“I would say that if the village perishes, India will perish too. India will be no more India. Her own mission in the world will get lost. The revival of the village is possible only when it is no more exploited.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Who we are
The Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD) is a nonprofit based in Jodhpur, Rajasthan that engages in the development of Indian rural villages through projects in three main programs: Livelihood, Health and Girls’ Education.
Founded in 2013 by Jodhpur native Madhu Vaishnav, IPHD offers experiential learning internships to university students from countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. Interns become a part of our organization, that works with women from our adopted village to implement development projects that improve the quality of life for rural community members.
In 2014, IPHD adopted the village of Bhikamkor, a traditionally conservative and impoverished community approximately 65 kilometers north of Jodhpur. In Bhikamkor, IPHD runs a community center and a female health clinic. In just a few years, women in Bhikamkor, with IPHD’s help, have made remarkable strides in rising above the poverty line and bettering their community. Read our Impact Report 2018/19 to learn more.
In the future, IPHD hopes to adopt additional villages so that our programs can have far-reaching impacts across multiple rural communities in Rajasthan.
Saheli Community Center
In Bhikamkor, IPHD operates the Saheli Community Center. The center has a library, health and education outreach office, female health and helpline and the production facility for our ethical fashion social enterprise Saheli Women.
Saheli, the Hindi word for “female friend,” reflects our commitment to fostering a safe space exclusively for women and their children. The Saheli Community Center, which also provides a kitchen with electricity and a bathroom with plumbing, has a zero-tolerance policy against gender, religious and caste discrimination.
Saheli Health Clinic
IPHD also manages the Saheli Health Clinic, Bhikamkor’s first and only female health center. The clinic is staffed by a female gynecologist, with assistance from the IPHD health outreach team, twice a month.
The Saheli Health Clinic attends to adolescent girls and women who, prior to the center’s opening in July 2017, did not have access to a doctor to address their menstrual and reproductive health needs.