Hemalkasa, Exemplary Rural Healthcare & Life Journey of Dr Amte

  My sister and I reached our 5 AM flight on time thanks to the graciousness of my Uncle and Aunt. We walked out to the pickup area, and realized we had no way to contact our driver to Hemalkasa because our cell phone had no credit on it. Relieved to know our trip was off to an auspicious start, …

Jaipur Foot Camp: Eyewitness Report

Jaipur Foot Camp January 6, 2013 Rajkot, India Eyewitness Report by Bhupen Mehta for the Indians for Collective Action (ICA) donors Prepared on Feb 20, 2013   ICA has been co-sponsoring Jaipur Foot (JF) camp in Rajkot for last six years with local support and excellent help provided by Shri Naginbhai Jagada and the volunteers from the local chapter of …

Youth Journey: Service to Baba Amte Health Camp in Hemalkasa

I need to start with a little bit of structure before diving into our trip. I am a firm believer that every story deserves a background, in order to give the reader some sort of context when understanding the story. So I wanted to make this first blog post an introduction about where we were going, who I am, and …

InSPIRE 2013 – Connect with India this Summer

InSPIRE 2013 Summer Youth Program … It’s on! InSPIRE 2013 Youth Summer Program | on behalf of Indians for Collective Action Dear Friends, What are some of the youth you know doing this summer? How about something meaningful in India? InSPIRE – Indian Summer Program Inspiring Reflective Exploration QUESTION your assumptions. EXPLORE your values. CONNECT to your roots. RELATE to …

What we Eat vs. How we Cook it: A Report from the Field

Climate Healers‘ mission is to facilitate reforestation around the world so that carbon cycle imbalances due to human activities can be reversed.  The ultimate objective is to draw down the Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere to levels conducive to the well-being of ecosystems and therefore, human beings, around the world. Reforestation is the primary means available to achieve …

An Evening with Author of Carbon Dharma and Reflections from IDC friends

Dear Hetal and Unmesh Most social gatherings do not leave any lasting impact on mind. Only once in a while we come across some one like Sailesh Rao who does not hesitate to take the listeners through all ups and downs of his adventurous journey in life. We build a closely knit community only when we have opportunities to learn …

Quality Assurance and Project Log/Journal April 21 – 25

We need to make sure that we have a good product, but also recognize that the product will have problems outside of the laboratory. Field conditions will provide constant stress on the product, so we need to develop a dynamic process to address those problems. This will be done in the form of a written manual and training for a …

SEWA Hariyali Project Log/Journal: April 15-21

I’m not sure how four days have passed.  One was lost to United Airlines, who lost my luggage, my connecting flight, and my sanity.  One was lost to the Lansdowne Hotel, an illustrious tribute to white privilege and expensive breakfast.  One was lost to the time zones, the black holes of that fourth dimension. The fourth, however, is difficult to …

New Programs in 2012: Development Through Innovation

ICA is building collaborative open source platform aimed at inspiring, collaborating and empowering social sector through human centric design and their professional skills. ICA is looking to provide a best way to reduce poverty. By actively understanding challenges of social organizations like SEWA, there is a best chance to come up with a long lasting solutions. We aim to strategically …

Infinite Vision Book Review: Aravind is like Kilimanjaro and Infinite Vision is like Himalaya touching my infinite imagination

What were my lessons from book? Many of the reviewers have done attributed importance of “spirituality” in doing work such as this. This is certainly an important factor, there are many other equally critical factors for their success. When Dr. V inspired Thulsiraj from well-paid corporate management role in US, his inclusion into team brought a much needed operational vision. …

Sustainable Innovation

Social innovation has been a near and dear subject to me for several years.  Since I left my corporate life, my main objective is to understand – how one can be a catalyst to create social innovation ecosystem.  During my last two visits in a year, meetings with so many new socially minded friends, visits to few leading NGOs like …

Project SEWA

Objectives of SEWA: The objectives of SEWA are Self-Reliance & Full Employment for its members. Self-reliance means that women should be autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability. Full employment means employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security, and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter). …

Building Bridges For Social Transformation

Unmesh Sheth My father, and first mentor, impacted me greatly. He gave to not only me, but to the people of Gujarat, India through  the immeasurable daily gifts of knowledge and social uplifting. He gave to me the lasting gift of courage to follow my passion instead of a “corporate mirage.” He was the first hero in my life. His …

Collaborative open source platform to inspire, collaborate and empower social sector

  ICA aims to inspire professional who have spent decent time in corporate world or students specializing in social entrepreneurship, design or international development. Our main aim is to engage young, ideal, and professional in finding sustaining solutions for development sector.  Several US based professionals with a previous start up, energy institution, semiconductor industry and healthcare solutions went to India …

Sneha Thomas’s Journey to SEWA Rural as ICA Ambassador

05/2011 Though I have read about many cases where an individual or a small group has created an impact in someone else’s life, I never thought I would be able to witness this in my real life. The work of SEWA Rural is just an inexplicable example where a small group of individuals made a difference in the society and …

Honor India’s Anti Corruption Movement & Dr. Paul Polak by Sponsoring ICA Annual Event

Dear ICA Friends,   Congratulation for celebrating India’s Independence day.  Though we are 64 years in independence today, we are way behind in giving independence for many Indians who have never benefited from policies and development of India.  In fact, Times of India editorial states that Corruption and Inflation are two reasons, India’s growth story may not even materialize.  A non-profit group …

Use your professional skills to alliviate poverty – First Knowledge Network for Indian Bottom Of Pyramid (BOP)

ICA’s social entrepreneur group is leading an initiative to build a replicable and scalable framework that assists non-profits and Social Entrepreneurs like ‘ARMMAN’ and ‘Pallium India’ in creating effective and efficient organizational structures (i.e. funding, operations, leadership development, management, services delivery). Today’s leading NGOs and social enterprises focusing on Bottom Of Pyramid (BOP) challenges, such as the creation of sustainable …

Creating impact in a right way

1. Mentoring Key Partners This is by far the best thing that ICA is doing today.  In fact, we are already building a significant value to  Pallium and ARMMAN in both India and US.  My trip clearly exposed importance of meeting these experts who can clearly have better understanding of public health and out-of-box approach more suitable in Indian market …

SEWA Rural – Exemplary of rural health delivery system

Though it would be unjust to give you all the details about their operation, for some who is specifically learning about SEWA-Rural, I highly recommend visiting their website. However, I thought readers might find useful to learn from my personal observation about such unique operations, challenges and key issues facing rural healthcare delivery in India. As noted earlier Dr. Anil …