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Association for India's Development

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P.O Box College Park MD 20741 USA

Mission:

Association for India’s Development is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women’s empowerment and social justice.

Geographic areas served:

India

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I learnt about AID during my graduate studies in the USA. I have been a volunteer for AID since 2005 or so. During this time I have learnt about the plight of disenfranchised communities who continue to be oppressed by various forces within India. I was able to visit mountainous communities in Uttharakhand where I learnt about the impact of various hydro projects and other local governance decisions on the environment and lives of people there. I was also able to visit hamlets in interior Andhra Pradesh built from scratch by communities fleeing violence of groups like Salwa Judum from neighboring Chattisgarh. I have learnt about the tools employed by communities displaced from New Delhi to remote encampments to demand their entitlements like education, clean water supply, general sanitation and livelihood. I also have learnt about the struggle for justice in Bhopal where Union Carbide (currently owned by Dow Chemical) had mismanaged a catastrophic disaster and how citizens of Bhopal are still affected by this disaster even after 30 odd years due to the neglect of corporate responsibility. I have learnt about struggles faced by farmers in Sunderbans who are struggling to eke out a living by farming on their small land holdings without the modernities that we have gotten used to associating agriculture with these days.

These are all people and communities very much like my own self who are struggling to make sense of life armed with fewer tools and support systems that I have access to. I have come to the conclusion that it is my duty to alleviate some of their hardships in one way or another, and I choose to address this duty through AID.

I am thankful for the opportunity to learn about communities who have been pushed to the brink and are being kept out of the path to success which urbanites and middle class communities take for granted in India. I am confident that AID will be able to play a role in bringing more such knowledge and information to the forefront to be discussed by the general populace.

I highly rate my experience with AID so far and highly encourage others to explore AID.

Prahalad
Albany NY

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Association for India's Development started at University of Maryland as a non-profit and has spread throughout USA with 30 chapters. The many chapters raise money for grass roots development project which focuses on Children's education, women's empowerment, education for the disabled, rights of backward classes, social equality and many others that focus on clean water and re-usable energy.
All their work is done by volunteers and people who have dedicated their lives full time for the upliftment of communities that are seeking self reliance and security. They are openly battling corruption and prejudices.
It is a great cause for supporting and about 95% of the funds collected go toward the projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Certainly work with fundraising events, and funding corporations to help more projects on the ground.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AID had made me think "solutions" to the interconnected issues that India faces especially the rural India. Having reviewed projects and worked with few NGOs, it has opened my eyes to how issues can be resolved and thus help the needy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By evaluating projects whether is is related to primary education, health care in areas unreachable, relief and rehabilitation - it has made me contribute in a meaningful way to India's progress.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning while doing things- helping people, working with volunteers organizing fund raising events.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intellectual as well as folks who "just do it" , of course in a meaningful way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of rural India - challenges such as RTI, RTE, RTF that are enacted but not fully implemented.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AID is a great platform to volunteer for India. It is a great learning experience in my 5 years of volunteering life and will remain a life-time volunteer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Everything they take up.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just continue their excellent work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Spirit if volunteerism

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very committed to the cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform rural education and help educate 5 million children.

Ways to make it better...

nothing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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