Poor Rural School Children as Agents of Change
of Rural Youth
A Path Towards a
in Dry-Land Areas
Rashtra Seva Dal
A More Socially Just Society
Abatement of Arsenic
in Drinking Water
Help to Tsunami-Affected Children
Who We Are
Our administrative work is done by volunteers, chiefly the Board
Who We Help
We support strong local organizations
How We Choose
We foster self-help and self-reliance
See our art books from past fundraisers
Winter 2014 Newsletter Now Available!
Fostering Self-Help Aid
What is CIVA?
Canada India Village Aid, or CIVA, is an independent non-profit charitable society based in Vancouver, BC. CIVA has operated since 1981 raising funds to support projects benefitting the peoples of rural India.
How does CIVA operate?
Canada India Village Aid fulfills its mandate by providing funds and offering support to Indian organizations working at the grassroots level. We take the view that our role is not to provide top-down direction but rather to stand back and allow the people who are directly affected come to us and tell us what they need.
Every year we receive a number of exciting projects both from our longstanding Indian partner organizations and from Indian NGOs new to us. We take on the difficult task of reading through project proposals and deciding which to support.
The more funds we raise, the more projects we can support. As CIVA has no paid staff every dollar donated goes directly to India to help foster self-help and self-reliance among some of the world's poorest people.