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.

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Age: 23
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee
Education: BA, Global Studies: Peace, Conflict & Human Rights, Appalachian State University.
Specific Field Interests: Conflict Transformation, Youth Development, Community Building and Sustainable Development
Placement: Pravah, Delhi.
Area of Focus: Youth Development

Highlights: Allison's interest in social justice beyond borders began while working in Uganda with the Youth Focus Africa Foundation, a local NGO focused on serving educational, health and social justice initiatives to the women and children in local villages. This experience motivated her to continue her exploration of other cultures through a study-abroad program at the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Her time in India had a big impact on her views pertaining to culture-specific methods of conflict transformation, which inspired her honors thesis, "Applying Conflict Resolution to the Telangana Struggle." Allison continued exploring her passion for working with under-served youth by holding a leadership role through the Upward Bound program in Boone, NC, where she helped prepare aspiring first-generation college students for higher education. Prior to joining AIF, Allison facilitated character development classes aimed at giving juveniles an alternative to the court system through a local organization in her hometown, Memphis, TN.

Posts by allisonhorton

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Music for Harmony 2013: From the Anchor’s Seat

Anchoring Pravah’s annual event, Music for Harmony, has been a huge chunk of my learning […]

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The best hug I’ve ever had

The session was called “Trust Fall”, which was a fitting name considering I found myself […]

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Festival Season

It is festival season here in India, and man do Indians know how to celebrate.  […]

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Just Me and My Closest 40,0000 Friends

It’s hot.  There are tens of thousands of people from all over India and the […]

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From Weddings to Plane Rides

This past Saturday was my sister’s wedding. Several months ago when I first broke the […]

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