About us

The Association for India's Development (AID) is a volunteer movement, committed to furthering sustainable, equitable and just development in India. AID supports grassroots organizations in India, initiating efforts in various interconnected spheres education, livelihoods, protection of natural resources, agriculture, health, women's empowerment and social justice. AID was formed in 1991. The Austin chapter of AID was established in 1998.

Why support AID?

  1. We support some amazing grassroots groups, working on a wide spectrum of issues affecting marginalized communities in India and pioneering new approaches to rural development.
  2. AID is a secular organization- we have no religious affiliations and support pluralism, co-existence and peace amongst various faiths.
  3. Since AID is a volunteer-driven organisation, every dollar donated to our chapter goes directly to the projects we support, with minimal overhead.
  4. AID-Austin volunteers are mostly students and professionals. Volunteer with us! It's a great way to meet and make friends with like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference.
  5. Volunteers are in direct contact with the work in India. Each volunteer has the opportunity to introduce and recommend new projects, visit projects when in India, become a project lead, and play a pivotal role in interactions between AID, our project partners and project-affected communities. Our focus is building a rewarding partnership that is enriching to everyone involved.
  6. Since 1991, when AID was founded, we have developed a strong presence on the ground in various parts of India. We now have several former AID volunteers ('jeevansaathis') who have returned to India to work full time at the grassroots. We have built, in some cases, over a decade long relationships with reputable NGOs and people's movements in India.
  7. AID's approach from the beginning has been one that looks at development holistically. We believe that interconnected problems demand interconnected solutions: education, income generation, health, women's empowerment, agriculture, increased use of appropriate technology, land and water rights are just some of the issues that we address.

 

Our work goes beyond simply providing funds, to working in partnership with grassroots organizations, to collectively and sustainably resolve systemic challenges in India. Do feel free to talk to or email any of our volunteers to find out more about AID.

Your support is what makes AID possible.