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Our Strategy

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DSF seeks to empower smallholder farms in most marginalized areas of Maharashtra. Methods to achieve goals include

  • Identification and bifurcation of villages based on the potential of their natural resources and developing plans to promote agriculture and/or allied activities.

  • Training on agricultural techniques and market facilitation to maximize profits from harvests and linkages with farmer associations

  • Financing through various stakeholders for farm inputs and distribution of seed and fertilizer

  • To design the irrigation systems & pumps, establish the supply chains, and educate farmers about the benefits and methods of irrigation



The programme aims at ensuring quality education to all students through which they can turn into alert and aware citizens.

  • Child centric approach - Interventions include infrastructure upgrades such as drinking water and hand wash stations and sanitation and creating activity-based learning for developing interactive and joyful learning.

  • Inculcating the indigenous pedagogy - Encouraging growth and development of locally relevant educational content. DSF recognizes certain inherent skills of the tribal students and promotes their pedagogy of learning through activities which are not limited to the four walls.

  • Ensuring Effective use of teaching aids and learning tools as recommended by the guidelines of 'Dnyan Rachanavad’, a teaching methodology developed by Maharashtra Government to improve student motivation through visual teaching kits.



Using technology as an important catalyst to achieve progress in all the thematic areas

  • Developed cost-effective ways to deliver low cost solar and other forms of power to remote areas to allow farmers to irrigate their crops and shift to higher value-added agricultural products

  • Use of appropriate technology to solve rural issues

  • Use of software to record and collect data to formulate a work plan



The focus is to create access to the existing health system and develop health-seeking behaviour among vulnerable sections of society

  • Creates and empowers a strong cadre of community health workers for ensuring effective ANC and Postnatal care and collaborate with government-appointed front-line workers

  • Equips communities especially adolescent girls with the knowledge, life skills training and means to maintain their good health and break the cycle of poor health and poverty

  • Ensuring activation and capacity building of Village Health and Sanitation Committees to monitor the health status of local people

  • Epidemic relief work


Water and Environment

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and sustainably manage forests

  • Sustainable water usage plans through various stream water management achieved by Cording of streams, trenches and retention of groundwater

  • Creating new sources of the water in the village through construction of appropriate infrastructure

  • Implemented sustainable forestry practices through Area treatment with Natural Resource Management perspective including Tree plantation,