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What we do

DCA primarily work with relief and development aid to address the need of most marginalized.

What we do in India

The objective of Dan Church Aid South Asia Regional Office in India is to help the poorest of the poor and ensure their life with dignity. We primarily work with relief and development aid to address the need of the most marginalized people.

Our themes and programmes in India / South Asia

Dan Church Aid has a regional office in Delhi for our work in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. We focus on four thematic areas with mandate of:

  • dotDisaster risk Reduction and Humanitarian response (Building community resilience for preparedness and response to disasters)
  • dotFood Security (Ensure food security and sovereignty of most vulnerable and marginalized community)
  • dotAccess to Socio-economic justice (Marginalized people enjoy equity and equality in a just society) 
  • dotSafe migration (Ensure access to alternative livelihood for affected migrants)

Our partners and geography

Dan Church Aid works with local NGO partners and civil society organizations for implementation of humanitarian and development programmes in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In India, we work in Orissa and Rajasthan (as focus states), West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh. For Humanitarian, we have a mandate to respond with relief and recovery needs as per situation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In Nepal, we work in Hills and Himalayan Terai region for implementation of our programmes and in Bangladesh, we work in southern, north-east and north-west region.

We and our partners collaborate with government authorities, institutions and networks /bodies at national/state level to achieve common goal to reduce poverty and sufferings of marginalized and poorest of poor.

Articles about India

DanChurchAid and ECHO has improved and strengthened the resilience of local communities in India
DCA is supporting its partner Centre for Study of Society and Secularism to educate the voters and encourage them to exercise their right to vote most sensibly in the 16th General Elections in India.
DanChurchAid recently launched its regional food security governance project at a function in Kathmandu
Building life after conflicts can be next to impossible. But even a small input can start changes
Clashes between Bodo and Muslims communities have aggravated the situation for farmers in Assam
People are still living in shelters and are unable to go to their villages which has been completely water logged after the cyclone Phailin
At least 22 people have been killed and up to half a million have been displaced in the Eastern Indian provinces of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha after the most powerful hurricane in the last 14 years.
Most bread winners lost their lives in the floods
Over a month after being hit by the devastating flash floods, the North Indian state of Uttarakhand is still struggling to come to terms with the rain-induced disaster.
Over 1000 people are feared dead and more than 50,000 still remain stranded in north India due to floods and landslide triggered by incessant rainfall. Uttarakhand - a famous pilgrimage spot in India has been affected the most by this disaster.
Over 130 people in India and 40 in Nepal have lost their lives due to floods and landslide triggered by incessant rainfall in the region. Uttarakhand in India and Darchula in Nepal are amongst the most affected areas.
Access to land has been an ongoing struggle for many ethnic and caste groups in India, including the Dalits and Vallalars living in Tamil Nadu. Here, a denial to access government land led to a mobilisation for a long struggle, but what really triggered the people to come together was a response to the Thane Cyclone.
DanChurchAid along with its partners from Nepal, India and Bangladesh are working together across borders in South Asia, aiming to support and strengthen vulnerable and excluded communities in the region for increased resilience.
Nearly 1.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to a third wawe of floods since June in the north-eastern state of Assam in Inda. DanChurchAid is supporting flood affected families in Barpetta district in Assam.
Hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in overcrowded camps in Assam in northeast India desperately need humanitarian assistance after fleeing ethnic violence, DanChurchAid’s staff in New Delhi reports. An assessment of the situation has been carried out by DanChurchAid’s local partners to identify key humanitarian needs of the displaced people.
DCA Humanitarian programme Officer, Aditi Ghosh, is just back from the field visit in flood affected areas of Assam with this report.
India's annual monsoon has claimed 126 lives since rains started in June and left around 400,000 people in 647 villages across the state of Assam in the grip of flood.
By providing a traditional food for children, DanChurchAid has demonstrated how special dietary needs of children can be met in the middle of a disaster
Manorama lives in a flood-prone region. As for many other families living in the village, her house is not very strong, and after a flood she usually has to rebuild parts of it. With the help from DCA, Manorama and her family is getting a new house of bricks and concrete, which can resist future floods.
DCA has helped tribal people in a remote village in India build an important infrastructure, a bamboo bridge, which connects the village to the neighbouring village and the nearest road. To 24-year old Debeswari Sonowal, the bridge might have been lifesaving when she went into labour and was in urgent need of medical assistance.
From back breaking work in road-construction far from home to owner of six goats. In Orissa, India the dalit single mother, Bilaso Naik, has gotten help to claim her right to basic services from the government
Attacks by elephants are a real threat to the villagers in Chandangiri in Orissa, India. DanChurch Aid’s partner in the area helps the tribal people access government schemes to compensate for death by animal attacks
The Talanada Juang hamlet in the Keonjhar district of Orissa has no roads and no drinking water source. The tribal hamlet previously undiscovered has only recently been included in the Orissa Government’s record. Now the Juangs learn about their possibilities of subsidies from the Government and mobilize funds for a bridge, a new road, housing and safe drinking water.
Two village grain banks have secured the future for the villagers in a tribal hamlet in northern Bihar
55-year-old Mangli Devi is happy to have a new home. The old one was lost in the devastating Kosi floods of 2008. In the times to follow Mangli was able to rebuild her home and life with the support given by DCA. This is her story.
In the wake of the recent severe floods in Southern India, ACT International has launched a preliminary appeal for flood relief operations underway, as fears mount that the region could face severe food shortages.
An inspiring bouquet of hope, the Tsunami Tales is a collection of real life stories of people who build their lives after the devastating Tsunami hit Asia in December of 2004.
DCA supports Astha, an NGO working in Southern Rajasthan since 1989. Astha has - among a number of other activities - initiated several organisations to empower widows and other single women.
Inspired by the movie Slumdog Millionaire photographer Sumit Dayal joined four former street children back to the slums so they gould give their perspective on the real life behind the film.
The Oscar-awarded movie "Slumdog Millionaire" reviewed by experts. Harsh Mander from the Dil Se project invited 30 former street children in Delhi to the movie and give their opinion. This article sums up their impressions and gives a perspective as well.
Gita Devi is 25 years old and mother of four children. She and her husband live in a hamlet, next to the fields they cultivate. They do not own the land around their house, but 3/4 of the crops are theirs to keep. The landowner gets the rest.
Since 2006, DanChurchAid (DCA) in India have had a total of 6.500 goats to distribute amongst vulnerable people. All those goats was a result of Danes choosing to 'Give a Goat' for Christmas and support the work of DCA.
ACT International has launched a US $1.7 million appeal to provide emergency assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by the catastrophic flooding in the Indian province of Bihar. DanChurchAid is a member of ACT International.
Getting a goat has been a life changing experience for Padma Ram, his wife Dani Devi and their five children. The family is healthier, their income is secure and the children are now in school, thanks to their five goats, a cow and a little help from local aid organisation SURE.
At least 800 people have been killed in monsoon-related accidents during the heavy June-to-September rains across India, with impoverished Bihar accounting for 24 deaths since August 23, according to a government spokesperson.
Heavy and incessant rainfall since June 16, 2008 has flooded many areas in the eastern states of Assam, Orissa and West Bengal leaving some 93 people dead and close to 2.7 million people affected.
The enormity of human deprivation among the vulnerable and destitute in India is overwhelming. A newly published paper describes the experience of living with hunger as recounted by persons from intensely insecure social groups from eight villages in Orissa, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The research study on hunger is written by Harsh Mander, convenor of Aman Biradari, a people’s campaign for secular democracy in...
“The memory is still very painful to me,” G. Raju recounts in a faltering vice. Yet, there was nothing he could do. The flood waves were six or seven meters high and he could not reach his house and his family. He still vividly remembers the horrible scenes of devastation the tsunami left in its wake three years ago as it swept through his coastal village in southern India.
The monsoon rains have stopped in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa with the onset of winter. The last rain spell was in the first week of October 2007. The flood waters have receded (except in some pockets of very low-lying areas) and people have gone back to their villages. Some people are living under polythene sheets distributed by NGOs and the government where traditional mud homes were damaged and...
Heavy and continuous rainfall over the past five days has caused widespread flooding and the deaths of at least 13 people in the state of Tamil Nadu. The rains, also affecting the state of Andhra Pradesh, were caused by a low pressure center over the south-eastern bay off Chennai along with the north-east monsoon.
In West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar the monsoon rains continue. A depression that formed over the Bay of Bengal caused heavy rains from September 23 to 24, 2007 in several areas. The continuous downpour led to a rise in water level in all major river systems in the region. Calcutta was submerged under heavy waterlogging and received 44.0 cm (17.3 inches) of rain. The whole city was flooded with up to 1.5 metres (4.92...
Some of the largest floods ever have hit parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Across South Asia, DanChurchAid has been providing essential water equipment and temporary shelters for people who have lost their homes to flooding.
RDRS Bangladesh has provided food relief worth over taka 18 million (equivalent to USD 261,500) to about 30,400 flood-affected people in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat Districts.
The floods in South Asia have hit Bangladesh with enormous force, and there is an acute need for just about everything, such as food, seed grain and reconstruction, DanChurchAid representative reports from Dhaka.
The situation in India and Bangladesh is still critical.
Members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International of which DanChurchAid is a member, continue to respond to multiple floods crises across vast regions of Asia. Reuters reports that 35 million people are affected by the crisis in India, Bangladesh and Nepal alone. China and Pakistan have also suffered torrential rains and floods in the past month.
DanChurchAid has sent one million DKK to the relief work for the survivors of the floods in Asia, and more money is on its way.
In India, people beneath the traditional caste system, the Dalits, are particularly badly affected by natural disasters. This summer’s monsoon flooding in India is no exception. But with disaster preparedness, disaster-proof housing and not least strong women self-help groups, things can improve.
The monsoon season is hitting India hard. In the Indian state Orissa, DanChurchAid supports the relief work through the local partner LWSI with DKK 400000.
Life is hard for Jyotsna Pradhan. When her husband deserted her she was left to care for her elderly mother and her 4-year-old daughter. Most people in her village are poor and regular work is very hard to find. This past fall, life became even more difficult when heavy flooding struck her village in Orissa, India.
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