A Year in India

AIF Overview
September 16, 2008, 5:07 am
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Before I get ahead of myself, let me take a quick moment to describe the American India Foundation (AIF), the organization that has brought me to India.  AIF is a non-profit based out of New York, Santa Clara, and Delhi.  It aims to accelerate social and economic change in India with a focus on three primary areas: education, livelihoods, and public health.  AIF funds NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in India.

The Service Corps Fellowship Program is one of AIF’s main projects.  Each year, it sends 25-30 young Americans to work at Indian NGOs for 10 months.  Another current AIF initiative is the Digital Equalizer (DE) project, which is incorporating technology into Indian school curriculums.  DE works with children ages 10-14, and is currently being implemented in about 2,000 schools across India.  My fellowship is with DE, with a specific focus on documentary, animation, and photo essay education.


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