At an eminent virtual award ceremony in New Delhi, American India Foundation (AIF) recognized for its COVID-19 relief work across the country, was accorded the 7th CSR Impact Awards 2021 in Large COVID-19 Response category.

The Award hosted by CSRBOX and Dalmia Bharat Foundation today, brought together industry leaders, NGOs, Civil society organizations, sectoral experts and Development sector peers, to network, collaborate and scale up initiatives around CSR, Sustainable Development Goals and overarching social impact.

Recognizing organizations who deliver high impacts through CSR projects, and adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, leading to excellence in project outcomes, The Awards seek to appreciate project-specific impacts made by organizations in particular thematic areas, to set the benchmark in project planning -to- project implementation.

Following a rigorous 3-phase screening process, by the luminary jury comprising of Dr. Sapna Poti, Director Strategic Alliances, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India; Mr. Shubrajyoti Bhowmik, Partnership Officer, Public and Private Sector Engagement, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, UNICEF; and Dr. Harihara Subramanian, Public Health Consultant COVID-19, Shri Sorna Hospital Pvt. Ltd., AIF was acknowledged and awarded for its COVID Response initiative for designing and implementing interventions that reached out to the most vulnerable communities at a large scale during the resurgent second wave.

Humbly receiving the award  Kavita Srivastava, Director, Strategic Partnerships, AIF said,  “We are deeply grateful to our donors, partners, state governments, local administrations, and volunteers for their sustained support to AIF’S timely COVID-19 response. We owe the success of the Response to frontline workers, COVID warriors and the dedicated AIF staff who have confronted the pandemic and its emerging challenges, and stood resolute to bring relief to people who had lost all hope.”

Providing support to over 793,758 people from disenfranchised communities across 17 states in Phase 1, AIF quickly realigned its efforts to bring immediate relief when the virulent COVID-19 wave returned in 2021. Among the first non-profits to ramp up efforts to build resilience and surge capacity in the state medical infrastructure succumbing to the overwhelming demands, AIF provided 30,000 Ventilators, 5400+ Oxygen Concentrators, 51 Oxygen Generation Plants and 2600 Portable Hospital Beds across 35 cities, reaching out to 1.26 million beneficiaries and 184,000+ medical personnel through over 60000 equipment across 30 states and union territories in India, since April 2021.

And lastly, to ensure that the last line of defense and the only way to curb future morbidities, COVID–19 vaccination drive is inclusive and equitable, AIF, in a concerted effort with state governments, district administration, implementation partners as well as local NGOs rolled out, ‘The First Million’ – an initiative to provide priority vaccination for a million most vulnerable across India.

With help from supporters like Adobe, BlackRock, Mastercard, Bank of America, EXL, Goldman Sachs, Micron, Sony Pictures, CHUBB and Amazon Cares among others, AIF will continue to address the increasing health, education, and livelihoods risks faced by migrating communities and vulnerable populations around the country.

Shreya comes with thirteen years of experience in the field of communication, management, business development, marketing and advocacy, across development and private sectors. As a Board Member looking after Communication and Strategy for “Reach Out & Pass It On Foundation”, she has been a proponent of improved access to opportunities in the field of education and livelihood to the under-served communities over the last decade. She has her Masters in English Literature as well as Entrepreneurship Management and has represented her organization among cohorts of Policy and Communications leaders from across the world.

As a Dot Connector, her work experience as a communications and advocacy lead has led her to gainfully collaborate with government bodies and international organizations/entities like USAID, Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Atlas Network and WWF, employing a compelling mix of theoretical insights and analytical tools, poised to deliver critical application of communication mediation in the new media ecology.

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