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.

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Notes on Needfinding: Co-Creating the Future

After interviewing over 70 farmers with my team, I thought I would do a quick […]

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Community Building during Diwali: Hospitality and Kindness in South India

When I originally decided that I would both live and work on-site at my host […]

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Adjusting to Service-Oriented Environments and Domestic Workers

At Orientation, we met with a former AIF Clinton Fellow who offered us advice on […]

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Journey with In(dia) Poetry

Over the past ten months, I’ve written several poems around my work and experiences in […]

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The Power of Educating Women: MANSI’s Sahiyas

It’s not news that by educating girls we can uplift an entire country and, one […]

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School Libraries as Dynamic Learning Spaces

Jamsheena’s Fellowship is made possible by the Rural India Supporting Trust.  “Without libraries what do […]

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Organizing the International Rural Development Immersion Camp 2018

I had never imagined that a small idea can turn into a concept and that […]

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 Bhavnagar Banter: Stories from Living in a Tier 3 City

As we drove into Bhavnagar, through the expanse of salt pans and fields of wheat, […]

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My Journey to Explore Gypsy Culture in Tamil Nadu

Jamsheena’s Fellowship is made possible by the Rural India Supporting Trust.  It was a sunny […]

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Understanding community-level medical device implementation

One of the products BEMPU has recently developed is a smart cradle, called CareCradle, that […]

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