About

History

Child Vikaas International (CVI), grew out of a series of meetings in 1998 between Dr. Kali Pappu, a social worker from India, and us, a group of Indian professionals in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Pappu, who is a doctor and community health specialist himself, wanted to increase awareness of issues of child nutrition, rehabilitation of street children, and health care for women in India, and was interested in mobilizing U.S. funds for these matters.

Motivated by these meetings, we decided to form an organization to support child development projects all over India. We decided to call ourselves Child Vikaas International. (Vikaas is a Sanskrit word that means development.)

We were incorporated in August 1998, and we obtained our 501(C)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS in January 1999. Contributions to us are fully tax-deductible under IRS laws.

Our finances are completely public and can be found here at the end of each year.

Goals:

  • To initiate child development projects in India.
  • To mobilize funds for child development projects in India.
  • To act as informal representatives in the United States for child development projects in India.
  • To raise awareness within the United States of the problems of child and human development in developing nations.

We were incorporated in August 1998, and we obtained our 501(C)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS in January 1999.

Board

Our all-volunteer board is comprised of the following people. Each of us typically sponsor, coordinate and raise funds for projects in India.

Shantha Kumar Member
Nader Rad Secretary
S. “Raj” Rajagopalan President
Bharath Sethuraman Member
Sridhar Subramanian Treasurer

Our Approach

As a matter of policy, we work only with those projects and organizations where we feel we can be in close touch with the activists and the organizations, and where we feel comfortable promoting their activities in the U.S. In all cases, we seek full financial disclosure and accountability from the organizations we support. We only fund organizations for which we have a high degree of comfort that our funds are being spent wisely and that they are indeed reaching the target audience.

Since our formation, we have been involved with over twelve projects in India. We are currently funding three projects. We have supported projects for varying periods, from one to over 16 years.

Our finances are completely public and can be found here at the end of each year.