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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 have been volunteering for Vibha for the past 3 years. I had long wanted to contribute in some way towards the betterment of children. The first thing that attracted me towards volunteering for Vibha was the focus, structure and organization that is so rare in non-profits. Vibha has very strict guidelines for project selection, monitoring and is very involved in all projects it supports. Inspite of this, the adminstrative cost is minimal and we pass on the bulk of what we raise to where it rightfully belongs. The passion that is shared across volunteers is contagious! I am proud to be part of Vibha!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vibha, I beleive, is more than just an organization. I would more aptly put it as a "Family", every member of which, irrespetive of their age, background or geographic location, has one common goal - To brighten and shape the future of every child who needs our help. During my 6 years of association, I have seen first hand the commitment, abundant enthusiasm and drive among the volunteers; the willingness to learn from the past and eagerness to challenge oneself at every step. As an outcome our fundraising methodologies have matured, marketing strategies have become professional and project selection/monitoring more structured. We now have much wider presence with several action centres starting all across India and in US. The recent efforts on making the next big leap - changing from just an fundraising organisation to one that would help improve the efficiency of grass root organizations in India, has already started to show results. Pragati 2009, the gathering of all partners in Bangalore in October has been mutually helpful to both Vibha and other NGOs. With more collaboration in plans, I anticipate this drive to yield more exponential results in the years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Vibha for more than 4 years and it has been a truely rewarding experience. The committment and dedication of this volunteer driven organization is commendable. Apart from the money raised to support the projects, a lot of importance and stress is given to project support , mentoring and monitoring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Vibha as a volunteer for past 6 months, and have meet great people who really want to make difference in lives of under privilaged kids around the world. I like the cause for which Vibha works,and wanted to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, I wanted to give something back to my community. I believe that education is the best gift that you can ever give a person to make them self-reliable and independent. The impact is even greater when we attempt to educate a child. While I wanted to donate my time and money to help educate underprivileged kids in India, I was also wary of the overheads that a charitable organization incurs. At this juncture, I came across Vibha, a perfect answer to realize my dreams.Vibha as an organization provides the support and infrastructure for volunteers like me and encourages us to dream a little and change a little. Vibha's mission -- educate, empower and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life of the underprivileged child -- is exactly what I needed. With over 825 volunteers in Vibha network, it is big enough to create an impact on the society, yet, small enough to be managed by truly passionate volunteers. As a result, all the money raised by this organization is actually well spent for the truly needed kids. I had the honor of working with amazing Vibha volunteers who consider Vibha a top priority over everything else in their lives. Really amazing organization and I am glad to be part of it!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an ardent volunteer for Vibha. To my knowledge it is a collaborative effort put forth by dedicated team working diligently for a true cause from all over America and India. The volunteers are extremely organized in terms of their weekly meetings and clear agenda towards fund raising. I am excited to see the positive impact of this effort for children in need and I enthusiastically support VIBHA and congratulate the team in shaping lives of future generation living in an unfortunate conditions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Vibha is the best organization ever and i really enjoyed volunteering with them, and i would recommend this organization to everyone i know, theese people worked hard to make a diffrence in peoples lives and for that i support them all the way

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an educator in US. I was traveling to India in December 2008 and wanted to go and see educational projects run by nonprofit organizations. The project run by Vibha seemed the best managed of them all. The commitment of the volunteers/organizers was extremely commendable. I came back to US and joined Vibha as a volunteer and I believe that whatever little amount of work we are doing we are making a difference and probably changing a child's future. Education is the best gift we can give to our future generation.

6 Leena Ghosh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always wanted to work for an organization providing education and support for the betterment of children as they are the most vulnerable members of our society. Vibha was exactly the kind of organization I was looking for. After researching a lot, I joined Vibha and have been working for the past year and a half. It has been an amazing experience to work with like minded individuals who are contributing their time and energy for a greater cause and share the same passion as I do. It is great to read reports and articles on the various Vibha supported projects like Sikshana which is doing good and making a difference. It makes me feel like my life is worth something.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Vibha close to a year now. This year we organized various successful fund raising events like the Vibha Vibe (a multicultural show) and the Dream Mile (5K run). We also volunteered at local organizations like the Epilepsy foundation and helped raise funds for the Milwaukee Public School - Homeless Education Program and the Marine Toys for Tots. Overall,this past year with Vibha has been absolutely fantastic and fun with all the enthusiastic volunteers! Being a part of an organization that helps under-privileged children be responsible adults by providing them education is very satisfying.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi, I have been volunteering for Vibha - Milwaukee Action Center for about a year and a half now and its been a great experience till now. We have a great team here and its a pleasure and honor to be working with them. I'm sure our action center's efforts have impacted many lives in India but along the way it has also impacted my life as it has enriched my life and added more meaning to it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a great time volunteering for Vibha for nearly a decade. People are serious about the cause and give their 100% when they commit to a task. Our events have matured from being fledgling events into near professional events. On a different note, I am very excited about the direction in which Vibha's relationship with grassroots organizations is heading - ie moving from being just a funding agency into sort of a resource organization that brings out the strengths and rectifies the flaws in grassroots organizations in India. Pragati 2009 - the first annual conference of Vibha supported projects- is just the first step in this direction. I'm proud to be a volunteer of this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Vibha has been a true eye opener for me. Vibha volunteers are amongst the most dedicated bunch of folks. Inspite of being a completely volunteer driven organization, Vibha is able to support projects that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children across India, each year. At the same time, the administrative overhead at Vibha is very low, allowing more than 90% of the funds raised to directly go to the projects in India.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering with Vibha for the past two years or more. When I first joined I was bowled over by the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers. The desire to make a difference. In my time, I have worked with the grants team and also visited projects supported by Vibha when I visited India. That brought me even closer to the cause. I feel humbled with the quality of people I work with here and inspired by the impact we make on the lives of children. Most importantly I feel empowered to make a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is not how much $$ you make in enjoy your life but have you ? tried to give a smile to an under privileged child ? made a child smile ? or even shared a child's Happiness, As Mother Teresa Quotes "We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. " This is what Vibha Volunteers do, and Vibha Volunteers have done a fabulous job in the past. "A Big Bow to all who initiated and founded Vibha" and I am Happy here back in INDIA "Volunteering for Vibha" God Bless all. Rajesh Henry

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly inspiring! I am always amazed at how energetic the volunteers are, how well the fund-raising events are organized and most importantly, VIBHA's huge, positive impact on thousands of under-privileged children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VIBHA is a completely volunteer driven and almost the entire fund raised reaches education-hungry children. All volunteers are encouraged to take charge and new ideas are embraced. The working of the organization is totally transparent. The noble cause, organizational structure and enthusiasm are what attracted me to join the Minnesota wing. I'm proud to be a part of VIBHA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is nothing more important than the rights of a helpless child. They need us, need us to fight for them. VIBHA makes that desire come true. I am fortunate that VIBHA gives me that opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am one of the new Vibha volunteer. Joined Vibha because of its nicely structured website. Volunteers were very easy to contact and prompt in replying back to any query related to organization. Primarily there would be four things I would look for to work with an NGO. 1. Cause NGO is targeted to. 2. Is money going to right people? 3. Are volunteers needed and respected. 4. Volunteers already working for NGO. I found Vibha doing a tremendous job on all the four factors. To sum up Vibha has right cause, organization is very well structured to make sure money is spent the right way, Vibha needs and respect new volunteers and last but not the least Vibha have very dedicated and efficient volunteer base.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers are the life and soul of Vibha.The commitment that I as a person can bring a change in the life of an underprivileged child motivates me to volunteer. It is truly a rewarding feeling and evokes a feeling of belonging to the Vibha family.