The name of our organization is Save Indian Farmers (SIF). SIF is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically to help support the plight of Indian farmers and address issues affecting the high suicide rate among farmers in India.
WHO WE ARE
We are a charitable organization established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS to address issues related to farmer’ suicides in India. We formed this organization in late 2011 and had our first fundraiser in January 2012, where we raised $4,700. Here are the members of this organization: Jitendra Karkera, Parag Deshpande, Gaurav Kumar, Hemant Joshi, Rahul Kulkarni, Subodh Salwekar, and Shashikant Dalal.
In 2011, none of us had any idea about this issue; when we came to know that, on average, one farmer commits suicide every 41 minutes in India, it really shook us. We realized that this is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion. It affects people’s right to life, water, food and adequate standard of living. We registered this company in the State of Arkansas to help victim families and give our aid to farmers.
In 2012, our non-profit status was approved by the IRS, so all donations made to Save Indian Farmers can be claimed as a charitable deduction on your tax return. We raised funds in 2012, to help four families (Ms. Ade : Rs. 23,000 , Ms. Shende: Rs. 10,000, Ms. Mohurle: Rs. 10,000, Ms. Chincholkar: Rs. 10,000) We undertook this effort in association with Deendayal Trust of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. To ensure transparency, Mr. Parag Deshpande personally visited this place and talked to these recipients. We teamed up with Wainganga Sanstha as our monitoring organization. Mr. Kurhekar and Mr. Dalal of Wainganga Sanstha frequently visit and monitor the work being done by Deendayal Trust. We receive updates about these families from time to time, and we monitor their progress to keep our donors updated about how their one-time donations have benefited these families.