Like many backpackers from the Western world, young Rick — a native American — was another traveler in the land of miracles, spirituality, opportunities and compassion when he first went to India to explore its versatility and adaptability more than four decades ago.Falling in love with India, its people and its social rubric, Rick continued to visit India until 2009, when he decided to make India his “Karambhumi (working place).”
Before coming to India, Rick also worked in Caribbean region in seventies creating job opportunities to assist impoverished Carib Indians in Honduras. From the beginning, his mission was to create benefits for India’s underprivileged women and children via the development of a network of partnerships with like-minded NGOs, CSOs & corporate Sector.
In a candid chat with Dr. Anil Jaggi, Editor-in-Chief of CompanyCSR, Mr. Rick Carlton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SevaChild India Foundation, spoke about his roadmap for the delivery of relief for the most underserved and vulnerable class of society during these pandemic-challenged times.
Q: Please do share the journey behind Sevachild Foundation.
It was during that journey that I discovered the dire circumstances faced by children living in poverty; what I witnessed was heart breaking. I was also troubled by the apparent lack of communication between nonprofit organizations that provided aid for these children. These two factors inspired me to found SevaChild International in the United States (USA) and SevaChild India Foundation in 2010.
Q: What was the mission of founding “SevaChild India Foundation” in India and how are you able to manage its functioning with your base in USA?
Q: In the present Covid-19 situation of pandemic, how is SevaChild working on its core agenda, and how are you rendering Covid-19-relatedrelief to the needy people?
Q: With such a large number of beneficiaries all over India, how are you able to manage &execute your projects effectively?
Q: In the present distress situation with shrinking resources, what is your appeal to our readers to support your mission and how to reach you or your team?
The rations we are providing are surprisingly inexpensive. A Rs. 1500 donation will provide enough nutritious food to feed a hungry family of five for four weeks – plus two masks, and leaflets translated into the local language that illustrate how people can make their own homemade masks out of very inexpensive materials.
SevaChild India Foundation seeks funding from the corporate as well as the private sectors to expand its rations program through its established network of NGOs/CSOs. There is no end in sight to the pandemic’s destruction, and it is assumed that this condition will continue for months to come. Literally millions of Indian men, women and children without food ration cards are at risk of malnutrition and even starvation. Without our support, millions could perish. It takes only Rs. 1500 to provide food for a family of five for four weeks. Whom among us cannot afford to feed at least one of these families for a month? A small donation of Rs. 1500 could be the determining factor in the survival of an entire family in need of support.
SevaChild India Foundation is a Section 8 company; all donations to it are tax deductible to the full extent of the governing law.
Any concerned individual or organization wanting to support families in dire need of food may donate online at www.sevachild.org/in/donate, or transfer funds directly into our bank account at:
SevaChild India Foundation
Bank: HDFC Bank Ltd
Branch Number: 022-61606161
Account No: 50200010952002
Customer Id: 61096024
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