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.

Impact Stories: CrowdFlower Contributors at iMerit, Kolkata

This post is to highlight some of the stories of the incredible women that I get to work with everyday at iMerit, specifically at the Metiabruz site outside Kolkata, West Bengal. iMerit was “founded to help underprivileged youth escape the poverty trap by providing livlihoods through the creation of digital jobs.” This video, created by CrowdFlower, one of iMerit’s project partners, dives a little deeper into what it means for some of these women to have the opportunity to work at iMerit, and how it has transformed their lives.

“iMerit partners with its sister non-profit, Anudip Foundation, which “mobilizes marginalized but motivated youth and women from rural and semi-urban communities and immerses them in its Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) program. After they successfully complete Anudip’s program, iMerit employs many of these youth and women with IT work, including Cloud and Mobile support, Digital Publishing, and tasks with CrowdFlower.”

Though there are many great quotes in this video, one of my favorites is by Rehana Khatoon: “In our locality (Metiabruz), many people think that girls cannot do anything. iMerit…proved them wrong.”

Please enjoy the following video (link available here), courtesy of CrowdFlower.

John's interest in international education began six years ago when he took his first teaching job in Piedmont, Italy. Since then, teaching internationally has taken him to five different continents, allowing him to pick up small amounts of various languages along the way. Having most recently completed an English Language Fellowship with the US State Department in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, John is excited to begin his journey as an educator and trainer with AIF in Kolkata. In 2013/2014, John taught English composition and critical thinking skills to young women from all over Asia at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This increased his interest in working in South Asia and learning Bengali. When not found teaching in the classroom, John can be found reading, playing cello, swimming, writing, eating potentially dangerous street food, and hiking.

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