Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year celebrations with the elders

Indian Development Foundation organised a New year celebration with the elders on 31st Dec. 2010 at Assisi Bhavan (oldage home) at Goregaon (E), Mumbai. IDF team distributed sweets, gifts, blankets and towels to all the elders and sought blessings. It was a great day for IDF to share joy and happiness at Assisi Bhavan.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

IDF welcomes 2011 with a difference

Indian Development Foundation organised New Year Celebrations with leprosy patients at Vimala Dermatological Centre, Versova, Mumbai on 29th December 2010. Citizens from different walks of life participated in the programme and shared joy with the inmates and children of the Centre.

Vimala Centre with its festive festoons and glittering lamps gave rare moments of joy to patients and children as they were all set to welcome 2011. The entire Centre was transformed into a fairyland as the jubilant Mumbaikars strolled into participate in the gala event.

Mr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala, CEO, Wockhardt Foundation in his address gave seven values for everyone to observe for a sober and saner life. Speakers wished the patients and children best of luck for the New Year 2011.

Vimala children clad in their very best gave the festive season an added colour. They looked so beautiful and grand as they were garlanded by Guests of Honour - Mr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala followed by Rotarian Sana Rupani, Lion M. R. Varghese, Mr. D. P. Agarwal, Mrs. Rekha Bajaj, Mr Anil Shivdasan, Mrs. Sangeetha Shetty.

Dr. A.R.K.Pillai, founder President, IDF spoke on the spirit of citizens reach-out programme. Young ambassadors who spoke at the gathering included S. Karthick, Keshav Poduval, Tishti Humane and Sahil Rupani.

Flowers, cakes, sweets, biscuits and eatables, T shirts, Towels and medicines gifted by various Corporate and Samaritans were distributed to the patients and children. Santaclaus went around wishing everyone especially the children.

Sr. Bertilla led the Vimala Centre team as the patients trooped into witness this grand event of the year. “It's really a happy time for the leprosy patients and children of the centre and we are grateful to the citizens who turn out in good number to greet the people here”, said Rev. Sr. Bertilla Capra, Director of Vimala Centre.

Important personalities, social workers, heads of educational institutions, senior citizens, teachers, members of Bangur Nagar Laughter Club, students from SVKM Law College, Christ College, Atharva College of Engineering, Thakur College of Engineering, ITM Business School and Podar International School and Mumbai University Volunteers took active part in the event and shared happiness among leprosy patients and children.

Parle Products donated Parle-G biscuits, Royal Fashions donated Towels and Wockhardt Foundation donated T.Shirts and Protinex for the inmates and the children.

Grand Music sessions rent the air as everyone sat glued to their seats lost in sheer enjoyment. Mr Anil Shivadasan and his talented artists gave an excellent musical evening. Vinod Seshadri of K for Kishor Kumar sang his usual numbers and earned applause. Mr. Ramnath, IDF Volunteer gave a couple of popular songs. Mrs. Revathy Sridhar gave the invocation song which set the environment in good shape.

The children and the audience danced with joy as the programme proceeded. The festive event had the Jai Ho to linger the happy feeling.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Benevolence at Blue Hills

Indian Development Foundation in collaboration with Nilgiris Leprosy Eradication Scheme (NILES), Puthiya Puyal Trust and Coonoor Grace Ministries organized a Citizens Reach-out programme on 28th Dec. 2010 at CSI Jubilee Parish Hall, Coonoor, Nilgiris Dist. Tamil Nadu.

The special invitees presented sweets, blankets and dress to the leprosy-affected persons in the NILES project area. Blankets were sponsored by Mahindra Finance as part of their social responsibility initiative.

Monday, December 27, 2010


‘Gift blankets, spread warmth'

“Everybody can become a Santa by donating a blanket,” says Narayan B. Iyer, CEO and national coordinator of the Indian Development Foundation (IDF). For the last seven winters, IDF has been helping leprosy-affected persons survive the cold through their blanket distribution programmes. “Leprosy patients constitute the bottom most rung in the hierarchy of privilege,” he explains.
With a target of covering 1,500 people before the end of this winter, activists of the IDF are in a tearing hurry. The collection is on in full swing, says Mr. Iyer, adding that as many as 700 blankets were collected by December 20. Exuding hope that they will reach their target very soon, he says that Mahindra and Mahindra Finance have pledged another 400 blankets. Talking about the donors, Mr. Iyer said people come forward naturally if they are aware of the programme and added that there has been a better response from individuals than from the corporate sector. “To make things simpler, we have tied up with Khadi Bhandar in all the cities that our programme covers. So we get blankets at a fixed rate of Rs. 250 each,” he said.
Interested donors can visit:

courtesy : The Hindu, 25/12/2010

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Friday, December 24, 2010

IDF Salutes Schoolteam

Indian Development Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to all the schoolteams for supporting IDF's leprosy/ TB and education programmes.
Mr. K. Sathyamurthy, Asst.Development Executive, IDF did the honors for various social supporting schools during Dec. 2010.
Srimathi Lakshmi Ammal Memorial Hr. Sec. School, Chrompet, Chennai.
The schoolteam comprising Mr. G. Venkatachalapathy (Secretary), Mrs. Banu Umesh (Montesseri Directress) and Mrs. B. Sarojini (Principal) received IDF Certificate of Appreciation

St. Don Bosco Matric School, Chrompet, Chennai.
Ms. Alice Philo (Principal) and Mr. Daniel (Deputy Correpondent) receives IDF Certificate of Appreciation.

Sivanthi Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Kuranthur, Chennai.
Mrs. Malar (Principal) receiving IDF Certificate of Appreciation. The Vice Principal looks on.

Bishop Corrie Anglo Indian HSS, George Town, Chennai.
Mrs. Christina Lilly Prisilla ( Headmistress) and Mr. Soloman (Teacher) receives IDF Certificate of Appreciation.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For the sake of warmth

While we affluent people snuggle up in our blankets as soon as winter season steps in, a large portion of our population is left to shiver in the cold. The winter of 2010 looked to be heading in the same direction had the Indian Development Foundation (IDF) not been woken up to the plight of the poor.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Hope on the Horizon - A review

Hope on the Horizon - A Review by Shishir Rao

Every love story is fundamentally different from any other. `Hope on the Horizon' is just another love story, the love an individual harbors for his fellow humans. This book follows Dr. A. R. K Pillai through his lifetime and documents the events which led him to dedicate himself tothe welfare of those who lacked the privileges we take for granted. The genre of this piece of literature is purely subaltern, since it chronicles the life of a servant who served and to this day continues to serve society.

The author, Dr. Sudarshan by way of this book has shown us that the great struggles Charles Dickens and Mark Twain write about in their fictious accounts, can actually take place in real life. While following the skeletal framework of the classics, the book makes us peep intothe life of an ambitious young boy from an obscure village in Allepy district, called Mavelikara.The fact that the boy was poverty striken, rebellious and with a burning desire to achieve, makes him fit with tremendous fluidity into the familiar jigsaw.

The fairy tale does come true, the book is rich with pictures of the who’s who of film industry, sporting world, politics, religion and the like. What makes these pictures even more special, is that they were clicked not when our protagonist was gunning for glory, but when he had surrendered himself to stop the regress our society had come under the spell of.

Dr. Pillai as of this crucial moment in history; is an octogenarian and has been working for the people for more than four decades. Eventually culminating in the form of his brain child, Indian Leprosy Foundation (ILEF), later to be known as Indian Development Foundation (IDF). His dedication and passion have been instrumental in motivating a lot of people around him, thebook aims to do the same on a much broader scale. With a foreword by Dr. Swaminathan; thefather of the green revolution, the book awakens a sedate mind and pushes its reader to self discovery.

`Hope on the Horizon' - Life and Times of Dr.A.R.K. Pillai - 210 pages (HB) - Rs.400/= - proceeds goes to health, education and rural development projects of IDF. To place order contact
Shishir Rao, intern at IDF from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jothi Vallalar School

Mr. S. Sreeram, Zonal Officer, IDF presenting IDF Social Action Award to Mrs. Saraswathy, Correspondent of Jothi Vallalar Hr. Sec. School, Kalapet, Puducherry for excellent participation in health awareness and resource mobilisation programmes. Teacher Ms. S. Vasugi looks on.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Youth Leader speaks on IDF

With the world rapidly becoming a more aware place, large companies have realized the need to be seen in a positive light. As a result, in the recent past we have seen a surge in the number of corporate organizations taking an active part in the development effort. It was no surprise then, that Standard Chartered Bank also sought fit to join the bandwagon and teamed up with Indian Development Foundation in the latter’s rural development program.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Bhavans AH Wadia School

Class IX students of Bhavan's A.H. Wadia School, Andheri (W), Mumbai took active part in the social responsibility programmes of Indian Development Foundation and helped in health awareness and resource mobilisation. Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO IDF appreciated the good work of the students in humanitarian interest and presented a Certificate of Appreciation.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sri Ayyappan Bal Gurukul

IDF opens its 26th Bal Gurukul - Sri Ayyappan Bal Gurukul in Bangalore on 2nd Dec. 2010

Sri Ayyappan Bal Gurukul is joint venture by Indian Development Foundation and Ayyappa Seva Sangham towards catering to the educational needs of the underprivileged children living in and around Jayamahal area in Bangalore.

Sri Ayyappan Bal Gurukul was inaugurated at the premises of Sri Ayyappan Primary, Nursery and High School, Jayamahal, Bangalore on the 2nd December 2010.

Mr. Ravindran Pillai, President of Ayyappa Seva Sangham, Mr. K. V. Unnikrishnan, Secretary of Ayyappa Seva Sangham , Mr. A.G. Prakash, Sri Ayyappan Primary, Nursery and High School and Mr. Prabhakaran, Manager of the School appreciated the work of IDF.

IDF team included - Dr. S. Franklin, Manager-SR, Mr. Samuel Vincent, Zonal Officer and Mr. C. A. Mathew, Corporate Manager.
IDF Social Ambassadors included – Mrs. Shobha Ramakrishnan, Mrs. Prabha Pillai and Master Nishchith.

Meenakshi and Jenimma from Sri Ayyappan School recalled their participation with IDF while Nishchith enthralled the students by playing hit numbers.

Earlier Miss Mohana Bai invoked God’s blessings for the success of the Bal Gurukul while Mrs. Sujatha Hari proposed a vote of thanks.

A new drive against an old enemy

To bring in the Worlds AIDS day on 1st December, Indian Development Foundation (IDF) and Vivek Education Society jointly organized a programme, at Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon (W) to acknowledge the threat of AIDS and spread awareness about the same. The programme saw an attendance of around 300 youngsters, from all across Mumbai who proudly sported the symbolic red ribbons. The students assembled at Bedrock hall, on the Vivek College campus, to be addressed by the speakers for the day. The chief guest at the gathering was Wg. Cdr. Balasubramaniam, a veteran Indian Air Force Pilot who has now dedicated himself to a life of social service and is associated with IDF. The various speakers came from diverse backgrounds, in the form of various faculty members of Vivek College, Dr. Narayan Iyer; CEO of Indian Development Foundation and Sana Rupani; from the Rotary Club of Mumbai North End.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shanthi Bal Gurukul

IDF opens its 25th Bal Gurukul in Bangalore.....Shanthi Bal Gurukul on 1st Dec. 2010.

Shanthi Bal Gurukul, the 25th Bal Gurukul of IDF was inaugurated at the premises of Sacred Heart Upgraded Primary School, Austin Town, Bangalore on the 1st December 2010.

Rev. Sr. Juliet, the mother superior of Bon Secours Society of the Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours (OLB) appreciated IDF’s move in expanding Bal Gurukuls and joining hands with OLB.

IDF Social Ambassadors - Mrs. Prabha Shankar, Mrs. Shobha Ramakrishnan and Master Nishchith expressed happiness as they witnessed the inauguration ceremony.

Dr. S. Franklin introduced the dignitaries to the students and appreciated the outstanding support rendered by Sisters of Our Lady of Bon Secours. He felt happy and proud to join hands with them in starting Shanthi Bal Gurukul.

Mr. C.A. Mathew and Mr. Samuel Vincent from IDF exhorted the students to make best use of the Bal Gurukul.

The student artistes from the school performed Bharatnatayam and Kolattam and made the event a memorable one.

Earlier Mrs. Christy, Senior Teacher welcomed the gathering while Sr. Laransa Mary, Headmistress of Sacred Heart Upgraded Primary School, proposed a vote of thanks.