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WE INSPIRE WOMEN & CHILDREN
TO DREAM BEYOND

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.

WE'VE IMPACTED 7,000,000 LIVES

Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity

WOMEN

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

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CHILDREN

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

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HEALTH

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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LIVELIHOOD

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

Donate for
Menstrual Equity

Donate to the Heroes for Humanity program

in partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée

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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19-year-old Komal from Uttar Pradesh was striving to help support her family of eight. Despite challenges, she was balancing household chores with pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her dream of learning sewing seemed distant until she discovered the Sewing Skill Training Center initiated by the Desai Foundation Trust. Over three months, Komal honed her skills under expert guidance, mastering garment-making techniques and boosting her confidence.

Now equipped with sewing proficiency, Komal practices diligently at home, crafting garments for her family and herself. Her determination has paid off, with her monthly earnings soaring to 4,000-5,000 rupees. From plain blouses to designer suits, Komal's repertoire continues to expand, earning her recognition in both town and village. Her success is a testament to the transformative impact of our empowerment initiatives, bringing change to ripple throughout communities like hers.

#Empowerment #sewingskills #vocationalskills
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2 days ago
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#PledgeYourPeriod will be back next month, and we’re kicking it off with a FREE online panel on May 1st at 11AM EST/8:30PM IST. This panel will be packed with crucial discussions on menstruation from leaders in the menstrual equity field. To attend this panel, visit PYP24.givesmart.com. Donations to benefit our Menstrual Hygiene Awareness programs are encouraged.

Chris Bobel is professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. For more than 2 decades, she has been researching and writing about menstrual activism. Chris is past president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and she is often consulted by the mainstream media about the rapidly growing menstrual activist movement. Chris is the author and editor of 6 books. Her most are the award-winning The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), an open access volume that has been downloaded more than 2.3 million times. Pivoting from menstrual activism, but still fascinated by social movements, Chris is currently at work on a new book exploring contemporary activism inspired by grief and trauma tentatively titled Accidental Activism: Why Grief Becomes Grievance in the Wake of Traumatic Loss.

#MenstrualHygiene #MenstrualEquity #PeriodPoverty #MHM #Periods #Menstruation #Paneldiscussion #Freepanel
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3 days ago
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May this Eid bring peace, love, and happiness to your life. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous celebration! Eid Mubarak!

Spread joy by extending a helping hand to those we serve. Consider donating to support the Desai Foundation’s health, livelihood and menstrual equity programming. Thank you!

#Eid #EidalFitr #EidMubarak
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5 days ago
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#PledgeYourPeriod will be back next month, and we’re kicking it off with a FREE online panel on May 1st at 11AM EST/8:30PM IST. This panel will be packed with crucial discussions on menstruation from leaders in the menstrual equity field. To attend this panel, visit pyp24.givesmart.com. Donations to benefit our Menstrual Hygiene Awareness programs are encouraged.

Sharra Vostral holds an appointment as Assistant Dean of Research in the Northwestern University School of Communication, and Professor of Instruction in Communication Studies. She is the author of Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (Lexington, 2008) and Toxic Shock: A Social History (NYU Press, 2018). She co-edited Feminist Technology (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish Campaign to End Period Poverty (Open Library of Humanities, 2022).

She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Awards from the National Science Foundation, and the Mellon Global Midwest initiative of Humanities Without Walls, have supported her research.

She previously held faculty appointments in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Gender & Women's Studies and Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the History Department at Purdue University, with affiliations in the School of Engineering Education.

She has appeared in interviews in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Newsweek, BBC Radio 4, and Le Monde among others. Her current research revisits how stigma is communicated and challenged through menstrual products.

#MenstrualHygiene #MenstrualEquity #PeriodPoverty #MHM #Periods #Menstruation #Paneldiscussion #Freepanel
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Tiki’s story begins in the rural landscapes of Odisha, within the classrooms of her village’s high school. Tiki, a bright 13-year-old girl, had her education interrupted every month due to her period. Like many girls in rural India, she relied on traditional, often unhygienic methods during her menstruation, causing her to miss several days of school, impacting her education and dreams.

The Desai Foundation's Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) program brought a wave of knowledge and understanding about menstruation and hygiene. It dispelled myths, broke down stigmas, and empowered Tiki and her classmates to manage their periods hygienically and confidently.

Tiki's transformation was profound. She no longer missed school due to her period and could focus on her education, her dreams, and her future. She expressed her gratitude towards the Desai Foundation and Asani for enabling her to reclaim her education and her potential.

Today, Tiki's story serves as a powerful example of the impact of knowledge and the importance of arming girls with the right resources and knowledge. We invite you to join us in our mission to empower countless more people like Tiki.

Visit www.PledgeYourPeriod.com to learn how you can join our #PledgeYourPeriod campaign this May. Together, we can transform the narrative around menstruation.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

#StigmaStopsWithMe
#ThePadProject
#EndPeriodPoverty
#DreamBeyond
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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#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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