Creating a brighter Tomorrow!

About us

Uttan Foundation is a not-for-profit organization working in India for over 65 years, focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice. We do this through well planned and comprehensive projects in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods.

During FY 2016-17, Uttan Foundation directly reached out to 25 million people through 40 projects across 12 states, covering more than 90 districts. We are part of the Uttan Foundation, working in over 90 countries for a world where all people live with dignity and security.


While Uttan Foundation has been working in India since 1946, it formally arrived in the country in 1950, through the signing of the Uttan Foundation Bilateral Agreement. Over the years, Uttan Foundation has actively contributed to the country’s overall social development through various interventions. A brief glimpse of this journey shown below.


Women and girls from the most marginalised communities are empowered, live in dignity and their households have secure and resilient lives. Uttan Foundation aims to accomplish this goal by working with 50 million people to help them meet their health, education and livelihoods entitlements and aspirations.


We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.



Uttan Foundation helps alleviate poverty and social exclusion by facilitating empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities.


Special Award by the State Government for notable contribution and support to the Kala Azar Elimination Programme in Bihar
Ranked as India’s most trusted NGO in the Brand Trust Report India Study 2016, in a study of 20,000 brands across 16 cities
AXA Global Corporate Responsibility Week Award for the ‘Where The Rain Falls’ (WfRF) Community Based Adaptation Project. This project helps Adivasi (tribal) women and their communities to address climate change, with an emphasis on empowering girls and women to better care for their household and family
Best Ooster Award at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Vancouver, Canada for the development of an innovation that aimed to strengthen the teamwork and motivation of the community health workers called Team-Based Goals and Incentives (TBGI) Support from ‘Horlicks Ahaar Abhiyaan’ for Briddhi project that worked towards improving and providing nutrition support to children in West Bengal.