycle of stigmas."

Reflecting on this remarkable day, we give our heartfelt thanks to all who support our mission and enable us to make a lasting impact among the folks we serve. 🙏

We are so grateful to Secretary Clinton and the entire Clinton Global Initiative team for this inspiring and impactful visit from someone who has dedicated their lives to uplifting women and children!

#MenstrualEquity # #Reskilling #VocationalPrograms #CommunityOutreach #CommunityPrograms S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée Clinton Global Initiative
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Nestled on India's western coast, Gujarat holds a special place in the heart of the Desai Foundation, being the starting point of our transformative journey in 1997. Over the years, Gujarat became the canvas for our commitment to impact and empowerment. By 2014, we had rapidly expanded to 15 active programs in the region spanning health, livelihood, and menstrual equity, pioneering innovative solutions for community development.

One significant milestone was the inauguration of Shantaben Vidyabhavan in 2011, a STEM-focused school that touched the lives of over 40,000 people across 20+ villages. This school, completed in a record 11 months, stands as a testament to the success of our model and commitment to quality education.

Today, Gujarat remains one of the eight states where our footprint extends. It's where our first Asani Sanitary Napkin unit was established, with two now operational. This unique program empowers women to manufacture and distribute high-quality, affordable sanitary napkins, breaking barriers of stigma and enabling girls to pursue education and women to participate in the workforce.

In nearly 1,000 villages across Gujarat, our programs touched over 2.5 million lives. The Asani Sanitary Napkin Program, Bal Health Mela, Heroes for Humanity, Beautician Skills Training, Sewing Skills Training, and Primary Health & Hygiene are just a few of our programs operating in the state that cultivate dignity and empower communities.

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🌟As we close out on 2023, The Desai Foundation fondly looks back at the significant moments that defined our year. In January, we celebrated the inauguration of our newest Asani Sanitary Napkin Unit in Lucknow, marking a milestone for us and the communities we serve.

This unit is our first in Uttar Pradesh, a crucial step in expanding our impact across Northern India. Employing women from 10 villages, it not only provides job opportunities but also aids progress in breaking menstrual taboos. At the heart of it all, the event drew nearly 125 women from the surrounding rural communities, eager to be a part of this transformative initiative.

The Lucknow unit is more than a production facility; it's a hub of empowerment. Here, sanitary pads are crafted with care and purpose in order to reach women in rural areas at subsidized rates, promoting accessibility and dignity.

By the close of 2023, our Asani Sanitary Napkin Program has touched the lives of 1.5 million women throughout India—a testament to the collective impact we've achieved. As we reflect on this accomplishment, we extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters. Your unwavering belief in our mission propels us forward, allowing us to reach new heights and make a difference in even more lives. 🙏✨

#sanitarynapkin #menstrualpad #menstrualequity #pledgeyourperiod #UttarPradesh #northindia #communityimpact #empowerment #df2023rewind
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🎉 We are just 3 months away from celebrating Holi in Miami on March 1!

🌈 It's our first event in Miami of this scale, and after a sold-out success at New York's Diwali on the Hudson, you won’t want to miss it!

✨ Join us for what we do best: Bringing the South Asian community together with up-and-coming entertainers, an exciting host, cocktails, and of course, the opportunity to party for a purpose. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit our health, livelihood, and menstrual equity programming in rural India.

🎟️Early bird ticketing ends on January 19th. Secure your spot now www.holiinmiami.givesmart.com before they’re gone for an unforgettable celebration of Holi with a twist!

#EventsMiami #FestivalofColor #Holi #HoliFestival
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There’s now just one more month until the movement returns!
It’s more important now than ever to #PledgeYourPeriod with us this May to continue destigmatizing periods and fighting for menstrual equity for the future generations.

To learn more visit PledgeYourPeriod.com. For sponsorship opportunities please email Colby@TheDesaiFoundation.org.

#menstrualequity #menstrualhygiene #menstrualhealth #reproductiverights

We’ve seen the damage and danger that can be done to the mental and physical health, education, livelihood, and dignity of menstruators when they aren`t armed with the right information and tools to manage their periods.

The Desai Foundation will continue to make sure that through menstrual hygiene education, periods won’t hold women and girls back from school, work, or society.

#menstrualhygiene #mhm #menstrualhealth #healthandhygiene

NYC’s premier Diwali Event will return on November 2, 2023! We`re ready to celebrate luck and light by dancing, dining, and partying for a purpose!

Last year we were so lucky to have @rhearaj perform for us! Stay tuned for more to come about this year’s event!

All funds raised from the event will go directly to our programming on the ground! So get ready to join us for the best Diwali on the Hudson yet! Get your tickets today via link in bio.

#eventsnyc #diwali #doth #newyorkevents

Periods are under attack in the United States- visit the links in our bio to read our article on @marieclairemag or learn more about what our Asani Sanitary Napkin Program to achieve #menstrualequity in India.

#pledgeyourperiod #menstrualhealth

We love seeing the women in our #Beautician Skills Training Course, which is held in partnership with @iit_gandhinagar learn and grow!

How would you have them use their skills on you?

#vocationaltraining #beautyskills #cosmetology

We are so excited to announce that this year’s Lotus Festival will be held on September 30th at the Collings Foundation Heritage Museum!

Last year we were so lucky to have @avantinagral and @ninadavuluri !Stay tuned for more to come about this year’s event.

There are limited tickets available, visit the link in our bio to reserve your spot!

#lotusfestival #events #celebration #philanthropy

Since opening in January, our 16 distribution ambassadors and 11 machine operators at our new Lucknow production unit have produced and distributed over 43K sanitary napkins! We are so happy to see this new unit’s big success!

🔗 Please consider making a tax deductible donation to our Asani Sanitary Napkin program! Check the link in bio to make a contribution. Thank you!

#mhm #menstrualhygiene #sanitarynapkin #menstrualequity

Candle & Diya Making is one of the many vocational programs we offer to the women we serve!

Visit our website to learn more about or vocational training.

#skillstraining #vocationaltraining #candlemaking #diya

The myths and taboos many Indian women face today regarding their period didn’t originally come from a place of harm. When people had to work harder in the past, women’s lack of participation in the community was not intended to ostracize them but give them an opportunity to rest from their duties. Over time and due to the influence of colonization and patriarchal ideas, these ideas started to become harmful to the women they were meant to protect.

Would you like to know more about this topic? Let us know in the comments below!

#asani #menstrualequity #sanitarynapkin #clintonglobalinitiative #menstrualpad #menstruation

We’re dedicating this #InternationalWomensDay to the fierce women in the locations we serve who fight every day to improve their communities.

We continue to be inspired by their work, and love seeing them #DreamBeyond

Let us know in the comments below who you’re inspired by!

To learn more about how the Desai Foundation works to provide healthcare, vocational opportunities, and menstrual equity initiatives to women in rural India, visit TheDesaiFoundation.org

#DreamBeyond #IWD #WomensHistoryMonth

Happy #Holi from us at the Desai Foundation! ...

This #InternationalWomensDay, join us in Embracing Equity with @thepadproject! This impactful youth-led organization is helping people all around the world get access to period products, provide menstrual health education workshops, and empower women across the globe.

We are so proud to have a backing of an organization like The Pad Project. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, please consider supporting organizations like us!

To learn more about what the Desai Foundation is doing to #EmbraceEquity in rural India, please visit our website at TheDesaiFoundation.org!


Our Asani Sanitary Napkin Program is the most robust MHM program in the country! Listen to @yati_desai present to former Secretary of State #HillaryClinton on why Asani creates so much impact for women, girls, and for the whole community!

#asani #menstrualequity #sanitarynapkin #clintonglobalinitiative #menstrualpad #menstruation

Jewelry Making Training empowers women, and therefore also their communities, by giving new livelihood opportunities!

What kind of jewelry would you like to see them make? Leave your answer in the comments!

#vocationaltraining #womensempowerment #DreamBeyond #womenhelpingwomen

It`s #IndiaGivingDay! Join us in celebrating an incredible campaign hosted by the India Philanthropy Alliance to advance crucial developmental goals in India. Make a difference by donating, volunteering, or just by learning about the issues facing India today.

Please consider getting involved by donating via the link in our bio! Thank you.

#indiagivingday #philanthropy #changemakers #socialresponsibility #india

At the Desai Foundation we feel like the work we do to enable folks in India to #DreamBeyond speaks for itself. Don’t just take our word for it, though, take a look at what former Secretary of State #HillaryClinton had to say about our Heroes for Humanity program!

#menstrualequity #healtheducation #changemakers #socialresponsibility #heroesforhumanity

Bring dreams to life this March 2nd for #IndiaGivingDay, an annual initiative hosted by the India Philanthropy Alliance! By identifying key issues facing India today, this campaign aims to bring community together and offer sustainable solutions. The Desai Foundation is proud to support this year, and we encourage you to join us!

Please consider getting involved by donating via the link in our bio! Thank you.

#indiagivingday #philanthropy #changemakers #socialresponsibility #india

We are dedicated to making sure that women and their children in the communities we serve have access to the #healthcare they need.

🔗 Please consider making a tax deductible donation to provide more health check-ups! Check the link in bio Thank you!

#healthyliving #healthiswealth #healthywomen #pediatrics

#HeroesforHumanity will continue to grow in 2023!

At last year’s #ClintonGlobalInitiative conference, the Desai Foundation committed to #upskilling our Heroes, bringing #healthcare to rural communities, supporting girls and young women, and bringing #hygiene #education to rural India. This year, we hope to impact an additional 2 million folks to fulfill this commitment!

This is our Help Desk service, which helps folks access their “social security,” PAN cards, and Aadhaar cards.

🔗 Please consider making a tax deductible donation for Heroes for Humanity! Check the link in bio to make a contribution. Thank you!

#mensturalequity #healtheducation #changemakers #socialresponsibility

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