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Understand the World from the Eyes of a Woman
CAMBRIDGE, MA - "Understand the world from the eyes of a woman" said Ayesha Khatun to an audience of over 60 people at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this week.

Khatun is the founder of Mohammed Bazaar Backward Classes Development Society (MBBCDS) that works on various aspects of empowerment of tribal and minority women in 35 villages in Birbhum, Murshidabad and Howrah districts of West Bengal. The event was hosted by Boston and MIT chapters of Association for India's Development.

Three Day NREGS Training by ASDS in AP
AID Projects

Understanding the 3 types of calendar years through interactive gameDiscussing the rules of MGNREGS

Learning to measuring work done practically ASDS, a partner of AID in Andhra trains adivasi youth in their right to work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNRES). In July, ASDS conducted a training on the objectives of MGNREGS, the rights of the workers under the scheme including the grievance redressal mechanism.

Through an interactive game, the youth became aware of 3 types of calendars - English calendar (from Jan to Dec), the Telugu agricultural calendar and the Financial calendar (Apr to Mar) - all of which are needed to understand the scheme fully.
A technical assistant from Buchayapeta mandal trained the workers in marking and measuring the work properly.

ASDS works in 150 villages across 4 mandals of Andhra Pradesh training adivasi communities on their right to work, their right to forest land under Forest Rights Acts, 2006 and their Right to Education along with Right to Information. AID has been working with ASDS since 2008.

Read the full report here…>>>

Payvihir Eco Village Wins UNDP Biodiversity Award, 2014
AID Projects

 Checking water runoff on the deforested hills of MelghatVillagers of PayvihirWater & Soil Conservation trenches constructed under MGNREGA







  In May 2014 the village of Payvihir won the UNDP biodiversity award for its forest conservation efforts. Read the ToI article.

Payvihir is a village of 110 families (mainly from the Korku tribe and some from Balai) at the foothills of Melghat region of Amravati district. The once rich forests have been depleted taking with it the biodiversity of the region. Khoj, a partner of AID has been working with the communities in the area since 1996.

AID has supported the work of Khoj since 2008 and the eco villages since 2011. Volunteers have also connected them to C Srinivasan who works extensively on waste management across India

SEWA's report on livelihood regeneration in Uttarakhand
Relief and Rehabilitation
SEWA Women's Meeting
AID supported SEWA Uttarkhand for its long term rehabilitation efforts after the devastation in June 2013. They have been focussing on building alternative livelihood options and strengthening traditional ones (agriculture) as well as linking people to government developmental schemes.
For all updates on AID's long term support in Uttarakhand see the Uttarakhand R&R page...>> 
Becoming Part of the AID Family
by Soumya Sundaram 
How it all started for me..
My association with AID started in 2011 when a few graduate students at the University of Colorado met to discuss the popular anti-corruption movement in India. Little did I know, the conversations that evening would lead to the formation of an AID chapter in Colorado. As a nascent chapter, we collaborated with other AID chapters to learn more about the organization and these interactions led a few of our volunteers to attend the AID conference in Charlotte last year. The energy and enthusiasm with which they shared their experiences made us realize what we had missed out on. On being presented with the opportunity to host the 2014 Annual AID conference, the chapter volunteers were more than thrilled and excited to take up this task.