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INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND INC. USA

Putting Power-Not Charity in the Hands of Those in Need: in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

aka IDRF

North Bethesda, MD

Mission

IDRF's mission is to empower marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We provide support for programs that improve/provide: education, healthcare, women empowerment, good-governance, and eco-friendly livelihoods at grass-roots level all across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Moreover, IDRF converts natural disasters into opportunities for not only providing immediate relief to the victims but long-term development and rehabilitation of the affected communities. Our programs are implemented by carefully-vetted and experienced local partner-NGOs.

Notes from the Nonprofit

India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF ) is a USA-based 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization that supports impoverished people in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. IDRF's main goal has always been-'to put power and not charity in the hands of those in need'. It has always striven to break the cycle of poverty by empowering the marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. IDRF believes that a lasting change in impoverished regions can take place only when local people take charge and lead the change process.

IDRF programs are geared at empowering marginalized people with education, livelihood skills and awareness of self-governance capabilities so they are equipped to make changes to their lives and their children's. IDRF believes that every person has the right to survive and prosper with dignity and therefore, its programs serve the disadvantaged without regard to religion, caste or creed.

Ruling Year

1988

Founder and President

Dr. Vinod Prakash

Main Address

5821 Mossrock Dr

North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

Keywords

India, women's empowerment, microcredit,India development and relief fund, IDRF, development, Good Governance, Health,Rural Development, Rural Sanitation, Water harvesting,Education

EIN

52-1555563

 Number

0705162295

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In our fight against poverty, we recognize the need to provide resources that can accelerate development. However, a lack of resources is far from the only barrier.
Poverty is deep-rooted and goes beyond material deprivation. After years of social oppression and marginalization, many poor Indians have resigned themselves to a life of destitution. A critical part of the solution lies in helping them realize their power to change and improve their lives. We believe that local people alone are the best equipped to effectively address this need.
Thus, IDRF joins hands with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to empower impoverished people with resources, skills and confidence.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Rural Sanitation Program

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Our Results

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Females,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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Context notes

Disaster relief kits to victims of India Floods 2017

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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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.

These include:
• 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJnW32q924Y&t=5s

http://www.idrf.org/2014-annual-report/


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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXRUH2IOHGA

http://www.idrf.org/2015-annual-report/

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INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND INC. USA

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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