Honoring the Memory of IDRF’s late Board Member

Honoring the Memory of IDRF’s late Board Member

 To continue the legacy of Mr. Dileep Thatte, in helping the underprivileged, IDRF has provided a Multi-utility vehicle and its operational costs for five years to Savitribai Phule Mahila Ekatma Samaj Mandal. The van will transport the team members to project sites in 450 villages, and 70 slums in Maharashtra. 

NGO: Shiksha Bharati


Shiksha Bharati is an institution that is devoted to the cause of the empowerment of girls through education. Shiksha Bharati runs and operates a Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) accredited senior secondary school (up to Grade 12th) on a 20-acre education campus, some 65 kilometers east of New Delhi. The school provides innovative and holistic education by utilizing a rigorous curriculum. The program combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural development to empower girls and prepare them to become financially independent to lead a life of dignity.

IDRF Partner Since: 2001

Focus Area: Women Empowerment, Education and Eco-friendly Development

Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh

Project Title: Skill Development and Vocational Training Center


IDRF has been working with Shiksha Bharati to provide free education to underprivileged tribal girls who are unable to access basic education in their states. Girls from the Northeast region and other states like Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Ladakh are selected by Vidya Bharati and sent to Shiksha Bharati for schooling. An IDRF-supported hostel-Banwasi Chhatrawas with the capacity to house 100 girls operates within the campus of the Srimati Brahma Devi Saraswati Balika Vidya Mandir. IDRF and Shiksha Bharati provide free boarding, lodging, and travel to all girls residing here.  The hostel includes a media room, library, game room, and a room for judo practice. 

To improve their employability skills, students at the IDRF Hostel and other local marginalized women, are offered free computer and tailoring courses at the “Monica Gautam Vocational Training Center” named in memory of the late sister of an IDRF donor.  The training center was set up in February 2021 and located on the education campus of Shiksha Bharati in Hapur.

Shiksha Bharati has applied for getting affiliation from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for the center. Once granted, the participants will be awarded diplomas that will enhance their employability options. The equipment and accessories used for the classes are as per the NIOS guidelines. 

Monica Gautam Vocational Training Center, Hapur
Vocational training for improving employability skills
Women from nearby areas also receive training at the vocational center

Please click on the link to learn more about Shiksha Bharati https://www.shikshabharati.com/

NGO: Shiksha Bharati


Shiksha Bharati is an educational institution that is devoted to the cause of the empowerment of girls. The education complex comprises a senior secondary school for girls, an IDRF hostel for tribal girls, a B. Ed college, herbal garden, and gaushala (animal shelter) on a 20-acre campus, some 65 kilometers east of New Delhi. IDRF provides free value-based education, board, and lodging to underprivileged tribal girls from northeast India. The IDRF-supported hostel can accommodate 100 students and is attached to the C.B.S.E. accredited senior secondary school.

IDRF Partner Since: 2001

Focus Area: Education, Women Empowerment and Eco-friendly Development

Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh

Project Title: Biogas plant at IDRF Tribal Girls’ Hostel


IDRF with the help of an expert team -Dr. Emmanuel D’Silva (a World Bank retiree) and Mr. Narendra Jindal, who have set up more than 70 biogas units across India on a pro bono basis, set up two, new biogas units: a-20 cubic meter digester close to the gaushala run on cow dung and an-8 cubic meter unit run on human waste from the girls’ toilets. The biogas generated from the units meets most of the kitchen fuel needs of the girls’ hostel

The Shiksha Bharati management is happy with the new biogas unit that employs the latest technology. Unlike traditional dome-shaped cow-dung biogas plants made of bricks and cement, this one is made of synthetic material that looks like a balloon and rolls on the ground. The technology is sourced from Mexico but fabricated in India. The new unit saves about four cylinders of LPG gas per month in winters and five cylinders in summers.

The biogas unit has already generated considerable interest locally. The state’s Minister for Panchayats came on a visit to see the biogas plant and showed his appreciation for IDRF’s eco-friendly vision. The project might inspire other semi-rural schools that have student hostels, gardens or cattle sheds to have biogas units too. IDRF is looking ahead to support the spread of this technology to education/health institutions in other states of India as well. 

The two-unit biogas plant installed at IDRF-tribal girls’ hostel

The biogas plant meets the fuel needs in the kitchen at the hostel with 66 girls

Clean energy from the biogas plant replaces 57 LPG cylinders per year at the hostel

COVID-19 Relief Efforts- Second Wave (Since April 26th, 2021)

COVID-19 Relief Efforts- Second Wave (Since April 26th, 2021)

There are millions of less fortunate people who are struggling to make ends meet and provide food and essentials for their families during these difficult times.

In 2020, IDRF donated $127,000 to India, $10,000 to Nepal, and $67,155 to the USA to provide relief kits to thousands of people hit hard by the pandemic. The situation in India became a lot worse in 2021 than it was last year.

How is IDRF helping?

Relief efforts:

During the second wave of the pandemic, IDRF sent $778,348 (April 2021 to September 2021) in relief grants to 17 states to provide oxygen plants, ventilators, and concentrators, grocery kits, help to patients in finding hospital beds, transportation to vaccination centers, organizing vaccination camps and recovery centers, and dignified cremation of dead patients, etc. To meet the demands during the surge of coronavirus cases and to prepare for future waves, IDRF also provided oxygen plants for small/medium hospitals

IDRF collaborated with its reliable and trusted partners to provide relief to people in

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi GujaratJharkhand, KarnatakaMaharashtraOdishaPunjab, Rajasthan, Tamil NaduUttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal, etc.

To optimize its resource utilization, IDRF also supported relief operations in India by joining hands with other organizations in the USA, such as the Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI), SEWA International, and Sehgal Foundation. 

Rehabilitation efforts:

We are now extending our programs to rehabilitate those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic: 

1. Economic assistance and livelihood support by providing micro-credit for livestock, four-wheel carts, and small businesses

2. Vaccination drives– COVID awareness and prevention, organizing vaccination camps, registration, and transportation to vaccination centers

3. Help in obtaining government assistance and care cards for the poor and tribal population

4. Education recovery to bridge the learning gap by providing laptops to teachers for virtual classes, vocational training for the unemployed, a school for children from COVID-devastated families, and learning kits, etc.

Please make a tax-deductible DONATION today.

You can also DONATE securely through IDRF’s Facebook page

IDRF is sending 100% of your donations to provide relief/rehabilitation to those in need

without consideration for religion, caste or creed.

During these challenging times, when the poor need your help more than ever, please continue your valuable support to IDRF. Your tax-deductible donation to IDRF can provide a life of dignity to these people and hope for a better future!

What has been done so far…..

COVID-19 Relief Campaign in India-2020

COVID-19 Relief Campaign in India-2020

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.