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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

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

IDRF is one of the best Non-profit organizations we know of. THe most importantly their overhead expenses are minimul. We have been donatiing consistantly to IDRF since it was formed. They are honest and we are sure the donations are used for the causes and not the fundraising or Administration / management etc.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Venkatesh M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

we could talk with the concerned person directly. The contact person - coordinator - was very polite and listened to our requests. They accommodated our requests.

1 Deepa A.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.