India Village Poverty Relief Fund

Two Cylinder Truck purchased in 2003

Women receiving their machines, Karyal

​Lovejit Masih is 24 years old and has just completed a three-year B.A. Arts program in Jalandhar. Lovejit’s mother is a widow with five other children.  She supports her family by working in various households. She gathers buffalo dung, mixes it with straw and forms it into patties that are dried for combustible fuel.  We have been sponsoring Lovejit since 2005.  He is the only child in his family who has received an education. Lovejit has always been passionate about studying and hopes to attend law school.  He dreams of becoming a lawyer in order to help others, as well as support his own family.

Other Accomplishments.

A donation of $42.00 (CDN) for a hand-cranked sewing machine can change the course of a young woman’s life.

Opening a Sewing Center, Gurdaspor

Priyanka is 22 years old and one of our former students.   Priyanka is a middle child between two brothers. Her family sold their house to educate their children up to Grade 12 and moved into a one room accommodation. The Fund then paid her tuition and fees for a three-year Bachelor of Science and Information Technology program. She is a very good scholar who maintained an average of 90% throughout her time as an undergraduate.   Upon completion, she will earn 25-30,000 rupees a month ($450-550.00 Can) as a beginning college lecturer.  Once she becomes permanent, she has the potential to earn three times this amount.  She continues to live at home, has no immediate wedding plans but plans to help her younger siblings once she is earning.  

About Us

As of 2016, we now have over 580 low income students being sponsored in 35 schools.

The India Village Poverty Relief Fund is dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children whose families are unable to pay the monthly fees to go to school. In 2015, over 580 students were enrolled in classes ranging from Junior Kindergarten up to College or University. Priority is given to educating girls, orphans, one parent children, children with chronically ill parents and students who are highly motivated, regardless of religion or race.

The Fund is committed to supporting a student through the entirety of their education. Regular reports, grades and updates are collected during our annual visits to the more than 35 schools that the fund is working with. The majority of these students reside in the most impoverished border areas of Punjab.

Pump and Latrine purchased in 2003

Meet Lovejit.

Students at St. Mary Convent, Chamyari

Meet Priyanka.

Providing Education for those who need it most.  


The India Village Poverty Relief Fund is committed to providing potable water and clean sanitary conditions. In 2003 the fund financed the building of a latrine complete with a septic system which serves many families within one village. In other villages, it has installed wells and hand pumps to provide drinking water, which in turn also saves long trips to limited available natural sources of water.

Students at All-Saints, Ajnala



​By 2015, the India Village Fund has established thirteen mobile sewing training centers. These centers operate in remote rural villages where there are few economic opportunities. Classes of 20-30 girls study intensively for six months and upon graduation from the program receive their own sewing machines. With these machines, they are able to sew for their families, taken in sewing orders and make uniforms for the local schools.

The Fund established its first sewing centre in 2007 in the city of Amritsar. Since then, we have worked diligently to empower women to contribute an income for their families.  Embroidery machines have also been purchased for the Bishop Symphorian Industrial Training Institute for training young women. In the culture of rural India these women will have increased value in arranged marriages and if widowed, are able to provide for themselves and their children.

Income Generating Projects.

Education

The India Village Poverty Relief Fund is committed to providing potable water and clean sanitary conditions. In 2003 the fund financed the building of a latrine complete with a septic system which serves many families within one village. In other villages, it has installed wells and hand pumps to provide drinking water, which in turn also saves long trips to limited available natural sources of water.

Students at St. Joseph's Convent, Khasa