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INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND INC Overview
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.
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.
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IDRF is one of best Non-Profits we have donated to. They are honest and distribute the funds to the causes we care the most. They provide regular updates on the progress made. The founder Dr. Vinodji and its board members do a great job in running this organization with least amount of costs. IDRF ...
I have volunteered with IDRF for 12+ years and still continue doing it. IDRF is one of the few organizations committed truly to the cause of helping the under privileged.
Mismanagement and overhead are the bane of any NPO. IDRF sets itself apart with a streamlined and accountable process and with ...
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Few other charities have done better than India Development and Relief
Fund (IDRF) for the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of the Society
in India, tribals in particular, irrespective of the caste, creed and religion. We
have known Sarla and Vinod Prakash for over half a century: we...
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