Mission Statement: Improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges.
- DEVELOP awareness and interest among Americans about India, her people, culture, problems and potentials
- PROMOTE friendship and understanding between people of India and USA through cultural, educational and technological exchange
- AWARD grants, scholarships and prizes to promote and recognize academic, technological and cultural accomplishments in India
- DEVELOP programs for the welfare of Americans of Indian origin
- DEVELOP programs in India in support of development of economically backward regions and communities
- SPONSOR and SUPPORT activities for the benefit of the OSA and its chapters
- OPEN branches in India and USA to accomplish the above objectives
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SPONSORED PROGRAMS: These programs are open to only those who pays income tax in the USA. The prospective sponsor contacts IAFF pledging the amount he/she/they wish to spend on any program in the area of Education, Agriculture or Health Care (limited to pediatric health). Following this IAFF guides the prospective sponsor on how the program works and how it can be accomplished. IAFF charges a negotiable fee to execute the program on behalf of the sponsor. The whole amount including the fee is tax deductible in the USA.
INTERNAL PROGRAMS: These programs are planned and executed by IAFF through the money it raises through donations, sales and fees etc. While individuals can designate their donations for one or more of these programs, only registered organizations (NGOs. Schools, Colleges, Hospitals etc.) are allowed to become IAFF partners to execute these programs.
- The FORUM: The FORUM is the official publication of IAFF. It contains general information, Annual Activity Report, Annual Financial Report, and Subrina Biswal Memorial
- Lectures and Seminars: IAFF is often invited to present seminars on its work on Rural Development in Orissa at the annual OSA convention held every July 4th weekend. Further, IAFF is invited from time to time by various church groups and charitable organizations to talk about the Culture and Religion of India/Orissa.
- Demonstration and Training on Agriculture Technology: STAS (Science and Technology Application Systems), Inc. has a 3-acre research farm near Warrenton, NC. Dr. Subhas Mohapatra, President of STAS, develops various technologies for application in India. These technologies are also demonstrated to student groups, farmers' groups, nursery operators/owners and charitable organizations working on various aspects of hunger eradication.
- Student Assistance: IAFF offers financial assistance to Students from Orissa in US universities and colleges depending on needs and availability of funds. Priya Darshan Patra, the OSA secretary during 2007-09, was awarded a travel grant to attend OSA convention when he was a student. Likewise, Lokanath Mohapatra was given an interest-free loan to take admission to a law College. Lokanath, now a well established lawyer, not only returned the loan on time, but also has given donations to IAFF from time to time.
- Support for OSA: IAFF has been sponsoring for more than 20 years the Subrina Biswal Prize in Performing Arts, one of the most popular programs at the annual OSA (Orissa Society of Americas) convention. for more than two decades.
- Support for OSA Chapters: In addition to cultural activities at the OSA convention, IAFF has also offered financial assistance to the South Eastern Chapter of OSA for dance presentations by guests invited from Orissa to Charlotte and Cary, NC.
- Development Without Government: This is the general theme of a broad range of IAFF activities in India. It is based on the concept that no government any where in the world can take care of every problem for every individual at every place at every moment. In a democratic society the more people are able to help them selves the more their government will be able to support general development. In other words people's rights need to be balanced against their responsibilities for self and beyond self. This can only be accomplished when people are empowered with sustainable education, health care and food security.
- IAFF Guest Room: IAFF maintains a guest room at its office near the Bhubaneswar Airport in Orissa. This facility is primarily meant for American/Canadian Donors of IAFF. For details click here
- Grants and Scholarships: Under its sponsored programs, IAFF offers grants and scholarships to educational institutions in Orissa. To date, the following institutions have been awarded grants and scholarships: Sambalpur University (Journal Grant), SCB Medical College, Cuttack (Computer Grant), Athgarh Women's College (Library Grant), Sarankul Women's College (Construction Grant), The Ramakrushna Cottage, Cuttack (Scholarship Grant and Construction Grant), Kujang High School (Merit Scholarship Grant).
- On Farm Workshop: IAFF has established a Rural Agriculture Center in the village Barakoli, Kamakshya Nagar Subdivision, Dhenkanal District, Orissa. At this center, Dr. Mohapatra offers on-farm workshop and training on Integrated Farming System, Controlled Environment Agriculture, Soil-less Agriculture and Eco-farming. So far more than 100 people from different NGOs and individual farmers have been trained in these new methods of agriculture. see photos
- NGO Collaboration/Partners: Because IAFF does not work at the grass roots level, this is accomplished through partnership with Local, State-wide and National NGOs. This is normally done through the 3W (Win-Win-Win) program. The 3W program entails risk and profit share interest free micro finance. IAFF offers NGOs and their clients (i.e. area farmers) assistance in the form of technology, guidance and materials such as seeds, fertilizer and irrigation facilities. If the operation fails, IAFF assumes the full risk without any liability on the NGO partner or its clients. However, if the operation succeeds, IAFF purchases all produce from the farmer at an agreed upon price to buffer the farmer(s) from sudden market fluctuations. The NGO markets the produce in urban markets at a competitive price. From the gross earnings IAFF takes out the cost of its investment. The remaining profit is divided to three equal parts. One part goes to the NGO partner, the second part goes to IAFF and the third part is deposited in a bank account managed by the NGO partner. This endowment fund is dedicated for education and health care of the local farmers and their family members through low-interest based loans. Thus, at the end all three parties (IAFF, NGO partner, and NGO clients) win, thus giving rise to the 3W concept. So far, IAFF has collaborated with the following NGO partners with different degrees of success:
SHEDS (Jatni), SDJVM (Gope), AID (Paralakhemundi), TWS (National NGO), NYSASDRI (Dhenkanal) and ADIRE (Jahangirbad). Some quotable results from these collaborations can be found in the Photo Gallery.
- NGO Convention: Because IAFF does not work at the grass roots level, partnership with various NGOs is vital to convert ideas to realities. For the same reason, NGO welfare is a high imperative for IAFF. IAFF firmly believes that NGOs' potential to become the engine of rural development is much greater than that of the GOs (Government Organizations) because not only the seat of the government is in urban areas, but even the elected representatives also prefer to remain planted in the urban areas except at the time of election. The potential of NGOs can be translated into reality only when all the NGOs band together and critique each other and help each other. To facilitate this process, IAFF is sponsoring annual NGO conventions. Three such conventions have already been held and the fourth one will be held in Oct., 2009.
- Technology Based Rural Development: A travel through the rural India, especially the tribal areas, will show that much emphasis is being given on "micro finance" without any regard to how these finances are being used. This follows Nobel Laureate Mohamed Younus's philosophy that rural people are rich with ideas and ingenuities but poor in cash. Based on this he proposes that all that is needed for the poor people are affordable loans. IAFF takes a completely different approach to poverty eradication. In the IAFF model, money is important, but more important are guidance in the area of modern technology and marketing of the rural products. IAFF has identified that the main cause of poverty in rural Orissa is the distance of urban markets from the sites of rural production. The 3W program described earlier is designed to overcome this hurdle.
The current emphasis by most NGOs on rural development is to enable poor people to produce enough food through "organic farming" to "put food on the table". This is viewed at IAFF as a short-sighted approach because poor people or communities do not have sufficient storage facilities such as "cold storage" and 'food banks" to stock up excess production in good years to sustain them in bad years. Thus, first if they have a good year they have to sell the produce at give-away prices and second, they still have to suffer during a bad year which depresses production.
To counter the above situation, IAFF has developed the strategy of "agriculture for wealth", not food. This approach envisages that rural people should grow only selected crops which has year-round market in the urban areas. These crops will be sold in urban markets for decent financial return. Once they have the financial security, they can afford to pay even higher price in years when the cost rises due to low productivity.
IAFF has identified several crops for this purpose, the current emphasis being given to chili pepper production. This crop is given top priority for the following reasons: 1) Chili pepper market price is so stable that it rarely drops below Rs. 10/kg in urban markets while often the price rises to as high as Rs.40/kg. 2) Thus, chili pepper is among those crops which gives highest income for unit production area. 3) Being a multi use crop, it can be used fresh, dried, pickled, powered and even dishes prepared with chili pepper as an ingredient of the recipe. It has been estimated at IAFF that a person with access to 1 acre of land (not necessarily fertile land) can become a lakh pati (one lakh = 100,000) within five years.
- Nivedita Ashram Rural Orphanage: There are numerous orphanages in the state of Orissa. They fall under two categories: urban and rural orphanages. The unique advantage for urban orphanages is that they are close to the power base. Consequently they get considerable attention and resources for their operations. For example, there are only three orphanages with permission for giving adoption to foreign parents. All the three are either in urban or suburban areas. No rural orphanage has this privilege. The orphanage described here is among the few which gets substantial direct support from NRIs (Non-Resident Indians living in foreign countries). Thus AICF (Asian Indian Community Foundation) of Buffalo, NY has bought more than 10 acres of farm land for the orphanage to help them become financially self sufficient. IAFF has been requested by AICF to provide technological guidance and develop a long-term plan. Progress in this regard will be posted at this site.
Now 2009 of the IAFF Forum is uploaded and ready to be downloaded. It contains information of current IAFF projects, financial report and articles about Orissa.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra
|Dr. Devi P. Misra
|Mr. Charles Little III|
BOARD OF ADVISORS
|Dr. Betty Wiser
Dr. Manmohan Sawhney
Dr. Gangadhar Sharma
(Hindu Society of NC)
Dr. Kula Misra
Dr. Keshab Dwivedy
Dr. Panchanan Satapathy
Dr. Dibakar Panigrahi
Belle Mead, NJ
Mr. Sudhansu Misra
|Dr. Surya Misra|
Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi
Mr. Nityananda Misra
Dr. Digambar Misra
Mr. D.P. Kar
Mrs. Shreemayee Kar
(Dr. Bigyani Das OSA)
Mrs. Anu Biswal
|Dr. Radhanath Satapathy
Mr. Srikant Misra
Mr. Balaram Mohapatra
Mr. Parsuram Mohapatra
Mr. Debasis Mohapatra|
Mr. Rajaram Mohapatra
We must convey our thanks to IAFF and its contributors. Unless their contribution, the College would not have provided with library and reading room, which is very much essential for the educational institution"|
- Nilima Rath, Principal
Gopabandhu Women's College
Athgarh, Dist. Cuttack
The School is greatly benefited by the Journal grant from the IAFF... Some of the journals are discontinued because of pressure on annual budget. Therefore, subscription to Physiologia Plantarum by IAFF is of immense help to the faculty and students here. The journal is consulted by research scholars from other colleges, like G.M. College (autonomous), Larambha College, Panchayat College, Bargarh, Atabira College, etc."|
- Dr. U.C.Biswal
Head, School of Life Sciences, Sambalpur University
With reverence, I, on behalf of the Governing Body and the staff (both teaching and non teaching) members and the students of the college, express my heartiest congratulation for extending your helping hands to this baby institution. A ray of hope is illuminated after receipt of the first phase of donation"|
- Major P. Mohanty
Principal, Sarankul College
I am glad to inform you that the method you taught at the vegetable farms to the farmers at a village near Bolwa in Jharkhand, it has got very good results. we have been informed by our Bolwa unit that those farmers have good much better yield and are extremely happy with the very good results. I must congratulate you that if simple demonstration has helped them and such is the response, I am sure, with the model demonstration of the soil less bed models, attentions of the villagers from near by villages will also be there."|
- Mr. Pravin Patel
Director, Tribal Welfare Society
CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS|
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IAFF GUESTROOM IN BHUBANESWAR
- Potential guests must write to email@example.com enquiring about the availability of the guest room.
- Full rent for the duration requested in the application form must be paid in advance before reservation can be confirmed. Check is payable in US dollars to IAFF and should be mailed to 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502. Personal checks are acceptable; however, confirmation will be given only after the check has been credited to the IAFF account.
- There is no cancellation or refund. However, the fees will be applied towards a future use of the guesthouse. If the person making the reservation wishes to delegate the rights to one or two other people that is also acceptable provided that this change is in accordance to other administrative rules.
- Maximum stay is for three nights. Longer stay is possible with prior arrangement, but cannot be extended at the site. Check-in time is any time after 12 noon. Check out time is before 12 noon of the last day.
- No provision is available for children. However, if children are accompanying, you are welcome to share with them provisions included in the cost without requesting additional provisions.
- No financial transaction will be accepted by or on behalf of IAFF at the site. Any personal request that involves financial transactions must be paid by the guest and sis strictly a discretionary arrangement between the guest and the IAFF staff with no direct or indirect involvement of IAFF.
- Guest(s) will be received at the Bhubaneswar airport or Train Station as per prior arrangement on the date of arrival. They will be dropped off at the airport or train station or bus station on the day they check out from the guest room. There will be no reception at any bus station.
- Guestroom rates per night
||Room with breakfast
||Room with reception/drop off but no breakfast
||Room with reception/drop off and breakfast
- The Guest room has: Seating area for relaxing/dining, Bedroom area with two beds, counter with sink and Bathroom with commode, shower and towels etc. Linens, towels and soap will be changed once a week. There is no line-phone service. Mobile phone use is available for Rs.2/min or part of a minute.
- The Guest room has lights, AC, fans and hot water. But these are not guaranteed because of unreliability of city power supply. When power is out, one solar-lantern will be provided in the bedroom area.
- Computer use is available for Rs. 20/hour but no Internet service.
- All adult guests will receive at no additional cost one bottled-water per adult per night. An additional bottle per adult per night will be provided only upon request.
Because the check-in time is after 12 noon, there will be no breakfast on the day of arrival. However, each adult will receive a bottle as described above. Each morning thereafter, breakfast will be served in your room between 7-8 am. The breakfast may be prepared at the site or may be catered in from outside vendors depending on circumstances that will be determined by IAFF staff at the site. If you wish earlier or later breakfast please indicate so in your response sheet. Please note that the price you have paid includes two adults only. If you have children with you, you are welcome to share your food with your children but IAFF has no provision for children.
GUEST ROOM APPLICATION FORM
SUBRINA BISWAL PRIZE IN PERFORMING ARTS
SUBRINA was born to Dr. Nilambar and Mrs. Anu Biswal in Huston, TX. She represented an exemplary blend of two cultures: Indian and American. Thus, her life represents the logo of IAFF, which stands for Indo-American Friendship Foundation. She demonstrated her innate talent in dance and music when she was only 2-1/2 years old. She was a gifted and talented dancer in three styles of Indian classical dance: Odissi, Kuchipudi and Bharat Natyam. She mastered the intricate footwork, facial expressions, and sensuous body movements of the ancient and traditional Indian art. She was one of the youngest artists in the USA to have her “Ranga Pravesham” (stage debut) at the age of 7-1/2 years, on which occasion she gave a two-hour solo performance. She contributed her artistic talents to numerous charitable fund-raising efforts throughout USA and Canada without the benefit of a dance teacher, and with her mother’s help.
SUBRINA developed innovative styles through rigorous practice and by analyzing videotapes of her own performances. Her talents were not limited to performing arts only; she also excelled in studies and sports. Subrina had many friends and she has left a legacy of love, affection, and compassion. She was snatched away from us all within days of her last performance at the 20th OSA (1989) convention held at Nashville, TN.
IAFF is pleased and proud to name this award in performing arts after SUBRINA BISWAL to not only give tribute to her artistic talents, but more importantly, to celebrate her spirit of friendship, selfless sharing and joy of participation. In awarding this prize, IAFF hopes to inspire other Oriya-American children to follow SUBRINA’s footprints by accepting this event as an opportunity to participate rather than compete for a prize.
INDO-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION
SUBRINA BISWAL PRIZE IN PERFORMING ARTS
GOVERNING RULES THE FOLLOWING RULES SUPERCEDE ALL RULES PUBLISHED PRIOR TO JULY 15, 2008
- NAME: The naming of the prize after Subrina Biswal is governed by an agreement between IAFF and the late Subrina's parents. If Subrina's name is dropped at any time in the future, the prize will be continued under the name "IAFF PRIZE IN PERFORMING ARTS" until the prize is renamed.
- OBJECTIVE: To provide incentive for 1) Children of OSA members to develop performing arts talents, 2) OSA members to attend the annual convention with children having performing arts talents, and 3) To support local chapters through collaboration in the award of the prize.
- FREQUENCY AND AMOUNT: The prize will consist of a cash award, the amount of which will depend on the availability of funds and a certificate. The prize will be awarded annually in conjunction with the OSA annual convention. This rule was amended on Dec. 1, 1990 to include provisions for three prizes: First, Second and Third. Accordingly, the available fund will be divided to 50%, 30% and 20% for the three prizes in the order listed.
- ANNOUNCEMENT: The announcement will be made available at the web site www.iaff1.org. In case the web site becomes nonfunctional the announcement will be sent as e-mail attachment no later than Feb. 1 of the same calendar year. A copy of the announcement must also be supplied to the OSA president.
- PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: Each participant must not have reached the 18th birthday on the day the event is to be held and must be a citizen or permanent resident of USA/CANADA. Visitors of any age are not eligible for the award. Children with visitor visa are eligible if their parents are residents of USA/CANADA and if they are current students in a recognized school system.
- PARTICIPANT INELIGIBILITY: Participants will be ruled ineligible under any one or more of the following circumstances:
- Participant(s) representing an organization or institution
- Participants presenting copyrighted or otherwise restricted items. See event eligibility below for clarification.
- Any person participating in more than one event will be ineligible for the prize.
Example: If a participant presents a solo item and also participates in a group item, that participant and the group in which he/she participates will not be eligible for any prize even if on the basis of the scoring the participant or the group secures a rank among the top three. This clause was introduced effective 2009 to remove unequal advantage for those who may position themselves to some how win a prize through participation in multiple items. It is therefore important for group participants to make sure none of them will participate in any other event.
- Effective 2009, no person can win any Subrina Biswal Prize in Performing Arts in two consecutive years. In the event a winner of the previous year participates in a group event which secures a ranking among the top three positions, the said participant will be found disqualified for any prize, which will be divided equally among the other participants in the group.
- EVENT ELIGIBILITY: Comedy, Dance, Drama, Instrumental, Singing, and Skit; any item that cannot be clearly defined as performing arts (e.g. magic shows, body-building, acrobatics, etc.) will be ineligible for this prize. Participants in any item that has copy right restrictions or restrictions of any other type that do not also apply to every other item will be ineligible for the prize.
- SELECTION OF JUDGES: A total of five judges will be selected from among the audience through consultation between the IAFF representative and host-chapter representative(s). The IAFF president/representative will also function as a judge, but his/her score will be used only in case of a tie.
While selecting judges people with expertise in any area of performing arts must be excluded from the judge’s panel. The rationale for this approach are as follows: a) Experts in every area of competition may not be available in the audience; b) Use of experts and non-experts might introduce dual standards of evaluation; c) Experts might tend to evaluate based on techniques of the art rather than its entertainment value, which takes into consideration age, enthusiasm etc.; and d) Experts in one discipline may lack an objective appreciation for another discipline of performing arts, thus resulting in biased judging.
- TIME AND PLACE: This will be left to the discretion of the host chapter. However, all participants must be provided the same venue and same format without any differential treatment or favoritism.
- SELECTION OF AWARDEES: Scoring will be done in a scale of 1-10, ten being the highest score. Scores by all the judges will be added to determine the cumulative highest score. Winners of the prize will be selected on the basis of these cumulative scores, the first prize being awarded to the participant with the highest cumulative score. The scoring will be done solely on the basis of entertainment value without any consideration to technical skills. Thus, age-performance relation will be given serious consideration. For example, an older participant may be expected to perform better than a younger participant. In this case the age of the younger participant should be considered positively.
- ANNOUNCEMENT AND AWARD OF THE PRIZE: The names of the winners will be announced at a time and place determined by the host chapter. At the time of announcement each recipient will be handed a claim voucher in a sealed envelope. Each recipient will send electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org the claim voucher with all requested information and documents to claim the prize. Any information or document submitted through any other means are not acceptable. If examination of the information and documents results in the disqualification of a winner, the next lower ranked participant will be elevated to the position of the disqualified winner.
- SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: If the performing arts event can not be conducted in collaboration with OSA or any of its chapters, the IAFF president will attempt to develop an alternative procedure in consultation with the Board of Advisors and Subrina's parents.
||Devranjan Patnaik (Solo)
||Rupali Mishra |
||Michigan Youth Group |
||Alok and Anand Dash
||Suraj Patnaik |
||Lipi Mishra/Durga Sarangi
||Priyanka,/Pallavi /Purvasha Patnaik|
||Jyoti Misra/Sweta Mohapatra/Akita Khandai, Bidula Sinha|
||Atasi Satapathy, Ananya Kar
||Reena Patro, Shovna Tripathy|
||Reena Patro, Shovna Tripathy, Shomya Tripathy|
||Renuka, Rohini Rege
||Pratik A. Dash
||Ayesha Kar/Manisha Patra|
||Samir Mishra, Suraj Patnaik, Anna Das, Jyoti Mishra, Ankita Khandai
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Report on 2010 Haiti and Odisha Tour: DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT GOVERNMENT
- Samir Mishra
- Suraj Patnaik
- Anna Das
- Jyoti Mishra
- Ankita Khandai (Dance)
- Ellora Mohanty
- Shefaly Ray
- Neha Biswal
2nd Prize/$300 :