India Friends Association
India Friends Association (IFA) is a Non Profit Organization dedicated to fostering grassroots development in India.
IFA was started in 1993 by a group of Indian Americans in Southern California after the devastating Latur earthquake. Concerned about the red tape and corruption involved in charity work, they wanted to explore direct avenues for sending their support. The resulting success of this endeavor and the satisfaction received encouraged them to make a long-term commitment. The group has since evolved in to a solid organization with a well thought out charter and clear philosophy. Neither a charity nor a debating society, IFA is designed to function as a catalyst in activities that promote economic empowerment and self sufficiency of the most under privileged population of India. Increasingly, it is seen by the diaspora as a vehicle to channelize their energies and resources into bringing about positive change in India.