DEVELOPING INDIGENOUS RESOURCES

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Food, International

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

A life changing experience: Working at DIR-India changed my outlook! Before working for DIR, all I wanted to do specialization in some plush medical field, earn good money and that's it! Working for DIR, changed my outlook towards life in general and my future career direction in specific. As a physician just out of medical school, I worked on teaching the health promoters (bright young people who were hired from the area of operation) the basics of medicine, nutrition, vaccination, hygiene and disease prevention, and they, in turn, diligently visited each house in their alloted area to teach the residents what they had learned. Such a simple model, really, and an exceedingly cost effective one. And the results of this intervention were nothing short of dramatic. A childhood vaccination rate approaching 100%, a reduction of prevalence of children with malnutrition below the national average of India! It was then that I realized the importance of public health, realized that interventions need not be fancy and expensive to make the highest impact. I don't know about how anyone else would be affected by such an experience, but for me it indeed was a life changing one, so much so that I went on to pursue a degree in public health. As a result of this, DIR will always be close to my heart, and the person behind it all, Dr. Frederick Shaw, is a role model in my life - an idol who I try to emulate always (though I frequently fail to get myself up to his standards).

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

Changing the outlook of people in Janta Colony (one of the slum areas where DIR operates) towards health, nutrition and disease prevention.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get it more funding. Even though the work Developing Indigenous Resources is doing is tremendous and groundbreaking, the current economic situation has made it very difficult to get funding.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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