About Us
Established in 1976, Destitute and Handicapped Welfare Association (DAHWA) has been performing a Herculean task in empowering rural areas of Jammu & Kashmir with focus on enhancing the life standard of under-privileged segments of the society, especially women. The Non Governmental Organization (NGO) is acting as a catalyst between the government agencies and people to ensure that poor and needy ruralites get optimum benefit from government programs and policies meant for their socio-economic emancipation over the past 35 years. The organization has been working in the fields of rural development, literacy, health-care, agriculture, social-economic welfare and other allied activities, with a network of its dedicated volunteers with the help of government grants and donations. It has always been acclaimed by the Centre and the State Government besides various agencies involved with the welfare of poor and deserving sections of the society.

The NGO has been honored with UNESCO award for its outstanding contribution in the field of education under National Literacy Mission of Government of India. It has bedecked 1,24900 persons, including 40800 females and 84100 males in Udhampur, Reasi and Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir with the ornament of literacy. It has also been providing vocational training to rural women including those belonging to minority segment of the society in different crafts through 48 vocational teaching and learning centres.

In addition, under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the NGO provided training to several batches for VHSC in rural areas besides imparting training to 200 Anganwari Workers under AWs Job Training Programme of the State Government.

DAHWA, in collaboration with government departments, organizes Kissan-cum-Gramin Awareness Melas since the past 10 years to generate awareness among the rural people, especially the women, who otherwise hesitate to go out for information, about the state and centrally sponsored schemes. This has been an annual feature.

In Health sector, the organization holds free medical checkup cum awareness camps besides providing free X-ray facility through mobile van to the poor and needy people of rural and inaccessible pockets. So far, it has organized more than 1000 such camps and arranged treatment and diagnostic facilities for the ailing with the support of state health authorities and other organizations.

The organization has helped more than 50,000 blind, handicapped, destitute and widows in getting their pension besides providing financial assistance and necessary material, through donations, to poor families for solemnizing marriage of their girls. Besides, several poor orphans have been admitted in orphan homes by the organization.

DAHWA also holds general awareness camps in rural and far off areas to generate awareness among the people about various welfare and development programmes of the government who otherwise remain deprived of such innovative schemes only for lack of knowledge about the same.

Essentially dedicated to the cause of rural population of the state, which is predominantly and traditionally involved with agriculture and allied activities, DAHWA has been regularly organizing community level interactions through experts in the field to raise awareness among the farmers on latest techniques in farming. Besides, the organisation in collaboration with the State Agriculture Department holds awareness camps with special focus on latest sustainable agriculture practices and technologies in hilly and rural pockets which has immensely helped the farmers, especially the women to raise their socio-economic status.

DAHWA is an organization devoted and dedicated to welfare, emancipation and empowerment of rural community, especially women.


A Glimpse of Our Endeavors

Some of our accomplishments in health including RCH, Poverty alleviation, education and literacy, Women Empowerment, child development, social welfare, environment sectors are:

  • DAHWA has helped in settlement of over 50,000 pension cases of the destitute, physically disabled and old aged persons during the past over three decades.
  • A number of orphans, destitute and needy people have been supported by the organization in getting admission in various Nari-Niketans, Bal Asharms and homes for aged.
  • The Association has distributed about 182 sewing machines among widows besides giving 44 wheel chairs to the handicapped persons.
  • The Association has organized 500 healthcare camps in rural and far off pockets.
  • The Association has helped the handicapped persons in getting government jobs.
  • The Association has arranged different minor and major surgeries for 50 ailing persons including women, men and children free of cost.
  • The Association has helped solemnizing marriages of 100 poor and orphan girls on donation basis.
  • The Association has organized 35 schools rallies for the TLC/PLC programme.
  • The Association has extended preliminary education to 5000 women w.e.f 1992 to 1997 on donation basis.
  • The Association has distributed fruit plants free of cost among the poor farmers.
  • The Association has established 126 free shiksha Kendryas in slum areas and made literate a large number of women and other elderly persons by providing them reading and writing material.
  • The Association has educated 85,000 persons in the age group of 15 to 35 years under Total literacy Campaign and Post literacy Compaign in Udhampur District (some of its areas now fall in samba District).
  • The Association has provided training to women beneficiaries in different crafts through its 48 Vocational Skill Training centres under PLC Programme in four blocks of district Udhampur.
  • The Association with the help of a mobile ambulance with X-ray machine fitted in it extends diagnostic and treatment facilities to the needy people by arranging medicines on donation basis and specialists and super-specialists in remote areas.
  • The Association has been honoured with an international NLM-UNESCO award in a prestigious function held at Vighyan Bhawan , New Delhi in presence of Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee on 08/09/2001. The award was presented by Manohar Joshi, Minister of Human Resource development, Government of India to. S.S. Sumbria, Chairperson, DAHWA for their outstanding contribution in the field of literacy and upliftment of Handicapped, Destitute, Widows and downtrodden people of SC/ST/OBC.
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