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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 volunteered with vibha for the last 2 yrs and my experience with vibha has been extremely positive.The organisation is well managed open and inclusive.I believe my interaction with vibha has been mutually beneficial.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The best part about this organization is that it is completely run by volunteers (except a couple of employees). Another impressive thing is, that the progress of the project(s) funded by Vibha is available to each and every volunteer. For the couple of months that I have been with this organization, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Vibha for a little over a year now and have to say that after I started volunteering I have felt a certain sense of pride. Being a part of Vibha, is believing strongly, that your slightest efforts can make a difference! Their drive, passion, and love for doing something good mixed with their skills make Vibha volunteers successful in every event...which, in turn, translates into supporting so many more right projects that need funding...which basically translates into a brighter and better future for millions of children! At Vibha, we remind ourselves every day that... "Not every child is fortunate, some need us!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2006, I started out by being a part of VIBHA houston Chapter. And today, Vibha has become a part of me! Nothing gives us more fulfillment than helping those in need. It is only human to help. Yes, everyone wants to help but we also look for results, for change. Volunteering with VIBHA to help out the thousands of underprivileged children, has made me realize that I have to be the one showing the path to others. It has empowered me and made me believe that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization since April 2006. What attracted me towards it is the fact that it is a grass roots organization which believes in high-touch and the belief that people want to volunteer their time because they feel the need to make a difference in this world. The unique feature of this organization is that it is almost 99% volunteer driven and has only 2 WW employees. The organization believes in rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty rather than just donate money. The other aspect that is a core part of the organization is the process followed to "Select and Monitor" the progress of a project that they fund. The organization believes in strong sharing amongst the various teams and projects so that ones mistakes can be learned from and avoided in other areas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organisation working so enthusiastically to help underpriveleged children in India. Im a volunteer for almost a year now. I have seen its amazing projects and thier success reports. It gives you immense satisfaction to know how your little efforts add up and actually change the lives for good, of so many Indian childern in need. Its really a great organisation with great motivating volunteers and leaders. Im glad Im a part of VIBHA.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Vibha about a year ago, and I haven't been more pleasantly surprised by the outcome of any of my other actions in life as much as I have been through volunteering for Vibha. The most appealing factor of Vibha for me is that this organization functions almost completely through volunteers putting in time out of their busy schedule. I also like their process of picking out projects to support back in India, and most definitely the outcomes of these projects. I feel that I make a difference in someone else’s life by simply donating a few dollars and some time. Volunteering for Vibha has been one of the most rewarding acts I have ever been involved with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out trying to help the Dallas charter to set up a cricketing event. The efforts and enthusiasm of those involved coaxed me into doing my part towards a noble cause. Education in my opinion is the most vital thing that can help any child. It provides the child with an opportunity to understand the world and stand on his own feet, enabling that has no equal. That Vibha helps promote this was the reason I decided to do my part in helping the organization.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to be an Active volunteer for Vibha before 5 years. The one thing that I can swear is we have a wonderful team and they do tremendous personal sacrifices to make a difference in the lives of kids in India. The belief and confidence that the money donated goes in the full strength towards the cause keeps me in supporting this cause with donations and the little volunteering that I have just started doing again. My sincere salute to the people who have continued the passion from the time that I have known them and to the new volunteers who bring in the fresh ideas. Cheers to a great cause! Keyur

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its an amazing place to be volunteering. The energy you feel volunteering for Vibha is unparalleled. Every one is open to suggestions. Every one pitches in to get things done. The leaders lead by example. They are absolute role models. Working for Vihba not only gives your the satisfaction that you have done something great, it is also a lot of fun. You get to meet a lot of like minded people. The atmosphere is electrifying. Long live Vihba! -Raghu

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with Vibha for over 6 years now and I am glad I did. Vibha is one of the few organizations which is run entirely by volunteers and has still managed to scale well. We still have a long way to go in terms of strategy development, branding, outreach but I am sure volunteers at Vibha will do whatever it takes to reach there. Kudos to you all Volunteers and a heart felt thanks to all our patrons.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider Vibha as the best non-profit organization to volunteer for. The cause and the dedication of people I work with definitely motivates me to do something more. The transparency within the organization, no hierarchy as such, and enthusiasm of fellow volunteers is really encouraging.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They say, every drop counts to make an ocean..indeed every volunteer at Vibha gives in their 100% and more in every avenue.I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said that volunteering for Vibha has indeed changed my life!The drive and passion of each volunteer can only help to make you a better person.Over the years I have been involved in various fundraising events.By being a mostly volunteer driven organization we try to keep our overhead low so we can funnel all of our fund raising to the cause. While we try our best towards the cause, we dont loose sight of the community we are living in that enables us to make all this possible and always look for opportunities to give back to our adopted homeland.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To join thousands of people all over the country to raise awareness about the plight of underprivileged children is a privilege. I have been overlooking this opportunity for the past so many years. My first time involvement was for the Dream Mile '09 and I think to myself...where and what have I been doing all these days?? It is amazing to see how many people sincerely contribute their time and effort to make a difference in the life of those kids in need. I hope to work towards contributing more time to this organization which can bring a smile in another’s child's face by the day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vibha literally means Radiance and that's exactly what this non profit epitomises. Almost completely made up of dedicated and passionate volunteers, Vibha works towards betterment of lives of countless underprivilged children. As a volunteer for the last 3 years, I have been closely involved with fundraising events in the bay area and am part of volunteer relations. Constantly working towards increasing our impact and the drive to make a difference keeps all of us going and making our lives a bit more meaningful in a place so far away from home!

7 Aparna Rangan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of the Vibha family for over 4 years and it's been a great experience. Each year, Vibha conducts four fundraising events. The Kite Flying Festival, in addition to raising funds, also encourages community spirit & outdoor play. Art for Heart promotes creativity; DreamMile is a chance to walk for a cause, while the Cricket Tournament promotes sportsmanship and unity. A feeling of being one always exists, which is why the volunteer base remains passionate, strong and unshaken.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Underprivileged kids….the cause…the challenge…the satisfaction…the friends we made…or just plain old simple conscience? Reasons aplenty, I thought I’ll go down the path of soul searching and put down on paper why I volunteer for Vibha. About 4 years ago, I moved to the Bay Area and at that time my wife was (and still is) an active volunteer for this organization I knew nothing about. She called it Vibha and couldn’t stop talking about the organization, its people, their passion to make a difference and all this while having fun. I heard the names over and over again – about the folks who were in the trenches, discussing passionately on the best way to make the most impact in a stranger’s life. I proceeded and met some of these folks, and to my absolute wonder, they were normal, down to earth, young, energetic people such as myself; the only difference being they had the greater good in mind and I didn’t. Few months passed and I had made friends with most of these gems in today’s society long before the thought of volunteering came to mind. And one day, I took the plunge…to volunteer for the 2007 Dream Mile. The energy was electrifying, the patrons ecstatic, volunteers doing tasks that I would have never thought I would do one day for a cause; moving tables, putting up signs, setting up booths, designing décor, the list was endless. At the end of the day, I looked around, and I was surrounded by over 50 volunteers all in various levels of exhaustion from the prior 2 grueling days but every…every volunteer had a smile on his or her face and the look of immense satisfaction from being a part of something that was beyond what the eye could see. The seed had been sown… 3 months later I volunteered for the Vibha Dandia in 2007 as a volunteer and was much more involved this time and was beginning to understand the bigger picture of what each of these individuals were enabling; It was a great event and we successfully supported over 1000 kids from the proceeds of that event; 1000 kids we will never know and never see in our lives. I later came to know that some of the event leads was going through some personal challenges and professional challenges at the same time when they was organizing the event. And to be a part of something that supported 1000 kids, knowing that beyond their personal/professional challenges, someone was able to spear head an event with such excellence, keeping in mind what he or she was achieving, I decided at that moment, I will volunteer for Vibha. Over the last 2 years, I have grown as an individual both spiritually and mentally because of this cause. I look back and see what I have achieved for this great organization and helped enable over 1500 kids with a future by leading the Dandia in 2008. I now function as one of the Action center coordinators for the Bay Area. And the journey has just begun… I don’t know what drives us to do what we do on a daily basis. Be it volunteering for Vibha or anything else. But as you read this blog, and are thinking “I don’t have the time”, you can still make a difference! It’s usually one person, one act of generosity, one act of selflessness that touches or moves us to join the movement. The call to action for all of us might come in many disguises, but come it will! It is up to us to open our eyes, recognize them and act on it… Volunteer with Vibha and you will understand that a few of us CAN make a DIFFERENCE...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Vibha volunteer for over a year. It is very satisfying to work with a group of people who have the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to help the children in India. I attended the Vibha conference in India, where I had an oppurtunity to meet many of the project coordinators of the NGO's. Again, I am so inspired by the work these people are doing at ground level.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been with Vibha for a few months now. BUt seeing all the volunteers and the hardwork they put into this gave me a lot of motivation and reason to help. Helping children is the biggest satisfaction one can have. I also feel like I am joining a new family. Thanks Vibha for letting me part of the cause!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Vibha for about 2 years. Vibha is prime example of how people from different backgrounds, careers etc but a single goal in mind , can come together and make a difference in the life of an under-privileged child. Each project is chosen after much deliberation to make sure that it benefits children in the best possible way and every penny spent reaps the maximum.