IDRF's goal is to break the cycle of poverty all across India as well in Nepal and Sri Lanka by empowering marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development.
As a World Bank staff-retiree Dr. Vinod Prakash (Founder and President of IDRF) had numerous opportunities for gaining first-hand insight into the functioning of community-based organizations in Asia including India (his home country).His more than 20 field trips enabled him to travel all across India and interact with numerous social activist at grass-roots level.
This experience has helped IDRF to closely collaborate with not-for-profit, tax-exempt non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India, as well as in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Thereby, IDRF works with NGOs having impeccable track records of their humanitarian services. While programs are mainly implemented by our partner NGOs, IDRF generally engages with them at all stages from project design to funding to monitoring and evaluation.
* IDRF has been working closely with the American donor community interested in development activities in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It has been acting as a bridge between them and marginalized people in beneficiary countries.
* IDRF is governed by an active, experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors.
*IDRF is administered/managed most prudently ensuring that donors' hard-earned money is used efficiently in a cost effective manner. IDRF's exceptionally low overhead of 4% and direct intervention with partner NGOs ensures that 96% of donations are directly utilized for humanitarian services.
As an integral part of its operations, IDRF requires its partner NGOs to provide feedback/progress reports in timely manner. Each NGO is expected to provide a quarterly/semiannual report which includes qualitative and quantitative metrics. Metrics are based on the original objective of the project, the goals to be accomplished and the progress made towards the goals. These reports are evaluated by IDRF's staff from the perspective of program's output and impact on the target group. IDRF provides feedback to the partner NGOs on the assessment and any suggestions for further improving their performance. In addition, IDRF Board members and donors voluntarily visit project sites in person and share their field assessments with IDRF.
IDRF provides an efficient and effective bridge mainly for the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) donors living in the USA who have a desire to give back to their native places.
In three decades of its journey, IDRF has been involved in wide variety of successful projects , all leading to the goal of empowering the marginalized become self-sufficient.
• Supporting gender parity and economic self-reliance
• Providing holistic education to tribal girls in residential school and quality education to migrant children.
• Enabling health check-ups and medical camps through mobile medical service for marginalized people beyond reach.
• Improving lives of poor rural families by constructing eco-friendly sanitation units.
• Stopping migration from arid areas through water harvesting projects: water for drinking as well as agriculture purposes.
• Facilitating good governance in rural and urban India.
• Turning natural disasters into sustainable development opportunities for victims.
Below are a few examples of the projects which have addressed these areas.
1. More than two decades ago, IDRF started school in two rooms with two teachers, providing free education to the rural children from KG to grade 3 in rural U.P. (India) without electricity and running water. Now, school has expanded to 12th grade having 1200 students coming from 30 villages through 5 buses with all facilities including science labs, a state-of-the-art auditorium and faculty apartments. School is now even financially self-supporting as operational cost in met by the parents.
2. Fifteen years ago, IDRF initiated family planning program in 10 villages in rural India. Today, our program covers over 10,000 families in 100 villages and has been broadened to include gender parity, formation of Self-help-groups, building foundation by supporting women participation in 'Panchayat Raj', economic self-reliance for women and income generating skills and opportunities for the disabled people.