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

IDRF’s Proof of Reliability

IDRF’s Proof of Reliability

IDRF is the recipient of highest possible rating (4 out of 4 stars) and that too for five consecutive years by Charity Navigator. It commended IDRF for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  Only 9% of rated charities were able to retain 4 star ratings for 5 consecutive years. This is indeed a great accomplishment!

Read Charity Navigator’s President’s letter here.