About Us

Disha is a non-governmental organization which provides assistance to marginalized
children, youth and women from the Manoharpukur slum area in Kolkata, in spheres of education, health and capacity building.
Our Story

In 1992, a domestic help asked Ms.Neena Singh for a personal loan to send her son to after-school tuition. Disha

was conceived at that moment as the veteran educator realised that the children of socioeconomically 

challenged sections of society need remedial education even more than those who can afford tuition

and coaching classes.

Disha began with six children who were cajoled, coerced and bribed into attending evening sessions

under staircases and in adhoc spaces generously shared by its first well-wishers.

A Chain of events aligned as Ms. Bhavan Ganatra a Yoga Teacher in Divyayan introduced us to her Brother 

Mr. Pankaj Ganatra who at the time was heading the Lion's Club. He immediately provided us the space to



Ms. Ranjana Roy who was retiring from Modern High School agreed to head up the initiative.


And finally Ms. Rama Bhatia who was heading the Lioness Club at the time was instrumental in getting our own space at 119/1B Manohar Pukur Road 1st Floor.

In the words of Paulo Coelho 'And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.'

Our Philosophy


Our Mission
  • Prevent underprivileged children from dropping out of school

  • Provide assistance with educational inputs and skill based learning to supplement schooling

  • Empower children with holistic education for all round development

  • Enable children to become independent individuals and responsible citizens

  • Provide skill based training to women as a means of livelihood

  • Increase awareness about sound health practices among the community

Board of Trustees

Ms. Neena Singh


Ms. Neena Singh is an educationist by profession. She attends the high level meetings of projects and discussfunding of the projects. She outlines the objectives and sets targets to be achieved. It is under her able guidance that Disha Foundation functions. As a matter of fact Disha is her brainchild.

Mr. M. M. Chopra


Mr. M. M. Chopra is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He looks into the overall accounts of the organization in relation to the auditing of accounts, Income Tax, getting exemption and filing of the returns within the stipulated time.

Mrs. Rekha Seth


She is in service with a private organization. All the Secretarial work of the organization with regard to the correspondence with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government, individuals / organizations is all taken care of by her. She has been associated with Disha Foundation for a long time.

Mrs. Ranjana Roy


She heads the evening session of Disha.  She has been associated with Disha since its inception.  She has several teachers working with her and the children are helped with their studies and taught various extra curricular activities.

Mrs. Vandana Lohia


She is a passive supporter of Disha Foundation and personally helps Disha with substantial funds.

Mrs. Babita Kanoria


Ms. Kanoria is very actively involved with Disha and is in charge of the Women’s Empowerment Group.

Mrs. Brinda Suri


She is a journalist with one of the leading Media Conglomerates in India.

Mrs. Hemakshi. C. Samtaney


She is the Joint State Secretary of Bharat Scouts & Guides Association – West Bengal

Our Team
Mrs. Bina Mooljee




Mrs. Kajori Banerjee

Education Coordinator (Balwadi & Primary)



Mrs. Ranjana Roy

Education Coordinator (Evening)



Mrs. Mugdha Sen

Education Coordinator (Evening Hindi Medium)



Mrs. Ira Ghoshal

Youth Coordinator



Mrs. Babita Kanoria

Administration & Women's Empowerment Coordinator



Mr. Ajay Show




Mrs. Kanchan Srimal

Women's  Empowerment Coordinator (Crochet)



Mrs. Arti Bhartiya

Administration & Women's Empowerment Coordinator



Our Benefactors
Institutions & Corporates
  • Anindya Dhar

  • Anju Kaur Virani

  • Anuradha Mukherjee

  • Anuradha Sharma

  • Anushree Bansal

  • Ashoka Ghosh

  • Ayesha Kedia

  • Devesh Bhojnagarwalla

  • Dr. Neha Rajgaria

  • Gopal Verma

  • Manju Bhartiya

  • Megha Modi

  • Neetu Bhojnagarwalla

  • Pallavi Roy

  • Pushpa Jhunjhunwala

  • Samir Virani

  • Samlu Dodeja

  • Sheila Biswas

  • Shivangi Dalmiya

  • Suddha Satva Banerjee

  • Sukantala Dugar

  • The Nalini Mohan & Prafulla Devi Ghose

  • Vandhana Sharma

  • Vineet Dhingra

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Disha Foundation | 119/1B, Manohar Pukur Road, Kalighat, Kolkata - 700026 West Bengal INDIA | T: +91 33 24656369 | E: disha_foundation@yahoo.co.in

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