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Local Charity Supports Villages in Rural India

The Indo-Canadian Friendship Society of British Columbia (ICFSBC) is a registered charitable society and NGO that aims to improve the living conditions of rural Indian villages.

sm-Indo-Canadian-Friendship-Society-of-British-ColumbiaThe Indo-Canadian Friendship Society of British Columbia (ICFSBC) is a registered charitable society and NGO that aims to improve the living conditions of rural Indian villages.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in discussions on million dollar teardowns, we are undoubtedly all fortunate to live in a city like Vancouver. Not just because of the mountains, waves or parks, but because we have access to the essentials that enable us to lead healthy lives. Yes, many of us might roll our eyes at the thought of this #blessed mentality, but think about this; what would life be like if the place you called home was a threat to your physical health?

 Before ICFSBC Involvement. Before ICFSBC Involvement.

According to the ICFSBC, diseases linked to inadequate sanitation cause every tenth death in India. 800,000 annual deaths in India are due to infection and 50% of those occur from gastroenteritis due to unsanitary infrastructure. For the last 42 years, ICFSBC has been working to combat these statistics by providing rural Indian villages with access to clean drinking water, sewage disposal systems and water treatment plants. Because of this, the ICFSBC’s sustainable villages project has positively impacted the populations of eighteen villages throughout India so far.

 After ICFSBC Sustainable Village completion. After ICFSBC Sustainable Village completion.

With the completion of each project, the health of the villages has undergone remarkable improvements. They’ve witnessed significant decreases in common infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid and gastroenteritis meaning the ICFSBC’s efforts don’t just improve the infrastructure of villages, they actually save lives. To learn more, or to donate directly to the ICFSBC’s sustainable village projects, visit their website HERE.