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.

Congratulations to the 2019-20 AIF Clinton Fellows

We are honored to welcome twenty-two extraordinary AIF Clinton Fellows, each of whom brings her or his own diverse interests to the cohort. Beginning September, during their 10-month long service, the new Fellows will be working in diverse areas including education, livelihoods, health, organic agriculture, climate action, inclusion, refugee empowerment, market linkages, storytelling and digital media.

Since inception, AIF Clinton Fellows have completed around 500 service projects, devoting more than one million hours of service to communities, families and projects in India. The AIF Clinton Fellowship provides skilled and talented youth from USA and India with the opportunity to catalyze positive change in civil society. Their projects are motivated by the urgent social and development challenges that India faces, and also the unprecedented opportunity that tools of service learning provide. We are building a community to nurture creativity at the intersection of diverse fields. Fellows and mentors create an environment where they support each other create greater impact, and learn and evolve together.

The program identifies a select group of credible, high-impact NGOs, utilizing the broader AIF network, primarily in the areas of public health, education, and livelihoods. Together, AIF Clinton Fellows and NGO leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange technical skills and knowledge, as well as passion and commitment.

In order to accelerate impact, projects are identified that are replicable, scalable and sustainable. Best practices are shared amongst this network to advance a larger, organized social change agenda. As a diverse group of full-time youth from the USA and India who are passionate about working with the community, AIF Clinton Fellows are dedicated to addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time through community-based service.

Since 2001, close to 500 young Americans and Indians have worked with over 210 Indian NGOs and social enterprises through the AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. Alumni have become transformative leaders & entrepreneurs in business, international development, academia, journalism and other fields. Alumni have also served to guide the incoming Fellows every year, thus building a robust network of socially engaged global citizens.

 

– Rowena Kay Mascarenhas

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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