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India Development And Relief Fund Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   51 reviews 933

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Education, Health, International, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance


5821 Mossrock Dr N Bethesda MD 20852 USA


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.

Target demographics:

marginalized people

Direct beneficiaries per year:

10,000+ people

Geographic areas served:

India and Nepal


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 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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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate for education for kids. I specified my Donation to go to a particular place and it reached them with less overhead charge. I am really happy to know that IDRF is working in multiple areas like women empowerment, natural disasters, and village developments in 19 states in India along with Nepal. This gives more flexibility and I strongly recommend to everyone to donate to your interested areas through IDRF.

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IDRF is the only non-profit working consistently for the last 25 years for the benefit of underprivileged in India and Nepal. IDRF is involved in funding wide range of activities from basic education to skills development to providing Medical Aid. When natural disasters struck, IDRF was always there to help the victims. I greatly appreciate the work IDRF is doing and recommend choosing IDRF for your valuable donations, as you know IDRF is a 4 star / top rated Non Profit when it comes to utilization of funds and executing the projects.

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I made some donations to the NGO in India for a project undertaken by them through India Development and Relief Fund, Inc, based in USA. Overall my experience was very good and everything went smoothly. I also found out about this 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization through my friends who have been making donations to IDRF for several years now. I found out they have a very low overhead/admin costs and 95 cents out of every dollar you donate to them goes to the beneficiary.

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IDRF has far exceeded my expectations in terms of an NGO based in USA, that helped me send donation for 'the cause of my choice' to the NGO-partner in India. I spoke with Dr. Vinod Prakash the founder and president of IDRF on the phone and was very impressed by his enthusiasm and tireless efforts to help out the underprivileged in India and Nepal. I was very surprised to learn that despite his visual impairment, he is able to work hard to make sure the hard earned money of the donors based in the USA, is sent directly to the beneficiaries in India and Nepal.

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In my last trip to India in Feb 2014, I got an opportunity to see the work done by IDRF in which they have built a hostel in hapur, UP to provide free residence and education to girls showing academic potential. Most of these girls came from Northeastern states of India and are either orphans or their parents are not financially capable of feeding or educating them.These girls are loved here, they are very smart and understand their social and moral duties, and they graduate from here, go back to their villages, open up a single teacher school under a tree and give back to society. I got so inspired that i came back to US and started raising funds for the girls in this hostel so that more such girls can be brought and educated in this hostel. Kudos to IDRF for the wonderful work. I have shared my experience at the Facebook page in case someone else wants to extend the help to this genuine effort
Reena Goyal

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IDRF far exceeded my expectations that I had from my first job in USA. Working under the guidance of Dr. Vinod Prakash has brought me to realize that if one has passion towards something, no matter what nothing can stop you from working towards it.

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Pure selfless dedication to the cause of human upliftment.

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What a great organization !
We have known Vinodji & Sarlaji for iver 30 years and have over the years seen their honesty, integrity and pure unselfish devotion to the cause of of the disadvantaged in India. We will continue supporting this great organization as long as possible - no better way to return to our 'janambhoomi" for all It has given us
IDRF supports causes without consideration of provincial, religious, caste or other petty consideration.
Our best to Vinodji who despite his physical setback has been pursuing this cause with redoubled vigor.

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I have known Dr. Vinod Prakash and Sarla, his wife, ever since I moved into the Washington, DC area twenty six years ago through IDRF, the charity they manage. After retiring from the World Bank, Vinodji has taken up the mission of IDRF as his own. The couple has been spending most of their time in fund-raising, distribution and follow-up. By and large, they visit India every year, inspect and check working of the charities, many in remote, neglected areas like Adivasis (tribal peoples), to ensure every dollar donated is deserved and spent well. Their integrity and commitment are beyond question. The effect their work has on individuals and societies serves as criteria for measuring success. I admire their devotion, persistence and commitment all through the years. Vinodji continues with unabated zeal even after a physical impairment struck him. I show my appreciation by donating to IDRF any monetary gifts I receive, adding some of my own. Compliments to Vinodji and his team.

From an admirer,
Subramanya Baliga

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