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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Economic Development, Education, Educational Services, Health, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Mission: Our mission is to 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: Here are few examples to give you an idea about how IDRF's sustainable development programs have helped thousands of marginalized people lead a life of dignity! 1.) IDRF helped an Indian-American fulfill his dream of establishing a school in his native village in Uttar Pradesh. Initially it served only one village, but today the school has grown and provides affordable value-based education to 1000+ students from 30 villages. IDRF has also helped the school get 6 school buses to help transport children from the far off villages. These poor kids regularly outperform the state and local averages on their exams. 2.) In another instance, we helped our partner NGO introduce self-help groups in more villages, and add training in women's rights, healthcare, and small business skills. Today these self-help groups send and lend collectively and organize thousands of workshops in their villages. About 12,000 women in 100+ villages participate in this program. 1,000+ self-help group members have started small local businesses through revolving micro-credit provided by IDRF. 100% of the group members manage their own finances, which is a major accomplishment for poor rural women with limited literacy skills. 3.) IDRF has also turned disasters into opportunities for development. IDRF has sent financial support to provide immediate relief kits to hundreds of poor people affected by cyclones, floods and various other disasters. IDRF also helps rehabilitate the victims by helping rebuild/repair their houses and set up their livelihoods once again. 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 without consideration of caste, creed or religion

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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a donor through my employer's end-of-the-year community connection campaign after reading about their work and philosophy of development through empowerment. But what bowled me over was the visit to two of their projects- one on water security for tribal communities in the desert of Kutch in Gujarat, and the other on educating the tribal girls from kindergarten to High School with free boarding and lodging in India. I travelled through several villages in Kutch and realized the impact water security makes on reducing livestock-dependent nomadic nature of rural livelihood. Water security enables the tribals to stay put in their villages and generate income from agricultural, provides schools and healthcare for children, and reduces back-breaking drudgery for the women. The smile on the faces and shine in the eyes of tribal girls in the school is the most satisfying experience one can have from helping such nonprofit organizations. The outcome on the ground was amazing, even for a development professional like me. Within a couple of years I decided to join their Board and it has been a wonderful experience of working with a dedicated team of highly experienced professionals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission: To fund the salaries of medical and support personnel at the free COVID Care Center run by the COVIDArmy4India team in collaboration with the Greater Chennai Corporation at Don Bosco school, Egmore, Chennai.
Results: When hospital beds were rare to get and Oxygen supplies were depleted across the city, the DBGCC Free COVID Care Center offered a big reprieve to the stressed hospital system in Chennai by freeing up hospital beds for critically ill patients. In June 2021, DBGCC was established with 104 beds, 90 oxygen concentrators, medicines and PPE kits provided by the Government. The facility was operational for a total of 40 days during which time a total of 172 patients were successfully treated. The average length of stay (ALOS) of the patients was 8.3 days at the facility before being discharged. In total, the COVID Centre provided 1,428 patient days of care and it is a matter of great pride that there were no fatalities. The COVID Centre was also placed under the supervision of Institute of Child Health Egmore (ICH) and Kilpauk Medical College Chennai (KMC). This ensured a care continuum, whereby patients got the best medical attention at all times and those requiring advanced medical attention could be transferred to these institutions.
The quality of care won all round praise from both the patients and the Government. The COVID Centre deployed over 70 volunteers including senior medical consultants, duty doctors, nurses, administrative support staff and management team.

The entire cost of operations was funded through the efforts of India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), Don Bosco Egmore past pupils, friends and well wishers. IDRF was a significant contributor to this project.

With a lofty goal of $50,000 to raise, the fundraising team was in search of a reliable partner to work with. The IDRF team not only provided a great platform to raise funds and guided the team through every step of the process, but also generously offered a 50% matching contribution for every $ raised. This proved to be a significant boost to the fund raising efforts and was the sole reason behind being able to meet the critical funding requirements for dispersing salaries and paying vendors that provided critical infrastructure support in a timely manner. Without the backing from IDRF, this would not have been possible. Their support continued until the funds reached the right hands at the right time and their commitment was unparalleled. IDRF is the most trust worthy and supportive nonprofit organization to work with, hands down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It Is an immense pleasure to say a few words about the exemplary work done by IDRF / Dr. Vinod Prakash Ji and His Team. With second wave of Covid hitting very hard in India, my Beloved Motherland, I with Few Family and Friends were very concerned and wanted to provide some substantial help which could make a difference in India's fight against Covid and all challenges it faced. We were in Touch with a large Hospital system in Aurangabad , Nashik in Maharashtra - Dr. Hedgewar Hospital and Shri Guruji Hospital, Nashik. Both the hospitals were had a large scale effort underway. Both the hospitals had become a place to go to in Marathwada and North Maharashtra region for Covid patients and did amazing work at very reasonable cost. Dr. Hedgewar hospital also had numerous programs to assist Patients which could not pay for the services. The hospitals needed 10 Ventilators on urgent basis in its fight against Covid and we were involved to help fund this project. Its when we reached out to IDRF. Dr Vinod Prakash Ji and Vandana Ji already had a working relationship with both the Hospitals and were glad to assist with our Project. With help of a great Model setup by IDRF, we were able to join our public fundraiser and helped raise large sum to support this specific project. Dr. Vinod Prakash Ji was available all the time to guide us throughout the process and VandanaJi helped remove obstacles in this project. It is very Inspiring to see such a dedicated organization helping out numerous projects throughout India. Dr. Vinod Prakash Ji was interested in our Project and was very Kind to get other IDRF Donors on board to support our Project to purchase Ventilators. IDRF also did forgo all the waiting time and provided line of credit to expedite availability of funds to Hospital right away as the need was immediate. Cudos to everything IDRF does !!!
Together We were able to raise sufficient funds to source in most of 10 Ventilators for the hospitals and they are helping numerous Covid Patients already !

Simply an extraordinary Organization in public service !!

Very Very impressed with the dedication IDRF does it's works and inspired by It's sense of commitment and concern for Motherland India !!

I sure look forward to partner with other similar projects.


Thanks and Regards,
Sachin Deshpande
Denver, Colorado

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been working with IDRF for more than 10 years now. They do a great job in serving various diverse projects in India. Our sister concerns in India are also immensely benefitted by their contributions. They are sure to keep up their good work in Covid times as well.
Atma Vidya Ashrama USA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For last many years my wife and I along with our family have donated, raised funds and coordinated several projects to help out schools and hospitals in India. We have been working with IDRF to send the raised money to support an eye hospital, a multi-specialty hospital and a school in villages near Ghaziabad, UP. It had been a very wonderful experience to work with Vinodji and Vandanaji. They are very knowledgeable about the legal procedures to transfer the money legally from USA to India. They are very helpful, and always eager to support our cause.

Thru IDRF we could send the monitory support very quickly and with minimum overhead expenses to India. Because of their help we could raise funds that helped the school management to add many class rooms and other educational facilities. Recently, during COVID pandemic, the hospital was able to start an ICU because of the funds sent by IDRF. These funds are also used to vaccinate the villagers during these difficult times. When we use IDRF we are always 100% confident that support is reaching to the cause and funds are utilized most efficiently.

We fully and unconditionally support the efforts and work done by IDRF.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience working with IDRF. I was able to make a donation and saw that the funds flowed through to the correct development projects in India. It made me feel great to be able to make the donation and see its imapct

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to work with IDRF. Sincerely appreciate their transparency, commitment to support many causes in India. IDRf helped us in purchasing a school bus for a rural school, with students attending from 15 nearby villages and tribal areas and recently supported to establish digital infrastructure . They understand the challenges that rural schools are facing. With the help of digital infrastructure they will have access to wide range of learning opportunities, which are not available in rural areas. They provide detailed progress and site visit reports. Personally I have interacted with board members and operations manager, who is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. I would highly recommend contacting IDRf if you would like to support any cause. All the funds go directly to the organizations in India. I am grateful for their dedication.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We learned about IDRF 2 1/2 years ago when we were looking for a very specific project in India which we could support with a significant contribution to fulfill the wishes of a deceased relative. Dr. Prakash, CEO of IDRF, was most helpful in identifying projects that would meet our criteria. He provided us with written material of the shortlisted projects which enabled us to make an informed decision. Once the funds were remitted, Dr. Prakash provided us with a detailed budget of how the funds will be applied. He also gave us periodic updates of the progress made. In addition we received emails with pictures from the project manager in India showing the work that has been done and the children who benefited from it.
Both my wife and I worked most of our professional lives in the development field and we are very familiar with the problems faced by folks in developing countries and the issues of providing effective assistance. The staff of the IDRF are highly knowledgeable, motivated and experienced in this field and we have complete trust in them. We are continuing to provide financial assistance to them and will do so in the future. We are so impressed with their work that we have now also included them in our estate plans.

Donor

Rating: 5

Service is divine and charity is need filling without looking for the cause.
We had such a bountiful of big hearts like IDRF enabling us raise adequate money
enabling us to complete such a beautiful project - J M BANSAL SURGICAL
WING and inaugurate it on 31st Jan 2021 successfully. The new outfit is equipped
with all medical machines and appliances to run the Modular Operation Theater. We sincerely appreciate IDRF’s help and support for our project.

Lion M.Sreepathi
Chairman.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a donor and donor coordinator for a project, and we tried to help out a non-profit in India which provided eye care facilities to the poor and needy. I had been referred to IDRF by a friend of mine, so I approached them. From the first conversation itself, I felt their sincerity in helping us and provided me with clear directions as to how they can help us send money to our destination in India. IDRF was very prompt on every step and did a wonderful job in facilitating our project. All my donor friends are very happy with IDRF, and we'll certainly work with them for our next project.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 4

IDRF is very prompt in response. They follow up, give information about the donations sent and are very transparent and efficient.

Rajeshkumar Mavabhai P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

तंबाकू से होने वाला कैंसर की जानकारी का एक प्रयत्न बच्चों के लिए।

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IDRF is very responsive and quick in communications. IDRF is very focussed and systematic .

IDRF takes feedback from the organization whom they support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 .

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Vijay M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization under the leadership of selfless leader dr Vinod prakash

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Paneendra K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Rajita M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sasala C.

Donor

Rating: 5

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%.
Mrs. Challa.

Client Served

Rating: 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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.”

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

"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."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Rajkripal
President- Shiksha Bharati

1 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

1

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

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.

1 Anirban K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great work for the community

1

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

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization and doing commendable work.

1 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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Very motivated volunteers, mostly pro bono workers.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They use lowest establishment costs. Great volunteer teams.

2 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.

1

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.

3 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.

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.

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.