NGO: Surabi Charitable Trust

Background:

Surabi Trust is a non-governmental and philanthropic organization that was founded in 2008, by a group of socially committed youth in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  The Trust is established with the ultimate aim to serve deprived children by providing them quality education, better medical and nutrition support and empower women to be self-reliant.

IDRF Partner Since: 2015

Focus Area: Education and Health

Location: Tamil Nadu

Project Title: Brindavan-Residential Care for Homeless Boys

Details:

Surabi runs a free stay home Brindavan for abandoned children in a friendly and caring environment which makes them feel at home. IDRF has been supporting Surabi’s program of providing a home for homeless children who are vulnerable to exploitation by criminals and anti-social activities.

The objective of this program is to provide good education to these destitute children by providing them a friendly learning environment and to equip them with moral values and help them grow into good citizens. Surabi provides free food, shelter, clothing, shoes, haircutting, education, sporting activities, and training in Taekwondo, music and arts for the children residing here. Apart from academics and sports, Surabi also arranges recreation programs and annual trips for the children to enjoy.


Homeless children residing at Brindavan

Homeless children residing at Brindavan are trained in Taekwondo and participate in championships

Please click on the link below to know more about the various programs carried out by Surabi Trust.

http://www.surabitrust.org/

NGO: Surab Charitable trust

Background:

Surabi Trust is a non-governmental and philanthropic organization that was founded in 2008, by a group of socially committed youth in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  The Trust is established with the ultimate aim to serve deprived children by providing them quality education, better medical and nutrition support and empower women to be self-reliant.

IDRF Partner Since: 2015

Focus Area: Education andHealth

Location: Tamil Nadu

Project Title: Brindavan-Residential Care for Homeless Boys

Details:

Surabi runs a free stay home Brindavan for abandoned children in a friendly and caring environment which makes them feel at home. IDRF has been supporting Surabi’s program of providing a home for homeless children who are vulnerable to exploitation by criminals and anti-social activities.

The objective of this program is to provide good education to these destitute children by providing them a friendly learning environment and to equip them with moral values and help them grow into good citizens. Surabi provides free food, shelter, clothing, shoes, haircutting, education, sporting activities, and training in Taekwondo, music and arts for the children residing here. Apart from academics and sports, Surabi also arranges recreation programs and annual trips for the children to enjoy.

Please click on the link below to know more about the various programs carried out by Surabi Trust.

http://www.surabitrust.org/
Donors’ visit to IDRF project in India. Also featuring Hostel Diary.

Donors’ visit to IDRF project in India. Also featuring Hostel Diary.

Durgesh and Ashok Gupta (Donors and Volunteers) at Manas Ganga Hostel

Bodh Shiksha Samiti, Rajasthan

IDRF partner since 2015, Bodh runs a senior secondary residential school for marginalized rural girls. IDRF is supporting the hostel and educational expenses of 13 girls staying here. The Guptas toured the campus and saw how Bodh runs the facility and provides holistic education to the girls.  The campus is kept clean and the dormitory rooms are spacious. They shared lunch with the students in the cafeteria and were impressed by the healthy meal options available to the girls. After school, the students participate in yoga, sports, and extra-curricular activities. They are also encouraged to celebrate cultural events on the campus where they set up booths for games and food. The girls are assigned some chores to help maintain the facility, which not only keeps the campus clean but also helps retain a sense of ownership among them.

 

Hostel Diary

Narratives from a home away from home!

Meet the girls at Manas Ganga Hostel

Here is an insight into the group of vibrant, smiling and hopeful girls that are residents at the hostel. These girls are full of vigor and strength and have made this hostel a home away from home.

  1. Our Roald Dahl Fan: Kavita Gujjar

Kavita Gujjar is a student at Manas Ganga and studies in class IX. She is 13 years old and her father is engaged in farming and her mother is a housewife, who Kavita says does just as much work at home as her father in the fields. She had studied in a government school at Tonk and IRB Bodhshala school (a school run collectively run by Bodh and IRB) before she joined Manas Ganga upon the suggestion of her teachers at school. Her favorite subject is Mathematics and she wants to pursue Science stream in school and bachelors in Mathematics in college. She then wants to become a Police officer when she grows up. She is very hopeful and excited about Manas Ganga starting its Science stream and its very own college.  She loves reading books of Roald Dahl (The Magic Finger, she said, was her favorite) and likes to play soccer

   2.Travel dreamer: Arpita Singh

Arpita is a student of Manas Ganga and studies in class 11th. She is 15 years old and her father is engaged in farming and rents out tube wells for farm irrigation and her mother is a housewife. She is from Uttar Pradesh and studied near her village in UP prior to joining Manas Ganga in July 2017. The subjects she finds interesting are Political Science, History and Drawing. She wishes to pursue Political Science and History in college and has always dreamt of becoming an Indian Police Service officer. She feels Manas Ganga and staying in the hostel is bringing her closer to her dream. She likes playing, singing and loves to travel! Her sister, also her local guardian here, feels that Manas Ganga and its hostel can provide Arpita with the safe, creative and engaging study space that she needs, where she will get adequately individualized attention and considerable exposure to different people and points of views.

3.Our hard worker: Kanika Kashyap

Kanika is a student of Manas Ganga and studies in class 8th. She is 13 years old and her father is engaged in farming and her mother is a housewife. She lives in a joint family and is from Dausa. She is here with her younger sister and has studied in Dausa School prior to joining Manas Ganga. She joined the school and the hostel in October 2017. Her favorite subject is Hindi and she wishes to become a teacher. She enjoys having an independent life so early in life and enjoys the discipline and organization hostel life has brought to her life. She likes keeping her room neat and tidy!

4.Our fierce fighter: Manisha Meena

Manisha is a student of Manas Ganga and studies in class 9th. She is 13 years old and her father is engaged as a construction labourer and her mother is a housewife, who sometimes works as a farm laborer to supplement the family income whenever the need arises. She joined Manas Ganga in August 2017. To her and her family, after having studied in a Bodhshala for 8 years, coming to Manas Ganga and residing in the hostel, where her family feels there is a better study environment, was the next logical step. Manisha had come to the Kukas Campus and to Manas Ganga earlier in the year in June for the consolidation of the Shiksha Samar program in which she was a student volunteer, helping out teachers in teaching kids who were below the class level in her summer vacations. She had loved the campus and its aura and is very excited to have become a permanent part of the school. She loves Science and English and wishes to study Biology in school and college and become a Police officer.  She is determined to learn Karate and fight off the bad guys and gals!

5.Beyond society, beyond marriage: Shalu Gujjar

Shalu is a student of Manas Ganga and studies in class 12th. She is 17 years old and has been here with us since July, 2017. She is married and has chosen to and fought her way through societal norms to come to continue her studies at Manas Ganga, away from home as well as her husband’s home. Her parents see her education as contributing to a secure and independent future for their daughter and grandchildren. Shalu is the favorite hostel member of all the other girls and is known to all as a loving and caring friend and elder sister, who is around for all the other girls when they feel homesick or need academic help. She will be taking her board exams soon and is known to work hard and study till late in the night by all the other hostel girls.

 

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)

Background:

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

Details:

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:

http://slcdf.net/

 

 

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