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Phone: 301-704-0032
5821 Mossrock Dr
N Bethesda
Maryland 20852
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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.

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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We are a donor with IDRF for many years now. Great service, no overheads and availability of many large and small but high quality social organizations in India. Our favorite is Leela Poonawalla foundation in Pune Maharashtra, supporting higher education for young girls. when 50% members of our ... more »
In 1993, I was looking for a well-run non-profit organization to send in my donation after Maharashtra earthquake when I came to know of IDRF. Over the years, I came to know Dr. Vinod Prakashji and was very impressed by his passion and dedication towards helping the less fortunate ones in India. He ... more »
Sarla and Vinod Prakash are to be congratulated. They have with hard work, persistence, and dedication built a strong and vibrant institution, in IDRF, for helping development and reconstruction projects for those in need in India. It is an impressive achievement indeed. I am impressed by the large ... more »
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