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Disha - Bihar of Munger works to improve the lives of the backward, Dalit and other exploited communities and to bring them in the mainstream socio-political processes to build a just society. The organization has been involved in many activities such as the National Literacy Campaign, Polio campaign with UNICEF, the Manav Jodo Abhiyan, etc. It has worked for the irrigation rights of the small and marginal farmers, fishing rights of the fishermen (Machuara) community and the rights of the Diara community which is displaced due to the Ganges floods in Munger district. The Project Holder Mr. Abhay Kumar Akela, has been involved in the Ganga Mukti Andolan, the Munger movement and the Rashtriya Seva Dal. He was actively involved in the Bihar Pradesh Lok Samiti. He played an important role in ensuring that peace resumed after the Bhagalpur riots, by organizing various communal harmony programs in Munger district.


The current intervention is spread over 11 tolas (villages) of Sadar block of Munger district, (directly) and 10 villages each from Asarganj, Tarapur and Kharagpur block (indirectly). Located in Southern Bihar, Munger district is famous for its natural resources, such as forests, hills and rivers. The district has two types of landscapes - the Diara land and Tal land. These areas suffer from annual inundation, erosion, water clogging and sand deposition due to the flooding of the Ganges and its tributaries. The district experiences drought and floods simultaneously which affects agriculture severely. People have to migrate to safer places due to floods. For the marginal and small farming communities like the Bhinds, Kumhars, Banias, Dhobis and Muslims, agriculture is not a viable livelihood option. And these communities have been recently selling their land at nominal prices to the landlords and have turned to working as daily wage laborers. Due to the government’s faulty forest laws, the marginalized communities have lost control over the forests. Wage discrimination is also rampant in the area.

The government systems are defunct and do not address the community’s needs. Low awareness level is also a reason for the poor status of birth registration and proper check up of the children and pregnant women. Quality of education in the schools is poor in terms of educational materials, curriculum and regularity. Discriminatory attitude of the teachers and upper castes adds to the woes of the marginalized children. Strong presence of the dominant culture actually becomes an obstacle for child expression and inclusion in decision making. Disha aims to establish society based on equality & free from exploitation, economic discrimination and social discrimination.


  • To campaign to ensure child rights in the operational area through building capacity of the reference group
  • To strengthen and advocate for pro-people systems (focus on health, education, Public Distribution System (PDS)) and increase the accessibility of the services for the vulnerable people
  • To build capacity amongst the organizations team and mobilize their potential
  • To enhance the leadership and capacity amongst the DIARA displaced community
  • To mobilize the fishing community in the district and build strategic alignments with JJSS, BLAM and Ganga Mukti Andolan


Disha Bihar has been working since 2006 to organize children and people in the area. This year, the organization focused on child rights issues and developing community understanding and their perspective building, both on children’s issues and other community issues. Sustained effort was made towards mobilizing the people’s organization. The reference community and the sangthan (group) members also proactively participated in the school intervention process and activation of the Integrated Child Development Services. Internal capacity building program was organized in which the issues of strengthening people’s organizations, mobilization of the community, the common school system, communal fascism and the right to education were taken up.

highlights in the review period include:
  • Out of 426 applications for birth registration, 272 births were registered and birth certificates issued.
  • Total 600 children were mainstreamed – 337 of them were dropouts, while 263 of them were out of school children.
  • 168 child workers were enrolled into government schools.
  • 219 working children were linked with Jeevan Shala – a livelihood protection and training center.
  • 28 physically challenged children were linked with government benefit schemes, while 83 more received Disability Certificates entitling them to special provisions and benefits.


  • Bal Adhikar (child rights) rally in all four blocks
  • School activation in Munger Sadar (8 schools), Asargang (5 schools), Tarapur (5 schools) and Kharagpur (6 schools)
  • Activation of Integrated Child Dvelopment Services (ICDS) in operational villages
  • Regular meeting of Mahila Sangarsh Samiti and their capacity building
  • Survey and development of data on families affected by Ganga Katao for Land and housing rights
  • Survey and development of Lists of Patthar tor Mazdoor for ID cards and their health check-ups
  • Block level action program on wages, implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program (NREGP) and deforestation
  • Action program by the Mazdoor Sangthan (Labor Union) on the issue of ID cards, Housing, Land Rights and fair wages
  • Interface and pressure building on Panchayat (PRI) members, block and district officials as and when needed on local issues
  • Regular involvement of the media in all activities and functions


  • Right to Development
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Administration
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