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.


Age: 21
Home Town: Coral Springs, FL
Education: BS, Biology and Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Specific Field Interests: Health, Education, Human Rights, Children and Youth, Microfinance
Placement: Ummeed, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Area of Focus: Public Health

Highlights: Ambar's future aspiration is to become a physician serving underserved communities by improving access to health and education. His extracurricular activities, internships, and development experience in high school and at MIT helped him recognize that health and education are intertwined human rights necessary for the socioeconomic development of an individual. Such activities include helping design a microcredit and vocational training program for transgendered individuals and intravenous drug users in Delhi, interning at Physicians for Human Rights, and starting the MIT chapter of the 501c(3) educational initiative United InnoWorks Academy. On the side, Ambar loves working with children, reading, playing basketball and tennis, and socializing with friends.

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