SAFP is committed to seeking justice and working
with the poor of india regardless of caste, creed, gender or political affiliation.
Save A Family Plan is a Canadian-based international non-governmental organization founded by Monsignor Augustine Kandathil in 1965. SAFP encourages those from developed countries to work for justice and social change by assisting poor families and communities in India. SAFP uses two main programs that work to teach families how to support themselves and build a better future for their communities. SAFP’s volunteer base is one of its greatest strengths. More than 10,000 volunteers provide a committed network to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most at the grassroots level.
Save A Family Plan was born out of the inspiration of Pope Paul VI. During his visit to India in 1964, he asked the world to join together and help improve the lives of those who are suffering and in need.
Monsignor Augustine Kandathil (Father Gus), an Indian priest working as a chemistry professor in Canada, heard this plea and worked together with his colleague, Dr. Leo Ferrari, to develop a plan that would connect families in North America with families in India. Their hope was to help families meet their basic human needs in a way that would bring charity to a personal level.
To ensure that every cent contributed would reach the families, Fr. James MacDonald provided a location for SAFP at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. In 1973, SAFP was given a home in St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, which continues to act as the international headquarters for the organization today.
More than 50 years later, Save A Family Plan is still partnering families in India with contributors from developed countries and putting the core values of the founders into action.
deserve the best."
- Father Gus
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Sangham is defined as a grassroots, community-based self-help group
SAFP is supported by a wide network of volunteers in Canada and India
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