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IDRF is the recipient of highest possible rating (4 out of 4 stars) and that too for four consecutive years by Charity Navigator. It commended IDRF for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 11% of rated charities were able to retain 4 star ratings for 4 consecutive years. This is indeed a great accomplishment!
NGO: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, is a social-service organization that runs several programs throughout India in the areas of education, medicine, and disaster rehabilitation. YSS operates more than 20 educational institutions and 30 charitable medical dispensaries focused on free homoeopathic and allopathic medical care. These institutions are primarily centered in the tribal and economically disadvantaged rural areas of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Chandigarh and Delhi.
Partner Since: 2002
Location(s): Tamil Nadu and West Bengal
Project Title(s): Corpus Fund and Construction of Meditation Hall
IDRF has been making significant contributions to YSS’s corpus fund over the past several years. These funds are used for running of the hospitals and dispensaries for the poor and underprivileged people.
With a growing interest in Parmananda Yoganandaji’s teachings, a need was felt to have a new meditation hall/temple in Chennai that can accommodate more people. An eminently suitable building was gifted by an YSS devotee and IDRF’s funds are used for major renovations and expansions that will be able to accommodate 350 people in the hall and also include rooms for visiting monks. This building was inaugurated in 2017 during YSS’s centennial celebrations.
Please click on the link to learn more about Yogoda Satsanga Society’s various programs.
Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) was set up in 2006, to extend support to the rural poor, by providing them educational, social development and humanitarian services. SVRDS works in the rural parts of Tamil Nadu, where people are not only extremely poor, but also suffer from high rates of malnutrition, illiteracy, unemployment and perpetual cycle of poverty.
IDRF Partner Since: 1996
Location: Tamil Nadu
Project: Rural Sanitation Project
SVRDS has been running Single Teacher Schools mostly in the poorest communities, since 2006, where public schools programs have not reached. They have decided to use its outreach for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) by engaging in rural sanitation program. In 2016, IDRF’s grant enabled 16 rural poor families to construct toilet-cum-bathroom units. Focused on the poorest communities in Tamil Nadu, IDRF’s Rural Sanitation program is expected to accelerate in 2017. Besides IDRF funds, SVRDS is getting support from the Corporate Social Responsibility program (CSR) for their rural sanitation program.
Please click on the link to know more about Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society.
With your continued support and generosity, we have been able to further our accomplishments in programs focusing on health services, disaster relief efforts and eco-friendly developments to list a few. Please read more in our September 2017 Newsletter September 2017 Newsletter here.
Flood situation grim in India due to heavy rains. Death toll is rising and thousands have been displaced and lost all their belongings.
Over 700 people have died in India over the past few weeks as a result of floods caused by torrential rains. Immense devastation has taken place in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, the north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, and pockets of Odisha and Bihar. Heavy monsoon rains have caused rivers like Brahmaputra, Sabarmati and their tributaries to burst their banks and wash away thousands of homes, devastating crops and seed-beds, destroying roads, and disrupting power and telecommunication lines.
Tens of thousands of people desperately need basic aid such as shelter, food and clean water in order to survive. Monsoon season in India runs from June to September and rains will continue in the coming days. It is expected that the number of people affected will keep increasing in the next few days.
It is a very tough situation in India right now and thousands of people need your immediate help!
Please donate generously to India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), enabling us to facilitate relief/rehabilitation to the flood victims. We join hands with partner-NGOs with impeccable track record and ensure that your hard earned money goes in the right hands.
In order to combat the dire situation, IDRF’s Board has decided to send 100% of the donations received for flood victims without keeping any administrative/fundraising costs.
Click here to Donate Online (Designation: India Floods) http://www.idrf.org/get-involved/make-a-gift/
OR send your Checks along with your email-id to:
India Development and Relief Fund,
5821 Mossrock Drive, North Bethesda, MD-20852-3238
Thank you for your generous support!
Donor Spotlight: A Unique Way to Help Those in Need
IDRF pays tribute to Dr. George Chacko: whose profound love for his motherland and legacy is helping thousands of destitute lead a life of dignity. Continue Reading…
Dr. George Chacko came to the United States on a scholarship from Princeton University in 1953. He received his Ph.D. from the New School of Social Research and authored, edited and contributed to 79 books and journals. He always felt deeply indebted to those who had shown him kindness, and keenly felt the need to show kindness to others in turn. Ha had enjoyed a long friendship and admiration of IDRF’s Founder and President Dr. Vinod Prakash.
Just a few weeks before his demise at the age of 85 in 2016, he established a ‘George and Yo Chacko Trust’ for substantial contributions to IDRF for next 10 consecutive years. Dr. Chacko’s thoughtfulness and confidence in IDRF has left an enduring legacy for all of us!
California based Ms. Reena Goyal has been IDRF’s donor and volunteer over the past 4 years. She is actively involved in supporting IDRF’s education programs. In Dec 2015, she visited our partner NGO ‘Shiksha Bharati’ which imparts innovative and holistic education to the most deprived tribal girls through a unique residential program.
Here is Ms Reena’s report from the visit:
“As I stay connected to these girls and their warden via phone and whatsapp, excitement was growing with my program being finalized to visit India. One day while on phone with a bunch of hostel girl, I asked them what should I bring for you from America and unified answer was ‘Didi, bus aap aa jao’ they just wanted me to visit , especially when I told them that I was keeping extremely busy with my job and it’s possible that we don’t meet this year.
I insisted that they give me a clue and then something clicked to me and I asked how about a doll, do you girls have a doll? And as an answer I heard giggles and I knew what I am going to get for the girls this year.
Shopping for 37 girls in Grade 2 to 7 was just too much fun but it worried me that I might be stopped at Delhi airport if my suitcases are opened up and found filled with so many dolls.
Nothing happened and I reached hostel. I can’t describe my happiness when girls were waiting for me and came running to their Reena didi. I distributed their presents and requested hostel administration to arrange a dance and fashion show party with food of their choice on upcoming weekend.
That dance night was the night when I became friends with them all over again, heard their stories, their plans to change their own life and the world and was very proud when couple of girls also asked what exams they should take to go to USA for higher studies.
I am very satisfied with how school /hostel administration is nurturing these girls and how donor’s money is working towards the goal. I recommend donors to visit this hostel on their next trip to India, it’s worth all your efforts to empower these girls!”