Since 1998, Chandi Heffner has spearheaded and served as president of the CDH International Foundation. The charitable organization provides medical assistance for all people and animals, and she manages its daily operations. Since the foundation is based in India, Chandi Heffner spends much of her time in India leading the organization.
The original goal of the foundation was to reach the poor on a small scale, but over the years it has grown to care for more than 100,000 humans and more than 50,000 animals annually. It offers food, blankets, clothing, and wheelchairs for people as well as temporary shelter. Doctors and pharmacists travel daily to villages to treat patients, write prescriptions, and order diagnostic tests. Patients also receive vitamin A and Albendazole, which treats parasitic worm infections.
In addition, since animals are an integral part of the lives and survival of India’s residents, the CDH International Foundation seeks to educate handlers and diagnose and treat animal diseases that affect these people. Veterinarians examine the animals and administer medication and vaccines. Occasionally they gather blood and fecal samples to determine the diagnosis.