We work in the least developed States in India i.e. Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, where poverty level is higher than most States. We have worked with over 100,000 children in nearly 900 schools in 900 villages. Our programme activities are spread across 15 of the poorest districts, where Dalit and tribal populations are high. Villages in these areas do not have schools and in the areas where there are schools, they are affected by drop out or poor attendance. In response to a dialogue with stakeholders in Karnataka, DF will also be venturing out into select districts of Gulbarga and Raichur in northern Karnataka. Development Indicators including that of Primary Education access in some of these villages is as bad as in the east Indian states.