" The mission is to promote philanthropy and public service "
During a visit to India in the summer of 1989, a few of the followers of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam (kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu) were fortunate enough to receive the blessings of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal. In their meeting with him, they came to know of the growing desire of many Indians living in the U.S and Canada to contribute to the social and charitable causes undertaken by the Peetam. In order to enable these devotees to identify and support these causes, Sri Jayendra Sarswati Swamigal stressed the importance of establishing a non-profit organization in the U.S.
The mission of this organization was to be three fold. First, it would seek to educate the devotees in the U.S. and to spread the word about the various charitable activities operated under the auspices of the Peetam. Second, it would ensure that funds were utilized for the purposes for which they were intended. Third, this organization would serve as a channel through which funds were efficiently and transparently appropriated to only worthy causes. At the outset, a key consideration was the importance of allowing donors to designate the cause or organization of their choice, thus enabling them to see the fruits of their efforts. In the following spring, a group of 5 volunteers decided to create the organization inspired by Sri Swamigal, and the Kanchi Kamakoti Seve Foundation was registered in the State of New York as a not profit corporation on June 7, 1990. The founding members of the organization were Dr.A.V.Raghunath, Dr.S.R.S.Varadan, S.Gayatrinath, V.Shiva Kumar and L. Shanthi Kumar.
In the 8 years since its inception, KKSF acted primarily as a conduit though which donations from people from all parts of the US and Canada were channeled to specific charities and causes in India. Among the causes championed by our donors included: provision of free medical care for the poor, improvements of education in rural India, preservation of historic Hindu temples, and funding of the few and the precious Veda Paatasaalas (schools of religious education) remaining in India today.
Starting in 1999, the voluteers of KKSF took strides to support some of the leading causes undertakend by its sister organization in India: VHERDS (Voluntary Health and Education Rural Development Society). These causes included relief for the vicitims of the Orissa cyclone, aid for the families of the soliders in the Kargil War, and drought relief in Rajasthan. Most recently, KKSF directed its efforts towards providing aid to the thousands left homeless and injured by the earthquake in Gujarat. KKSF and VHERDS joinded forces in adopting the village of Adhoi, which was devastated by the earthquake. The two orginzations have started construction of a boarding school for orphaned children, and have provided truckloads of food, medicine, and clothing to those in need. Additionally, KKSF and VHERDS replaced 100 handlooms that were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and have worked to restore proper water supplies and sanitation facilities to the area. Going forward, the volunteers hope to increase awareness and articipation among Indians living abroad. With the continued support of well wishers like you, we can continue to move forward as a people and to help the less fortunate among us. There are many causes that require timely action on our part: we hope you will join us in our mission.