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Association for India's Development is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as agriculture, energy,  education, health , livelihoods, natural resources including land and water, women's empowerment and social justice.

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Kishore Kishori Bahini: Youth Groups in West Bengal
AID Projects

  Experiment to show how external pressure keeps the water from falling Higher pressure inside forces the water out Using Pascal's Law to emulate a JCB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swanirvar is one of the oldest grassroots partner of AID in West Bengal. Swanirvar works with youth from Class V to Class XII to train them in becoming agents of positive change in their communities and schools. The youth groups known as Kishore Kishori Bahini have campaigned against the use of plastic bags in the villages, keeping the school premises clean, setting up organic nutritional gardens at school and home, making models to explain scientific concepts and toys from trash amongst and many other inspiring activities.

AID supports Swanirvar's efforts in sustainable agriculture in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal with a 1000 farmers that. Recently, Arun Roy, one of the resource farmers was awarded Krishi Ratna - a model farmer by the state.

All  projects of AID are visited by volunteers, here is a recent pictorial account of a volunteer visit to Swanirvar .

 
Saving Seeds Saves Biodiversity
Agriculture

Bharati Sardar saves seeds from her farm Paddy varieties being grown by farmers working with Swaniravar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  When control of seeds remains in the hands of farmers and farming communities, it ensures their livelihood security and food security for the whole society. Bharati Sardar (in the pic) of Andharmanik village of North 24 Parganas is an Anganwadi worker in her village and has been saving seeds from her garden for many years. Swanirvar, a long time AID partner supports Bharati and 500 other such farming families in practicing sustainable organic agriculture and saving their own seeds that promotes self-reliance and bio-diversity. Read more about Swanirvar's work on sustainable agriculture.

 
Health services in rural Meghalaya through Karuna Trust
AID Projects
PHC clinic in Waramsaw, Meghalaya. The picture shows the PHC clinic to the far right and the staff quarters on the right hand side.

Karuna Trust, a pioneer in the field of Rural health care for decades, has been working with the government in several states, forging public-private partnerships to run Public Health Centers (PHC) and also some Community Health Centers (CHC) which cater to several Blocks in a district.

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Narayan Desai (1924 - 2015)
The News
Narayan Desai, writing at his desk in December 2014
On Saturday 14 March, Swati Desai heard from her parents who had visited the Sampurna Kranti Vidyalaya in Veddchi that "Narayanbhai was in a real good mood today."  The next day, she was on the way to Veddchi with her family to attend his funeral.   Though no relation, she was one of several generations of activists whose training in peace, justice, environment and sustainable livelihoods drew inspiration and strength from the man known as "India's Tallest Gandhian."

Scholar, storyteller, teacher, land-gift activist and lifelong worker for peace, Narayan Desai, fondly known as Narayanbhai passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family at home.  Many thousands of people have been touched by his works through the Sampurna Kranti Vidyalaya (Institute for Total Revolution), which he founded, and his oral and written historical works including the biography of Mahatma Gandhi begun by his father, and "Gandhi Katha" which he performed throughout India.  He was involved in the movement against war and nuclear weapons and played an active role in the Peace Brigades, War Resister's league and in local efforts for communal harmony and peaceful resolution of conflicts. 
 
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