Frequently Asked Questions

What is Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF)?

Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF) is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Agra, India, that works at the grassroots level on key issues such as education and women empowerment. IDF's main objective is to provide easy and effective access to education for children, and focus on female education and empowerment across underprivileged communities. IDF's also aims to generate awareness of hygiene and cleanliness issues in order to create a balanced and healthy environment for underprivileged children to flourish in.

What is the mission and vision of IDF?

IDF's goal is to provide an equal opportunity for education to every child, irrespective of caste, gender and economic background. Allowing for this will help in breaking barriers of caste and gender inequality in India.

What is the history of IDF?

In 2004, a group of like-minded individuals brought together their ideologies to form an organization that would make a difference for the betterment of society. The vision was to make a difference within two important areas of concern in India: children's education and women empowerment. Punit Asthana founded Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF) on 24th January 2005 in Agra, India.

Is IDF accredited or certified with other organizations?

Yes, IDF is accredited with many national agencies likes Give India, Guide star India,CAF India to name a few. IDF also has special consultative status from ECOSOC of United Nations, and with other organizations of which details can be found here.


What are the programs IDF is currently facilitating?

IDF is currently working on the following projects:

♦ Dreams Learning Center (DLC) - Non Formal Education Center: DLC's aim is to educate first time students and school drop outs and help in overall development of the enrolled children, by encouraging them to gain confidence and develop essential life skills. At present, two Non Formal Education learning centers is established in urban slums of Agra, India.
♦ Education for Girls (HonhaarLadki): Honhar Ladki endeavours to develop girls belonging to disadvantaged communities, who have dropped out of school due to economic, or unforeseen circumstances
♦ Skills Training Program (NayiPahal): This vocational program enables development of soft skills among adolescent girls, including learning various forms of art, handicrafts etc. in addition to academic education
♦ Health and Hygiene Program (Smiley Days): This program addresses female health and hygiene issues, and promotes awareness in economically backward communities. Currently at a pilot phase, this program is targeting 4000 girls, for a six month duration, from urban slums in Agra, India.

How IDF does choose the beneficiaries?

IDF selects beneficiaries based on the following criteria:

♦ Extremely poor economic & social background
♦ Absence of one or both parents
♦ Gender inequality towards girls

Does IDF work with each beneficiary directly or through other local organizations?

IDF recognizes the importance of being present and available. All the programs are handled directly by IDF using local resources such as schools, teachers, and village Panchayats etc.

IDF team works at the grassroots level to activate each program locally and ensure that they are sustainable after implementation, thereby ensuring that the program meets the intended goals.

Are there programs IDF has completed that have been a success?

Yes, IDF records all their stories to identify performance and success metrics. IDF has many such stories.


Who funds IDF?

IDF supports its programs through grants and individual donations from India and around the world.

Are donations Tax-exempt?

Yes, all contributions within India are entitled to 50% tax exemption under Section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act.

How is the funding being used at IDF?

Over 90% of the funds raised are invested in IDF's core programs at the grassroots level. Less than 10% is used towards administrative costs, including employee salary, equipment's, training etc.

Is IDF's investment into programs available to the public?

Yes, IDF releases annual reports which provide details of funding sources, and its usage within programs. IDF's annual reports can be found here.


How can I make a difference?

You can help by educating yourself, and spreading awareness around education and women's issues in India. You can also like us, follow us, and interact with us on our social platforms for more information.

How can I get involved with IDF?

Thank you for your interest! IDF always welcomes any help and assistance to help with the outreach programs. Some ways to support IDF includes:

♦ Monetary Donations: IDF has programs for funding, in addition to regular donation to help day-to-day activities. More details can be found here.
♦ Material Donations:IDF accepts old books, vehicles, computers etc. to help with the programs. Find a list of acceptable donations here*.
♦ Get involved by volunteering: Your time is the most valuable resource at IDF as all the programs are at a grassroots level. Fill out the form to apply here.

To learn more about how you can support IDF, please email

What is the available employment or volunteer opportunities at IDF?

For employment or volunteering inquiries, please send your resume and cover letter to Check the website for available opportunities

How can I contact IDF?

Indian Dreams Foundation
Phone: +91 562-4301184