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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, International, International Relief, Philanthropy

Mission: Vibha’s mission is to educate, empower and enable every individual who wants to make a difference in the life of an underprivileged child. In 1991, a few people in New Jersey decided to start an organization that would provide a platform for individuals who want to improve the lives of millions of underprivileged children in India. Collectively, the dreams and actions of these people have resulted in a positive difference in the lives of 150,000 children through 190 projects.

Results: Since 1991, Vibha has made a positive difference in the lives of 150,000 children through 190 projects.

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 40,000

Geographic areas served: India, USA

Programs: Vibha makes sure that the contributions are put to good use by directing the money to its partner-projects, all of which are run by dedicated individuals who work with under-privileged children. Projects focus on severely disadvantaged and vulnerable groups - children in bonded labor, street and slum dwelling children. Support is also extended to community development programs focusing on the welfare of the community.

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Vibha through a friend. I enjoy volunteering with them and admire the Vibha team's enthusiasm and perseverence. It is inspiring to see these young folks make time so they can reach out and help those truly in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its my third year with Vibha. I volunteered for a couple of major events of Vibha that focuses on projects supporting underprivileged children. Its great to work with such an organized and dedicated volunteers who strive to make a positive difference in the life of an underprivileged child. Thanks to Vibha which helps to realize my dream of being a part of a noble cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Vibha to be a great platform for volunteer activity. I was part of the Dream mile volunteer group and the first thing I found out was that the people running the show were willing to trust newbies like me to big responsibilities like managing publicity. This trust helps the organization retain volunteers to a great extent. it also prompted me to find out more about what the organization does and get more personally involved in the project work. The way one of the core volunteers passionately spoke about the spotlight projects of Vibha gave me a sense that we were truly making a difference in the lives of the children we were helping back home. it was a truly amazing experience

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Vibha for over a little less than a year now. I have helped them organize their 5k/10k walk and Dandia. Through this journey I have seen the dedication of all the volunteers and the exemplary execution during events. All this comes from their desire and determination to make sure we are able to help underprivileged kids in India to the maximum. Giving more than 2000 hours a month in combined volunteer man hours to help execute an event is no joke. All this from volunteers who have full time jobs. The willingness to sacrifice one's own time to help children thousands of miles away and then do it again and again is something which makes me want to contribute some more each time.. Vibha is truly a great example of collective desire to educate empower and enable the future of India..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Vibha volunteer for more than a year now. Starting with event organization to raise funds, now I am also Project lead for the Swanirvar project. Swanirvar is a project based in West Bengal, which provides alternative education for rural children as well as includes intervention in government schools, to encourage quality education thus reducing dropouts rates. With so many non-profits catering to similar causes, it was difficult to decide which one to be a part of. In case of Vibha, it is the dedication of all volunteers, transparency in the handling of funds, open-ness to listen to new ideas is what makes it very attractive to me. As a Project lead, when I attend the calls to discuss individual project status, I realize how committed everyone is to provide a better future to the not-so-fortunate children. When I talk to the beneficiary project head, he is very grateful for the efforts & funds Vibha provides. He informs me about the change it has helped improve the lives of children receiving these funds.This motivates me further to do a better job at fund-raising. I hope that Vibha will continue with its great work, and I as a volunteer, shall help make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Vibha for about a year and a half. It is amazing to see the passion of the volunteers towards the cause. One of the best parts about working with Vibha is - I can be sure where my dollars are going. The money is spent after careful consideration and there are hardly any overhead costs. It is really gratifying to make a difference in the life of these children who, unfortunately, would not have a choice otherwise. Nishu

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vibha is a group of very committed individuals who have been a source of motivation for me to step up give back to the community with the same zeal and enthusiasm! Seeing the results of the efforts of the group is extremely heartwarming and rewarding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Vibha for almost an year and was involved in organizing fund raising events such as the Dream Mile and Diwali Mela. Looking at the commitment and the professionalism with which this organization functions, it is hard to believe that it is run solely by volunteers. All the volunteers are extremely dedicated and it is inspiring to see their commitment to the cause of underprivileged children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with some really good people in this organization and ended up making great friends in life outside of our volunteer work. I started participating by helping out in fund raising events for the fun of it but ended up appreciating the real impact that the group had on underprivileged kids back home in India. A big eye opener for me was listening to the stories of success and huge challenges from the Non-Profit organizations in India who Vibha funded at a annual volunteer conference in Atlanta last year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a lot of respect for the cause for which Vibha is advocating. I have personally been involved very actively in helping organize fund-raising events like Dandia and Walk. I love the dedication and energy with which all the volunteers come and work. Hats off to the leads who organize such wonderful professionally organized events!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been with Vibha for a little over two years. Vibha's mission of empowering each individual to make a difference is what attracted me. The way projects are evaluated by the projects team for maximum benefit is pretty amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Vibha for 12 yrs now. The thought that a few hours of volunteering can change a kid's life is reason enough for me to join vibha. Volunteer driven and friendly executive/board members. Every team in vibha is lead by a passionate and smart person. I am 100% confident that vibha will succeed in giving a future to kids who don't have one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I learned about Vibha through firends and joined the organization after attending one of the Vibha events. We organize events to raise money to help the less fortunate kids. A lot of hard work goes into making each event a success and our greatest reward is the progress we hear from the projects we fund. Open discussions, shared responsibilities, professionalism are some of the key aspects of the organization and I have learnt a lot from working with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Vibha for many years now. The reason I continue to volunteer is because I have experienced and understood how our fundraising activities benefit the underprivileged children. With Vibha you have the opportunity to visit the grass roots efforts and to visit projects that benefit from your fundraising. The first time I visited a project in India, I believed in Vibha's mission. And that day, Vibha's mission became my mission. I was privileged to be born into a family that today has led me to where I am....I have access to education, shelter and healthcare. But for many, this is not possible. Vibha believes that every child should have this right and with our help this mission can be achieved. Hence I will continue to volunteer with this organization because I believe in Vibha's mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Vibha volunteer since 2003. I have never volunteered before but after working with Vibha, I realized the importance of volunteering. Vibha is the only organization that has inspired me to do more to the community. All the funds that we raise are completely used to help Kids and nothing is wasted on organizational maintainence. All the volunteers of this organization are very motivated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got first involved with Vibha as a project lead of a project run by a NGO in Delhi. As I started attending the project selection committee calls I got more interested in the organization. I liked the way it was structured and its transparency. I liked the fact that the entire organization was run by just volunteers. I also got a chance to volunteer at the Atlanta Dream Mile and the experience I got there and the dedicated volunteers I met changed my life forever. I had always heard of people doing selfless deeds, but experiencing it was something different. The enthusiasm of all volunteers was amazing. I have loved every bit of my time spent volunteering with Vibha.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for vibha in 2005 and since then I have been volunteering every year in some way or another. In the past I have volunteered for other NPOs but I can safely say that Vibha is only such organization that tries to reach out to people needing help anywhere in the world. Whether it is Katrina relief efforts in the US or Pakistan earthquakes, in addition to its main goal of providing under privileged children with the basic needs of life. Vibha also helps single mothers become independent and support themselves as well as their dependents. Last but not the least, Vibha has the best leaders and volunteers I have come across.. I have enjoyed working with other volunteers as well as chapter leads... I felt inspired to give in my best when I saw Rajesh Haridasan (Bay area) and Raina Bijlani (Bay Area) work so hard to bring about a +ve change in the lives of the beautiful children in India who need us and our help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Organization that's focused on results and actually making a difference in the lives of children. Devoted group of motivated volunteers. Clear, efficient and no-frills operation model.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Vibha for about a year now...despite busy schedules and personal demands , this is one of the very few places that I have seen people from different walks of life coming together to serve a common purpose of giving every child an opportunity. It is very heartening to see the impact of our work reaching underprivileged children when they need it the most and the fact that the organization is entirely volunteer driven is even more inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to know about Vibha early last year (2008) and attended one of its monthly meetings in Atlanta. The main focus of the meeting that month was to help organize a fund-raising event to raise money for the many child-related developmental projects Vibha has undertaken all over India. Volunteers chipped in for various activities and we all got started. I liked the people volunteering for the organization because they all believed in the underlying cause - to improve the lives of millions of under-privileged children in India. Later I got involved in various projects related monitoring calls every week and I am currently coordinating one of the projects being financed in India (Andhra Pradesh). The program helps induct child laborers from small-scale industries in the area to rehabilitation centers and to mainstream them in government schools. Imbetween teaching and my own research, I try and work with Vibha and spread the word as much as I can. I believe in Vibha's efforts and especially the efforts of the people who make Vibha what it is today. Good luck to you guys!!! ---- Dr.Shama Perveen