FCRA-NGO recipients of foreign contributions from Association for India’s Development-USA

In this Post, we shall examine the recipients of FCRA ‘donations’ from Association for India’s Development (AID)-USA. AID-USA, given its moorings, is headquartered in the campus of University of Maryland, USA. Its EIN is 04-3652609.

The list of FCRA-NGOs who have received funds from AID-USA has been compiled from the FCRA database available for anyone to view, at the Ministry of Home Affairs’ website, fcraonline.nic.in . We thank them for making available this database.

The list of donees is available in the Table at the end of this Post. A few of the donations listed in the table are not necessarily from AID-USA (Maryland), but from some of its chapters such AID-Boston-USA etc.

AID-USA has ‘donated’ a total of around Rs. 26.2 Crore over the three years 2015-2017 to various FCRA-NGOs in Bharat. In the following, we shall examine a few of these recipient FCRA-NGOs.

1. Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS), Bilaspur, CG/327480001 is a major recipient of funds from AID. JSS runs a community-based health care unit & related health programmes in Bilaspur. According to Darpan portal, Saibal Jana is its President, while Dr. Raman Kataria is its secretary.

A ‘Friends of JSS’ in UK is one of its chief donors. Other donors include McArthur Foundation, Oxfam etc. Overall, JSS appears to be doing good work. However, JSS is part of the National Coordination Committee of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA). JSA, along with the so-called Right to Food campaign has not been happy with (to put mildly) Akshaya Patra Foundation’s participation in the mid-day meals programmes in many States.

2. Programme for Social Action, although located in Tiruvalla, Kerala has a FCRA registration in Delhi. During 2015-2017, it has received around Rs. 54 lakh from AID. According to Darpan portal, its Chair is Xavier Dias, George Philip is its Treasurer and a Ashima Subberwall is its General Secretary.

Donors to PSA, other than AID are: American Jewish World Service, Misereor (German Catholic Org), Both Ends (Netherlands Org which funds NGOs in the Global South to work on Environmental Justice), National Foundation for India which too is a FCRA-NGO, DL/231650642 (Syeda Hameed is its Chair & Pamela Philipose is a Trustee, according to Darpan).

According to PSA’s website, its founding principles are based on ‘Liberation Theology’ (which, in this author’s opinion is socialism advanced from a Christian perspective).

3. The Other Media (TOM) (DL/231660085) is a FCRA-NGO to watch out for. According to Darpan, Ernest Deenadayalan (now deceased) is its Chair, and Munusamy Subramaniam and Archanaa Seker (no typographical error) are the other Trustees.

TOM runs many ‘projects’, such as ‘Coastal Resources Centre (CRC)’, ‘Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM)’ or ‘Health Energy Initiative (HEI)’ etc.. In stories appearing on mainstream media, individuals associated with TOM such as this person or this person will invariably be mentioned as belonging to CRC or CEM or HEI and rarely as belonging to TOM.

In an interview to the media outlet The Wire on the upcoming neutrino observatory in Theni, TamilNadu, the one usually referred to as belonging to CRC remarks: “I think the neutrino [observatory] will get built. You should not have any fears on that count. I’d rather it doesn’t.”

It is indeed amazing that AID which was founded by Physics scientists in USA, funds TOM whose personnel advocate against the INO in Bharat.

Another set of stories related to TOM is the so-called Ennore thermal plants and activism towards preserving the ‘Ennore Creek’ (in Northern Chennai). For instance, see this story in TNM or this one in ToI, which talk of a Tamil film actor visiting Ennore Creek along with an environmental activist cum journalist from TOM. In this tweet, we can see AID-Boston chapter hosting the activist from TOM for a talk on Ennore thermal power plant.

For an example of News reporting of HEI, see this news story, which too has a quote from TOM’s another environmental activist on the unviability of coal based thermal power plants and in particular, the plant in Cheyyur, Tamil Nadu.

TOM’s other donors include: CORDAID, Trocaire, Global Green Grant Fund, South Asia Forum for Human Rights, World Association for Christian Communication, etc.. Not a good company to find AID USA in.

4. India Institute for Critical Action Centre in Movement goes by the abbreviation CACIM. Although CACIM has received just Rs. 28 lakh from AID in the period of this study, this NGO is an important one for Nationalists to learn about.

CACIM and a Centre for Financial Accountability (CenFA) share the same postal address. The names of person(s) in both the entities appear the same which makes one wonder if they are one and the same entity. MSM always reports on Centre for Financial Accountability and never on CACIM. Further details on the work of CACIM/CenFA on environmental matters can be read here.

5. Sanchal Foundation-Delhi has received just about Rs. 10 lakh from AID in this period. Sanchal Foundation’s FCRA registration is no longer active and its FCRA registration is ‘deemed to have ceased’ (i.e., it was not renewed). It runs a project called “Hazards Centre”, which is the name that appears on Sanchal’s behalf in any MSM story. See this one for instance.

6. Centre for Equity Studies (CES), Delhi has received around Rs. 70 lakh from AID in the period 2015-2017. CES was co-founded and one of the well known persons associated with it is Harsh Mander. According to Open Society Foundation (George Soros related), Harsh Mander is one of its Advisory Board Members. Darpan portal lists Harsh Mander as CES’ Director and Amitabh Behar (who heads Oxfam India now) as its Treasurer.

This April 2019 article in The Hindu makes for instructive reading on the opinions of Harsh Mander. CES has received ‘donations’ from Dan Church Aid, Islamic Relief, Oxfam etc., apart from AID. Mr. Mander was also a member of the Super-Cabinet, National Advisory Council during 2010-2012.

Other donors to CES include Dan Church Aid, Bread for the World (German Protestant Organization), IDRC-Canada, Christian Aid, National Foundation for India, Fund for Global Human Rights-USA, Oxfam etc..

7. Next in the list for discussion is Swadhikar, DL/231661023. Swadhikar is invariably written about in mainstream media as National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, NCDHR. According to Darpan portal, its Secretary is Paul Divakar Namala (who is also a chief functionary of another FCRA-NGO, HRARF, see this post), its President is a Parmar Simon and its Treasurer is Prof. Vimal Thorat.

The ‘donations’ from AID to Swadhikar has come from AID’s Boston chapter. NCDHR was recently in the news for feting the newly elected Tamil Nadu Member of Parliament, Shri. Thol Thirumavalavan. Other donors of Swadhikar include: Tides Foundation-USA, Christian Aid, South Asia Women Fund, Misereor, Bread for the World, Feminist Dalit Organization, Fund for Global Human Rights, Open Society Foundation, etc..

8. Partners in Justice Concerns India is a Bengaluru based FCRA-NGO. It has received around Rs. 23 lakh in this period, from AID. Other donors to PJCI include: Global Green Grants Fund, Both Ends-Netherlands, etc. It is part of an entity called Anti-Nuclear Struggles’ Solidarity Forum and has supported a protest march to Parliament against nuclear energy in 2011, along with ‘The Other Media’, about which we already learnt above.

9. Prarambha, Bengaluru has received around Rs. 33 lakh from AID in this period. Its other donor is Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF). Interestingly, NHRF’s website hosts a Contact Us page, wherein it says that NHRF is C/O Amnesty International-Norway.

On the Darpan Portal, Prarambha has the following Trustees: Pramod John, T Pradeep & M.R. Manohar. It lists its work there as ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Women’s Development’. Prarambha appears to be working to collectivise Safai Karamcharis.

10. HID Forum, Bengaluru is another interesting entry. In the FCRA database, its name is HID Forum. However, its actual name is Human and Institutional Development Forum, and that is how it is entered on the Darpan portal. This example once again goes to show the sloppy manner in which entities are registered and inconsistencies between databases.

Let us not digress lest we lose focus. Apart from usual NGO type work, they seem to be involved in assisting/ guiding other NGOs working on rights based initiatives.

Darpan portal gives HIDF’s functionaries as Anuradha Prasad, Gagan Sethi, and Rita Noronha. As noted in our post, Gagan Sethi heads the Board of Jan Vikas, which is a FCRA-NGO and is also a Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees of Centre for Social Justice, which too is a FCRA-NGO.

This note in an earlier post related to GS is also pertinent. Apart from AID, HIDF has received ‘donations’ from Misereor (German Catholic Org), National Foundation for India and Clean Clothes Campaign-Netherlands. In particular, the ‘donation’ from CCC is somewhat disconcerting. What does CCC do? Check out here.

Elsewhere, we have pointed out, unceasingly, the possible impact of work carried out by ‘non-profits’ from The Netherlands and from the United Kingdom, partnering with FCRA-NGOs in our country and with a Foundation related to an International News Wire Agency on pointed hitjobs on our country’s garment industry.

While we all want everything in our garment industry to be hunky-dory, receiving ‘donations’ from foreign ‘non-profits’ to produce reports on our industry which then finds its way to the media to portray us as violating all sorts of rights is quite disconcerting. In particular, HIDF appears to have advocated among workers of garment industry on the need for unions, training them in negotiation skills etc..

11. Anusandhan Trust, Mumbai has received around Rs. 20 lakh from AID during 2015-17. According to Darpan portal, its Chief Functionary is a Saramma Mathew and the Chair is a Dr. Dhruv Mankad. Anusandhan gets ‘donations’ from American Jewish World Service, Ford Foundation, International Budget Partnership-WashingtonDC (IBP), McArthur Foundation, Oxfam, Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN) Worldwide-USA etc.

Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) is the research centre of Anusandhan Trust. CEHAT is part of the All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN). You can google for news on AIDAN, but this one headlined ‘AIDAN condemns FIR against Lawyers Collective’ can be an illustrative example. As is the norm with all NGOs, nearly all news items on Anusandhan Trust will mention CEHAT and not the name of the trust.

IBP (based out of Washington DC, USA) in particular has the following as one of its aims: “strengthening civil society organizations and networks by developing the skills and relationships needed to improve budget processes and create change in the countries where they operate.”

Thus, a foreign ‘charity’ funds a Bharatiya FCRA-NGO so that the latter can ensure that the budget proposed/ framed by Governments in Bharat can be improved. Is it not a wonderful feeling that foreign organizations donate their hard-earned money so as to improve third world budgetary practices? Sigh.

DAWN Worldwide appears to be run by NRI/ PIO type individuals from Boston, USA. Its aim is to ‘end gender violence and inequality’. Its website sports a large campaign message “Celebrate this DIWALI with DAWN to end Gender based Violence” and shows a child lighting a Diya.

It is amazing that a ‘charity’ run notionally by Hindus, chooses to greet fellow Hindus on Diwali not with any message from Hindu Dharma’s scriptures, or just a plain vanilla ‘Happy Diwali’, but with a virtue-signalling, condescending sermon.

12. AID-India too is a FCRA-NGO, based in Chennai. We have nothing to say about them.

In summary, AID-USA appears to be ‘donating’ to a mixed bag of FCRA-NGOs. While a large part of its donations appear to be received by organizations devoted to education, village welfare etc., there are indeed some FCRA-NGOs whose domain of operations include environmental activism, assorted rights activism etc.

While it is nobody’s argument that environment should be messed up with, the writings and opinions of some of those associated with, say, TOM for instance, appears not to be in tune with the developmental aspirations of Crores of our fellow citizens.

AID-USA might argue that they support a ‘specific project’ of a FCRA-NGO, but not other works of it; however, the individual donors to AID-USA need to know the other activities of the FCRA-NGO, which also receives ‘donations’ from AID-USA. It is hoped that this Post will help in this aspect.

List of FCRA-NGOs which have received ‘donations’ in any of the years 2015-2017 from Association for India’s Development-USA. Data compiled via fcraonline.nic.in

State FCRA Reg No. Name 2015 (INR) 2016 (INR) 2017 (INR) Total(Crore)
AP

10120209

Rural and Environment Development Society

505000

1280893

634392

0.25

AP

10140063

Saha Nivasa Association for Voluntary Social Service

1588796

665893

0.23

AP

10140143

Rural Development Service Society

1534000

1788000

898876

0.43

AP

10140244

Nisarga

811353

0.09

AP

10140263

Womens Initiatives

0

780000

0

0.08

AP

10140408

Sanghamitra Service Society

1088255

0.11

AP

10160456

Vennela Rural Development Society

250000

1335179

798668

0.24

AP

10250100

Vyavasayaka Mariyu Sanghika Abhivruddi Samstha

286900

0.03

AP

10350057

Laya

0

576342.5

0.06

AP

10350102

The Circle of Goodwill

663545

344500

321400

0.14

AS

20840007

Rural Volunteers Centre

803500

0.09

BH

31170193

Centre for Health and Resource Management

1273582

0.13

CG

327480001

Jan Swasthya Sahyog

20432893

22794475

4.33

DL

231650130

Programme for Social Action

2153000

1116800

2196316

0.55

DL

231650268

Sanchal Foundation

900000

60000

N/A

0.1

DL

231660085

The Other Media

2023621

2428566

3970074

0.85

DL

231660162

Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group

0

0

507893

0.06

DL

231660618

Goonj

666892.5

0.07

DL

231661023

Swadhikar

560000

314543.6

0.09

DL

231661081

India Institute for Critical Action Centre in Movement

972163.25

1848688

0.29

DL

231661130

Centre for Equity Studies

2641367.75

3744059

636567

0.71

GJ

41910016

Vikas-Centre for Development

0

4428192

6544041

1.1

GJ

41910022

Utthan Trust

216070

0

0.03

GJ

41910167

Janpath

4093100

3569402.5

4660189

1.24

GJ

41960077

Trust for Reaching the Unreached

1103200

989892.75

1136432

0.33

GJ

41910295

Centre for Development

462100

937092

460150

0.19

GJ

41960172

Sahiyar Stree Sanghathan

0

441000

640400

0.11

GJ

42050049

Prayas

0

454800

0

0.05

JH

337750015

Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra

774000

90144

0.09

JH

337800206

Diya Seva Sansthan

822000

0

0

0.09

JH

337820081

Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand

553332.82

469921.25

1288291

0.24

KA

94420174

Sri Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind

1200000

0.12

KA

94420301

Partners in Justice Concerns India

2273680

0.23

KA

94420313

Prarambha

936985

1517000

871855

0.34

KA

94420583

Society for Community Health Awareness Research Action

720000

759525

784533

0.23

KA

94420671

Samvada

600525

635525

0.13

KA

94421188

HID Forum

2150217

0.22

KA

94421387

Annapoorna Charitable Trust

631245

672807

321400

0.17

KA

94421460

Sahaja Samrudha

499975

0.05

KA

94520006

Samaj Parivartana Samudaya

760050

380921

0.12

KA

94590090

Karuna Trust for Rural Health

482000

0.05

MH

83780279

Bombay Sarvodya Friendship Centre

222000

0.03

MH

83780403

Society For The Education of the Crippled

179748.3

0.02

MH

83780497

Avehi Public Charitable Educational Trust

330000

499921.25

492414

0.14

MH

83780565

Anusandhan Trust

1975572.5

0.2

MH

83930255

Rachana Society For Social Reconstruction

666400

416400

715173

0.18

MH

84000001

Chetana Vikas

2468175

0.25

MN

194130098

United Voluntary Youth Council

450000

636837

N/A

0.11

RJ

125410039

Manthan Sansthan

300000

432194

0.08

RJ

125440006

Voluntary Association of Agriculture General Development,Health and Reconstruction Alliance

413060.5

0.05

RJ

125470012

Bal Va Mahila Chetna Samiti

496000

434921

2364048

0.33

RJ

125500001

Prayas

317800

0.04

RJ

125560099

Vihaan – Society for Child Development and Education in Rajasthan

399921.37

1050000

1278850

0.28

RJ

125690095

Aajeevika Bureau Trust

451150

0.05

TN

75850332

Institute of Planters for Rejuvenating Earth (INSPIRE)

3000000

7213700

9419348

1.97

TN

75870034

Tribal Health Initiative

268000

645000

842046

0.18

TN

75900481

Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group

330000

0.04

TN

75900833

AID India

0

22173628

19185381

4.14

TN

75901337

Vasantha Memorial Trust

449800

1242900

1341273

0.31

TN

75930038

Manitham Charitable Trust

810600

707814

0.16

TN

75970084

Association For Health Welfare In The Nilgiris

567909

0.06

TN

75970103

Keystone Foundation

336971

0.04

TN

75970131

Koodu Social Educational & Rural Development Trust

186292.75

616176

0.09

TN

76000142

Rural Women Development Trust

81000

140782.75

0.03

TR

206150006

Voluntary Health Associaton of Tripura

323500

310481.25

N/A

0.07

TS

10230551

Watershed Support Services and Activities Network

565000

165000

0.08

TS

10300055

Pilupu

1345361

0.14

UK

347860010

Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi Pariyavaran Shiksha Sansthan

585640

381240

0.1

UK

347960029

Uttarakhand Jan Jagriti Sansthan

700000

0.07

WB

146990050

Mandra Lions Club

2770170

2252253.62

2523088.1

0.76

WB

147050065

Samaj Kalyan Mahila Unnayan Kendra

130000

1283500

1203118

0.27

WB

147050093

Karna Subarna Welfare Society

355921.37

361860.5

1179809

0.19

WB

147070039

Majhihira National Basic Educational Institution

648000

647892.5

0.13

WB

147110101

Nishhtha

1228546

372701

811100

0.25

WB

147110269

Swanirvar

1011950

600000

590428

0.23

WB

147110395

Baikunthpur Tarun Sangha

1368700

1496706

516800

0.34

WB

147110985

Mukti

1836801

783242

321400

0.3

WB

147111027

Purba Chintamonipur Chetana Sangha

505054

1420741

0.2

WB

147120034

Development Research Communication and Services Centre

535000

1067785.25

990346.5

0.26

WB

147120619

Society for Direct Initiative for Social and Health Action

505054

1420741

0.2

WB

147120855

Mantra

112000

221770

173880

0.06

WB

147120865

Micro Centre For Community Development and Research

513800

755280

0.13

TOTAL

66422605.31

86063698.62

109483551.5

26.2

(This article was first published on the fcraanalyses.blogspot.com on 21 December, 2019 and is being reproduced here with permission.)

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