Uttarakhand Rehab: Progress and Opportunity

Uttarakhand Rehab: Progress and Opportunity

This villager is happy with his new bed, but hundreds are waiting for their own.  (Photo courtesy of SCALE)

India Development and Relief Fund is putting Uttarakhand villagers on the path to rehabilitation. But their needs are so vast, we can only address them with your generous support.

Transitional Housing
The Himalayan tsunami destroyed thousands of buildings in Pithoragarh District, which borders Nepal and China.  Villagers need transitional houses to protect them in the 12+ months it will take to build permanent homes.  We have already funded 20 duplex units through Manav Seva Sansthan, a well-established local NGO. But more families are in need. You can provide a durable shelter for 2 families for just $1,300.These homes are sturdy and well-equipped; each family has a main room, kitchen, and toilet.  They also receive water purifiers, solar lanterns, and other essentials like heaters. We cannot provide more shelters without your generous contribution.
Beds and Solar Lanterns

IDRF has already provided 300 good-quality beds & bedding packets to homeless families.  Each packet includes a bed, mattress, quilt, sheets, pillows and a mosquito net.    Our partner SCALE is a credible organization with more than a decade of local experience. They need ~ 300 more bedding packets; your gift of just $300 will provide ten!   A safe warm place to sleep will mean so much.  SCALE is also refining a plan to provide solar lanterns to hundreds of families and to train local people as lantern technicians.  This project will require tens of thousands of dollars, so please contribute what you can.

With 25 years of experience and a development expert on the ground as our consultant, IDRF will use your hard-earned money effectively and responsibly.


How to Give
All donations are tax-deductible in the US. 

  • Check:  Mail a check payable to “IDRF,” with memo “Uttarakhand” to
  • IDRF, 5821 Mossrock Drive, North Bethesda, MD 20852
  • Please include your email address.
  • Online:  http://goo.gl/D8f75  Please add a note that says “Uttarakhand.”
  • Corporate match:  Ask your company’s HR office if they will match your donation to India Development and Relief Fund, Inc.  (EIN 52-1555563)