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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Education, Educational Services, Health, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Programs: self-help groups, organic food processing and seed production, college scholarships, governance training, eco-friendly water harvesting, mobile medical care, etc.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 3

In 2007, we were introduced to IDRF through Dr. Vinod & Sarla Prakash. We found that IDRF was not a straight jacketed funding agency but a family where sensitive hearts and constructive minds came together to shake hands with institutions working in critical remote area of India , supporting works related to alternative education, skill development, awareness generation, empowering the powerless and constructive development work.

In India most of the rural enterprises fail due to lack of appropriate infrastructure. IDRF assisted us in developing infrastructure facilities for rural women enterprises. As a result, at present, our 12 small rural enterprises are provided with infrastructure facilities. These rural enterprises are providing sustainable livelihood to around 500 poor rural women and farmers. These infrastructures are functioning as common facility centre impacting thousands of women in 100 villages of Seloo block of Wardha district in Vidarba region.

Vidarbha is the region in India where largest numbers of farmers have committed suicide. To combat this crisis IDR provided financial assistance to set up a Natural Farming Centre that incorporates school for organic farmers, organic farm produce processing unit, a workshop to repair and manufacture improved farm tools, an indigenous seed bank and an organic cafeteria.

It will be appropriate to state that IDRF has been instrumental in setting up the first Natural Farming Centre in Wardha district (Maharashtra, India). This centre serves farmers from 50 surrounding villages. In the last ten years, the centre has trained more than 10,000 farmers in natural farming technology. It has formed 79 organic farmers’ federations, one Producer Company with 450 farmers as members and five sale outlets for organic farm produce.

What started as an experiment has turned into an organized structures where local people are designing, planning and executing their dreams for a better world for themselves. All this could not have been possible without the unconditional support and cooperation of IDRF, especially that of Dr. Vinod & Sarla Prakash.

We have no words to express our heartfelt thanks to all the partners of IDRF.

Donor

Rating: 4

Our group had been working for quite a few years with non-profit organization in Mumbai, India. We had been remitting funds to support yearly expenses of a girl child in Balikashram in Vatsalya Trust, Mumbai. First time in 2015, we joined hands with IDRF. IDRF has raised almost 10 times money we used to collect from volunteers every year. This will definitely facilitate financial support to some other projects being conducted by Vatsalya Trust.
The non-profit status of IDRF in USA has helped double our contribution amount using employer match option. After this amount doubling, IDRF contributed a big amount towards the cause. Our group wholeheartedly appreciate their efforts.

Best Regards,
Nitin Kanaskar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with IDRF for over 20 years as a volunteer, donor, and more recently as a board member. I believe in and support the mission of IDRF -- to empower the marginalized communities in India and Nepal through education and skill development; promoting health and well-being; and sustained individual and community development.

IDRF has been in operation for over 30 years and it has stayed steadfast to it's mission. This is an organization in which I have 100% faith in that I know my contributions are reaching the most needy and the organization's administration cost is among the lowest.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a resident of the DC Metro area for more than 4 decades and I have travelled to India 20 times, visiting 18 states all across India. During the post-Emergency period, I visited many projects supported by India Relief Fund. Those visits were quite insightful- in terms of understanding the need for development at the grassroots level. Hence I continued my journey visiting projects supported by India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), which was established in 1988
India has been an unfortunate country where natural disasters, excessive rains, floods or no rain sometimes, earthquake etc. fall on people who must be moved somewhere in safety. They need help so we formed this NGO named IDRF, when my husband took early retirement from the World Bank. We will be celebrating 3 decades of volunteer work and feel we have gained more than what we have given to India land of our birth-our mother land.
I strongly feel to live a purposeful life is innate in human nature. We need to listen to our inner voice. We have benefitted from people’s kindness and cooperation and have learned about other SEVA organizations in India like Arpana near New Delhi. Our partner NGOs are motivated to guide us.

VivekanandaKendra

Client Served

Rating: 4

From 1997-98 Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari is getting the valuable support of IDRF USA in actualizing the vision of Swami Vivekananda .

In far-off corners of NORTH EAST of Bharat IDRF USA is a sure helping hand to reach the Primary Heath Care in 5 districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Over 2 decades or more Kendra always looks forward to IDRF USA to successfully move ahead in its task of Man Making & Service to Humanity as Worship of Divinity .

Rakesh Nair

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at MSS (http://www.manavsevaindia.org/) are very privileged to be associated with IDRF. We have being doing incredible impact based work on issues like human trafficking, child health, emergency relief and restoration with useful support from IDRF. The timely support from IDRF had helped us to reach many underserved families during Nepal Earthquake, and Uttarakhand flood. As of today we are working with IDRF to prevent death of infants and children from Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Eastern Uttar Pradesh region of North India. Every year hundreds of child die due to JE virus infection and the support from IDRF will certainly help us in saving many innocent lives. IDRF and MSS is also planning to initiate a massive anti human trafficking campaign in Indo-Nepal border corridor covering 1,740 Km Indo-Nepal border regions.

The best thing about IDRF is the commitment towards the cause of underprivileged, accountability towards donors, transparency and improving the effectiveness of aid.

We look forward for many more meaningful partnership with IDRF in coming years.

Rakesh Nair
General secretary
Manav Seva Sansthan SEVA - Uttar Pradesh, India

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been working with IDRF for more than a decade to donate to selected charities in India. IDRF follows thorough due diligence process in order to comply with the regulations as well as meet its fiduciary duty towards the donors. Vinod Prakash ji is a kind hearted man who has given so much to the cause of helping people in need. Our work in India primarily revolves around three organizations - Mahatma Gandhi Kusth Ashram, Saraswati Jain Seva Samiti and Earth Saviors Foundation. IDRF has made it easy for us to support these causes.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found IDRF to be very responsive and responsible.

1 Lucky J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Few organizations Shabnam and I know are so steeped in caring for others as is the India Development Relief Fund. Guided by the singular vision and dedication of Mr. Vinod Prakash, IDRF has created uncountable opportunities for the less fortunate. My own association with IDRF goes back for more than a decade and has steadily grown over time. IDRF has helped bring much needed resources for sick patients at the Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur India and leprosy patients at the Mahatama Gandhi Leprosy Ashram in Jaipur.

The first mission is to provide food, medications, blankets, and other daily use items to poor patients who are admitted to the local tertiary care government hospital (SMS Hospital). Many of these patients come from nearby villages with no resources whatsoever and are unable to fend for themselves. A team of volunteers led by Mrs. Saraswati Jain goes from bed to bed each day, offering milk, meals and medicines. The neurosurgery ward where this activity is concentrated has 100 official beds but often has upwards of 150 patients leading to intense overcrowding and paucity of resources. Some patients have been picked up from sites of motor vehicle and road accidents; they lie comatose for days, sometimes months, with no family member around to take care of them! The Seva Samiti provides for these patients until a family member has been identified and informed. Many of these stories are truly heart wrenching. In addition to these direct services to patients, the Seva Samiti provides for water coolers, fans, mattresses and other resources that cannot be acquired through the normal government budgeting process.

The second mission is to provide for a medical home for leprosy patients. The Mahatama Gandhi Kushtha (Leprosy) Ashram is located at the outskirts of Jaipur and serves as a medical home for acutely ill and convalescing patients with leprosy. There is provision for boarding and lodging of up to 100 patients. A central kitchen provides daily meals and a large number of local philanthropists bring food supplies for the Ashram inmates. Funds sent through the IDRF have played a pivotal role in upgrading the dilapidated housing; they have also helped procure medical supplies and the services of a local surgeon Dr. Srikant Bullack who attends to patients on a regular basis. The Ashram also has a small temple (funded by Mr. and Mrs. Anil Khatod of Atlanta GA) which has allowed the patients to keep faith and stay grounded.

Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without the help of IDRF and for this we are forever indebted to Mr Vinod Prakash.

Lucky Jain MD
Atlanta GA.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate how IDRF has come up with thoughtful ways to help Indians in impoverished areas to better care for themselves.