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Review for Developing Indigenous Resources, El Cerrito, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After spending 30 odd years I came back to India 4 years back to pay back my debts to society. I work in the area of primary education and vocational , job oriented courses. I am a bit vary of NGOs in general because most of them spend more time in getting themselves photographed than in actual work. I found DIR a noble exception. And a pleasure to work with as a volunteer. In an extremely poor area of demotivated people they provide health care using local persons. Difference in attitude, work culture of local DIR persons is an eye opener if one is aware of the general attitude of people living in the area. Educational facilities for young kids are at a level that after two years these slum kids can get an opportunity to join the best schools. I think DIR and Dr. Shaw are doing a fantastic transformational job.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching pre-school kids, interaction of health care workers with local community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Confidence and sense of purpose with which the health care persons worked. Joy in the eyes of children. ( May be I am translating it into hope which these children would not have without DIR)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well motivated, and a desire to help. May not sound much unless you know the general attitude of people living around them.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work with DIR. ( I work in two other places as well )

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They have good local workers. But can this be made a self sustaining unit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Running computer courses. After school remedial coaching for weaker students. Motivating kids to do vocational courses like plumbing , electrician etc. - a far more difficult job than it sounds.