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2012 Annual Report

Celebrating 25 years of service

Bringing sustainable development to remote parts of India and Nepal with a special focus on children and women

May 2013

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Table of Contents

Presidents Letter News Where We Work A map of our current programs Development Strategy Finances Continuing Programs An in-depth, illustrative look at some of our continuing programs New Programs An in-depth, illustrative look at some of our new programs Future Plans Get Involved Team Annex: Snapshots from 25 Years of Service

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Presidents Letter
Dear Friends, I would like to thank you for the joy you have brought to underprivileged people through your support of India Development and Relief Fund. Your steadfast magnanimity enabled us to complete our 25th year of service in 2012. I feel privileged to share this Annual Report with you. In 2012, IDRF supported more than 30 programs in India and our first in Nepal; some examples appear in the Continuing Programs and New Programs sections. From Tamil Nadu to Jammu & Kashmir and from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, you helped us assist thousands of people, with better governance, education, womens empowerment, eco-friendly development, and healthcare.

How did my journey with IDRF begin? My wife Sarla and I came to the United States in the 1960s for higher education and settled here. As a typical Indian couple, we kept in close contact with our family and friends back home. When we founded IDRF, we went a step further emotionally, rationally and spiritually in connecting our lives here with our roots. Emotionally, Sarla and I are deeply bonded to the US our adopted land for living and action (karmabhoomi) and to India the land of our birth and ancestors (matrabhoomi). We feel immensely grateful to these two nations for who we are today. Rationally, I consider myself privileged. While millions of Indian children were (and still are) deprived of education, I received a quality education in India. This allowed me to study at MIT, work at the World Bank, and lead a comfortable life in America. I felt I owed a debt to Indian society and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged. Spiritually, I sought a deeper meaning in life beyond personal accomplishments and material comforts. I am inspired by Swami Vivekanandas message of Nar seva narayan seva. IDRF has been a focal point of all my quests for the last 25 years. And it has also become the culmination of my dreams. Since its inception in 1988, we have greatly expanded our programs and built long-lasting relationships with our partners in India. Along the way, I have discovered that people have an innate desire to do good. No words can adequately express my immense gratitude to the donors who have put their trust in us. I am also deeply thankful for the unstinting support of our volunteers and my family. Finally, I am grateful to our excellent partner NGOs. I encourage everyone to visit our programs, to meet the hopeful and humble people who are working to improve their lives despite trying circumstances. 2013 is the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekanandas birth, and his message still reverberates today. Let us celebrate by addressing the vast challenges and opportunities that remain in India, Nepal, and elsewhere. Thousands of people aspire for progress, and together we can help them realize their dreams.


Dr. Vinod Prakash Founder and President

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IDRF Becomes a CFC Organization

In 2012, IDRF became a part of the Combined Federal Campaign, the countrys largest workplace giving campaign. The CFC enables federal and military employees to donate to a network of strictly vetted charities. In fall 2012, federal employees were introduced to IDRF for the first time and they pledged over $36,000. We will participate in the 2013 CFC. Our code is #18889.

Revitalized Our Board, Staff, and Volunteers

IDRF has reenergized its team with new members and expertise. We are fortunate to be joined by talented operations and communications specialists and program coordination staff. We also welcomed new volunteers to assist with IT. Finally, our mix of new and existing board members is generating exciting new ideas.

New Ways to Connect Online

In 2012, we launched a brand-new website. Please visit the site and send us your thoughts. We also revitalized our Facebook page, joined YouTube and started sending email updates. We launched our Annual Campaign online for the first time, which connected donors to our convenient online donation system.

MD and CA State Employees Support IDRF

In 2012, IDRF participated in the Maryland and California state employee campaigns for the first time.

A young woman visits a clinic as part of our self-help group program in Haryana

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Childrens education



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Eco-friendly Rural Development

Womens E mpowerment

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Where We Work
A map of our current programs

Program featured on IDRF website

Other program

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Development Strategy
Grassroots development for the people, of the people and by the people IDRF puts power, not charity, in the hands of the underprivileged. Millions of poor Indians suffer not just from material deprivation but from years of social marginalization, too. We work, primarily, in rural and tribal communities across India, and most recently, in Nepal, and empower people with the resources, skills and confidence needed for sustainable development. Sustainable development requires addressing the varied needs of communities, so our programs are multidimensional. They cut across six broad areas: Childrens Education, Womens Empowerment, Eco-friendly Rural Development, Healthcare, Governance, and Disaster Rehabilitation. Our programs are designed with a special focus on children and women, who are powerful drivers of development. We serve people regardless of religion or caste. IDRF provides grants to local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to implement its programs. These NGOs are run by dedicated people with low overhead. We vet each A one-teacher school for tribal children in Jharkhand organization to ensure that it has a record of success, maintains accountability and complies with respective national laws. By working directly with NGOs, we save operation costs and donors money. We are also able to inculcate habits of community service, self-help and philanthropy at the grassroots level. We engage with the same NGOs for many years, developing close relationships and continually refining our programs so they are cost-effective and replicable. Nearly every IDRF program is co-financed by the partner NGO and the programs beneficiaries. Why IDRF?
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25 years of experience Facilitates donors dream projects Sends 95 cents of each donor dollar straight to programs Partners with local NGOs with indigenous expertise in socio-cultural and economic issues Co-finances programs to encourage self-sufficiency Dedicated to transparency and accountability

IDRF also works one-on-one with nonresident Indians and other philanthropists to help them realize their dreams of giving back to society. We help donors support specific Indian NGOs or establish new ones. We nurture these programs for years so they can reap maximum benefits for impoverished people. These programs become an enduring testament to the donors passion for bringing a change.

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Finances: Overview
Thanks to donors like you, IDRF raised over $1.1 million in 2012. Your generosity enables us to improve many more peoples lives.

Funds raised, 2008-12

rounded to the nearest thousand

$1,144,000 $841,000 $715,000 $592,000 $500,000







2012 Changes and Activities in Net Assets

Unrestricted SUPPORT AND REVENUE Contribution Income Investment Income Special Events TOTAL REVENUE AND SUPPORT EXPENSES Program Services Grants Total Program Services Functional Expenses Management & General Fundraising Total Functional Expenses TOTAL EXPENSES Temporarily Restricted 669,020 7,495 $ 676,515 Total 1,120,144 16,455 7,495 $ 1,144,094

451,124 16,455 $ 467,579

323,605 323,605 32,327 9,685 42,012 $ 365,617

762,995 762,995 $ 762,995

1,086,600 1,086,600 32,327 9,685 42,012 $ 1,128,612

All figures in this section are sourced from independently-audited financial statements and tax returns as prepared by Desai & Shah, PC, CPAs of Germantown, MD.

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Finances: Expenses
IDRF sent over $1.08 million in grants to our programs in India, Nepal, and the US.
Management $32,000 3% Fundraising $10,000 1%

2012 Expenses
rounded to the nearest thousand

Program Services (Grants) $1,087,000 96%

Children's Education $270,565 25%

Women's Empowerment & Ecofriendly Development $223,800 20%

2012 Grants
Good Governance $75,000 7%

Women's Colleges & Technical Education $289,000 27%

Healthcare $228,235 21%

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Finances: 2012 Grant Distribution

An asterisk (*) indicates that the grant has been split across multiple focus areas.





Women's Empowerment & Eco-friendly Development

$78,050 $63,500 $26,500 $25,000 $13,000 $5,000 $4,700* $4,350 $3,700* $223,800 Samerth Charitable Trust Arpana Research & Charities Trust Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti Economic Rural Development Society Vivekananda International Kendra Sewa Bharti Bhopal Circle of Goodwill Vanvasi Vikash Parishad
Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram

Kutch Dist, Gujarat Karnal Dist, Haryana Wardha, Maharashtra Malda Dist, West Bengal Across India Narsinghpur, MP Visakhapatnam, AP Bhopal, MP Across India

Sustainable water harvesting and sanitation Women's self-help groups for rights, business skills, healthcare Rural bakery and organic cafeteria employing women Women's empowerment through microcredit Facilities and trainings for tribal economic development Sustainable village development Garden planting and animal husbandry Holistic tribal development Holistic tribal development


$75,000 $75,000

Good Governance & Anti-Corruption Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship Across India Online platforms to assess corruption & and Democracy improve government service delivery Subtotal Healthcare Bangalore, Karnataka
Hyderabad, AP Meerut Dist, UP Kathmandu, Nepal Nidadavolu, AP Sangola, Maharashtra Sonebhadra, UP Guntur, AP Visakhapatnam, AP

$62,100 $61,010* $50,000 $15,700 $15,000 $10,000 $6,950* $5,000 $2,475* $228,235

SYVASA Sahaj Seva Samsthan Sri Ram Grameen Kshetra Vikas Samiti Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal Sree Kasturibayi Mahila Samajamu Mata Balak Utkarsh Pratishthan Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Sewa Bharathi Guntur Circle of Goodwill Subtotal

Hostel for women at accredited yoga and holistic health university Hospital and health clinics for urban and rural poor Operating costs for rural hospital Furnishing for rural teaching hospital Old age home for elderly and disabled people Mobile clinic for mothers, newborns, and teenage girls Mobile clinic in remote area Construction of hospital for disadvantaged people Eye and homeopathy clinics, cardiac rehabilitation centers


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Finances: Grant Distribution (continued)

Amount Organization Location Purpose

Women's Colleges and Technical Education

$245,000 $25,000 $16,000 $3,000 $289,000
Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society Maharshi Dayanand Mahila Sikshan Samiti

Baddi Dist, HP Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan Pune, Maharashtra Virginia, USA

Technical education in remote town English language lab for women's college Scholarships and leadership training for women's higher education College scholarships for underprivileged Indian-Americans

Lila Poonawalla Foundation Upakar Subtotal

$38,500 $30,990* $30,000 $25,050 $18,050 $17,550* $15,000 $11,000 $10,500 $10,300 $10,000 $9,000 $9,000 $8,900 $8,500 $8,225 * $5,000 $5,000 $270,565

Children's Education Swami Keshwanand Smriti Charitable Trust Sangaria, Rajasthan

Sahaj Seva Samsthan Shiksha Bharti HOPE Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra Ranchi Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Jayarama Educational Society Ajekar Padma Gopal Education
Sivananda Sanskrita Veda Agama Mahavidyalaya

Hyderabad, AP Hapur, UP Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Remote Jharkhand Bastar, Chhattisgarh Unguturu Dist, AP Udupi Dist, Karnataka Narsipuram, AP Bhavnagar Dist, Gujarat Sikar Dist, Rajasthan Pune, Maharashtra Mumbai, Maharashtra Sagar, MP Dehradun, Uttarakhand Visakhapatnam, AP Narmada Dist, Gujarat Hyderabad, AP

Nilkanth Samaj Seva Trust Gramin Mahila Shikshan Sansthan Samiti Swaroopwardhinee Vatsalya Trust Sewa Bharti Bhopal Uttaranchal Daivi Apda Peedit Sahayata Samiti Circle of Goodwill Bharat Kalyan Pratishthan Gramabharathi Subtotal

Hostels, schools, and scholarships for rural girls Schools for disabled and underprivileged children Endowment fund for NE tribal girls' holistic residential education Construction of tribal residential school 100 one-teacher schools (ekal vidyalayas) for tribal children 4 hostels and 40 one-teacher schools Expansion of high school for disadvantaged children Pre-university (11-12th grade) in rural area Home and school for orphaned children New building to house 3 schools and vocational training Construction of girls' school Mobile science lab and development centers for brilliant slum children Home and school for orphaned and neglected girls Registration of land for tribal girls' hostel 50 one-teacher schools (ekal vidyalayas) in remote areas Free schools for slum children and scholarships for high school Hostel and school for tribal girls School fees for tribal children


Total Grants
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Continuing Programs
The Power of Sisterhood Karnal District, Haryana
Women in rural Haryana suffer from poverty, limited education and severe gender inequality. The state has the lowest ratio male-female in India, a testament to female feticide. Thank to IDRFs donors, women are securing healthcare, economic security, and basic rights through self-help groups (SHGs). Organized by Arpana, an awarding-winning local NGO, these SHGs are a model for the empowerment of rural women. In 100 villages, 7,000 members of 500 SHGs meet monthly and save and lend collectively. In 2012, SHGs also participated in over 100 workshops by Arpana staff and fellow SHGs, on issues from family planning and prenatal care to business bookkeeping and womens rights. In 2012, SHGs saved Rs. 52 million a 67% increase from 2011. Over 1,800 women ran small businesses using microcredit from their SHGs, up from 1,300. Thanks to Arpanas training, over 60% of SHGs can manage their records and financial accounts independently. The SHG federation leaders, themselves local women, oversee the groups and resolve conflicts about loan repayment.

Members balancing their account book at a monthly SHG meeting

Bhagwati, a SHG member for 5 years, said: Now that I have begun to earn and increased my familys income, my husband and in-laws have started respecting me and even take my advice in family affairs. This program also educated thousands of villagers, male and female, about health. In 2012, 11,600 people attended SHG events about seasonal disease. Further, to address malnutrition, three fairs about healthy food were organized. Yearlong, over 500 women counseled expectant mothers and helped them access healthcare. Finally, our program recently expanded to disabled people, the most vulnerable group in rural society. Arpana interviewed disabled people in 14 villages, while an expert educated local SHGs and leaders about their unique needs and abilities. These disabled villagers formed separate SHGs, so they can advocate for government benefits and save and lend collectively. In 2013, Arpana will focus on preparing the womens SHGs to incorporate disabled people and to participate in village government.

Santosh, a thriving entrepreneur, sells bangles from her home and runs a neighborhood store thanks to her SHGs savings and microcredit loans

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Continuing Programs
Water in the Desert Kutch District, Gujarat
In arid Rapar Taluka, women and girls travel miles to collect water, typically carrying 40-liter pots on their heads. Families lack water for hygiene, and many migrate away from their farms each year because of drought and unemployment. But thanks to one exceptional NRI, IDRF and its local partner Samerth have provided safe water for irrigation and drinking to over 3,000 highly vulnerable people. From 2009 to 2012, Samerth and local villagers built 9 check dams and 30 wells. The structures collect water for immediate use and provide long-term water security. They help the environment by replenishing groundwater and preventing saltwater contamination. The government had allocated money for water projects but it did not reach the target population. Samerth convinced officials to hire villagers to build the dams and wells, under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Thanks to their strategic approach, villagers earned Rs. 10 million while ensuring safe water supply and a healthier environment. Each village also formed a water committee to maintain the structures and save money for future repairs. Today, villagers are self-reliant, healthy and prosperous. The rate of water-borne disease, which robbed the villagers of their health and lives, plummeted from 62% to 33%. Thanks to better health and access to irrigation, farmers are able to work more days each year. Migration has declined from 35% to just 11.5% of the total population. Finally, 17% more children especially girls are going to school regularly, liberated from hauling water. The programs relentless insistence on including women and the disabled have led to inclusive development. Inspired by this incredible success, IDRF and Samerth have teamed up to expand this program to 30 villages in the next two years. As a first step, the villagers are preparing water security plans, in which they assess existing wells and dams and decide where to locate new ones.

Thanks to water harvesting, this farmer has water for his cattle year round

This check dam brought water security to Raimal village

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Continuing Programs
Unlikely Entrepreneurs Malda District, West Bengal
Women in this district suffer from severe inequality. With little opportunity for education or skilled employment, girls marry very early some just 12 years old and face maltreatment in their husbands homes. Their families are impoverished, and many take loans from moneylenders at exorbitant interest rates. But thanks to donors like you, these women have taken affordable loans, started their own businesses, and improve their standing at home and in their community. In 2011-2012, IDRF and its partner ERDS provided 250 women with microcredit loans. While IDRF funds the $200 loans, ERDS provides the technical advice, leadership training and counseling to ensure successful ventures. These women started businesses or invested in their husbands. They increased their income twice, thrice, or even six fold. 95% of them repaid their loans on time and in full. Here are their stories. Before taking a loan, Taslima Mollas family was in dire straits. Her husband lost his job as a driver due to illness and his grocery store was earning just Rs.1,000 a month. Then Taslima joined an ERDS self-help group and applied for a loan. She invested her loan in the store and made a smart decision to sell gift items along with food. The stores income tripled and now all of Taslimas children are back in school. When Madhumita Des husband deserted her, she lost her confidence and her income. But she was determined to rebuild his cosmetics business. At first, she was earning just Rs.1,500 a month. By joining an ERDS selfhelp group and investing a microcredit loan in her business, Madhumita increased her monthly income to Rs. 3,000-3,500. Today, she is economically independent and feels secure for the first time since her husband left her. Minara Bibis husband was the sole earner in her family. His flower business made just Rs.1,200 to 1,400 a month. Then Minara secured a microcredit loan. She invested some in his shop but also bought a sewing machine to make clothes on contract. Both businesses are doing well. With two sources of income, the family now makes Rs. 3,500 to 4,000 each month.

Madhumita De rebuilt her business and self-confidence with help from IDRF

250 women have substantially increased their monthly incomes and their personal autonomy. Since women use their increased income for their childrens education, these loans have a longlasting impact on the communitys economic prospects. In September 2012, IDRF agreed to fund 250 more loans. Just six months after getting their loan, some women have already lifted their families above the poverty line.
Minara Bibi tripled her familys income with her sewing business

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Continuing Programs
Cutting-edge Classrooms Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan

Over 600 people, learn computer skills in this lab at Maharshi Dayanand Womens Science College

Young women practice conversation in the English language lab

Thanks to Dr. G.R. Verma, an exceptional NRI, a womens college in rural Rajasthan is equipped with the latest technology. Maharshi Dayanand Womens Science College caters to hundreds of girls from the surrounding villages. In a state where gender segregation and poverty prevent some girls from going to primary school, these young women are pursuing bachelors degrees in chemistry, zoology, botany, physics, math and computer science. Dr. Vermas own student years were difficult. When friends helped fund his education, he vowed to establish himself in the US and help students in similar situations. Years later, During a return visit to India in the 1980s, on a dreadfully hot day, I saw a group of girls clutching their books and waiting for the bus to take them back to their village, wilting in the 115 to 120 degree heat. I decided then to do something Driven by Dr. Vermas magnanimity and passion, IDRF has supported Maharshi Dayanand for over a decade, along with scores of other womens colleges and hostels. In 2012, Maharshi Dayanand opened a new English language learning laboratory. Each student has her own computer and headset, so she can use voice and audio software to practice English conversation. These skills are essential to compete for jobs in the sciences, in India and globally. In one year, 240 students completed a spoken language course in this lab.

Dr G.R. Verma

IDRF and Dr. Verma also supported a computer lab at the college. In 2012, the college taught computer skills to more than 500 of its students, and collaborated with the local government to bring computer literacy to the underprivileged. 70 local adults are enrolled in the State Certificate Course in Information Technology, while 45 women take the special Digital Saheli class for basic computer skills. These free courses help bridge the digital divide, bringing the benefits of modern technology to the poorest.
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New Programs
Healthcare for the Underprivileged - Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
We are proud to introduce a new healthcare program, IDRFs very first in Nepal. Our local partner, Public Health Concern Trust (phect) is an internationally-recognized NGO which brings cutting edge care to Nepal's most marginalized people. Our donors generosity has made this collaboration possible. We are supporting a teaching hospital in Kirtipur town. It brings affordable, quality care to local people who are primarily low income and dependent on agriculture, smallscale industry, construction labor, and other informal work for their living. The hospital also serves as a classroom for medical students, imparting them knowledge and a passion for social service. Just four months after IDRFs grant for furnishings, the hospital is already up and running.

Doctors transfer a patient from the recovery room at Kirtipur teaching hospital

Although we are now focused on India and Nepal, this program is not IDRFs first foray outside of India. We currently support Upakar which awards scholarships to brilliant, underprivileged Indian-Americans. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, IDRF supported water resource management in Thailand and measles treatment in Indonesia in concert with the United Nations Foundation. We also supported an AIDS/HIV health project in Cape Town, South Africa.

Nurses tend to female patients in the ward

Surgeons operate on a patient

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New Programs
Technical Education for All Solan District, Himachal Pradesh
Many students in the foothills of the Himalayas are ambitious but lack access to quality higher education. Thanks to the exceptional magnanimity of Dr. Mukesh Goel, IDRF helped a well-established technical institute open a branch in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh, with 7.5 million people, has just five universities. Dr. Goel see[s] a real need in India in healthcare and education. I visitfour times a year and see it with my own eyes. Maharaja Agrasen University in Delhi has prepared engineers and entrepreneurs for the global market for over a decade, and its engineering school is one of the top 25 in the country. The new campus will bring the same opportunities to the less privileged population. In its final stage, MAU-Himachal will offer degrees in technology, business management, education, law, and journalism. It will also drive development in the local area, through adult literacy classes, promotion of solar power, and other efforts. Construction of the campus is underway. The first buildings were inaugurated in May 2013, and the university will open its doors to students for the 2013-2014 academic year. When asked about his generous gift, Dr. Goel said: I believe in Jeeyo aur Jeene Do philosophy, which means live to the fullest yourself and develop love for others. God really has given everything to me, much more than ever desired So why not share my prosperity with the needy? He also thanked IDRF for for having a well-organized way of helping [its] clients. Nandkishore Ji [the University Chancellor] was also very impressed. IDRF welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with anyone who dreams of helping India, whether through an established NGO or by creating a new one.
Dr. Mukesh Goel

With the first phase of construction almost complete, the university will open in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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New Programs
Cleaning up Urban Corruption Bengaluru, Karnataka
Residents of Indias cities face serious governance issues. Officials demand bribes for basic most services and a lack of proper infrastructure such as sanitation, traffic signals, and crosswalks leads to injury and death. These problems impact the urban poor the most. In 2012, IDRF supported two websites run by Bengaluru-based Janaagraha. These sites harness the citys tech-savvy residents to improve daily life in the city.

We supported, a social network that collects, tracks, and resolves complaints about government service and infrastructure in Bengaluru. Janaagraha passes the complaints to the appropriate agency and tracks their resolution. The complaints also form the basis of janaspanadana, town hall meetings where people speak directly with elected officials and agency heads. Members have also used the site to form local complaints collected on ICMC with elected neighborhood groups and advocate for infrastructure Residents discuss officials and agency staff at a janaspanadana improvements. The site collates civic information, like contact numbers for elected officials and directions to government offices. Launched in mid-2012, ICMC has already brought an unprecedented level of transparency to the city. is a public forum where people report paying, resisting, or not being asked for a bribe. It records the amount, department and the task they were trying to do. First launched in Bengaluru, people in almost 500 cities have filed 22,000 bribe reports, totaling Rs. 83 crore. IPAB has made a big impact in Bengaluru. Janaagraha used the highly specific data and shocking stories to convince city and state government to crack down on bribery. In one campaign which had full government cooperation, hundreds of volunteers posted bills in almost every government office in the city, listing a number to instantly report a bribe to IPAB. The websites data, paired with widespread coverage in the press, persuaded one department to change its workflow to avoid bribery. There are similar campaigns underway in other Indian cities. IPAB is so successful that 16 countries worldwide are replicating it.

College students prepare to post these English and Kannada posters about bribery in their local government offices

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Future Plans
IDRF plans to scale up existing programs and initiate new ones, and we hope you will join us in making them a success.

Scaling Up
Rural Governance Fighting corruption is an integral aspect of IDRFs work, as we work to make sure government schemes reach the intended beneficiaries. In 2013, we plan to extend on our rural and tribal governance program in 4 districts each in Odisha and Bihar, in partnership with Transparency International India. This program, which began in 2009, trains villagers to fight bribery and access benefits using tools like the Right-toInformation law and social audits. In earlier phases, villagers were able to secure work under employment schemes, register land without bribery, and even file charges against corrupt officials. Quality Seed Production IDRF will scale up its rice seed production program for tribal farmers in Jharkhand. From 2009-2011, participating farmers earned three times their previous income by cultivating high-yielding rice seed. With help from the NGO Vikas Bharti and the district-level Krishi Vigyan Kendra, they sold those seeds to other farmers, increasing the overall supply of quality seed in their remote villages. In 2013, IDRF will establish a revolving fund so farmers can use save and lend collectively, and invest in better farm inputs.
IDRF consultant Dr. Rajesh Sinha meets with tribal farmers from our seed production program Villagers discuss local concerns at a ward sabha in Madhubani, Bihar, part of our rural and tribal governance program

Holistic Tribal Education We will continue to expand our longstanding education program for tribal girls from the Northeast. This program, in partnership with Shiksha Bharati, provides 60 girls with rigorous, national-board-accredited education. They also learn artistic, athletic, and vocational skills and live in a first-class hostel, all free of cost. Graduates return to their remote homes as teachers and catalysts for womens empowerment. IDRF is currently raising money for the programs endowment fund so more tribal girls can enroll.

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Future Plans
Scaling Up (continued)
In addition, based on their encouraging progress, we will build on several programs highlighted in the Continuing Programs section, such as: Water in the Desert: Expand the water harvesting program to 30 more villages in Gujarat Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Fund more microcredit loans for female entrepreneurs in West Bengal Cutting-edge Classrooms: Build a new conference hall for the womens science college

Branching Out
IDRF is exploring three new areas critical to development: solar energy, human trafficking, and career/college test preparation. Furthermore, we are re-aligning our development strategy to capitalize on the rapid spread of modern technology in India. We are aiming for collaborative programs that use technology to accelerate development in the most neglected areas.

We will grow our network of donors and supporters through strategic outreach. We hope to make our website and our Facebook and YouTube pages more comprehensive and user-friendly. We also intend to solicit feedback from our network. Keep an eye out for new videos on YouTube and a comprehensive database of our programs. Please send an email to if youd like to get involved with any of our efforts.

SHG members welcome Arpanas head of community health to the health fair they organized in their Haryana village

Tribal girls from the Northeast enjoy access to holistic and rigorous all-round education in class, on the field, and in fine arts

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IDRF offers donors the unique privilege of designating an Indian NGO as their beneficiary. We welcome one-on-one collaboration. We nurture these programs to maximize benefits for the local people and build your legacy of social service. For examples, please turn to pg 15 to read about Dr. Vermas dedication to womens education or pg 17 to read about Dr. Goels gift of technical education. Minimum requirements for an Indian NGO to be a beneficiary: Tax-exempt Approved to receive foreign contributions (under FCRA law) Internet-connected Audited annually We ask that the donor raise at least $5,300 for his or her chosen NGO. IDRF may retain a small portion to defray its administrative costs (2-6%). If a donor can raise over $25,000 for an NGO that does not have FCRA approval, IDRF may be able to assist them in securing the approval. Please contact us for more information about donor advisements at 21

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Board of Directors
Dr. Vinod Prakash, Founder and President Dr. Jaipal Rathi, Vice President and Secretary Dr. G. R. Verma Ms. Malati Gopal Dr. Neelam Chitre

Executive Team
Dr. Vinod Prakash, Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Manju Joshi, Operations and Development Director Mrs. Rajita Majumdar, Communications and Outreach Director Ms. Melissa Rice, Communications Coordinator and Office Manager

Consultants in India
Mr. Naveen Prasad Dr. Rajesh Sinha

Technology Team
Mr. Anurodh Agarwal Mr. Rajat Arya Mr. Adesh Jain

2012 Annual Report Prepared By:

Ms. Melissa Rice, author Ms. Rajita Majumdar, editor Dr. Vinod Prakash, advisor

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Annex: Snapshots from 25 Years of Service

Relief and Rehabilitation IDRF has converted numerous disasters into opportunities to bring sustainable development to the affected communities. Village and school reconstruction after the 1993 earthquake in Latur, Maharashtra ($300,000+) Immediate relief to families who lost their fathers in the Kargil crisis in Jammu & Kashmir and built a boys and a girls hostel for their children and other orphans ($310,000+) Several successful health, livelihood, and rehabilitation programs after the 1999 Odisha supercyclone ($600,000+) Complete rehabilitation of 2 villages, several schools and other projects after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake ($3 million+) Post-2004-tsunami rehabilitation such as hostels, water harvesting, and disease prevention in Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar, Indonesia, and Thailand ($1.1 million+) Relief for the families of first responders killed in the 9/11 attacks in the US ($12,000)

Development Social worker training for hundreds of women in Karnataka, preparing them to serve rural communities Vegetable gardens and appropriate technology for 600+ tribal women in Jharkhand, to improve their families diets and increase their income College buildings, leadership training, and scholarships for young women in Rajasthan and Maharashtra 15 hostels for tribal children, most for girls, in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, etc Vitamin distribution to prevent blindness in thousands of tribal children in Chhattisgarh Scholarships for underprivileged children in AP, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, etc Special, nurturing schools for disabled children in AP, Gujarat, Karnataka, MP, and West Bengal Thousands of one-teacher schools (ekal vidyalayas) in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and other states 30 medical vans in 15 states, which serve thousands each month, reduce infectious disease, improve maternal and infant health, and even turned Naxalites and Maoists into peaceful social workers Longtime support for a highly-reputed hospital for the poor in Maharashtra and a yoga clinic in Karnataka Landmark study on property tax evasion in Delhi, which led the government to re-zone, cut corruption, and significantly increase revenue available for development projects Donor-advised K-12 school in rural UP, with 1,000 students from 25 villages performing above state averages on board exams A mobile science lab and academic development programs for talented slum kids in Maharashtra Coaching centers that helped needy students join IIT and IAS in Delhi, Karnataka, and Maharashtra Unique program for 20 educated young couples to live and work as full-time social workers, dedicated to health, education, and economic development, of 85 villages in Madhya Pradesh Computer lab, science lab, and faculty apartments at an innovative school in rural Tamil Nadu Tribal development center in Assam, to with library of local language-media and administrative headquarters for educational and reforestation projects Public library and seminar hall in Delhi to hold workshops about social development and Swami Vivekanandas message of selfless service to humanity

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