SUCCESS STORY-The Art of Giving Back to India

The first in our series of success stories features the successful implementation of sanitation projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Sikkim. In line with IDF-OI’s mandate of implementing Government of India’s flagship programme -Swachh Bharat Mission across states in India, projects successfully executed by state agencies include the construction of community toilets in Tirupati and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and a public toilet in Amritsar, Punjab.

Striving towards the goal of improving health through the eradication of open defecation, these projects have provided access to good sanitation facilities to several beneficiaries. For instance, community toilet in Tirupati has benefitted nearly 1600 pilgrims and local residents visiting Tirumala temple each day. The community toilet in the Government hospital of Vijaywada by ensuring a user friendly hygienic facility, is catering to the sanitation needs of local population including the differently abled. The public toilet in Rambagh Garden of Amritsar is another project in sync with the mission and vision of the Swachh Bharat Mission, and benefits slum dwellers, floating population and street vendors who otherwise have no access to toilets.

As IDF-OI enters its next phase of implementation of projects pertaining to sanitation and education, we hope that the success of these projects, many of which have been generously funded by NRI Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A.,would inspire several other Overseas Indians to join us in our journey towards transforming India’s distant dream of a better India into a present reality.

Community Toilet in Varadaraja Nagar, Tirupati

Public Toilet in Rambagh Garden, Amritsar

Community Toilet in Government Hospital, Vijayawada

About our Champion-Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A.:

An Overseas Indian from U.A.E, Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A. apart from being the Managing Director of the Lulu Group, is also a firm proponent of philanthropy whose symbolic achievements on the business and social front and ceaseless efforts to promote India amongst the Overseas Indians’ community have won him several accolodes including the esteemed Padmashri award in 2008 and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in 2005.

Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A. MD, Lulu Group of Companies, UAE Proudly assists IDF-OI
"I think setting up of IDF-OI is one of the best initiatives of the Government. In my view, it is serving the dual purpose of tapping the much needed funds for our community development and connecting the large Indian Diaspora with the nation building process. This surely makes us all feel very proud of India and its future."


  • Community Toilet in Govt. Hospital, Vijayawada
  • Construction of Community Toilet in Varadaraja Nagar, Tirupati
  • Construction of Public Toilet in Rambagh Garden, Amritsar
  • Construction of Community Sanitary Complex, Gangtok