IDRF forerunner of Clean India Mission since 2009

What is Clean India Mission?
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) is a national campaign launched by the Government of India, on 2nd October 2014, the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by PM Narendra Modi. Open defecation poses a serious threat to the health of children and dignity of women and encounters such as snake bites. Poor sanitation also cripples national development as workers produce less, live shorter lives, save and invest less, and, are less able to send their children to school. The Government of India is aiming to achieve Open Defecation Free -India by 2nd October 2019- the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India. While Clean India Mission has become a household word only now, IDRF has been executing this program since 2009 in Gujarat and 2013 in Telangana.

IDRF and Clean India Mission
At present IDRF is implementing rural sanitation program with three partner-NGOs, having an impeccable track record of services to the underprivileged for over two decades.

  1. Economic Rural Development Society- is working on providing eco-friendly rural
    sanitation units for 3,000 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in West Bengal. This project will benefit 18,000 people by providing them with low-cost sanitation facilities at the household level and create a healthy and safe environment for better living. As of now, 500 sanitation units have been supported by IDRF for this project.
  2. In 2016, IDRF collaborated with Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society, for constructing toilet-cum-bathroom units for the disadvantaged rural communities of Tamil Nadu. So far IDRF has financed 36 units, and this rural sanitation project is expected to accelerate in the near future.
  3. In 2017, IDRF has joined hands with Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti to eliminate open defecation, unhygienic disposal of night soil and effluent water in villages of Wardha in Maharashtra. Under this project, 1,000 sanitation units consisting of a toilet, bathroom and water storage tank will benefit 7,000 villagers.

Benefits of Rural Sanitation Units
These rural sanitation units provide the women and girls with a safe and secure structure to attend to their personal hygiene and free them from the agony, stress and risk associated with defecation in open unsafe places and bathing in unprotected spaces. Use of sanitation units in the rural areas puts an end to open defecation related diseases. This decrease in diseases reduces the medical expenses and increase the number of working days for the beneficiaries, thus, boosting the income, level of confidence and dignity of their households.

How can you help with Clean India Mission?
Here is an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged rural families!
$ 250 will enable one rural family to have a toilet at home in West Bengal
$ 275 will help one family to have private sanitation unit consisting of toilet-bathroom and water storage tank in Maharashtra
$ 550 will provide individual toilet-cum-bathroom for one family in Tamil Nadu

India Development and Relief Fund Honored as 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit

India Development and Relief Fund Honored as 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit

IDRF Given GreatNonprofits Award Based on Positive Online Reviews

North Bethesda, Maryland, November 4, 2014—India Development and Relief Fund announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 op-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

IDRF is proud of its accomplishments this year, including helping NGO partners to build over 1,000 sanitary toilets and supporting over 10,000 women to date through microfinance.
 The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that IDRF received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “This is the most efficient and well run foundation I have donated to. They select projects where they can make a difference and have remarkable outcomes.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, IDRF was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, we’ll been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with IDRF have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

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“I Feel So Blissful”

“I Feel So Blissful”

As a child in Nagauri, Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Jaipal Rathi had to walk to another village barefoot to attend school. He and his wife Sheela have made sure no child makes that walk again. Watch the video below to see how the school they built with IDRF has changed childrens’ lives — and their own!

“You cannot just see this and walk away”

“You cannot just see this and walk away”

Three generations of NRIs are working with IDRF to save lives in India. Here is the story of their remarkable inspiration, and IDRF’s partner, Saraswati Jain Seva Samiti.

It is the biggest in Jaipur, yet the Sawai Mansingh Hospital is creaking at the seams, flooded by an overflow of injured and ailing humanity, lack of finance and government apathy. Saraswati Jain is 77 years old, a heart patient with severe arthritis… but she has single-handedly changed the lives of patients in the hospital.”Leper and Sumit Khatod

Her son Lucky, an Atlanta-based doctor, has supported his mother’s NGO through IDRF for years.  Mrs. Jain “….started by bringing milk and bread in the morning for a few families in the wards she adopted. Other chipped in and soon she could provide breakfast for everyone. She also managed to have air conditioning installed in the blood banks [and] water coolers in the wards along with fans…. A medical supplies shop outside the hospital became authorized to give free medicine.”

Lucky and his wife Shabnam raise funds from NRIs across the US, such as Anil and Shubhra Khatod of Oklahoma.  “Anil says he had met Mrs. Jain during one of her visits to her son’s home and was deeply moved by her dedication to her cause and her wisdom. He and his wife chip in with donations along with other friends and family… They went to visit… the hospital along with their two sons Sumit and Sahil.”

“What [they] confronted at the Sawai Mansingh Hospital was heartbreaking. Sumit says, ‘There were patients sprawled on both sides of a four foot wide hallway on the floor. People were unconscious, some lying on towels, grievously injured due to an industrial or vehicular accident. If this had happened to me in America, I would have received aid within minutes. Here people lay for hours waiting for help to come and many died waiting.’ ”

‘” ‘There were so many painful stories that unfolded before our eyes,’ said Anil. ‘We saw a young woman whose husband was dying of cancer and his disease had resulted in the selling of their meager belongings and accumulating a lot of debt. I just emptied my pockets and gave her whatever cash I had at that moment on me. ‘You cannot just see what you see and walk away from it,’ says Sumit.  He later returned the hospital as a volunteer and  raised thousands of dollars for the project Saraswati Jain, founder crop

Mrs. Jain and other volunteers visit patients every day, offering them meals, snacks, and medicines. Since this article was written,  the Jain and Khatod families and IDRF have raised thousands for Saraswati Jain Seva Samiti.  Today, the patients have access to better equipment, free diagnostic tests, and free surgeries. The NGO also runs an ashram for lepers. Mrs. Jain declares, “The blessings of the poor provide me with fuel…. I have more energy now than I used to when I was 50 years younger!”


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Full article by Kavita Chhibber here