Our vision

is of India that is just, equitable, and sustainable for all.
This multicultural country celebrates and supports diversity,community, intergenerational
collaboration,and self-determination. Our image of success is a thriving network of community
organizers and coalitions that are taking up and developing more leadership towards social change.

Our Story

Haiyya was founded in 2013 by a group of young and dynamic women who came together and believed in building progressive and democratic power through community organizing framework. The name, Haiyya, is inspired by the iconic worker cry of "Zor Lagake…Haiyya!" – societal change can only take place as a community, but the voice and action of leadership is needed in order to spark collective action for change. They were community organizers, campaigners, social workers who were inspired by the work of Professor Marshall Ganz, rooted in 28 years of organizing experience, informed by insights of social science and teaching at Harvard Kennedy School and it’s incredible adaptation in Obama’s electoral campaign 2008 & 2012.

Haiyya started it’s work in Mumbai and Delhi by running local level campaigns on pressing civic and social issues, training more change-makers in the organizing framework through Fellowship programs and working with other reputed organizations to scale the on-ground impact and leadership. In two years, people associated with Haiyya found community organizing approach profoundly transformational and powerful. They wanted to create more opportunities for people trained in this organizing framework to connect, share, collaborate, and ultimately grow the work. Haiyya was then formally registered as a Section 8 non-profit company in 2015.

Haiyya is a global affiliate of Leading Change Network, a network that works, develops and extends Marshall Ganz’s organizing framework across the globe. At present, Aprajita Pandey, one of the founding member leads Haiyya’s work in India.

Our Values