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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

ICA 2016 Annual Banquet Honoring

Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj
Adhik Kadam, Founder of Borderless World Foundation 
Radha & Dipak Basu, Founders of Anudip

For their dedication and commitment to
helping under served communities

On Saturday, October 8, 2016
At the India Community Center in Milpitas, California 
Click here for: Event Registration

Read about our honorees

Mr. Anshu Gupta (3)

Anshu Gupta

Anshu Gupta, one of India’s leading social entrepreneurs, founded Goonj, a Delhi­ based NGO that focuses on dignity in development work (www.goonj.org). Anshu won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015, for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.’ He is an Ashoka Fellow and received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Schwab Foundation in 2012. Goonj has also earned the World Bank’s Development Marketplace award and NASA’s recognition. >> Read Full Bio >>

Adhik Kadam

Adhik Kadam is co­founder and director of Borderless World Foundation (www.borderlessworldfoundation.org), which has rescued and provides safe shelter and modern education to more than 220 girls in the Jammu and Kashmir conflict zone. Working despite great personal risk – kidnapped by militants, interrogated by security forces and subject to fatwas against him – Adhik has won the trust of all through his sincerity, transparency and dedication. He has been awarded the Mother Teresa Award For Social Justice, the Yuwanmesh 2011 Award, the Rotary Excellence Award, The Spirit of Mastek award and the Youth Icon award by the Maharashtra Times Group. >> Read Full Bio >>

 Radha and Dipak Basu

Radha Basu & Dipak Basu launched the Anudip Foundation in 2007 (www.anudip.org) to serve poor and marginalized youth through skills development in IT and entrepreneurship. In 2009, they started the Jhumki Basu Foundation to help at ­risk American students from urban minority communities. Radha Ramaswami Basu, a former HP Executive, Chairman & CEO of SupportSoft, is founder of iMerit, a social enterprise that delivers on-demand Digital services to global clients employing youth trained by Anudip. She is recipient of Excelsior Leadership, Top25 Women of the Web, CEO of the Year 2000, and Leader of the Millennium awards. >> Read Full Bio >>
Dipak Basu, a co­founder of NetHope, a nonprofit tech alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies, received the Tech Laureate Award for IT in Humanity, and President’s Award from Save the Children. He is author of Mission to Teach, the award winning biography of their late daughter, Dr. Jhumki Basu, as well as two books of historical fiction.

Carnegie Mellon and Hear2Read Make Free Software Available

Android App Lets Visually Impaired in India Listen to Texts in Native Languages

Android App Lets Visually Impaired Child in India Listen to Texts in Native Language

Millions of visually impaired people in India may benefit from free, open-source software for Android devices that converts electronic text written in Indian languages into messages they can hear.

The text-to-speech (TTS) software, developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with the Hear2Read project, can now be downloaded free of charge from Google Play. Tamil is the first language offered, with subsequent releases of seven major languages — Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi and Telugu — expected over the remainder of the year.

Four out of five people in India speak one of those eight languages. India has 22 official languages in all. More than 62 million Indians are visually impaired. “We’re looking to create speech output for as many languages as possible”, said Suresh Bazaj, a serial entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay area and founder of Hear2Read. >> Read more >>

Support UnitedGood for #Chennai Relief


The recent monsoon in December 2015
has crippled Tamil Nadu and capital city Chennai, leaving 280 dead and millions displaced. The city needs long term rehabilitation The city and its surrounding districts, has seen unprecedented devastation to life and property. Damages and losses are estimated to be more than USD 3 Billion (INR 20,000 Crores).
The UnitedGood team is working with partners in the field to begin restoration of property and livelihood.



Join hands to rebuild Nepal

Nepal Earthquake

After the massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, which killed nearly 8,000 people and destroyed 300,000 dwellings, people need to start rebuilding. There is an urgent need to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets, as well as restore lost livelihoods and rebuilding of houses with earthquake resistant technology. ICA is working with International Development Exchange (IDEX) who is in Nepal on the field: http://www.idex.org/

Please donate generously. Go to donate page. Choose Nepal Earthquake Relief in the project drop down menu. 100% of your donation will go directly to the rehabilitation process, and ICA will match your donations up to $5K and ensure that funds provide immediate and needed assistance.



U.S. Premiere of the Hindi Movie (with English Subtitles) starring Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni

Based on real life story of Dr. Prakash Amte


2015 Oct 3rd & 10th, Saturday
at 2:00 PM

@Serra Theater, 200 Serra Way, Milpitas, CA
Contact us:
650-804-1066 (Pushpa)
510-579-8211 (Ajay)
408-461-8390 (Sunil)

A Letter of Appreciation for ICA:  Letter From VIDYA

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