Tuesday, August 28, 2012

IDF dedication in leprosy eradication laudable

IDF Dedication in Leprosy Eradication Laudable -

India’s progress in leprosy eradication efforts has been spectacular and the participatory work by governmental and voluntary agencies is laudable, observed Dr. S. Parasuraman in Mumbai on Friday.  We are happy that the cherished dream of the Father of our nation for leprosy elimination has come true, he added.
Dr. S. Parasuraman, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was speaking as the Chief Guest of Indian Development Foundation’s (IDF) Foundation Day Function at Bhakti Kalakshetra, ISKCON, Juhu, Mumbai on 24th  August  2012.  He gave away IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB hospitals and projects in western region.  IDF has earmarked Grants totaling Rs.75 lakhs to 120 health/ development projects all over India during the year.

IDF Grants Release Function is an annual feature of Indian Development Foundation to share its resources with leprosy/ TB projects and promote self-reliance.  The Distinguished Guests also presented Awards to 25 Principals of Schools in Western zone with star performance record of leprosy awareness programmes and resource mobilisation and  awarded Medals and certificates to 207 students for their signal contribution.

Prestigious MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL AWARD 2011-12 was presented to Podar International School, Santacruz (W), Mumbai for outstanding resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work in western zone.

IDF SOCIAL ACTION AWARDS 2011-12 were presented to Principals and  Teachers for their excellent Social Responsibility during 2011-12. 

IDF Karmayogi Award 2012 was presented to Sr Bertilla, Director, Vimala Dermatological Centre for her sterling contributions in the field of leprosy eradication in India for 42 years.  Her unstinted contributions in the field of leprosy care, treatment and welfare of patients have no parallel and she deserves to be called as Karmayogi, said Dr. Pillai, founder, IDF.

IDF Dynamic Supporter Award was presented to  Armaity Engineer, Principal, Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School. for supporting five slum schools by providing school furniture for students and staff.

IDF CSR Awards for 2011-12 were presented to 9 Corporate Bodies -  Aditi International, Dominos Pizza India Ltd.,  Halliburton, Mahindra Finance, Nielsen (India) Pvt. Ltd., Parekh Integrated Services Pvt. Ltd., Standard Chartered Bank and Varun Industries Ltd.  - for their excellent participation in social responsibility programmes of IDF.

IDF Best Partner Awards for 2011-12 were presented to  -  Bangur Nagar Mitra Mandal Charitable Trust, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Maharasthra Lokahita Seva Mandal, St. Gregorios High School and Rotary Club of Mumbai North End  - for their excellent participation in social responsibility programmes of IDF.

IDF Social Ambassador was presented to Master, Sahil Rupani, Mrs. Neeta Kirit Sanghavi,  Uma Narayan,  Anil Shivdasan, Mr. Bhaskar C. Bhole,  D P Aggarwal,  Vikas Gill,  Aryaman C Pandey and Thomson Kori.
Dr A R K Pillai, President, Indian Development Foundation who presided over the function said the government and voluntary agencies worked hand in hand with admirable co-operation to achieve the leprosy elimination status in India.  Dr.Pillai thanked the public for their understanding and continued support.  Sharing resources and serving others give greater joy and this will be the gospel for the future, Dr. Pillai added.

Guests of Honour - Armaity Engineer, Dr. Radhakrishna Das, S G Nerurkar,  Dr Hari Vasudevan and Dr A P Jayaraman spoke on importance of creating social soldiers who can bring about a social change in the society.  IDF is an excellent platform for young students to develop social temper for the progress of the nation, they added.

Rtn Ved Prakash Dudeja, Trustee, Shri Vile Parle Kelwani Mandal  (SVKM) and Distinguished Guest at the function complimented Indian Development Foundation’s role in India’s fight against leprosy/TB and for widening its activities to include health care, education and development.

Podar International School, Santacruz (W) Mumbai topped the list in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB  while the second and third places went to R B K School, Mira Road and St. Gregorios High School, Chembur, Mumbai respectively.  Neev Advani from St. Gregorios High School, Chembur bagged the first position while Smrthi Kartik from D A V International School, Mulund (W) and Aayush Jain from Podar International School (SSC), Mumbai secured second and third positions respectively in the list of students in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work.

Keshav Poduval and team IDF launched an IDF theme song `Come, Lets spread the smiles all around'.

People from all walks of life attended the well organised function. Earlier Dr C N N Nair, Trustee-Treasurer of the Foundation welcomed and introduced the guests, while Rtn. Aunali Rupani, IDF Trustee proposed a vote of thanks.  Dr  Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF compered at the function.  Students from SES Secondary School, Panvel  and Mona Remedial Education Centre, Dadar added symphony to the entire programme. Volunteers from Bhavans College, UPG College of Management and Vivek College of Commerce co-ordinated the event.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Jonah from Montfort School speaks on confidence and compliments IDF

Jonah Angelus from Class X of Montfort School, Trichy, Tamil Nadu spoke on confidence. She said - confidence on the supreme, confidence on parents and confidence on ourselves are the pre-requisites for success. Jonah also expressed her desire to become IDF Social Ambassador and help social causes. 

IDF team comprising - Dr.ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Dr. S. Franklin, Mr. Sreeram and Ms. Manimala - visited the school to address 4000 students in the morning assembly on 06-08-2012. IDF thank the Principal Rev. Bro. Dhanraj for supporting leprosy/ TB and education projects of IDF.

I am not GOD, but saved lives.... Blood Donation Drive on Independence Day

I am not GOD but saved lives...... this was the message expressed by the blood donors on the Independence Day at Bangur Nagar, Goregaon (W), Mumbai.....Indian Development Foundation in collaboration with Bangur Nagar Mitra Mandal Charitable Trust organised the Blood Donation Drive on 15th Aug. 2012.... Event supported by Rotary Club of Mumbai North End, Meenatai Thackeray Blood Bank, We Are Hardevians (WAH), NSS Unit from Vivek College and UPG College of Management.

IDF's Tilak Bal Gurukul at Chindran (Panvel Maharashtra) gets a facelift

Indian Development Foundation, a leading national NGO working for health, education and development, has an excellent track record of nearly three decades of humanitarian service. Networking with over 100 health projects, IDF has also established over 80 Bal Gurukuls (empowerment classes) for the underprivileged children across the nation.

This story is about IDF TILAK BAL GURUKUL run in collaboration with Sudhagad Secondary School, Chindran village, Panvel Taluka, Dist. Raigad, Maharashtra. IDF launched this Bal Gurukul in June 2009 and the students performed very well in their board exams. IDF's Bal Gurukul is a proven method to provide `right education'.

Earlier status in Chindran school

320 children -- 60% girls.
No potable water/ no sanitation facility/ no electricity.
About 100 children walk 7+7 kms. from home-school-home everyday. It is too burdensome for these small children, but do they have an alternative?

Actions taken by IDF to help Tilak Bal Gurukul -- Status achieved -- June 2012

Power supply was brought in from source 4 kms away through street poles
Fans and lights in class rooms were provided
Bore-well dug with good supply of water - Submersible pump fitted
Pipe lines were laid and tanks fitted - Water Filter arrangement done.
6 Toilets- 4 for girls and 2 for boys were constructed and commissioned.

Further projects in hand which will be done through public support.

Provide bicycles to around 100 students.
Science Lab
Computer Lab
Staff room

You support, we do the rest !!!

Every support counts.......

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Meet For A Cause

Team Hind Kusht Niwaran Sangh (Maharashtra Branch) and Acworth Leprosy Hospital Research Rehabilitation Education Society (ALH-RRE) met on 12-08-2012 at Acworth Leprosy Musuem at Wadala, Mumbai and discussed on various programmes on leprosy, education and empowerment in Maharashtra.

(L/R) - Mrs. Pratibha Kathe, Dr. V.V. Pai, Mr. Uday Thakar, Mr. Achrekar, Dr. P.D.Joshi Patodekar (Nanded), Dr. ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Dr. W.S. Bhatki and Mr. Kadam.

(Acworth Leprosy Hospital is the oldest leprosy hospital in Mumbai - Estd. 1890.)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

IDF Meets Amway to discuss Centre of Excellence

IDF - Amway.......... discuss on IDF Centre of Excellence project at Bangalore

IDF team comprising - Dr.ARK Pillai, Capt. Bala, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Dr. Franklin and Mr.Sreeram - met Ms. Anitha Rao, Associate Manager - Corporate Communications of Amway India to discuss on the Social Responsibility Initiative. (11-08-2012)

Friday, August 10, 2012

IDF Grants - Awards function at Bangalore for Karnataka Region

IDF Grants - Awards function for Karnataka regions were held on 10th Aug. 2012 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 
Bangalore. Highlights : Release of IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB/ HIV-AIDS and education projects. Honours to schools and students for their excellent social responsibility and honours to social workers and institutions. Dr. Uma Devi, Gynac Oncologist, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncologist, Dr. H. Sudarshan, Hon. Secretary, VGKK BR Hills - Wg. Cdr. S. Balasubramanian Vrc and Dr. ARK Pillai hailed people's participation in development work. IDF team geared up for goodness unlimited.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

IDF team met the specialist in Cancer Care..... HCG in Bangalore.

Dr. Ajaikumar, Chairman and CEO of HCG (HealthCare Global), Bangalore congratulated IDF team - Dr.Pillai, Dr. Narayan and Dr. Franklin - for the excellent humanitarian programmes. HCG team will soon join hands with IDF for Cancer Care Awareness in different parts of India as part of the social responsibility of HCG Foundation.

IDF to launch Bal Gurukuls in the North East states of India. Manipur - Meghalaya and Assam. IDF team met Dr.H.Sudarshan at Bangalore

IDF team called on Dr. H. Sudarshan, Hon. Secretary, Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) and Karuna Trust at Bangalore on 09-08-12 and exchanged social programmes happening across India. IDF discussed on launching three new Bal Gurukuls in the NE states of India - Manipur, Meghalaya and Assam in collaboration with VGKK.

IDF to network with Oncology Dept at Kidwai Hospital, Bangalore

Dr Uma Devi, Head of Gynaecology Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangaloroe is flanked by Dr. Narayan Iyer and Dr. S. Franklin. (09-08-12)

Dr. Uma Devi is the most committed onco surgeon with all smiles and simplicity. She is called by many as the Mother Teresa as she saves several lives with all smiles.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

IDF Grants - Awards function at Chennai - TN/AP/KE states

IDF Grants - Awards function for Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala regions were held on 8th Aug. 2012 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai. Highlights : Release of IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB/ HIV-AIDS and education projects. Honours to schools and students for their excellent social responsibility and honours to social workers and institutions. Mrs. Kannegi Packianathan IAS, Mrs. Prasanna Radhakrishnan, Mr. T. S. Ranganathan, Mr. E. S. Sumesh and Dr. ARK Pillai. IDF team geared up for goodness unlimited.

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WE LOVE IDF.......

Students from Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, AFS, Madampakkam, Chennai had put up a multi-lingual national integration song on IDF Grants/ Awards Function organised at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai on 08-08-12.

Our special thanks to Mrs. R. Rajammal, Co-ordinator of the school and the entire schoolteam for the wonderful treat on social theme.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

IDF greets Dr. M.S.Swaminathan

Dr. ARK Pillai, founder President and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF greeted the Father of the Green Revolution of India, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman of MSSRF at Chennai on his 87th birthday (07-08-2012).

Dr. Swaminathan lauded the humanitarian work of IDF and wished all success in the journey ahead.

IDF wishes Dr. M S Swaminathan a long and healthy life.


IDF to launch a pan-India eye-care awareness program in collaboration with Vasan Eye Care Hospital.

Dr. A. M. Arun, Chairman and Managing Director of Vasan Health Care Pvt. Ltd. congratulated IDF's nation-wide humanitarian services and the impactful health awareness programmes. Vasan Eye Care will join hands with IDF to create eye care awareness in India as part of their social responsibility initiatives. The team met at Chennai on 07-08-2012 to take visionary steps ahead.

Vibgyor High visits Old age Home Assisi Bhavan

Students of Grade 9 of Vibgyor High visits Old age Home Assisi Bhavan.

Students of Grade 9 of Vibgyor High visited the Old age Home Assisi Bhavan Goregaon (E). The visit sensitized all the students and provided them with an endeared moment to cherish as the students sang, danced and crack jokes with the senior citizens.
The students shared their experience and said;

All of us-students had gone to Assisi Bhavan with an aim to brighten a day of the elderly, who we thought lead a sad life but we were proven wrong! These people were very happy and lively. Instead, they cheered us up with their positive attitude towards life.  They showered us with love, belongingness and unlimited energy.
Khushbu Bhatt- 9A

Tears rolled down my cheeks, as I exited the Assisi Bhavan, home to about a hundred old people. I cried not because I was sympathetic towards them, but because I saw ladies 80-90 year old in their merriest mood, despite all the difficulties that they had faced in life. I admired these people who were older than me but more energetic and happier.  This visit taught me a lesson: Live life to its fullest.

It was 26 July 2012, when my fellow classmates and I went on a field trip to the ASSISI Bhavan Old Age Home. It was a touching experience. We put up an entertainment programme which was greatly appreciated by all the inmates.  We were privileged to receive their blessings and love. This trip has taught us two important lessons:
1.            Live life to the fullest.
2.            Always respect you elders.

We are grateful to our school for giving us such a wonderful and enriching experience.  We will cherish the memory of our visit to ASSISI Bhavan forever.
Karan Thakkar-9C

It was one of the best field trips ever!  The most touching, emotional and fun trip of my life.  Seeing the grannies display their various talents touched every ones hearts and left us wondrous. I will cherish this memory throughout my life.
Tanay Chothani-9C

Our visit to ASSISI Bhavan Old Age Home filed me with immense respect for elders. As I saw them dance and play, their saying flashed in my mind, that  “In the end its not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moments took your breath away.”
Preyank Sethi-9C

The trip to Assisi Bhavan was an enriching experience. We gained values like, service, solidarity, dedication and love for all. It was an endearing moment to see the undaunting spirit of the elderly. ‘Human spirit never fails’ is the lesson that I learnt as I departed from Assisi Bhavan with memories to cherish forever!!!
Pratik Kutty9-C

As I went to the Old Age home, I was overwhelmed by their spirit of not giving up.  I have started loving and valuing my parents more from the day I have visited the place.

I experienced their happiness, courage that pulled them so far on their own.

Monday, August 6, 2012


IDF team comprising Dr.ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Dr. S. Franklin, Mr. Sreeram and Ms. Manimala visited Montfort School, Trichy on 06-08-2012 and addressed 4000 students. Rev. Bro. Dhanraj, Principal of the school appreciated the work of IDF and exhorted the students to participate in social responsibilities of IDF. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2012


The United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Substantive Session of July 2012 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to grant Special Consultative Status to Indian Development Foundation.

IDF is now the Organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since 2012.

IDF is empowered and poised for better growth and strengthen sustainable development programmes.


Saturday, August 4, 2012


Vasan Health Care team - (Mr. V. Vasudevan, CFO & Director and Mr. Bellie G. Babu, Sr. GM - Operations) - met IDF team (Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Rtn. Sumesh, Dr. Narayan Iyer and Mr. Sreeram) at Chennai on 04-08-2012 to discuss on a collaborative social responsibility programme for eye-care in India.

Rotary Club of Madras North West appreciates IDF work. Chennai

Rtn. President Sujit Balachandra, Rotary Club of Madras North West visited IDF office at Chennai and appreciated the work of IDF. IDF and Rotary Club members discussed on collaborative participation in the areas of Health, Hunger and Literacy programmes in Chennai. Those present were Rtn. Sumesh, Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Dr.ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer and Mr. Sreeram.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

‎"The Thread of Love" - Raksha Bandhan observed at Vimala Centre

IDF young social ambassadors - Sahil, Ved and Vinit - visited Vimala Centre at Andheri, Mumbai on Raksha Bandhan Day (02-08-2012) to tie Rakhis from the boarding children of the Centre. 71 girls of the centre were all happy to receive the vibrant brothers and tied special Rakhis...... The Thread of Love. Members from IDF, Rotary Club of Mumbai North End, Innerwheel Club of North End and Vimala Centre witnessed the happy moment and appreciated the loving thought of the young social ambassadors.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

IDF launches yet another BAL GURUKUL at Masulia Block, Kusumghatta Gram, Dumka District of Jharkhand on 1st Aug. 2012.

TILAK BAL GURUKUL at Dumka Dist, Jharkhand will be the 85 Bal Gurukul of IDF. 

Tilak's famous quote `Swaraj is my birthright'..... IDF famous quote `Education is my birthright'...... It is 7 years that IDF started its 1st Bal Gurukul in the memory of Tilak on 1st August 2005 in Langadiyawas village in Ramgarh region of Jaipur and named it as `TILAK BAL GURUKUL !!! The journey of IDF BAL GURUKUL which started with a few students in a remote village has now touched 85 numbers with over 5000 students.

IDF will soon hit the 100-mark soon. We thank you for your kind support and blessings.

You support, we do the rest !!!