Kerala Floods- 2018

Due to heavy monsoon rains, the state of Kerala in India, experienced devastating floods during the summers of 2018. Scores of people were killed and thousands rendered homeless. A red alert was announced in the state and troops deployed to carry out search and rescue missions. Hundreds of relief camps were opened to accommodate the victims. IDRF promptly launched the disaster relief/rehabilitation programs through its reputable partner-NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan and decided to send 100% of the donations received for flood victims.

NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan

IDRF worked closely with the state government, who selected the beneficiaries to receive help from IDRF, so as to maximize the number of victims helped. IDRF send funds to Manav Seva Sansthan to distributed 100 kitchen kits and appliances to severely affected families in Pozhuthana, in Wayanad district, that helped set up their kitchens over again. Each Kitchen kits consisted of a gas stove, mixer grinder, pressure cooker, dinner set, frying pan set, emergency LED light and bucket/ mug/spoon/knife/thavi, etc.

IDRF also started a programs to rehabilitate the flood victims whose only means of livelihood are agriculture and animal husbandry. Several poor families in Pozhuthana Gram Panchayat lost all their livestock which were their only means of sustenance. In order to rebuild the lives of these victims, IDRF gifted 18 cows to some families to start up again. IDRF is also starting the program to repair and rebuild the homes for several families in the area.

Kitchen Kits and appliances were distributed to 100 severely affected families in Wayanad District

IDRF Fundraiser for Kerala Flood Victims:

IDRF held a fundraiser at Tatva Indian Cuisine in Herndon, Virginia, on August 25, 2018 to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

Several fundraisers were created on social media: Facebook by IDRF supporters and volunteers to raise funds for providing relief and rehabilitation for the severely affected flood victims.

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/

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