Indians for Collective Action (ICA) is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group. ICA believes in a secure life for every Indian, in a sustainable environment and a just society. Since our inception in 1968, we have nurtured social activists, spawned many initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 states of India and disbursing over $5.0 million (mostly in last decade). We partner with dedicated social workers and activists in India and the U.S. We hope you will like our new programs and decide to join us here
Thank you for being a part of our celebration!!
At ICA’s 2014 Annual Banquet Honoring
PADMASHRI REEMA NANAVATY, Executive Director of SEWA
& Dr. VIVEK MURTHY, Founder of Doctors for America (DFA)
For their dedication and commitment to helping under served communities
READ ABOUT OUR 2014 HONOREES: BELOW
Ms. Reema Nanavaty has been serving Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) for over two and a half decades. She expanded SEWA’s membership to new heights making SEWA the single largest union of informal sector workers. She has lead millions of SEWA members, empowering them and lifting them out of poverty. She has worked selflessly for over 25 years on women’s economic empowerment, green energy and jobs, and children’s rights. She has also expanded SEWA’s work to other parts of India and internationally. She received India’s Padmashri award in 2013.
In honoring SEWA, we recognize Ms.Ela Bhatt, SEWA founder and recipient of numerous awards including the Right Livelihood Award. SEWA’s main goals are to organize women workers for full employment and self-reliance. Come and learn how 1.93 million women have been empowered today and learn their challenges and solutions. Joining Reemaben will be Ms.Kapilaben Parmar, President of SEWA.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, faculty at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Doctors for America, was recently nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Murthy would become the youngest Surgeon General in U.S. history. He has worked to better the lives of Indians through his work in HIV prevention and AIDS education as president and chairman of a non-profit organization called Visions Worldwide as well as Indian-Americans through his public health advocacy. Dr. Murthy was the Commencement Speaker at the Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Medicine in 2014. He is currently a practicing internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
HelpAge India is a leading charity in India working with and for disadvantaged elderly for more than 3 decades. It was set up in 1978 with a focus to improve the quality of life of destitute elders primarily in the rural areas through its welfare projects by providing free rations, free medical screening, free medicines, and conduct free cataract surgeries.
It slowly spread its wings and started focusing on long term sustainability options for these elders through various livelihood projects and helping them form Elder Self-Help Groups, which today span across India.
HelpAge India aims at helping elders rebuild their own lives and take charge of their own future, restoring within them a sense of self worth and confidence.