INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND (IDRF)

( Tax exempt ID : 52-1555563)

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"The poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted - let these be your God. Know that service to these alone is the highest religion." - Swami Vivekananda

What Is IDRF ?

India Development and Relief Fund is a tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3). It aims to support the grassroots and non-government organizations (NGOs) involved in serving the most disadvantaged, impoverished, illiterate, poor and needy people.

IDRF was founded in 1978 by Dr. Vinod Prakash, a World Bank economist from 1971-81. He received his Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Prakash, in founding the IDRF, crusaded the non-resident Indians to actively find solution to the problems of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and natural disasters facing the Indian masses. As a selfless social worker and a visionary, Dr. Prakash has dedicated his life to the IDRF cause. IDRF, since its modest beginnings, has grown as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization managed entirely by a group of motivated volunteers.

IDRF has so far distributed over $800,000 to grassroots and charitable organizations in India.

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How Does IDRF Select NGOs Projects In India ?

The name IDRF reflects our interest in the interaction and convergence of development and relief work, particularly in relation to the needs and welfare of the poor. As such, IDRF has a broad focus and does not restrict its activities to any set of projects. The projects with which IDRF is involved at any particular time, will always reflect our pledge to: Typically IDRF projects range from building schools for the needy children, orphanages and rehabilitation centers for disaster victims, to urban slums and tribal area development schemes. The project areas may be quite diverse, but all likely will address, social and economic issues. For a representative list of IDRF-supported projects, please see the last section.

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Can I be Assured That My hard-Earned Money Will be Properly Used ?

Yes. This is precisely an inherent strength od IDRF and the source of its steady growth. We attach utmost importance to the NGOs' accountability and integrity. We select NGOs with proven track records only. Furthermore, IDRF's President, Dr. Vinod Prakash, who has been living in USA for more than 30 years and has been visiting India almost every year. Since his retirement from the World Bank in 1988, he has been volunteering virtually all his time for IDRF.

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Direct Donation :
Directly donate for any IDRF supported projects which are listed below. Where to find Direct Donation Form ?
Easy Gift :
An automatic transfer scheme in which donors authorize monthly contributions to IDRF directly from their checking account. This hassle-free scheme is designed for busy people, and can be terminated anytime by the donor. When can I start ?
Donation through United Way :
Select IDRF as the donor's choice.
Stocks/Bonds
You may donate the stocks/bonds to IDRF, and avoid the capital gain tax and also deduct their market value from your taxable income as allowed under law. We shall be pleased to help you in the paper work.
Gift Certificate:
Gift certificates can be used in lieu of cash for purchases in grocery stores such as Lucky and Safeway. 5% of your bill will be donated by these stores to IDRF From where to collect?
Donor's Choice:
In addition to the IDRF supported projects, donors may designate for new or existing projects of his/her choice

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Contact :

IDRF					IDRF
4433 Othello Drive, 			5821 Mossrock Drive, 
Fremont, CA 94555			North Bethesda,
Ph: (510) 797-5601			MD 20852-3238 
e-mail: sandt@wile.thetech.org		Ph/Fax: (301) 984 2127

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IDRF-Supported Grassroots and Non-governmental Organizations

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Details of some of the projects.

Akhil Bharathiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Madhya Pradesh:
Supports more than 6000 community projects such as dispensary, school, adult education and craft training in 17,200 tribal villages throughout India.
Sewa Bharati, Sewa Dham, Delhi:
Helping the urban poor in 125 slum colonies in Delhi, Sewa benefits about 180,000 people through its service projects. Recipient of Delhi State Award for the Outstanding Children Welfare Organization in 1991.
Devi Ahilyabai Smarak Samiti, Maharastra:
Focuses on the integrated development of the tribal women. Provides non-formal education and runs girls hostel, library, homeopathic clinic and family programs. Managed by women volunteers.
Vikas Bharati, Bihar:
Engaged in integrated human development through non-formal education, appropriate technology, agricultural development, etc. Recipient of 1991 Indira Gandhi Vrikshamitra Award.
Girivasi Vanavasi Seva Parakalpa, Uttar Pradesh:
Operates 11 schools and dorms for tribal boys and girls. Runs 2 medical clinics, Sanskrit school and social forestry training center.
Saraswati Shiksha Mandir, Uttar Pradesh:
Children from 8 villages attend this school funded entirely by a NRI.
Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society, Tamil Nadu:
Runs daycare centers, schools, maternity and healthcare facilities.
Seva in Action, Karnataka:
A women's organization providing preventive childhood disability and rehabilitation services to handicapped children.
Muni Seva Ashram, Gujarat:
Runs a 44-bed rural hospital, a residential vocation center for mentally retarded women and other community services.
Apang Parivar Kalyana Kendra, Gujarat:
Provides medical care, education and vocational training for physically disabled.
Vatsalya Hostel, Maharastra:
An adoption center providing home for abandoned infants and children.
Jammu Kashmir Sahyata Samithi, Jammu & Kashmir:
Supports displaced people and victims of political violence.
Peerit Sewa Parakalpa Samithi, Punjab:
Helps victims of terrorism, provides medical care and vocational rehabilitation.
Manav Seva Prathisthan, West Bengal:
Serves tribal population through hostels, schools, dispensaries, agricultural research and dairy farms.
Vatsalya Sindhu & Vaidehi Ashram, Andhra Pradesh:
Provides shelter, food, education and medical facilities to destitute boys and girls.

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