IDRF Dec Newsletter 2018

IDRF Dec Newsletter 2018

As 2018 draws to an end…I am immensely grateful to YOU for YOUR support to IDRF that has enabled us to change the lives of thousands, who were in desperate need of help. Here’s a glimpse at how YOUR support to IDRF has helped change lives of underprivileged people and given them a life of dignity IDRF Newsletter- December 2018

NGO: Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF)


Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation is a non-profit voluntary organization that was created in 1987. SLCDF is committed in building and strengthening the network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and voluntary organizations to address poverty and other related social and economic issues in Sri Lanka. SLCDF’s programs enhance the capacities and social capital of the underprivileged by developing knowledge, skills, resources and technical support to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable human development.

IDRF Partner Since: 2017

Focus Area(s): Women’s Empowerment

Location: Sri Lanka

Project Title: Improved livelihood activities in Women-headed Households and Families with Persons with Disabilities


IDRF has partnered with SLCDF to improve livelihood activities in 105 women-headed households and families with persons with disabilities in Kandy District of Central Province. These families are identified by the CBOs using participatory methods and basic training for integrated livelihoods is provided. Some of the major activities included under this program are:

  • Providing training in land management technologies for prevention of land degradation
  • Providing revolving loan fund for various livelihood activities (home gardening, polytunnel plant nursery, conservation farming, and improved dairy farming, etc.)
  • Providing training for small tea holders and pepper cultivation
  • Providing capital for cattle sheds to existing dairy farmers
  • Providing planting material for establishing polytunnel plant nurseries

This program is expected to increase the incomes for the 105 families and make them economically and socially stable. Also the self-employment opportunities created for women as a result of this program will enhance leadership and confidence among them at the community level.

Please click on the link to learn more about SLCDF:



Siachen Glacier Avalanche- 2016

On February 3, 2016, an avalanche hit an Indian military base in Siachen Glacier region in Jammu and Kashmir, the inhospitable terrain at heights of 19,000 feet above sea level. Ten Indian Army soldiers were buried under deep snow and lost their lives. IDRF extended a helping hand to the new partner-NGO Youth for Sava, in order to send economic relief to the families of the dead soldiers in Karnataka.

NGO: Youth for Seva

Youth for Seva was founded in 2007, as a nation-wide volunteering movement that inspires youth in India to volunteer and connects them to meaningful opportunities to serve the community. This organization aims to create positive change agents in the society, through the culture of volunteerism.

A group of compassionate IDRF-volunteers, based in the United States, succeeded in raising handsome amount of funds in order to provided financial help to the bereaved families of the ten dead soldiers. IDRF joined hands with Youth for Seva, a pan-India volunteering movement, by extending help to these families who are not very economically well-off and have lost their major breadwinners.

Nandiwale Babu Annappa, Athani, Belgavi

Vishwanath Bharamappa Parasannavar, Gokak, Belagavi


West Bengal Freak Storm- 2017

On March 25th 2017, a massive storm, wreaked havoc in Malda, West Bengal. Hundreds of lives in nine villages were devastated in just 22 minutes and killed people and innumerable livestock. The storm damaged/destroyed several houses, crops and innumerable livestock. This has been financially devastating for the poor rural people. IDRF and partner-NGO Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) joined hands to help the victims of this storm.


NGO: Economic Rural Development Society

The Freak storm unroofed and damaged 69 houses and the inhabitants were compelled to stay at others people’s houses or take shelter under trees. IDRF and ERDS joined hands to assist the victims and make them self-reliant once again. IDRF immediately sent two grants aggregating towards reconstruction of 31 fully damaged houses and repairs of 38 of partially damaged houses and for providing new livestock (one cow, four goats or four pigs) to 69 families in order to help them get back on their feet.


Reconstruction of house for Beneficiary- Ashalata Gosh of Majhra village in Malda District



Reconstruction of House for Beneficiary- Maino Mardi in Badnagara village, Malda District


Reconstruction of House for Beneficiary- Maino Mardi in Badnagara village, Malda District



NGO: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

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

Focus Area(s): Education, Health and Disaster Rehabilitation

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.

NGO: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society


Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) was set up 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

Focus Area(s): Health and Disaster Rehabilitation

Location: Tamil Nadu

Project: Rural Sanitation Project


SVRDS has been running Single Teacher Schools mostly in the poorest communities, 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.

Inauguration Ceremony of IDRF funded Toilets-cum-Bathrooms for Rural Poor

Inauguration of Toilet-cum-Bathroom Units