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’s 2015 Annual Banquet Honoring
Padmashri Dr. Prakash Amte & Dr. Mandakini Amte
Lok Biradar Prakalp, Maharastra, India
Padma Bhushan Dr. Thomas Kailath
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, California
For their dedication and commitment to helping under served communities
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 Time: 5:00PM to 9:30PM
Venue: India Community Center (ICC), Milpitas, California
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Drs. Prakash & Mandakini Amte: Since 1974, The Magasaysay award winners, Padmashree Dr. Prakash Amte (son of renowned humanitarian Baba Amte) & Dr. Mandakini Amte along with their organization Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) have spent 40 years to bridge the gap between the two worlds, that of the beneficiaries of modern science and technology and of the Madia Gond tribals who live on the fringes without basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. The doctor couple helped them assert their rights and intervened to mediate disputes and get rid of abusive officials.
Today, the Amtes’ tribal area hospital treats forty thousand patients a year, free of charge. Also, the popular animal orphanage at Hemalkasa run by the Amtes promotes the survival of animals as part of nature’s balance.
Dr. Thomas Kailath: Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, has been widely acclaimed for his contributions to science and technology. His numerous recognitions include the IEEE Medal of Honor in 2007, a Padma Bhushan award in 2009 from the President of India, and election to the major Science and Engineering Academies in USA, India, UK and Spain. In 2014, President Barack Obama honored him with a US National Medal of Science, for “transformative contributions to the fields of information and system sciences, dedicated and sustained mentoring of young scholars, and for translation of scientific ideas into entrepreneurial ventures that have had a significant impact on industry”.
Professor Kailath has been actively supporting numerous community and philanthropic initiatives in this country and in India, including ICA’s Sarah Kailath Women’s Leadership Program in India.
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.
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.