August 16, 2018, New York: As India loses one of its most loved statesmen with the passing away of former Prime Minister Vajpayee, American India Foundation (AIF) expresses its profound sadness on his demise. In the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake and in response to late Prime Minister Vajpayee’s call in 2001 to the Indian Diaspora in the United States to give back to their country, a group of Indian business leaders founded the American India Foundation that has now grown to reach 4.6 million of India’s poor, working in the fields of education, livelihoods and public health in 24 states of India.
Nishant Pandey, CEO of AIF says, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the former Prime Minister Vajpayee’s passing away. His visionary thought was an inspiration to us and spurred AIF on to test and scale successful programs in India. When two of the world’s largest democracies join hands to tackle developmental issues, the impact can only be tremendous.”
The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programming seeks to achieve gender equity through developing inclusive models that focus on and empower girls and women. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from the late Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 4.6 million of India’s poor. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 24 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at www.AIF.org