Mission: The mission of the American India Foundation (AIF) is to catalyze social and economic change in India. AIF mobilizes resources in the United States and India and invests these to improve education, livelihoods and public health for the marginalized in India.
Programs: Digital equalizer: digital equalizer bridges the educational and digital divide by bringing technology to schools across india and utilizing technology to transform teaching and learning into a collaborative, project-based approach. Digital equalizer equips each school with a computer center that provides teaching at site. The digital equalizer curriculum ensures that teachers and students are equipped with practical digital literacy skills that enhance both their classroom and out-of-school learning.
education:aif's learning and migration program (lamp) provides children in areas of high seasonal migration with access to continuous, quality, and age-appropriate education. Lamp consists of two primary interventions - education for children through seasonal hostels and a learning enrichment program, and community-based advocacy through the national right to education act.
livelihood:aif's livelihood program's two signature initiatives include market aligned skills training (mast) and rickshaw sangh. Mast provides unemployed youth with comprehensive skills training that equips them to secure employment and succeed on the job. Mast conducts regional labor market scans and works closely with employers to develop market-aligned training curricula. Qualified candidates are placed into jobs.
public health $136,585clinton fellows $446,825engage,educate,inform and involve $795,850
I have been involved in Bay Area non-profits for almost three years now in various capacities and can say with conviction that AIF (especially the YP group) has done a great job in spreading awareness about their causes and getting young professionals involved in raising funds to alleviate the hardships that face the underprivileged classes in India. No other group has access to such a large group of people ready to listen and participate. I am sure this group will continue to thrive and become even more crucial to community giving in India.
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AIF's work is focused on outcomes at the community level. The organizations strives to learn and share best practice across it's diverse portfolio of projects, grantees and geographies. Importantly, AIF leverages investments to amplify impact. AIF strives to achieve scale by building sustainable partnerships with governments at all levels: local, state and national and in addition with financial institutions that can support wide ranging impactful community level investments in education and livelihoods generation. AIF's projects are designed to maximize 'value for money', resulting in high impact per dollar invested.