An ICA First!

Join a thoughtful group of people at a special session offering you ways to play an active and influential role in shaping ICA’s future and in promoting social change in India.

Announcement

The ICA Annual conference will be held
Sunday, November 10, 2019
at
Villa Ragusa,
35 South Second Street,
Campbell, CA 95008

Agenda

Panels on HEALTH, EDUCATION, WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT, ENVIRONMENT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

$50 per person Conference and Dinner included in one price


2:30 PM Registration
3:00 PM President's Welcome and Introduction
3:15 PM Introduction by Mayuranki Almaula to “BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE, JOIN THE CONVERSATION”
  • - Vinayak Lohani, Founder of Parivaar
  • - Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO of Paani Foundation
  • - Dr. Anagha Amte, Lok Biradari Prakalp
  • - Lata Patil, Women’s Leadership Program
3:45 PM Lata Patil introduces the Roundtables, the topics to be covered and invites the audience to join one of the 4 Roundtables for dialog and learning
4:00 PM Roundtables for 1.5 hours
5:30 PM Vote of Thanks by Reshma
5:30 PM Networking, Registration for Banquet, Wine, Appetizers
6:30 PM Banquet welcome and introduction of the evening's proceedings
6:40 PM San Jose State University Food Pantry is recognized
6:50 PM Entertainment
7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Speaker: ICA honoree Vinayak Lohani, Founder Parivaar
8:00 PM Speaker: ICA honoree Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO Paani Foundation
8:30 PM Closing remarks
 

Honorees

Vinayak Lohani

Founder, Parivaar

Vinayak Lohani, an IIT (Kharagpur) and IIM (Calcutta) alum, is the founder of Parivaar, a humanitarian institution based in West Bengal. Inspired by the spiritual and humanistic ideals of Swami Vivekananda, Lohani gave up a lucrative career to devote his entire life to serving the ‘Divine in Man.’ Parivaar’s Residential Institutions have more than 2100 resident children and is considered to be a model institution for the care and overall development of children from destitute backgrounds in a residential setting.

Satyajit Bhatkal

CEO, Paani Foundation

Satyajit Bhatkal is an Indian television and film director, best known as director of Satyamev Jayate, a TV show focused on addressing social issues in India.

As a student and as a young lawyer, Satyajit was actively involved in important social and political causes and wrote extensively on them. His experiences as an activist led him to believe he had a story to tell, and in his mid-thirties he quit law to work in film and television. In 2010, actor-producer-director Aamir Khan invited Satyajit to develop a television show on social issues and over a period of several months, Satyamev Jayate was created.

He was part of the core production team of the Hindi film Lagaan, and also directed India's first theatrically-released national-award-winning documentary, Chale Chalo.

Recent Additions to ICA-Supported Philanthropies

Parivaar runs West Bengal’s largest free residential institution for children from destitute background with 2000 residential boys and girls.

Parivaar

Parivaar, a recently added ICA philanthropy, is a humanitarian organization that works towards the total care and overall development of children who are highly vulnerable to exploitation, victimization and trafficking, including orphans, street children, abandoned children, and extremely impoverished children from tribal areas. It also conducts many more humanitarian activities for the destitute and uncared, including elderly and shelterless. The organization has headquarters in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, and serves over 2,200 low-income children.

Read more at parivaar.org
77 Million Indians lack access to clean water. Paani is on a mission to change that.

Paani Foundation

Paani Foundation was set up in 2016 by the team of the TV series Satyamev Jayate to fight drought in rural Maharashtra. Water scarcity is largely a man-made condition, and we believe that only people's efforts can solve the crisis. Paani Foundation aims to harness the power of communication to mobilise, motivate and train people in this mission to eradicate drought. Offering training in scientific watershed management, leadership and community-building, Paani Foundation is now working in roughly 90% of drought-hit Maharashtra. Our flagship project, the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was instituted in 2016 as a way to encourage villages to apply their training in watershed management. Water Cup 2019 was held from 8th April to 27th May 2019.

Read more at paanifoundation.in

News: ICA Lauded for its Contributions

Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary was celebrated on August 11, 2019, at the India Community Center (ICC). The day-long event was very well attended by the Indian and non-Indian American communities. To commemorate the occasion, Chief Guest Dr. Subba Rao, an esteemed Gandhian and Indian freedom fighter sang songs and led Bharat Ki Santaan, a multilingual cultural presentation by children.

On behalf of ICA, Ms. Reshma Nigam, President accepted proclamations from Assembly member, Ash Kalra and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese. Both presenters spoke highly about the valuable contributions made by ICA over the past five decades.

Impressive panelists from diverse ethnicity and background shared their views on Gandhi's principles and teachings as well as focused on apply non-violence and intolerance in the present world. Some highlights were Mythili Kumar's Abhinaya Dance Company which performed a spectacular dance-drama on the life of Gandhi depicting special moments from his life's journey; poetry was recited by Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand; and songs were performed by ICC seniors.

ICA, the first 50 years (1968-2018)

ICA started as Front for Rapid Economic Advancement for India, (Co-Founded by Mahendrabhai Mehta), which later evolved into Indians for Collective Action in 1968. Much has changed in 50 years, but its vision and commitment to the educational, economic, and social welfare advancement of India remain the same.

ICA 1.0

The first few decades of ICA were focused on raising awareness, educating people on the issues and nurturing the enthusiasm of youth to contribute to India's development. Quite a few ICA members returned to India to work in NGO's and start their own NGO's including Dr. Ravi Chopra, S. R. Hiremath, and Madhukar Deshpande. There was also a think tank at UC Berkeley and one at Stanford University, and regular seminars were held often with outside speakers and activists. Funds raised were primarily for activists who returned to India. We are now calling this phase ICA 1.0.

ICA 2.0

In the last 25 years after Raj Mashruwala and Abhay Bhushan joined ICA, building on our core strengths of idealism, commitment and spirit of volunteerism, we started actively raising funds for, supporting projects in India and launched new initiatives in US like Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, movements like Rejuvenate India, and Promise of India. We also launched our ICA Honor Award program, recognizing and supporting leading activists and change makers in India. We also supported the AIF Fellows program in its formative stages and InSPIRE, the ICA youth program, as well as started ICA's Women's leadership program. We are now calling this phase ICA 2.0.

The next 50 Years! ICA 3.0

Now as we complete 50 years of ICA, celebrating our Golden Jubilee, we are set to launch ICA 3.0, building on our core strengths and programs from ICA 1.0 and ICA 2.0. In this phase, we will continue our programs from ICA 1.0 and 2.0, and add a third dimension which is to actively court and support social entrepreneurs as well as the growing base of successful Indians in the San Francisco Bay Area who want to make a difference.

We will scale up our fund raising and connect the social entrepreneurs here and in India, to ICA's donor base. We will guide this donor base in helping their philanthropic vision take shape. In addition, some of our work will be to work on local and global issues, as we have more and more second and third generation Indian Americans as ICA members. We will connect the activists and change makers in USA to those in India, so both can learn from each other and adapt the best practices. In this journey, we are closely following the Sustainable Development Goals stated by the United Nations.

For more info contact Abhay Bhushan at akbhushan@aol.com, 650­.868.6645.
Please mail donation check(s) to ICA Treasurer (GJC Fund), 3838 Mumford Place, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA.

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