Our underlying principle is that 100% of the money you donate will go towards those in India who need it most.
Trustees and volunteers give their time, talents and resources freely. Our Indian partners understand how difficult it is to raise money in today’s financial climate, and they spend the donations wisely. Items bought for the homes are chosen for durability and with the safety of the children in mind. We aim to make the homes more self-sufficient by investing in vegetable gardens and livestock; providing fresh food and minimising costs.
Audited annual accounts are submitted to the Charities Commission for scrutiny, and we receive annual audited accounts from LCCT. All UK administrative costs are kept to a minimum, and these are recouped from the Gift Aid claimed from HMRC.
We receive no other funding from either Indian or UK Government sources.
UK Trustees make personal visits to India, which are not funded by India Direct. During visits, we check that the homes are well run and properly maintained, and the children are educated, healthy and well-cared for. We also consider suggestions for new projects, and support LCCT in assessing these. We check on accountability, ensure money is well spent, and nurture positive relationships with our partners. Trustees usually pay their own costs to visit India, however, on occasion private donations have been made specifically for this purpose.