Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you meet often?
  2. Can I attend your meetings?
  3. Can I participate in your project reviews and discussions?
  4. Is there any membership fee?
  5. Are you a student organization?
  6. Please tell me something more about you?
  7. What do you believe in and how do you intend to get there?
  8. How can I get involved?
  9. What is an AID Jeevan Saathi and who are they?
  10. What is an AID Saathi and who are they?
  11. Got questions or want to get involved in a particular area?

We all have at some point or the other thought of doing something for India but couldn’t quite figure out how and what. Well, AID is a platform to do all those things for India that you have only dreamed about.

Let’s make a difference together!

Again, a hearty welcome to the AID family !

  1. Do you meet often? Where do you meet?

    Yes, we meet every Sunday in North Office Building A (NOA) 1.110 on the UT campus. Email us at austin AT aidindia DOT org for more information. More information here.

  2. Can I attend your meetings?

    Everyone is welcome at these meetings.

  3. Can I participate in your project reviews and discussions?

    Yes, you can. However, to be eligible to vote in Community Service Hours (CSH), you need to have attended at least 3 of the last 6 or 2 of the last 3 CSHs in an AID-Chapter. Else, you should have attended 20% of the CSHs and General Body Meetings (GBMs) held in any AID-Chapter in the last one, 2 or 3 years.

  4. Is there any membership fee?

    No, there is none.

  5. Are you a student organization?

    Yes, we are registered as a student organization at the University of Texas. You don’t have to be a student to be a part of our organization or to attend meetings.

  6. Please tell me something more about you?

    AID was founded in 1991 at University of Maryland, College Park by 5 graduate students who wanted to start acting on India’s problems. It now has around 36 chapters in the USA, Australia, India, and Germany with around 1000+ volunteers! All the chapters are independent of each other and we strive to have no hierarchy within individual chapters. AID volunteers cover every part of the political, ideological and religious spectrum and are from within and outside India! We are students, professionals, homemakers and retirees!

  7. What do you believe in and how do you intend to get there?

    Learning humility, purity and simple-living from those who don’t take too much from the earth …
    Targeting the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that sadden their lives…
    Inspiring in each other trust, confidence, and support for one another.

    The problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, dependency, disease, social inequalities, corruption and the dwindling of natural resources like land, forests and water reinforce one another. One problem leads to the other and feeds on another. Therefore the solutions to these problems must be interconnected, just like the problems themselves.

    This interconnected nature of the problems neither starts nor stops with the people who are poor – it affects all of us. In our projects we strive to cover both the breadth of the country and the depth of the problems in a holistic manner.

  8. How can I get involved?
    • Ask questions – each person in AID brings with them a different background and set of experiences, with a different mode of thinking, and ideas -your question can add to everyone’s understanding of an issue, project or problem!
    • Tell others – tell your friends and relatives around the US, India, Australia or anywhere about AID. There are 25 chapters around the USA, one in Australia and 3 in India. Encourage them to get involved or donate.
    • “Coordinate” a project – AID has 100 projects throughout India. Coordinating a project involves reviewing and presenting project proposals from India to the chapter, staying in touch with the group in India who sent the proposal, and after approval of the project, maintaining contact with the group on an ongoing basis. The last part is perhaps the most important as that is how AID develops a long term relationship or association with each of the groups that it funds in India!
    • Fundraising and Publicity! – Throughout the year there are tons of events.
  9. What is an AID Jeevan Saathi and who are they?

    “Jeevan Saathi” translates literally to friend for life. AID Jeevan Saathis are AID volunteers who have made a full time commitment (for at least 2-5 years) to do community work in India. AID provides them with a stipend of $2000-$4000 per year. For a list of AID Jeevansaathis, click here.

  10. What is an AID Saathi and who are they?

    “Saathi” translates literally to friend. AID Saathi’s are individuals in India whose philosophies are similar to AID and who have excelled in their field. An AID Saathiship provides a stipend to these sindividuals and there is a mutually beneficial relationship of learning from each other and assisting in each other’s work. For a list of Saathis, click here.

  11. Got questions or want to get involved in a particular area?

    Please contact us at austin AT aidindia DOT org for your questions.