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DISA also celebrate the following common National and International Days with the CBOs and community members.


Even though Literacy rate in Uttar Pradesh has seen upward trend and is 67.68 percent as per 2011 population census, of that, male literacy stands at 77.28 percent while female literacy is at 57.18 percent, it raises several issues. The tope in the table of issues caused by illiteracy is increase in child labour and exploitation of the weaker sections by the so called elite educated mass. Though Education is made as a fundamental right by Indian government, neither the children nor their parents take any kind of interest about schooling and the children are seen engaged in household activities or playing around. Education is proven as the key for socio economic changes and unless we give priority to it, all our efforts will go in vain.

Keeping this in mind, an awareness campaign was conducted titled ‘Go to School’ under the guidance of DISA organization in Basti city, Haraiya and in the Mithawal block of Bansi. The mission was to make the parents and children aware of education. The rally was held by the teachers and students at 31 schools of the three blocks in order to provide the perception on importance of education. A seminar was held after the rally and the residents of villages were greatly inspired by the programs conducted so that they decided to enroll their children in the nearby schools. Besides a total of 765 children volunteers of DISA also participated in the rally.


National Safe Motherhood Day is observed on April 11 every year. National Safe Motherhood Day 2016 is an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India, to enforce that women must have the availability and adequate access to care during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal services. The goal of observing safe motherhood day is to educate women and help them realize their rights to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth. Our mission is to inspire, encourage and assist the advocates of campaigns that help in upholding the rights of women to be safe during the child-bearing age and through the child birth process.

This campaign was also held in Basti Sadar, Harriya and Mithwal blocks under the guidance of DISA organization in the month of April. Members of ‘Asha’, ‘Anganwadi Worker’ and ‘ANM’ were also participated in the rally. Detailed information regarding before, after and during delivery were provided in the seminar. A total of 26 rallies and 13 seminars were conducted in all the three blocks in which 313 pregnant women have participated.


May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, which for over 30 years, women’s rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated in diverse ways. Year after year, women, girls, advocates and allies have continued to take action and stand up for sexual and reproductive rights for what they are: an indivisible and inalienable part of our human rights.

Now, at a time when women’s human rights, and particularly sexual and reproductive rights continue to be systematically violated worldwide, mobilization both within and beyond our communities remains essential, in order to resist any rollback on our rights and advance sexual and reproductive justice for all. As the global geo-political context threatens to become increasingly regressive, it is more important than ever to denounce any attempts at curtailing women’s rights, including our human rights to decide freely upon all aspects of our bodies, our sexualities, and our lives, free from coercion, discrimination and violence.

The rally and seminar on World Women’s Health Day were organized in Basti Sadar, Hariya and Mithwal blocks with the co-operation and guidance of DISA Organization. Information regarding the health, sexual and reproductive rights and sanitation have been provided in the above mentioned gatherings. Volunteers of the organization conducted the program at all three centers as per scheduled. 24 rallies and 32 seminars were conducted in these issues in which a total of 479 women including expectants were also participated.


The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as the World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated all over the world.

The people in villages can do much if given awareness regarding the dangers of polluted environment and the importance of environment protection. Awareness programs were conducted by the volunteers of DISA regarding environment Day at Basti Sadar, Harraiya, Mithaval and Ikauna Blocks.

In a nutshell, under the guidance of DISA a total of 27 seminars were conducted in which 1983 people has taken the resolution of afforestation in the month of June.

The members of ‘SHG Kisan club’, ‘Nai Disha Mahila Samiti’ and ‘Saloni Sangam’ were inspired by the campaign and planted 2314 saplings of mango, Sagwan [teak], Eucalyptus, Banana, Jack fruit etc. at all three centres of Basti city, Harraiya and Mithwal blocks.


World Breastfeeding Week is held annually between the 1st – 7th of August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Over 120 countries across the world get involved in the celebration, and this years focus falls on breastfeeding in relation to sustainability.

Breastfeeding is the best way to give newborns the nutrients they need. Breast milk is highly nutritious with easy-to-digest proteins and natural immunities that protect babies against disease and infection. Colostrum, the milk that mothers produce in the first days after birth, is not only dense in nutrients, but is also rich in antibodies that protect babies from bacteria and viruses that cause infection.

With the help of DISA a seminar and wall writings for spreading awareness about the importance of breast feeding was carried out in Ikauna, Harraiya, Basti Sadar and Mithwal block. ‘Asha’, ‘Anganwad Worker’ and ‘ANM’ also volunteered in the rally. Besides these, the doctors and health assistants of Primary Health centres were also invited. Rally started with the signaling of green flag, followed by a seminar in which the people were given awareness about the importance and benefits of breast feeding. Overall 29 rallies, 27 seminars and 750 wall wrtings were carried out in the three blocks.


Every year August 15th is observed as Independence day in remembrance of the nation’s independence from British empire in 1947 on the same day. Despite of class, religion, creed or race India celebrates Independence Day as national festival. Independence Day is a day when people in India pay homage to their leaders and those who fought for India's freedom in the past.

Usually Independence Day celebrations are confined to cities and towns and villages are neglected. It was decided to celebrate this year’s Independence day along with the villagers. The director of DISA went to the villages and hoisted the national flag. The volunteers of DISA organization reminded the villagers struggles and sacrifices made by our leaders and freedom fighters. In a nutshell, in 123 villages, in all the three blocks, DISA along with the villagers, celebrated this great day in the history of India.


International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.

The volunteers of DISA conducted a Literacy day campaign in Basti, Harraiya, Ikuna and Mithwal blocks. The campaign aimed at teaching the members to write their names and put their signature. The importance of these was also explained to them. Being motivated, the entire members attended, learnt to write their names. The members who learnt first were given incentives. In total 105 members learned to write their names and put their signature.


The National Cleanliness Day is widely observed in the state on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Cleanliness is essential for the wellbeing of an individual. Most public places in India, be a street, a government office, railway station, a bus station or a public park looks filthy. The offensive sites of littered garbage, overflowing sewage, defaced walls and water logged areas dot our cities and country. The cleanliness of a city, village or an entire town begins from the cleanliness of individual homes. This responsibility for cleanliness is highlighted by the observation of cleanliness day on 2nd October. The day calls to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, work places, roads/streets and public places

In the campaign conducted by DISA volunteers, the importance of keeping our surroundings clean in Basti Sadar , Harraiya, and Mithwal Blocks. They explained to the villagers the methods by which they can keep the villages clean.

As a part of the campaign, during the meeting a discussion was held related to a public place. With the consent of all the members such a place was chosen and the cleaning of the same was carried out. All the members agreed to keep the place clean and hygienic. Thus 23 such public places were cleaned. Besides the common people, volunteers of DISA also participated in the campaign.


Newborn health is of paramount importance as this contributes significantly to infant mortality in our country. Infant mortality has significantly dropped over the last one decade, but is still very high. It has reached a plateau which is mainly due to high neonatal mortality rate. Overall, Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in our country is 70 per 1000 live births, which means out of every 1,000 newborns, 70 die during first year of their life. Two-thirds die in the first month after birth. Of approximately 250 lakh infants born in India every year, 12 lakh die in the first month of life. This is one-fourth of all newborn deaths in the world annually.

Keeping this in mind, under the guidance of DISA, rallies and seminar were conducted in Basti, Harraiya and Mithawal. In the seminar, various symptoms of abnormal body functioning which can endanger the life of new born were discussed. Lips turning blue, bowing of body shape, fever, legs and arms turning yellowish were described and people were made aware to immediately rush to consult a doctor for treatment. Rally was held in the three blocks on 19th November.


World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. Despite the scientific advancements and laws for protection, people do not know how to protect themselves and others, and the stigma and discrimination remains a reality for many people living with this condition.

Keeping this in mind, an awareness program was conducted in Basti Sadar, Harraiya, Mithwal. and Sahajanwa. Information regarding AIDS is provided, the causes and its preventive measures. The information about the various causes such as contaminated blood transfer, sex with strangers, contaminated needles, syringes, transfer of disease from mother to child during pregnancy etc. were explained. The information regarding the treatment of an AIDS patient was also clearly explained. Students from St. Basil’s School, Basti also visited the villages with their awareness program and rally to make the people aware about AIDS. They were made aware that AIDS is not a contagious disease and patient should not be mistreated or avoided. Including all the three blocks, a total of six rallies and seven seminars were conducted.


The Human Rights Day (HRD) is observed every year on December 10 to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 as the shared standard benchmark to protect human rights across the world. The 2016 theme is “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”, which emphasises on peace and harmony with respect for each other’s rights.

Every year, Human Rights Day provides an opportunity for all to renew with the spirit of humanity’s long struggle for rights and dignity and to mobilise against old and new challenges, in the shape of poverty and inequality, violence, exclusion and discrimination. As usual, it was celebrated and seminars were held in Basti Sadar, Harraiya, Ikauna and Mithwal Blocks. DISA volunteers enthusiastically organized the celebrations as they were well aware of the human rights violations in countries like India. It was celebrated at 26 places in Basti, 21 places in Mithwal and 19 places in Harraiya. On this occasion, director of DISA, Fr. Benny Paul, volunteers, heads of village, women of BDC, common people and children were present. Altogether three days were spent for the purpose conducting 10 seminars in which 928 people participated. Students from St. Basil’s school, Basti also took initiatives to give the idea about Human Rights through their awareness Rally and cultural programs.


Republic day in India is celebrated every year with great honour on 26th of January to honour the Constitution of India as it came into force on the same day in the year 1950. DISA organization took initiative to celebrate Republic Day in Basti Sadar, Harraiya, Ikauna, Shajanwa and Mithwal blocks. The aim of the celebration was to make the rural people familiar with the important national events and bring them to the national main stream. Celebrations were held at 47 places in Basti, 31 places in Harraiya and 23 places at Mithwal. On this occasion Director of DISA, Fr. Benny Paul, and volunteers and heads of villages, along with other people and children were present.


The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. It is usually organized by the Nai Disha Mahila Samati, under the guidance of DISA. The women associated with DISA organization celebrates this day as a festival.

This year the committee decided to celebrate the event in the block level. It was celebrated on 08 March in Basti, 09 March in Harraiya and on 09 March in Mithwal, 08 March in Basti Sadar and 10 March in Ikauna Shravasti with a large number of women committee members organizing the event. The heads of villages, members of Panchayat and local bodies, and people of the locality were present in large numbers ensuring their contribution and cooperation.

The program chart followed the same everywhere. The program started with the lamp lighting ceremony by the chief guest followed by Prayer song. The women sang songs promoting awakening of women and their education. They also presented dramas with worthy messages. All programs conducted were so touchy and inspiring. The teenagers associated with ‘Saloni Sangam’ presented a mesmerizing dance before the crowd. The farmer’s club, Self Help Groups and ‘Nai Disha Mahila Samati’ office bearers shared their experience. On this occasion the director of DISA, Fr. Benny Paul, Program officer Sr. Shiji Kurian OP, Sr. Arpana SRA and the other volunteers associated with the organization were also present.

"On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment." UN Secretary-General, António Guterres