Update from Visit by AID, CSA and Rythu Swarajya Vedika team
Hudhud Affected Farmlands
There is a huge crop damage and livelihoods affected because of the ‪#‎HudHud‬ paddy is the most affected crop as the crop was in milking state to ready to harvest in different locations almost 95% damage observed in most of the areas, more than 30% damage in mango orchards particularly older ones, coconut trees are also affected severely. both mango and coconut farmers have lost the crop completely for the next one year. in tribal belts and hill regions of vishakapatnam, vijayanagaram and srikakulam also the crops are being affected and farmers are not very hopeful of receiving any compensation.

In tribal areas the credit and crop insurance access was very low. They took loans from private money lenders with higher interest rates (Rs. 2-5/month/100)
"The state government has hiked compensation to crops like sugarcane and paddy to Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per hectare, for Banana from Rs 24,000 to Rs 25,000 and from Rs 15,000 from Rs 20,000 for mango crop per hectare", While the TDP was demanding Hooda Commission recommendations while in opposition which would be Rs. 25,000/ha for paddy.
Reviving livelihoods and helping farmers with the rabi preparations supporting them with seeds etc is something which govt should take it up for all.
Urgent Appeal for Cyclone Hudhud Affected People

Donate to Cyclone Hudhud R& R Fund

Cyclone Hudhud has wreaked havoc in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Heavy winds at 200 kmph has damaged houses and brought down electrical and communication systems. Damages are especially severe in Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts. Visakhapatnam is the worst affected.

Please donate to Cyclone Hudhud Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

We have been able to get in touch with our partners on the ground very briefly as mobile phones and most landlines are unreachable. But we are trying our best to provide the help immediately. There is an urgent need for relief and we recognize it will be a long way to recovery.

AID appeals to you to come forward and support the people of Andhra and Odisha in their time of need.

Please donate generously to AID’s Cyclone Hudhud Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

2015 AID Calendar Hits the Stands!

Volunteers at the AID Table give calendars to supporters
Jiva into the Wild is the 2015 AID Calendar and has reached volunteers in Cincinnati, Delaware and Baltimore, launched along with the concert of Articulate Ability by AID Cincinnati and JHU chapters.   

The calendar has also reached the world wide web.  Visit for visualsaudio-visuals, and the most treasured of all, the order form!  

Thousands of calendars are en route to seven zones across the United States where they will further reach a total of 40 chapters gearing up for fall fundraising and outreach events, year-end drives and New Year's resolutions. 

Volunteers from Delaware came to Baltimore for the event and collected their calendars.  Visitors to the AID Table also took home the delightful series of photographs of wildlife as well as AID projects from all over India. 
Nishrin, an AID volunteer from Delaware came to the concert hosted by AID JHU chapter and got calendars from local volunteer Mustafa. 
The AID Calendar is a great way to introduce your friends, co-workers, family and people you meet to the inspiring work on health, education, environment, livelihoods, human rights, women's empowerment and the people behind the solutions for sustainable development and social justice working with AID chapters and partner organizations throughout the country. 

Call of Harsud: Vikas Chahiye! Vinas Nahin!
Harsud Rally September 28 1989.  Photo:  Smitu Kothari

On 28 September 1989, 50,000 people from movements all over India rallied at Harsud along the banks of the river Naramda to call for sustainable, just, peaceful and equitable development, and for an end to the destructive policies propagated in the name of development.  Taking a pledge to struggle for justice, people raised the slogan "Vikas Chahiye!  Vinas Nahin!" or "We want Development and not Destruction!" 

Twenty five years after the Historic Harsud Rally, movements and organizations continue the struggle and keep alive the spirit of Harsud.   L.S. Aravinda collects memories from those who were there.  Photo of Baba Amte addressing Harsud Ralley by Smitu Kothari.  Remaining photos taken from John D'Souza's video footage "Historic Harsud Rally" included below.    Read More...

AID Appeals for Its J&K Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

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In the devastating floods in Jammu & Kashmir, over 200 people have lost their lives and hundreds and thousands are stranded.

In this time of disaster, please join hands with those who are engaged in working with the affected people. Your donation to AID's All India Relief Fund will ensure that funds are available in time for the partners on ground to support the Relief & Rehabiliation works in India.

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