FARF, a non-profit organization, was constituted on 07/02/2014 under under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, Section 12A and 80G of Income Tax Act 1961.
FARF’s objectives include rural development-related work by colluding both actions and development-based research. Action items include quality education, social-welfare activities, implementation of the Government schemes to the eligible target group, digital services, transforming agriculture techniques, and fundamental human requirements. Development-based research includes awareness campaigns through open meetings, survey-based research cum reports being shared with administrative stakeholders, Right to Information Act (RTI), online complaints & Public Interest Litigation (PIL), skill development programs, and advancement of any other public utility programs without involving any physical activity. FARF’s vision is to help people and do public welfare works without any distinction of caste, color, or creed and shall not be for the benefit of any particular religious community or caste.
FARF’s scopes of work are to focus on a few core verticals in rural development:
- Child Education Support: FARF has adopted around 30+ poor children (mostly girls) in a few villages from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, who are either orphans or from very weak economic sections. We support and monitor these children in terms of their academic fees, school bags, shoes, report cards, etc in the private school.
- Social-Welfare Services: FARF has been actively involved in the rural areas based on emergency cases/scenarios such as COVID, financial assistance for medical treatment, and marriages of poor girls, plantations, agriculture camps, etc.
- Implementation of the Government Schemes (Digital Services): FARF is providing digital services to rural people in villages through our Common Service Centre. Digital services include the application of Income certificates, Caste certificates, domicile certificates, etc. There is no fee for poor people in rural places. FARF’s social media & digital team share the informative facts with rural people so that they can be well aware and be benefited from ongoing Government schemes.
- Reports or Video Documentary: To resolve the issues at the ground level, FARF is engaged in advocacy on a case-to-case basis through online platforms (Jansunwai, RTI, Twitter, etc.) or by making short documentaries, and FARF does share them with Government officials to look into the matter on an urgent basis. Some of the videos are uploaded at youtube Channel called “FARF India “
FARF is partnered with a few premier academic Institutes such as the School of Rural Management, Xavier University (XIM); Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA, Gujarat), and Vikashnavesh Foundation. We, as a host organization, facilitate their rural management students for their respective programs such as Rural Living and Learning Experience (RLLE@XIM), and Village Field Segments (VFS@IRMA) in our villages and engage them in our development-based research work. We also have partnered with the Vikashnavesh foundation to study the welfare of rural elderly. The general practice is that the outcomes or reports are shared with administrative stakeholders for further actions on the crucial findings of the study. Some of the research has been published in international journals too (link).