Canada India Village Aid, or CIVA, is an independent non-profit charitable society based in Vancouver, BC. Since 1981, CIVA has raised funds to support anti-poverty projects benefiting the peoples of rural India.
Our guiding principle is to foster self-help and self-reliance, particularly through sustainable development and women's empowerment.
The close relationships we maintain with our partners in India helps us ensure that the communities we support have the direction and leadership necessary to meet their goals.
Please visit our current projects listed on the home page to see the kind of work we do.
CIVA is unusual among non-profit Canadian organizations in that we have no paid staff. All work is done by volunteers, chiefly the board of directors, who also bear the administrative costs of the society.
In this way almost all the funds we raise annually go to our non-profit partners in rural India.
George Woodcock Ingeborg Woodcock (co-founders)
Dr. W.D. Forbes
CIVA is proud to list these illustrious individuals among our generous sponsors and patrons:
Princess Eva Galitzine
Dr. Kathleen W. and
Dr. Robert G. Langston