COVID-19 Relief Campaign in India

COVID-19 Relief Campaign in India

Please HELP the Poor get Food during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Millions of poor daily-wage earners in India have lost their livelihood and are on the verge of starvation…With India under complete lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, poor daily-wage earning migrant laborers have returned to their homes. IDRF is raising funds to help these extremely poor and unemployed by providing RELIEF KITS* with FOOD and ESSENTIALS to SAVE their FAMILIES FROM STARVATION.

UPDATE: IDRF has sent $127,000 to provide relief to the needy especially the poor migrant workers in Gorakhpur district (UP), Malda district (West Bengal), Ganjam and other districts (Odisha), Kutch district (Gujarat), Osmanabad district (Maharashtra), Madhubani district (Bihar), Kankhal district (Uttarakhand) and Ajmer district (Rajasthan).  IDRF has provided more than 6,510 Relief Kits (dry food and hygiene items) to struggling migrant worker families, medicinespersonal protection kits, and food to thousands of medical personnel, patients, family members, and hospital staff. In addition, thousands of destitute migrant workers were also provided snacks, water-bottles, facemasks, and sanitizers at the checkpoints on their journey back home. 

The spread and scale are enormous and we are expanding our relief campaign to other states of India as well to serve thousands more. Please don’t hesitate as time is not on our side.

HURRY and Make a tax-deductible donation today. Your donation of $1,000 will help 65 families for 15 days

The Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill grants taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 (Standard Deduction) in charitable donations starting in 2020.

To combat this dire situation, IDRF is sending 100% of the donations received without keeping any administrative costs. IDRF is providing food and essentials to the needy regardless of religion, caste or creed through our trusted and long-time partners: Economic Rural Development Society in West Bengal, Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA” in Uttar Pradesh, Samerth Charitable Trust in Gujarat, Jnana Prabodhini in Maharashtra, Youth for Social Development and Sathya Sai Trust in Odisha, Gram Vikas Parishad in Bihar, Ramakrishna Mission Sevashram in Uttarakhand and Centre for Advocacy and Research in Rajasthan.

* RELIEF KITS include cooking oil, flour, lentils, sugar, spices, soya chunks, potatoes, tea packets, biscuits, soap, anti-septic liquid, and sanitary napkins, etc. 

Donor Spotlight: A Unique Way to “Give-Back” and help the needy!

Donor Spotlight: A Unique Way to “Give-Back” and help the needy!

Dr. Bipin Patel is a highly respectable physician and a philanthropist in the United States. He always had a profound connection with India and a strong desire to give-back to his motherland. Dr. Patel found out that gifts of appreciated securities are a cost-effective way to help the underprivileged. Every year for over a decade now, he has been donating appreciated stocks to IDRF. IDRF sells these stocks immediately (unless advised otherwise) to support its various development programs and Dr. Patel is able to avoid the capital gains tax in addition to receiving a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.

Board Member’s visit to project in India.

Board Member’s visit to project in India.

IDRF encourages and invites all our donors, volunteers and the curious minded to visit any of our program sites in India, Nepal or Sri Lanka for a truly enriching experience!

Mohinder Gulati visits Samerth’s Water Security Program Locations in Gujarat

IDRF has been supporting Samerth’s Water Security project since 2014. In 2018, Mr. Gulati visited the NGO’s office in Ahmedabad and project sites in Rapar. Ms Gazala Paul and Mr Ashish Mehta from Samerth accompanied him on the site visit.

The arid areas of Kutch district receive scanty rainfall and have high salinity in the soils. This limits the availability of the groundwater to very shallow part of aquifers, thus, offering very limited opportunities for livelihood and drinking water for sustaining the poor tribal population. Samerth has done a commendable job in leveraging funds from donor and government sources, and technical support from partner NGOs, in restoring and developing water infrastructure and also creating capacity in the local communities for long-term sustainability. Samerth has been able to tap into funds from Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board, MLA funds, and partners including IDRF. IDRF is funding three types of infrastructure (a) earthen check dams to restore and augment village ponds, (b) restoration and creation of dug wells, and (c) rooftop rainwater harvesting. The first two are community owned and managed while the third is individual household owned infrastructure. IDRF funded program includes more than 40 check dams and 15 dug wells.

In the villages that Mr. Gulati visited, he saw few check dams and village ponds restored with IDRF funding. He also saw several dug wells that have been rehabilitated or new wells dug. Due to lack of water, several communities used to migrate for about eight months a year herding livestock into greener pastures in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Government also could not provide education and healthcare facilities for these migrant communities.

Mr. Gulati was highly impressed with how the trained “Jaldoots” (water volunteers) conduct resource assessments, engage the community in water budgeting and management, and also help them access their rights-based entitlements and government schemes.

Dug well at a project site in Rap