Relief Response
Rebuilding Lives

Message from our Leadership

An unparalleled relief effort

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest black swan events in history, causing the economic and social upset of a millennium. It has pushed more than 100 million people into extreme poverty in 2020 and further widened inequality, risking the recovery of a million more lives under the poverty line.

In 2020, as data began to emerge about the severity of the illness, with work and lives upended, AIF was summoned like never before, to face escalating challenges in solidarity. COVID-19 was a threat that required swiftness, agility, large-scale collaborations, and ingenuity, and we at AIF were in a unique position to respond, leveraging our 20 years of experience in disaster response.

In the last 23 months, since the first outbreak, the American India Foundation has mounted one of the largest relief responses in its history, to help close to 4 million people fight the health, economic, and social impact of COVID-19. Our efforts focus on critical areas of saving lives, fighting systemic shortfalls, bourgeoning poverty, and inequality for the poor and vulnerable, supporting job creation, and rebuilding in better ways.

From April 2021 through March 2022, AIF raised over $44 Million through 19,217 donors and leveraged more than $9.5 million worth of Government assets and resources, to reach 560 districts across 31 States and Union Territories of India with COVID-19 relief efforts.

In the following pages, you will find a summary of the work our teams executed during some of the toughest months of the pandemic. Today, as our collaborative work pivots from a rapid response toward long-term solutions and recovery, we share the critical role that AIF played to support pandemic response and post-pandemic rehabilitation.

To address the root causes of the inequities that COVID-19 highlighted, AIF is committed to helping those at the margins emerge from this global crisis and move toward a more resilient, and inclusive recovery.

  • Nishant Pandey


  • Mathew Joseph

    Country Director

COVID-19 Relief Response : Awards Conferred

  • AIF won the CSR
    Times Award 2021 :
    Category Gold -
    For Excellence in
    execution of COVID-19
    Relief Response

  • AIF won the
    7th CSR Impact
    Awards 2021

    for its COVID-19
    relief work

  • AIF awarded
    Response Impact
    Awards 2021 in the
    Health category

  • AIF won the
    Special Jury award
    for COVID-19 Response
    at the 2020 CSR Health
    Impact Awards

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