Indo-Canadian Village Improvement Trust

Support Us

ICVIT is executing eco friendly affordable sustainable village projects in rural India. These projects will impact the future generations for years to come.

ICVIT is seeking funds as well as volunteers who can share their skills and expertise in various areas.

If you have education or experience in water purification or waste water management or in various areas of rural development and are interested in volunteering your time in rural India, specifically in Punjab or wish to donate to our worthy cause, please contact Dr. G.S Gill at


Main Navigation

Future Projects

Uppal Khalsa, District Jilander
Uppal Khurd, District Jilander

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid CSS!



Indo-Canadian Village Improvement Trust is executing village lifestyle improvement projects since 2007. It is a duly registered society under the laws of Government of India. Indo-Canadian Village Improvement Trust (I.C.V.I.T.) is executing totally integrated comprehensive eight village Improvement projects at the moment. Once finished these projects will be comparable to similar projects in Canada. I.C.V.I.T. also has installed totally solar powered ultra filtration water purification plant in collaboration with AQUA INFINITUM of Switzerland in November, 2011 that produces 10000 liters of water daily.The water is given of free of charge to village situated in the district of HoshiarPur in Punjab, INDIA

I.C.V.I.T is southerly partner of Indo-Canadian Friendship Society of British Columbia, Canada. I.C.F.S.B.C was founded by Dr Gurdev Singh Gill in 1976. I.C.F.S.B.C is a registered charitable society under the laws of British Columbia and Canada. This NGO has been active in all type of social work in Greater Vancouver area since 1976 and for the past 12 years it has devoted its energies in international rural development in Punjab, India. Earlier in association with other NGO where Dr G.S. Gill was vice president, I.C.F.S.B.C has finished eight ECO Friendly sustainable comprehensive village projects. Dr. Gill was personally involved in all aspects of development of these projects and spent six months of a year in Punjab supervising and executing these projects as is the case with ongoing projects.

Dr G.S. Gill is a medical graduate from University of British Columbia and the first doctor of Indian origin to open private practice in Canada. He is recipient of Order of British Columbia, Honorary degree of science form university of British Columbia and numerous other rewards for his social work in Indian community.

In 2005, Government of Punjab offered to match or exceed funds collected by NON RESIDENT INDIANS under PUNNRI CD SCHEME 2.35 and presently called PUNNRI CD SCHEME.1.ICFSBC not only collected funds from NRI but also from CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY and "NON-NRI" Canadians. So far ICFSBC has been instrumental in remitting about 2 million dollars in the development of rural projects. An overview of this scheme is listed somewhere else in this website

These projects focus on providing rural Indian villages with:

  • Access to clean drinking water
  • Sewerage disposal systems
  • Paved village streets with concrete
  • Solar street lighting
  • Computers in school if none available.
  • Sanitary living condition
  • Governance
  • Empowerment of women
  • Other infrastructural upgrades

The sanitation. Public health and infrastructure upgrades are also a significant exercise in participatory democracy, as villagers and former villagers living abroad (NRI) pull together their resources to make rural village life clean and healthy

Punjab has a population of 20 million and 70% of this population lives in villages. There about 125000 villages in Punjab and most of them lack modern amenities that are taken for granted in West. Typical villages lack clean drinking water and in many areas water is contaminated. There is no management of waste water. Open drains with raw sewerage are an invitation to mosquitoes and flies that spread innumerable diseases. Gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever and many parasitical diseases are rampant. Children and poor suffer the most from the dismal state of sanitation. According to a world bank report every 10th death in India is caused by disease linked to inadequate sanitation.7,68,000 deaths are caused by poor sanitation and half of them are simply due to gastroenteritis that is reduced by 70-90 % in our finished projects. There is economic loss of 2.4 trillion Rupees ( 53.8 billion dollars) to India.

India Canada village improvement trust is vigilant about spending donations and grants. ICVIT costs are less by 30-50% cheaper than comparable projects of Government of Punjab. This is result of better management, innovations and new technology, transparency and misuse of any funds.