Indians for Collective Action 2013 Holiday Party & Annual Dinner Honoring Outstanding Women Leaders Ms. Nileema Mishra and Ms. Melinda Kramer
Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Santa Clara, CA
Indians for Collective Action Invites You to
2013 Holiday Party and Annual Dinner Honoring
Ms. Nileema Mishra
Founder of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN)
Ms. Melinda Kramer
Founder of Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA)
For their dedication and commitment to helping underserved communities
Nileema Mishra is an activist engaged in rural development in Maharashtra, India. She is one of the youngest recipients of the Magsaysay Award (dubbed as the Nobel Prize of Asia). She donated her Magsaysay award money, received in 2011,to Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) to provide micro-finance to help poor women. In recognition of her work for rural development she was awarded Padmashree by the Government of India in 2013. Micro-financing coupled with logistical support provided to farmers, entrepreneurs and women’s Self Help Groups encourages savings, imparts skills for alternate livelihood, and helps build sanitation systems. Nileema’s initiative has eliminated farmer suicides and empowered rural women in multiple villages in many districts to be proud earning members of their families.
Melinda Kramer co-directs WEA's world-wide work around issues of clean water, food security, climate change, and land protection through strategic investments in grassroots women's leadership. WEA works to build solutions to global environmental challenges by uplifting the leadership of women. WEA’s work in India includes GREEN Foundation, RUPANTAR in Chhattisgarh, Rural Women Upliftment Society(RWUS) in Manipur, People’s Action for Development (PAD) in Assam, Bindrai Institute of Research and Action’s (BIRSA) in Jharkhand and Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group in UP. Rucha Chitnis, the South Asia Program Director of WEA will join Melinda in receiving the award.
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Indians for Collective Action (ICA) http://www.icaonline.org
Founded in 1968, with the mission to support sustainable development in India by partnering with dedicated activists and non-governmental organizations, ICA, over the last 45 years, has given over $6 million to more than 350 innovative, community-based projects in 23 Indian states in the areas of health, education, microfinance, integrated rural development, and democratic reforms. ICA has been an active contributor in helping design some of the most innovative solutions for our partners, including EKTTA Technology and Women’s Leadership Programs. Other recent ICA Initiatives include ICA Ambassadors, ICA Development Circle, InSPIRE youth program, Pallium India, and projects, including SEWA, Jhatkaa, SEARCH, SEWA Rural, India Nirman Sangh, Sambhav Trust, Aarati Homes, Circle of Goodwill, Jaipur Foot Camps, Cooperative Housing Foundation of Bangalore, Peoples Science Institute for Uttrakhand Flood Relief and Response, Karuna Vihar, National Youth Project, and Association for Democratic Reforms.