DEVELOPING INDIGENOUS RESOURCES

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

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Location: 8321 Terrace Dr El Cerrito CA 94530 USA

Mission: Up-lift of needy communities, Priorities areas are: (1) Minimizing preventable deaths and illnesses; (2)Improving educational levels, and (3) Increasing incomes. DIR's approach is strictly scientific, with measurement of quantifiable indicators before and after interventions.
Programs: Present programs are all in India, serving approx 32,000 beneficiaries
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Based in the adjoining city and working in the similar field of Public Health, I have been in constant touch with DIR and its staff. Having watched its work on ground, I definitely vouch for the organization as it is only one of very few organization in the area that actually are doing great work in the field. With the growth of numerous spurious NGOs around, it is necessary that the work of a genuine organization be recognized and supported. The way in which the indigenous people and resources of the target population have been recruited and trained in dealing with health problems of the area is really amazing. Infact the whole project is a replicable and should definitely be taken to more places in the country. The transparent and professional management combined with local inputs and support makes this organization a perfect model of community participation for a country with limited resources.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

creating a healthier environment for the kids in the slum.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

totally transparent and really really works on ground unlike many organizations that only work on papers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are very friendly, knowledge seeking, interactive with the community and punctual.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1.actually arrange some more teachers for their 'schooling' project 2.could work out more health educational tools. 3.could replicate the same model elsewhere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I volunteered as an English teacher for DIR over several weeks and was thoroughly impressed with the program. Residents of this impoverished village were educated and employed by DIR to support community health, nutrition, disease prvention, and promote sustainable business practices. I took a tour of the village with a resident who documented childrens' weight and counseled families on nutrition and necessary immunizations. The DIR employees regularly visit each house in the village, tracking the childrens health and development and also giving immunizations. This is a real grassroots organization making positive, lasting change by having village residents educating other residents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal satisfaction in helping others.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

teaching English to the eager, polite students when I volunteered there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Organized, kind, polite, and had a good sense of humor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help build a new sewer system for the village, put down satisfactory roads, get a few new computers for the administrative work, increase staff pay, have or increase micro-economic loans to produce sustainable businesses among women, reward the director.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My wife and I visited Janta Colony, Chandigarh, India two years ago. We were most imprissed with the bright and eager young people that Dr. Shaw was training to be health providers in their local districts. These people had been chosen by the residents of their districts. They had developed a sense of self worth and responsibility for care of the people in their district. Through their efforts, nutrition, immunization, and basic health probrams were being greatly improved. Since that time a school has been established for young children other educational programs have been greatly expanded. Dr. Shaw works tirelessly for these programs without any thought of personal financial gain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children being vaccinated and seeing the results of improved infant nutrition.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained and dedicated to improving conditions in the slum.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to many different communities and train local people to improve the health and education of their community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I met Dr. Frederick Shaw in India in 2007 and was very impressed with his and the team of DIR people trying to improve the lives in Janta Colony, Chandigarh. This is one of the largest and older bastee/slums in the city. DIR people were on the ground with an office in the slum offering health care support, training, and education to people who lived there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could expand its efforts to bring improved health care and related education to the slum dwellers of Janta Colony

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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