In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

22 Women of MAST produced and distributed 35,000 masks and 2,710 health and hygiene kits

The Shahnaz Taplin Women Empowerment Fund supports AIF’s livelihood project in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. It is one of the districts reporting highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, the first one being reported in May 2020. AIF’s Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) program launched this livelihood project in in 2018 with the objective of empowering women in the community by supporting their livelihoods. Till date, the project has skilled 350 women in garment manufacturing and provides marketing support to farmers and producers in the nearby villages increasing their income, through AIF’s implementation partner, Mount Valley Development Association (MVDA).

In AIF’s COVID Response, this project pivoted towards supporting the communities in remote and mountainous Uttarakhand villages by engaging 22 women from the community in mask production and also distributing health and hygiene kits to the frontline health workers and the members of the community. These women set out with a production target of 17,000 masks and 2455 health and hygiene kit to benefit 14,730 individuals. Through their hard work and immediate response to the pandemic, they have been able to achieve the mask production of 35,000 masks and 2,710 health and hygiene kits benefiting 16,260 people.

The masks and hygiene kits have been distributed to frontline health workers, community members, local administration officers, regional bank officials, police officers, and officials of health department, Municipal Corporation officials and other frontline workers.

Since inception, AIF’s Livelihoods programs have helped skill 140,000 youth across India. Many of these young people are giving back to the society during a global pandemic with their skills. You can support them with a generous contribution to #AIFCOVIDResponse.

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