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India Development and Relief Fund Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   60 reviews 1,484

Address:

5821 Mossrock Dr N Bethesda MD 20852 USA

Mission:

Our mission is break the cycle of poverty in India and Nepal by empowering marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We work directly with community-based nonprofits that operate with minimal overhead. We serve people regardless of religion or caste. We also work one-on-one with donors who have a specific dream of giving back to India.

Results:

For example, we helped an Indian-American establish a school in his native village in Uttar Pradesh. In the 80s initially served only one village but today provides affordable value-based education to 1000 students from 25 villages. These poor kids regularly outperform the state and local averages on their exams. In another instance, we funded a family planning pilot in ten villages in Haryana, a state notorious for gender discrimination. After that program drastically reduce birthrates, we helped our partner NGO introduce these self-help groups in more villages, and add training in women's rights, healthcare, and business skills. Today these self-help groups send and lend collectively and organize thousands of workshops in their villages. This year, 9,000 women in 100+ villages participated in this program. 1,000+ have started businesses. 100% of the groups manage their own finances, a major accomplishment for women with limited literacy skills. IDRF has also turned disasters into opportunities for development. In the wake of the 1990 Odisha supercyclone, IDRF introduced and tested a new variety of water-tolerant rice. Hundreds of families, who used to lose crops each year to floods, received seeds and farm inputs to reestablish their income.

Target demographics:

marginalized people

Direct beneficiaries per year:

10,000+ people

Geographic areas served:

India and Nepal

Programs:

self-help groups, organic food processing and seed production, college scholarships, governance training, eco-friendly water harvesting, mobile medical care, etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have know India development and relief fund for past 20 years. They have been supporting projects run by Seva Bharathi and other grass root NGOs in India with minimal overhead expenses. Beneficiaries of these projects are the most needy people in slums, rural areas and tribals areas. IDRF funded sanitation projects in Adilabad district to mobile medical can in Kurnool to vocational training centre in Warangal. Kudos to Vinod Prakash and his team.

 
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My experience with IDRF is a memorable one. When Chennai, India was reeling under heavy floods and devastation, I approached IDRF for relief assistance. Without hesitation, immediately, Dr. Vinodh Prakash transferred 40,000 USD for relief work. We were able to provide relief material to 1800 affected families. They have assured to continuously help for our Swacch Bharat Abhiyan project and other charity work of Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society for which I am the secretary. IDRF is doing a wonderful job to reduce the sufferings of fellow human beings.

My regards to Dr. Vinodh Prakash and other members of IDRF.

Thanks
RPK Chari

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our involvement with IDRF dates back more than 20 years. we had started a local program in Bismarck North Dakota to collect funds for women and children upliftment in India. We became involved with India develop meant of relief fund and through their offices were able to reach the target population and continued to do that annually for many years. Funding of lunch programs for slum children so their parents would allow them to attend school as well as computer and sewing workshops for girls and older women were funded. We were very confident that monies that we raised were reaching the audience and I DRF provided additional funding as well as monitoring of the sites on a regular basis. At the time of the Tsunami in South India I DRF provided great relief to those in need and funds that we sent to them along with other funds were put to very good use. It has been incredible to have found a honest reliable and hardworking partner to work with over such a long period of time. We strongly believe that all could depend on IDRF and it is a rare and great non profit.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known IDRF for last 3 years since we moved to Northern Virginia. The most impressive thing about IDRF is very low overhead ,so most of the donations go directly to the needy organizations and hence to the most needy people . Many of the donors are repeat donors who have certain improvement projects in mind and they chose IDRF as a highly trusted implementation arm to make them happen. Another very highly impressive fact that these projects are all over India and for the improvements of educational, economical and betterment of rural life. I must impress on the fact that Dr. Vinod Prakash is the heart and soul of IDRF and his dedication is one of the reason for IDRF's success as a non profit organization.

 
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I have had the pleasure of working with IDRF for several years. My husband and I have made donations over the years to support projects and development/relief work in India through IDRF. About 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a few of the projects in Haryana and Gujarat and was very impressed by the quality of the work being done to educate orphan boys and girls in Gujarat as well as empower women in Haryana. We were especially impressed by the quality of the staff in each of these IDRF supported NGOs and projects – they were very qualified and the level of dedication was far above what I have seen elsewhere. This impressed and inspired me so much, that I volunteered to help Mr. Vinod Prakash, founder of IDRF, to help write the 2014 IDRF Annual Report. Writing this report, provided me with further insights into the various projects that IDRF funds as well as the selfless devotion by Mr Prakash to IDRF. I believe that IDRF is truly one of the best non-profits operating in the US!!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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Janaagraha and IDRF have been working over the last 5 years. The partnership has been a mutually beneficial one for both organisations. IDRF with its vast experience of USA and the Indian Diaspora have helped Janaagraha raise funds for its work in India. I would especially like to thank Dr. Vinod Prakash for his mentorship of our work. Janaagraha looks forward to partnering with IDRF for many more years to come. Parthasarathy Gooptu (Head of Development/Janaagraha)

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have known IDRF for almost 25 years.It is an honest sincere organization with extremely low overhead .It funds very good programs for needy and poor in India.I am very proud of their good work.

 
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I have known Vinod Bhai and Sarlaji since the inception of IDRF. We have been contributing to their fundraising efforts for more than 20 years. It is hard to describe how much it has grown year after year. IDRF ensures that funds directly benefit those in need. Each project is carefully selected and handled by sincere volunteers in India. I had the opportunity to visit one of their projects in Karnal, Haryana called Arpana. It was a moving experience to observe women learning about family planning, seeing the mobile medical vans that serviced nearby villages and watching women making handicraft items that they sell. It was a hard to believe such a place in India existed where you can feel a genuine sense of community, sincerity and Seva. Since my trip, I have learned that Arpana continues to expand its reach and goals for helping women with more clinical and nursing care services. I applaud Vinod Bhai’s selfless commitment to IDRF and Sarlaji’s tireless support to make sure IDRF continues to succeed.

 
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IDRF is a great nonprofit organization. We donate every year to many organizations. But out of all of them, we regularly contribute the most amount every year to IDRF. Dr Vinod Prakash and Sarlaji work very very hard to make sure that IDRF's overhead expenses are as minimum as possible - mostly below 5% of the funds raised - which can be hard to find with other nonprofit organiztions. Also, with IDRF, we have a peace of mind that our donation money is well spent and is used to fund numerous projects to serve the underprivileged in India and Nepal. We also had the opportunity to volunteer for IDRF and work closely with Vinodji and Sarlaji. Their enthusiasm and selfless dedication for IDRF is unparalleled. They work tirelessly and have dedicated their life for serving for IDRF. The enthusiasm is contagious and whoever has worked with them, gets the same feeling of volunteering for the betterment and upliftment of deprived and marginalized communities in India and Nepal. Vinodji and Sarlaji are also very meticulous and careful in selecting projects and organizations for funds distribution back in India and Nepal. They also follow up diligently on all the funded projects and the annual report is prepared and published every year on IDRF website.
All in all, IDRF is a great non-profit organization serving the underprivileged in India and Nepal.

 
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I have known Dr. Vinod Prakash for the last 30 years as a dedicated person to provide educational training to the poorest of the poor in remote parts of India. He started supporting these programs when no other NGO was involved in uplifting these tribal people all over india.
I had the pleasure of sponsoring a room in primary school in New Delhi where children of the uneducated and poor families were being trained. When I visited the school, earlier this year, I was amazed at the work that was being done there.
This will enhance these students become productive, self sustaining citizens of India.
IDRF recently supported medical related programs in Arunachal Pradesh.
IDRF recently sent donations to earthquake victims in Nepal.
It is really commendable that he does this even though he has been legally blind for the last several years.
Dr. Prakash and his wife Sarlaji are so dedicated to IDRF that they requested that wedding gifts for their son's marriage be donated to IDRF. This is unprecedented.
Almost 100 % of the donation goes for Charitable purposes and both of them actually visit these places at their own cost in India.
I will recommend this charity highly for anyone thinking of improving the lot of downtrodden families in India.
I wish IDRF great success in this endeavor.
Suresh C. Gupta M.D.
Potomac Md.

 
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