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.

AIF Alumni Rock

I have had the honor and pleasure to work closely with several AIF alumni over the last ten months. Throughout this time I have been overwhelmed with their willingness to serve as guides and mentors along the way. As our fellowship draws to a close this reminds me of the key role we play in shaping future AIF fellows experiences. I hope we can collectively serve this role for forthcoming classes and in the AIF network around the globe.

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight three excellent AIF alumni mentors who have provided wonderful guidance and support throughout the last year. Many thanks to them!

Aditi Desai

Aditi served as my official AIF Alumni mentor. She went above and beyond this role. We worked together on her documentary film Entangled in January 2011 in Ahmedabad. She has provided advice and great opportunities for engaging video and film over the last year.

Charlotte Lapsansky

Charlotte and I have worked closely together to launch Breakthrough’s mobile reporting platform. Charlotte served as a guide in the project and in the growth of my knowledge about mobile technology in development.

Lydia Barraza

Lydia has provided key guidance in personal and professional capacities. She has always been willing to give her wise insight into career decisions and living in India. I continue to be grateful for her time and advice.

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