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Anekant Community Center (ACC)

Anekant (which means non-absolutist thought) Community Center (ACC) has its roots in Southern California and works hard for the improvement of the health of its members and residents of Southern California and also perform various humanitarian tasks. ACC has been established as a non-profit, non-religious organization in January, 2005 to pursue these goals. ACC received an official status as a non-profit organization on July 14, 2005, exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

The goal of ACC is to provide charitable education, culture, training, economic development activities ( employment and job linkages ) health education and, prevention services to not only adults and children but also to senior citizens of Southern California. ACC's activities will be handled by the Board Of Directors (Volunteers) until funds are raised to pay qualified staff. We plan to evolve into a multi service, multi-ethnic community resource center for Southern California. ACC is a community public benefit organization. The proposed activities will further our efforts by bridging the gap in health access, education and training to the minority and disadvantaged in Southern California. We are committed in dedicating our time and resource to these proposed activities. Currently, our activities are funded by donations from individuals in the community and volunteer board members. We hope to build enough of an infrastructure to support these activities of the organization.

Following are some of the activities undertaken by ACC:

ACC joined with Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) in 2005 in organizing JCSC's ongoing annual health fair for the community in Southern California, where many popular medical screenings are offered.

The Anaheim Health Fair was started in 2007 with the City of Anaheim and GBS Linens. This has been the biggest one day annual health fair. During 2012 more than 1100 people visited this fair. For the first time also in 2012 Free Surgeries were also performed on 45 low income people at West Anaheim Medical Center.

In 2007 ACC started a Three day annual surgical Camps at Vyara, India with Tarsadia Foundation to operate on patients who have hernia and hydrocele. More than 1000 patients have been operated upon so far in 7 years and it was recorded in 2012 in Limca Book Of Records of India.

ACC has put on many Community health fairs locally and Internationally in India, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa. ACC has also started medical/surgical camps in Bangalore, India with a request from Anteaters Medicine Abroad, an Organization of undergraduate students of University of California at Irvine so that they can learn about organizing such camps.

ACC has also supported Nine Cancer screening Camps in India by Nalini Shah Cancer Fund, in which more than 300 patients have been screened for breast, Cervical and Oral Cancers.

Health Education
ACC has conducted seminar to educate Senior and others about various diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke etc.

Curtural Activities:
ACC organized a variety of Cultural activiites featuring East meets West program, Antaksary, Manipuri and Kathak dances and Kavi Samelan programs.

Community Outreach:
Tender Care Community Outreach Program (TCCOP) of ACC provides weekly breakfasts and monthly lunches/ dinners to about 800 homeless people in Southern California. They also visit Seniors and Others in hospitals, Senior Homes or hospice. They also provide groceries to the needy families as well as provide school materials for the needy kids.

Matching Funds and Grants:
ACC has received matching contributions from Companies like Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Verizon, as well as Grants from Southern California Edison. They have also received donations from Tarsadia Foundation, Agarwal Family Foundation, Sarva Mangal Family Charitable Trust and many other Organizations and individuals.


Our Mission

A consulting Firm was hired to help the formation of a nonprofit organization, and as a result Anekant Community Center (ACC) was formed in 2005, and was registered under 501(c)(3), as a non religious/ nonprofit organization. It is served by Nine Board of Directors.

The goals of ACC are as under:
1. To foster, promote and support Health, Education, Cultural and Community awareness.
2. To educate and assist Seniors to improve their quality of life.
3. To teach, commemorate and celebrate cultural activities.
4. To perform a variety of community outreach programs.

ACC has had a wide reaching impact in last eight years.


Anaheim Health Fair - 2015

I am sure we all have a desire to help people! Many times we do not have time to go to another underserved country to help. Will you like an opportunity right around here in Southern California? If yes, please read on…..

Anekant Community Center (ACC) in conjunction with GBS Linens and the City of Anaheim has been organizing annual free community health fairs (AHF) in Southern California from 2007. In 2014, we moved the health fair to Anaheim Convention Center. We have seen from 600 to 1100 people on that day in the past. We are partnering with Remote Area Medical (RAM, in 2015, who have conducted > 700 free clinics all over USA and also overseas. We are also expanding the 9th AHF from 1 to 3 days on May 29, 30 & 31, 2015!

Medical Missions

Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/09/2015 - 18:21

ACC is a non-profit, non-religious 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 2005 with one of the mission is to help people around the globe with their medical/surgical needs. In last 10 years ACC has been involved in many missions in different countries around the world. The following are the highlights of few of the missions:

I. Vyara, India - Annually since 2007, a surgical camp has been held for three days to perform surgeries on patients with Hernias and/or hydroceles. Anywhere from 125 to 192 operations have been performed annually.

II. South Africa - Four mission trips and did a total of 774 cataract surgeries and also few ENT operations.

III. Zambia - 3 missions in 2007, 2013 & 2014. Next one will be going in August, 2015. We have done eye surgeries, orthopedic and urological work.

IV. Jamaica - September 2014 a mission trip helped with 225 cataract surgeries in 5 days. Another mission will be from May 8 to 12, 2015.

V. Southern California - Joined hands with Jain Center of Southern California from 2005 to do annual free community health fairs.

Many other health fairs all over Southern California.

Anaheim Health Fair - City of Anaheim, GBS Linens and ACC are the founding partners of this annual event that started in 2007. 600 to 1100 people are seen on a day and since 2012 we have also started doing free onsite dental work like extractions, feelings etc. This year we are joining hands with RAM (Remote Area Medical) and have planned three days of health fair at Anaheim Convention Center on May 29 to 31. We will have 100 dental chairs and will also be able to provide up to 300 pairs of eye glasses per day.

Jamaica Medical Mission September 2014 report

Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:48

Dr. Kiran Patel asked Dr. Nitin Shah during a wedding in Tampa, Florida around Thanksgiving (November, 2013) if he can help 400 to 500 Jamaicans with cataract surgeries. He will sponsor the mission. Dr. Nitin Shah said yes and the rest is history as outlined below! Anekant Community Center (ACC), a Non-Profit based in Southern California agreed to support the mission. Nitin is the immediate Past President of ACC.

Dr. Patel connected Dr. Shah with Mr. Horace Morgan and Mrs. Hillary Morgan from Jamaica living in Florida. They run a non-profit “Mind Body and Soul Health Ministry” (MBSHM) which is registered both in USA and Jamaica. Dr. Shah started looking for volunteers and contacted Dr. Deepak Mehta, Director of an Eye Institute in Amdavad, Gujarat, India for eye surgeons. He recommended Dr. Vipul Prajapati and Dr. Nirav Modi with whom Dr. Shah had worked few times in South Africa and Zambia. Dr. Tulsi Prajapati, dermatologist also was part of the team. Other volunteers put together by Nitin from USA for the mission were:

1. Dr. Jacklyn Ma – Anesthesiology resident from Loma Linda University
2. Mrs. Mary Catherine Liang – CRNA from Long Beach VAHS
3. Mr. Jacob Blickenstaff – 4th year medical student from UC Irvine
4. Mrs. Kinna Gandhi-Shah – volunteer
5. Mr. Steve Liang – volunteer
6. Mr. Anil Patel – volunteer

Free Medical Camp at Jain Center on Sunday March 1, 2015

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:02

Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) and Anekant Community Center (ACC) will host the 25th Annual Medical Camp at the Jain Center on Sunday - March 1, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.




Mr. Harkishan Vasa, a founding Director of Anekant Community Center, provided this information: