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India Development and Relief Fund Inc

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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, Nepal and Sri Lanka 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. For the victims of the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, IDRF sent immediate relief kits to the victims and helped setup an ICU at the local hospital to conduct surgeries for the severely injured victims. 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: underprivileged people

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+ people

Geographic areas served: India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Programs: free and quality education to tribal and poor girls, scholarships for deserving students, forming self-help groups for poor rural women, micro-credit for women-led small business enterprises, modern and efficient organic farming techniques, constructing rural sanitation units to end open defecation, drinking water harvesting and security in arid areas, generating electricity by renewable and clean energy resources, free health care for the poor and needy, mobile medical care for people in remote hilly areas, good governance, and disaster relief and rehabilitation for victims of natural and man-made disasters, etc.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shobhit M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known and worked with IDRF as a volunteer, coordinator, donor. It is the best India centric Charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Anirban K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great work for the community

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Achalesh A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization and doing commendable work.

Manik T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very motivated volunteers, mostly pro bono workers.

Donor

Rating: 5

They use lowest establishment costs. Great volunteer teams.

1 deafblind

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Ganesh D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 udavischool

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

S Vedantam
Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society
Chennai India

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.