The Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD) is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Founded in 2013 by Madhu Vaishnav and Suzanne Blair, the purpose of IPHD is to provide community development to rural villages and experiential education opportunities to members of the international community. Through all our programs we aim to deliver beneficial and sustainable outcomes to both the local community and the initiators of these practical, fieldwork based projects.
Each of our projects may serve a different purpose, but rather than viewing them as separate entities, we see an interwoven unit consisting of various aspects to further development. IPHD defines the poor villages in which we work not by what they lack, but by what they posses. We aim to provide a space to mobilize and flourish the already existing skills and assets of the community. With this approach, we believe that we can create a sustainable development model in which the village can flourish without our constant support. That’s why we often hire women from the community itself to enact the development work we do (for instance, our education advocates and health outreach workers).