IDRF is a really great organization if you want to support a cause or project that is close to your heart!
IDRF focuses on smaller projects, usually one’s when an individual donor has expressed an interest in a particular area. You can contact them, tell them what kind of project you are interested in and they will match you up. IDRF also solicits feedback from Board Members and donors who travel to India and personally visit some of these projects.
My wife and I wanted to support a charity that focusses on Children. Through IDRF we found the Surabhi Boys Orphanage. The project is small enough that there are no websites or fundraisers associated with it, but the children are in desperate need of our help. We are very impressed by the transparency and efficiency with which IDRF functions. Their overheads are extremely low (which is rare for most similar organizations in the USA!) and almost 96% of the money we donate goes straight to the orphanage. Our experience with IDRF has far exceeded our expectations and made giving back to the needy a cinch.
IDRF provides a wonderful opportunity for Indian living in America to give back to their country. It has projects in multiple sectors and donors can find a cause that speaks to them. It is led by Dr. Vinod Prakash who has years of experience in International Development and brings the focus on results and making sure that projects are well executed and meet the expected outcomes. IDRF also provides disaster relief in India and America and wit the COVID pandemic they have taken a leadership role with the India American community to provide food to the DMV area. Through IDRF I am able to support Women's empowerment in India as well as the COVID relief in DMV area
IDRF is very prompt in response. They follow up, give information about the donations sent and are very transparent and efficient.
IDRF acts a nodal agency to collect funds in US and redirect them to specific Non profits in India who are doing great work in multiple domains e.g. education, tribal welfare, poverty eradication etc. Over last 3 years I have used them consistently to ensure that my contributions from US are routed efficiently to Indian non profits I care about. The Non Profits I support have also shared positive feedback regarding service IDRF extends to them.
IDRF is very responsive and quick in communications. IDRF is very focussed and systematic .
IDRF takes feedback from the organization whom they support.
It has been a great pleasure working with IDRF. Vinodji and Vandanaji are very supportive and been committed to the cause of Swa-Roopwardhinee over years.
Their whole hearted efforts have made programs like Integrated Development Center and Nursing assistant training possible. Over years thousands of kids have benefited from IDC and hundreds of girls have trained and been self reliant with Nursing Assistant training.
IDRF works diligently and very easy to work with. I personally have always found valuable guidance and support working with IDRF.
Thank you IDRF team for your ongoing support .
We thank IDRF for taking the cause and work of Vatsalya Trust, Mumbai to various donors based in United States of America.
We greatly appreciate IDRF and each individual donor for their great generosity. Their support helps to further our mission through Child care and Rehabilitation Programme, Skill development Programme, Women /differently abled empowerment and provide congenial care to aged.
IDRF’s support is invaluable to us. Together we are making a difference. Their continued support of our mission is deeply gratifying to us and we hope it is the same for them.
With deepest gratitude, and warmest wishes,
VATSALYA TRUST MUMBAI
It’s been a great pleasure and very satisfying working with IDRF.
With very low overhead, you know that your charity dollar is going much further in satisfying the needs of the end user.
Moreover, the IDRF management is very knowledgeable about the charities and the projects it’s funding. Consequently, It can, and does, guide you and channel your charity dollar to the right charities and projects working in the area of your interest. Needless to say that it is most satisfying and comforting to know that your charity dollar is supporting the cause(s) dear to your heart.
I have been donating to IDRF for over 5 years to help various initiatives in India in the field of rural education, child welfare, natural tragedy relief, etc. I do greatly appreciate the excellent services and friendly help provided by IDRF team. I wish IDRF all success in helping the people in need in my home country India.
Over five decades , I have worked with several International Development agencies and for the last couple of years got to see IDRF's approach and criteria in critically identifying the activities to be supported, effective use of limited resources, transparency and zest for on the ground impacts. Am impressed with IDRF founder's as well as it's core team's dedication, leadership, vision , honesty and passion to serve the humanity. This relatively small non-profit organization stands out in efficient use of its resources and expertise towards helping marginalized children, women and others in need through provision of education, health services, women empowerment and critical infrastructure in remote areas with remarkable success.
IDRF is a very professional and efficient organization that has been instrumental to extend our helping hand stronger for helping Sahara Anathalay Parivar.
Thank you very much.
-Prayas Charlotte USA
IDRF has immensely supported in uplifting the lives of over 100 women in marginalized segments the Kandy District in Sri Lanka. This assistance enabled to improve women’s empowerment in three villages by providing capacity building followed by start-up capital for their selected livelihood activities.
Up to now within 18 months 105 families either have established new self-employment ventures or strengthened their existing small ventures. Initially these families who could not have their ends meets have been able to derive an additional monthly income of Rs.4000 – 5000. If not for this increase, they run the risk of any little shock coming their way, such as illness weather or some mishap in their little self-employment venture. Increased income has been mostly directed to investment in children’s education and also helping in a significant reduction in indebtedness.
Women are now taking up decision making roles in leadership positions in their CBOs and NGOs.
More women are now engaged in livelihood activities along with a significant increase of contribution to the family income and a resultant enhanced recognition in the household. They can now take independent decisions in the family affairs too.
IDRF support to Sri Lanka is remarkable in Social Development.
India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) has done such great work for so many people and we truly love helping them in any way possible. Their dedication to helping communities makes us proud to help out. Not only are they such a great nonprofit organization, but they communicate and build a relationship with their donors, volunteers, or anyone in general.
IDRF have been helping many grassroot charitable activities in india. Unlike other organisations they do not have any other motive other than service which is truly a rare quality on today's charitable space.
My personal experience with them has been very pleasant. They support many noble, humanitarian projects. Dr. Vinod Prakash enrolled my organization, Mata Balak, as soon as I submitted the necessary papers. Now I can easily send donation to this organization and funds usually reach within a few weeks.
I have worked and volunteered at and donated to IDRF for several years. It's a very tightly run nonprofit with minimal overheads. Each grantee is vetted for impact and transparency. Through personal visits to their project sites, I have seen tremendous impact, particularly in the development of marginalized children, rural entrepreneurship of women and medical care and infrastructure in remote areas. Their funded projects have multiplier effect, which means high returns on donors' money. The founder and CEO of IDRF is a passionate gentleman who has devoted his life to the cause of uplifting poor in India.
I am a continuous donor since past 7 years to this organization. I am very much satisfied with the services they are performing with compassion in multiple areas very efficiently. The main reason is most of my donation is utilizing for the cause and particularly the overhead charges are less than 5%.
we, Computer Shiksha , have started working with IDRF since last year and are very happy with their awesome support and quick response system.
we look forward to increasing our engagements level with IDRF this year and in the years to come to serve the needy
Today is the “Founders Day” celebration at our Jnanasudha College, Ganitha Nagara, an institution in the rural area of Karkala, Karnataka and is part of the Trust we founded 8 years ago. I shared we founders heart melting journey in making it one among the top achievers in state and the timely initial help of IDRF. Meanwhile, reviewing the current Kerala flood situation that has devastated districts like Wayanad, an old memory flashed in mind! In early 2000s, I was fortunate to extend help in saving a Tribal school of “Vanavasi Ashram Trust” in Wayanard. It was serving food and education to hundreds of Tribal kids. Due to a lack of funds, the school was about to close. An IDRF volunteer buddy reached out to me for support. So, being a donor and volunteer of IDRF for two-plus decades I felt hard-pressed to write a review now more than ever before.
It was my longtime dream to start a college in the rural areas back home to provide a balanced education as well as help underprivileged kids reach the new heights that only handful of wealthy or the city kids could afford. In 2010, Dr. Sudhakar (who was visiting the USA for an international Mathematics conference) and I, discussed extensively our common dreams and goals. However, both of us were struggling financially. I just had my 3rd baby. My eldest was getting ready to enter a major University which would drain me further. U.S economy was in the Great Recession. Not to mention, my own all-round cultural/social talents and dreams needed funding. Worst yet, my family back home is big in rendering behind-the-scenes help to the ‘not so fortunate’ folks in local communities and needed me! All of this needed lots of funds on an on-going basis. However, on the other hand, being a teacher at a local college, the Dr. was having a tough time receiving any loans or financial aid.
I got ready to let go my home/mortgage and use my son’s college fund to help form the Jnanasudha. Though for decades, volunteered for many major charities (including Ekal Vidyalay which runs 75,569 schools in Tribal areas currently), I wasn’t sure how to seek financial help or channel funds for this. In this extreme need of the hour, first thing came in to my mind was IDRF. I reached out to our chief, Mr Vinod Prakash. With his valuable guidance, I was able to donate and get the construction going for our dream project. Sparing viewers from rest of my hardship and details, I’m so happy to share that all these years we’ve achieved 100% results and have been placing many hundreds of rural students in Medical, Engineering and various other disciplines in reputed Universities throughout India. Our Institution currently provides jobs to 175 people in rural area. Proud to say that we donate over Rs 30 Lakhs every year in scholarships to students and the new donors have come forward to help us start a new branch this year in distant Bellary district.
Apart from the ability to channel the funds to divine projects of our dream, what mesmerizes me is the IDRF’s ability to explore numerous other diverse and rare projects that helps the underprivileged and at the same time be on alert 24 X 7 to reach out to those in the critical needs because of natural calamities etc. Be it earthquake (Lathur, Gujarat etc.), floods (including current Kerala floods) or fire, IDRF volunteers are among one of those first to reach the affected site to render physical, mental and or financial help. But what inspires me the most?! It is the IDRF president’s life itself. This simple and humble down-to-earth personality, in spite of his adverse health issues, has always raised the bar when it comes to maintaining a high standard of compliance and rendering on-time help to reach out to the needy. I wish all the best to IDRF and end with a note “I’m confident that lot more volunteers around the world will walk the great path shown by our 85-year-old World Bank veteran Mr. Vinod ji and his hard working dedicated team of volunteers.”
Hope is extinguished when you cannot meet the most basic needs.Shelter, health clinics, education, conservation, and social action are just a few of the services that IDRF provides to the under-served population. I applaud and fully endorse them.
Mohammad K Khan Ph.D.
With an abundance of good charities to choose from, some stand out with their scope and breath, dramatically impacting the lives of so many. In addition, having certification from Great Non Profits, Four Star Charities, and Seal of Transparency, the choice becomes clear. IDRF meets the most stringent of qualifications.
I am a strong supporter of IDRF. I have known Vinod and Sarla Prakash for over 40 years, including many years when we worked as colleagues at the World Bank. I also know other former World Bank colleagues who have supported IDRF. From my familiarity with IDRF's annual reports and updates, and discussions with Vinod, I am fully aware of the work that IDRF carries out and the results achieved. I am also aware of the very strong support provided to IDRF from the many Indians living in the US who contribute substantial amounts to its work. Perhaps the most impressive attribute of IDRF is the extremely low, almost nonexistent, administrative overhead cost of running its programs. For Vinod and Sarla, and all others associated with IDRF, this is a labor of love, not a job.
"Vinodji joined the university of Rhode Island in economics department. I was in mathematics department of the same university. Our apartments were in the same building of university. Vinodji, Sarlaji, my wife and I used to meet in the evenings sometimes either in their apartment or our apartment. One evening Vinodji said that he will work for 25 years. After that the remaining years of his life he will work for the service of humanity. After a few years he left the university job and joined the world bank.
In 1970s Indira Gandhi declared emergency and put many people in jail. To help those people and their families, Vinodji along with some of his friends started India Relief Fund. In 1977 when India Gandhi
was defeated they did not see the need of IRF and were thinking to disband it. Vinodji persuaded the people not to disband it but use it for sending money for relief work in India.
I started sending money for girls’ education in Rajasthan and I RF was a great help in that. Vinodji used to send the entire amount to the designated institute. Used to write a letter to the institute, put it in the mail along with the check and paid the postage from his own pocket. This continued for 10 years up to 1987.
Then, Vinodji thought that relief is not enough. A person who has lost a house will need a house after the relief time is over, so we should build a house for him also. So, they change the name India Development and Relief Fund, IDRF.
For the last 30 or 35 years I have been sending money for schools, colleges, hostels (dormitories) and other charitable institutions. I could send to all these since 2005. After that foreign contribution regulation act (FCRA) made difficulty for the small institutions. But, I can send to a few as Maharishi Dayanand Mahila shikshan Sansthan. Grameen. Mahila shikshan Sansthan Swami Keshwanand and charitable Institute Sangaria, shiksha bharati Hapur, Pardada Pardadi school Anoopsahar. These are all girls’ colleges or girls’ schools. They are doing a remarkable job, all because of India Development and Relief Fund’s help. We started help building dormitories, colleges and schools in 1982. Up to this time, there are 28 dormitories, 21 schools and colleges.
I go to India every year for four months, July, August, September and October. I used to visit as many as I could. But now at the age of 90, I visit only a few every year, those are.
M. D. Girls college of science Jhunjhunu. This college was started in 2003 with 38 girls. Now there are 1400 girls and 425 of them live in three hostels of the college. This is only a science college teaching mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology and computer science for B.Sc. and M.Sc. This is one of the best colleges of Rajasthan, perhaps the best. The girls score very high marks in the examinations. Five girls topped in the university examinations in B.Sc. and M. Sc. Admission in the college is on merit. No sears are reserved for the management and recommendations do not work in this college. The college fees for B.Sc. students is between 10 and 12 thousand rupees. Hostel expenses including boarding and lodging is between 25 and 30 thousand rupees. The total is under 40000 rupees for the year.
In this town, there are some colleges where college fees are 45000 rupees and the hostel expenses are between 60,000. 70,000 rupees. The total expenses are more than one lakh rupees.
This college is a boon for ordinary people who cannot afford to pay the fees of expensive colleges. If in the middle of their courses some girls cannot afford to pay, they are given additional financial aid and are not forced to drop out. Now, Birla Institute of technology is imparting better education, but their cost per year for Indians is 2 lakh for Indians and 9 lakh for NRIs.
Grameen Girls college is an equally good college. Beside science this college also teaches Arts. They also run a high school. This college has done a very good job of teaching the girls from the neighboring villages. There expense are about 40 or 45 thousand rupees per year.
Swami Keshwanand Charitable trust runs many colleges and schools. The money they receive from me they distribute as scholarship to needy girls and they also give scholarship to students who are studying engineering or medicine. They will email you the comments of some students who has benefited from these scholarships.
I visit these three institutions every year. They all are doing a remarkable work of parting educations quite inexpensively to the students."
President Rajkripal— IDRF/Shiksha Bharti, Hapur U.P.
I remember that a delegation of Shiksha Bharati, a girls’ education based institution, had visited U.S.A. for the purpose of raising funds and informing people about the objectives of Shiksha Bharati in 1997. We met Sh. Vinod Prakash Ji (President, I.D.R.F.) and his family in Washington.
I remember that he inspired us to purchase maximum land for the school at first instance; otherwise land will not be available for purchase in future or would be very costly. We readily agreed to Sh. Vinod Prakash Ji's view and now it proved to be a correct and Shiksha Bharati saved a lot of money because of his valuable advice.
He is so passionate about India that he put his whole time for IDRF and most of work is being done by him and he gets the whole hearted support of Sarla Prakash ji. She is always with him whether in daily working of IDRF or his IDRF based work. Not only both have dedicated their life to IDRF but also they have inspired their children to support the cause of supporting the people in need especially in India.
I got so amazed to know that these people work so much without much support so that most of money is being sent to project activities in India. They are truly an example of high thinking and simple living. Their love for people in need is unmatchable.
Both of them are persons of ethics, highest values and fighting spirit for any cause/ truth which we have seen in last fifteen years.
The Hostel for Banvasi girls was established by the financial help of I.D.R.F. Sh. Vinod Prakash Ji often visits India with his wife Smt. Sarla Prakash Ji and inspects the projects funded by the I.D.R.F. He gives valuable suggestions for the Banvasi Hostel in the campus of Shiksha Bharati. We always look forward to his advice and implement the same in our institution and lives.
He is providing financial help and motivation for underprivileged people of India. I got opportunity to see Tribal Boys Sr. Secondary Residential School (Sewa Dham), Mandoli managed by SEWA Bharati-Delhi, hostels for Orphan Boys and Girls (Jeevan Prabhat), managed by Arya Samaj Gandhidham (Gujarat) projects. It is totally a worthy effort by him as the society is getting sufficient advantages from these projects. The children living in ‘Jeevan Prabhat’ under the supervision and direction of Sh. Vachonidhi ji are now parented by this project who were orphan.
Mrs. Reena Goyal visited IDRF hostel at Shrimati Brahma Devi Saraswati Balika Vidya Mandir in February 2014, to donate some dresses & books to the girls residing at IDRF hostel. After the visit, she was very impressed with the work of providing quality education to the girls from the deprived section of the society especially from the North-East state of India. She was very kind to adopt two girls immediately, and start supporting the expenses occurs for education, lodging, boarding etc of the said girls.
Later on when she returned to U.S.A., she started a campaign to support the girls of IDRF hostel for their education. Fortunately many people came forward to adopt these girls. It is a matter of pleasure that the number of such kind donors reached up to 35 in very short time.
At present there are 90 girls were getting education from 8 North-East state, Laddakh and Chattisgarh etc. These donors also help to obtain higher education to these girls.
We would like to state that most of the girls who had finished their education from this campus are successful in their lives. Vishnupriya was the first girl of hostel, now she is a teacher in her native place. Anjana is a yoga instructor at Haridwar. Kanchey is a successful entrepreneur and living in her native place.
We are also organizing career counseling classes, Personality Development Classes & Vocational classes for better future of these girls.
Today I.D.R.F. and the associated project are moving towards the advancement due to his determination.
President- Shiksha Bharati
I have been both a volunteer and a beneficiary of IDRF. I have seen both sides of the organization - from within and without. I would say, I am thoroughly impressed by:
- The professional work ethic with regard to commitment to change and rigorous documentation
- The minimal overhead cost which is driven on top of a fierce volunteering spirit
- The personal connection maintained with the clients, shows the importance given to human relations
- The inspiring team behind the organization which has chosen to sacrifice more lucrative options
IDRF is a remarkable philanthropic organisation VPBK has met so far. IDRF supported VPBK through a programme "Dawn of Hope'. 20 disadvantaged children are being supported every month through IDRF.The following Case Study will speak itself:
Nasifa Khatun is eight years old; she is reading in class III at Boral Free Primary School & residing with her mother Sahanasa Bibi at her grandparents’ house at Boral Malipara, Rajpur Sonarpur, Kolkata: 700154.
When Nasifa Khatun was only one year old her father Noor Mohammad, who was a day labourer, disappeared and left behind Nasifa and her mother in a distressed situation.
Nasifa’s mother Sahanasa Bibi was a housewife; she was not accustomed to working outside. But the situation compelled her to join a factory as a Factory Labour & earn Rs. 2500/- per month.
Nowadays, it is very difficult to maintain a family with a meager income. But Nasifa’s mother Sahanasa Bibi somehow maintained her family.
When Nasifa was five years old, her mother, with her meager income, was worried about Nasifa’s education, because it was very difficult to provide education expenses, school dress & conveyance expenses of Nasifa.
Both Nasifa’s paternal and maternal grandparents were unable to provide any monetary support to Nasifa & her mother Sahanasa Bibi who was unable to provide square meals for her family!
In this situation, Nasifa’s mother Sahanasa Bibi heard about Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra (VPBK) and its developmental activities. Sahanasa Bibi came into contact with Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra (VPBK). In August 2017 Nasifa Khatun was included in a programme- “Dawn of Hope”. The programme is being supported by Sachin Chitlingia through India Development and Relief Fund, USA. Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra (VPBK) is a partner organisation of India Development and Relief Fund, USA.
The programme provides support to 20 disadvantaged children by providing following Scholastic & other Support throughout the year:
• Exercise Book & Pen - once in a year
• School Bag - once in a year
• School Dress / Dress - twice in a year
• Shoe & Shocks - once in a year
• Private Tution Charges - through out the year
• Nutritious Food - throughout the year
• Hygiene Kits - 4 times in a year
• Medicine - throughout the year
• Sports & Games Material - once in a year
• Annual Function - once a year
• Household Goods - twice in a year (for the family of disadvantaged children)
After getting the cited support from Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra the life style of Nasifa & her family has changed. The situation is very different today. Nasifa & 19 other children are getting food, scholastic support, hygiene kits, private tuition charges & household goods on a regular basis.
In 2017 Nasifa stood first in class II and was promoted to class III. She secured 98.5% marks.
Sahanasa Bibi said, ”We were in great trouble while Nasifa’s father was missing suddenly! I did not know what to do. Somehow I managed to secure a job at a factory nearby to my house. But with meager salary I did not maintain my family with a square meal & the education of Nasifa. If Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra has not been assisted us with food, scholastic support, dress, medicine to Nasifa & us – we were able to survive but would have not been sent Nasifa to school & Nasifa would have been engaged as a child labour.”
In future Nasifa wants to be a teacher. Nasifa and her mother Sahanasa Bibi are now very happy.
I have known and worked with IDRF as a volunteer, coordinator, donor. It is the best India centric Charity.
Donating abroad is always a tricky business, as it is not always possible to check on authenticity, delivery, impact or anything for that matter about the charity without being actually present. IDRF solved that problem for me. Not only have they been able to keep their administrative costs to a minimum, but their thoroughly evaluated projects make it easy for me to donate, knowing the money is going where it is intended to go. I feel blessed to be able to assist marginalized people in various ways, and secure that IDRF is the best mechanism to deliver it.
Great organization doing great work for the community
Thanks IDRF for making payment process so easy. Initial setup is pretty straightforward.
As a donor I am happy the my contributions reaches the needy ones on-time.
When I was looking for non profits to help with development projects in India, I was impressed with the range of projects IDRF supports. Further, at the time of disasters striking India, the speed and reach of relief efforts carried out by IDRF stood out
Excellent organization and doing commendable work.
Among the best NGOs, gives bang for the buck, has very low Admin cost unlike other other where 60-80% donation money goes towards administration.
Very motivated volunteers, mostly pro bono workers.
They use lowest establishment costs. Great volunteer teams.
IDRF is a nonprofit organization which is run and managed by a very dedicated team of professionals. IDRF, assesses the NGO's in a unique manner to verify their authenticity and requirements. The motives of IDRF are very praiseworthy and they support so many lives, to give them a new lease of life and a purpose to live.
IDRF has extended all support to the Schools for the Blind and Deaf children. This helps us to provide better services and education to the blind and deaf children.
We hope that more and more persons will join this movement to donate and mobilise more funds for IDRF, so that NGO's like us can meet the wide gap in our commitments and availability of funds.
I have used IDRF over the years to donate money to various non-profit organizations in India. IDRF has a wide reach in India and enabled me to donate funds to charities, that support causes that are near and dear to me. Whether it is to fund disaster relief effort or fund an orphanage, I often turn to IDRF for assistance. IDRF has done an admirable job of following up, with Indian non-profit organizations and ensuring that funds were directed to the designated cause. Another aspect that I appreciated most about IDRF is how easy they have made it to enable corporate matching funds. IDRF staff have been very responsive to my emails, phone calls in my effort to track matching funds. I highly recommend IDRF to anyone who is looking to support a worthy cause in India.
We recognize IDRF as major donor for the generous contribution towards ICU establishment at Kirtipur Hospital of phect-NEPAL. Thank you very much for your help to our hospital. The Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal, our mother organization has is grateful to IDRF for the establishment of ICU at Kirtipur Hospital since the lack of this facility had affected the care of a large number of injured victims of the 2015 Mega Earth Quake in Nepal. We very much appreciate your kind and generous help towards the furnishing of this new facility as well.
Currently we are providing free surgical service to women with pelvic organ prolapse at Kathmandu Model Hospital with the help of IDRF again. We have a big problem of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in poor women in rural Nepal. Thanks again for supporting our poor women.
With Best Regards,
Prof Ganesh Dangal and the Team
SURABI TRUST, in Chennai India is existing with the support of IDRF, They have given us power to sustain and reach more needy people. IDRF is helping many Indian NGOs to work better to help more under privileged people of India.
Udavi School is located in a backward village near Pondicherry and near Auroville.
Vinod Prakashji and Sarlaji visited our school more than fifteen years ago.They were impressed by what they saw .Since then when ever we have a financial need which we are unable to cover we have approached IDRF and unquestioning support has been extended to us.IDRF has helped us to protect our school with a compound wall,to build staff quarters and class-rooms.They have made us feel that they are our partners and as interested in the development of our school as we are.Such an approach is unique and makes us feel good to know that there are others concerned about our work.I wish IDRF all the best from my side.Sanjeev(Director)
The SUN does not require any review about its services to the planet and its living humans and other creatures etc.,??
IDRF services to the humanity especially to India's most backward people is very praiseworthy. At the times of floods, Sunami etc. the IDRF came to the rescue of distressed people and its valiant efforts are evergreen in the minds of people. Even today the IDRF is the only agency that comes forward to the rural people in Tamilnadu in providing toilets to every house that does not have the facility.
I appreciate and congratulate them for the commendable work they are doing.
I am really proud of my association with them.
Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Manav Seva Sansthan SEVA - Uttar Pradesh, India
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.
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
I appreciate how IDRF has come up with thoughtful ways to help Indians in impoverished areas to better care for themselves.
Hi, I am Durgesh Gupta, a resident of New Jersey since last 18 years. I was introdued to this charity organization by my cousin Arun Gupta who is using its services since long time.
My experience has been amazing. Working with Vinodji ( The head of this organization ) and his team has been pleasant. He always responded to my phone calls, emails without delay. I felt like having a guardian and a big brother.
I have all respect for his dedication and efforts to run IDRF. I am looking forward to have long lasting association with IDRF.
As the Director of a charity in India, I had very pleasant experiences working with IDRF as a development partner. IDRF has supported various causes in India to serve the tribal communities and slum-dwellers in cities. The documentation and monitoring process is thorough and their staff veru compassionate and responsive.
Look forward to long term association with IDRF.
I have worked with several non-profit organizations, as a donor, volunteer, or as a supporter. IDRF stands out when it comes to professionalism. Absolute transparency to the public is the key for any non-profit organization, and IDRF consistently proved it to its donors and volunteers. I know IDRF for more than 15 years, and the founder Dr. Vinod Prakashji. His consistent dedication to this organization has benefited the downtrodden and oppressed people in the Indian society for the last twenty years. And, behind the success of IDRF, the support he got through out the journey from Saralaji is noteworthy.
We are a village school near Pondicherry,India located next to an international township called Auroville.Our relationship to IDRF extends to over ten years.Our school offers very good facilities for sports,extra-curricular activities and academics.Naturally we seek the support of Non-Profit organisations like IDRF as fees cannot possibly cover the expenditures involved.We find IDRF extremely supportive of our requests.They trust us.They trust that the need we project is genuine.They trust that the budget requested is reasonable.They give to us in the spirit as if it is their own project.What else can one expect?The founders of IDRF Sh.Vinod Prakashji and Sarla behn have infused the organisation with a spirit of supporting projects with love rather than in a charitable attitude.This is unique.Over the years IDRF has helped us build a very long compound wall,staff quarters,sports equipment store-room and many other things.
we could talk with the concerned person directly. The contact person - coordinator - was very polite and listened to our requests. They accommodated our requests.
We have had the privilege of donating funds thru IDRF to many of our favorite projects in India. We get excellent support, prompt communication and all our money sent to the NGO of our liking.
We have been working thru IDRF for over 6 years now and have nothing but great things to say.
I have been absolutely thrilled with my association with IDRF. It is very rare to find somebody like Dr. Vinod Prakash , the founder of IDRF, who has totally devoted last thirty years of his life to the uplifting of the poor and needy in India. Undaunted by the huge problems facing these people, Vinod and his wife Sarla have tirelessly worked to improve their lives on multiple fronts, taking care of their medical needs, education, water and sanitation to name just a few, especially for girls and tribal people. I feel very grateful to Vinod and Sarla for letting me be a part of their great endeavor which has profoundly changed for better the lives of so many people. The work that IDRF has accomplished has an enduring effect for generations to follow. However rare Vinod as a person is, I still wish there were more people like Vinod who would follow his model in other parts of the world to make our earth a better place to live for millions of people.
I have know India development and relief fund for past 20 years. They have been supporting projects run by Seva Bharathi and other grass root NGOs in India with minimal overhead expenses. Beneficiaries of these projects are the most needy people in slums, rural areas and tribals areas. IDRF funded sanitation projects in Adilabad district to mobile medical can in Kurnool to vocational training centre in Warangal. Kudos to Vinod Prakash and his team.
My experience with IDRF is a memorable one. When Chennai, India was reeling under heavy floods and devastation, I approached IDRF for relief assistance. Without hesitation, immediately, Dr. Vinodh Prakash transferred 40,000 USD for relief work. We were able to provide relief material to 1800 affected families. They have assured to continuously help for our Swacch Bharat Abhiyan project and other charity work of Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society for which I am the secretary. IDRF is doing a wonderful job to reduce the sufferings of fellow human beings.
My regards to Dr. Vinodh Prakash and other members of IDRF.
Our involvement with IDRF dates back more than 20 years. we had started a local program in Bismarck North Dakota to collect funds for women and children upliftment in India. We became involved with India develop meant of relief fund and through their offices were able to reach the target population and continued to do that annually for many years. Funding of lunch programs for slum children so their parents would allow them to attend school as well as computer and sewing workshops for girls and older women were funded. We were very confident that monies that we raised were reaching the audience and I DRF provided additional funding as well as monitoring of the sites on a regular basis. At the time of the Tsunami in South India I DRF provided great relief to those in need and funds that we sent to them along with other funds were put to very good use. It has been incredible to have found a honest reliable and hardworking partner to work with over such a long period of time. We strongly believe that all could depend on IDRF and it is a rare and great non profit.
I have known IDRF for last 3 years since we moved to Northern Virginia. The most impressive thing about IDRF is very low overhead ,so most of the donations go directly to the needy organizations and hence to the most needy people . Many of the donors are repeat donors who have certain improvement projects in mind and they chose IDRF as a highly trusted implementation arm to make them happen. Another very highly impressive fact that these projects are all over India and for the improvements of educational, economical and betterment of rural life. I must impress on the fact that Dr. Vinod Prakash is the heart and soul of IDRF and his dedication is one of the reason for IDRF's success as a non profit organization.