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.

Sleepless Eyes and Undying Excitement

Sleepless Eyes and Undying Excitement

Good Bye Delhi, and Welcome Chennai…….one country but with great contradiction of language, culture, tradition and values. But still a vibrant city with so much of beauty and love from people around……after a weeklong orientation full of long night parties, landed in Chennai at 1:30 with red eyes dying to sleep. However, the excitement was way more powerful and convincing that took straight to one of the learning Centres of Pudiyador (New Beginning) at Besant Nagar Beach.

The place was full of energy and excitement, guess because of Sunday. Fortunately, it was a cultural evening at the centres where children again thrilled me with their outstanding stunts and dance actions. It was beyond my imagination to think of such small children would perform in such a beautiful way. The story is long and there is lot to share and talk about it, just want to keep it on hold as it is my first day and there is lot more coming up, will be sharing more…….Love for all my Delhi friends and fellows who have spent quality time and created sort of bonds in just a span of one week…will see u in the mid term…

Mohd. Asif has been actively involved in social and cultural development programs since his school days. Asif started organizing programs on cultural and heritage awareness with ITIHAAS, a delhi based NGO works with school children in 2004. In his sophomore year, Asif got the opportunity to work with Aga Khan Trust For Culture where he worked as a Research Associate and gained experience in researching cultural development through historical studies. As part of his work, Asif also mobilized young people across the communities to learn about the value of their heritage and culture by making it source of livelihood for them. His experience at the Aga Khan Trust shaped Asif's thought process and led him towards social entrepreneurship. Asif has also attempted to start his own educational venture, and has worked with as a Program Researcher with EdTerra Eventures, an educational travel company. Asif is enrolled in an online MBA program at SMU.

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