Support Relief work in Assam

Assam Floods Relief Appeal

The recent floods in Assam have destroyed 11,000 hectares of crops that were ready to harvest, submerged more than 600 villages and affected > 300,000 people1. AID is sending $5000 from All India Relief Fund for immediate relief. Last year, the AID Relief Caravan was one of the first relief efforts to reach the flood survivors. 

Please donate generously to the AID All India Relief Fund so that we can continue to respond promptly to such natural disasters.

1Source: Assam State Disaster Management Authority release of June 13th, 2015

A first hand account of the damage



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Avehi Abacus

The NGO:  Avehi Abacus Charitable(Educationa) Trust AP C(E)T
Supporting AID Chapters: AID Chicago
Amount Funded: Total funding: ₹330,000 (2015)


 Avehi Abacus began with an individual’s (Shanta Gandhi, an educator with eclectic interests, and teachingdiverse training in science, theatre, dance and politics) passion to develop a children’s curriculum that had relevance to their lives. It evolved naturally through her interaction with a group of children in a small village of south Gujrat, while children asked questions about their surroundings, and the process of finding answers (through games, songs and discussion) led naturally to questions regarding human evolution - how life emerged, why we are what we are, how our lives have changed from the past, and so on.

“AVEHI” means To Know. Since 1990 Avehi Abacus Project of Avehi Public Charitable (Educational) Trust (APC[E]T),  is working on strengthening the quality and content of education and reaching out to 905 MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Great Mumbai) schools  with 10,000 teachers and more than 2 lakh children mostly belonging to migrant slum community of lower economic strata.

The Avehi Abacus Project has developed three integrated packages of educational materials for students and teachers in the formal as well as the non-formal streams of learning. These are Sangati, Manthan and Saath Saath.

Sangati -Togetherness, Relevance, Harmony

sangathiSangati is a thought-provoking series of six interactive teaching-learning kits that are organized in a way to provide a different perspective for children to understand and analyze the world around them.




These interlinked themes are:

  •     Myself, My body, Our needs Our earth and the web of life
  •     How societies developed
  •     The way we live Understanding change
  •     Preparing for our future 
Saath Saath – living together in harmony

saath Responding to the increasing awareness about gender parity and ironically, the growing violence against the female sex,
the Avehi Abacus Project has developed a kit on Gender titled Saath Saath - Living together in harmony. The kit has been
developed to generate respect for individuals irrespective of their biological sex. It aims to create an awareness that
requires not just intellectual effort but sensitivity and open-mindedness.

Manthan- Churning
It is a foundation course for pre-service teacher training.

ManthanThe themes covered in Year One focus on the fundamentals of education. The sessions look at the some of the players in the field of education, their roles and the impact that they have, as well as the ways in which we learn. They go on to explore the history of education in India, and finally discuss Curriculum, Methodology, and Assessment in greater detail.

Based on the fundamentals explored in Year One, the curriculum of Year Two focuses on issues that affect our society. Complex issues such as caste, class, gender, nationalism, and the environment are discussed and deconstructed. The aim is to locate education in the wider context of society, and to examine the role of teachers within the social system.


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Ennum Ezhuthum Iyakkam for Easy Tamil and Math Learning

 Fun way to improve Tamil & MathIn Tamilnadu, during 1990s when Arivoliiyakkam was in vogue to educate the unlettered, the song written by poet Pavalar Pon. Karuppaiah : “Ennum Ezhuthum Arinthaal, Inthe Mannil Vaazkaiye Elidhaam....” (if you are educated, the life on earth is very easy)  was very popular in every nook and corner. Arivoliiyakkam instructed its members to popularise the idea of one educated person to teach at least 10 un-educated people. Now, after 25 years, Ennum  Ezhuthum Movement calls for each educated person to teach at least 20 children. 

Tamil article in Hindu on AIDINDIA's Eureka program

English translation of the article

Visit AID at the Green Festival: Table 360 at the Washington DC Convention Center, June 5-7

Made in a village … to sustain the planet

Fair-trade, eco-friendly products from the heart of India are coming to Washington, DC!


Vegetable dyed block print kurti from Hunar Revolution

To help forge producer-consumer links and provide the community with avenues to purchase goods made in socially and environmentally responsible ways, AID is proud to support fair trade with tailors, weavers and artisans creating beautiful and practical goods, sustaining traditional techniques and livelihoods. Helping consumers avoid disposables, they come with built-in reusability to facilitate a zero-waste lifestyle. Relying on human power rather than fossil fuels, the products feature:


  • hand-spun, hand-loom fabrics tailored on pedal-operated sewing machines

  • recycled and up-cycled fabrics
  • traditional and modern designs

  • hand-crafted terra cotta and bamboo

  • vegetable dyes, block prints, hand-embroidery


Visit AID at the Green Festival: Table 360 at the Washington DC Convention Center, June 5-7, 2015


Display of products from Jivika (Andhra), Chitrika (Andhra), Hunar Revolution (Rajasthan), Mohammed Bazar Backward Classes Development Society (West Bengal), Jagrutha Mahila Sangham (Karnataka) and Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (Maharashtra)


Khadi, hand loom, UpCycled fabrics, block-prints, hand-embroidery, applique and more for fine evening and casual wear, exquisite hand-work on stoles, kurtas, wallets, and handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories.

Children's books about nature, society and life in India, and the Narmada Commemorative Calendar for 2015-16. 


AID needs volunteers at the Green Festival!  Get familiar with the products and the values behind them, and learn about how AID works for socially and environmentally just and sustainable development.  To volunteer for AID at the Green Festival, sign up here.  


Details of selected products below:

Jivika Goods for Life and Livelihood:  Khadi and handloom kurtas, pungis, slings, nursing wear, tote bags and more, made by home-based tailors in villages of Srikakulam District using fabrics locally spun and woven.

girls in pungis 1bcrop

What is a Pungi? Funny you should ask! It is a cross between a pant and a lungi. For khadi-clad comfort and security, you can't beat a pungi.


Jivika Goods for Eco-Friendly Living: Your zero-waste lifestyle just got closer to zero! Say NO to plastic bags with these 1kg veggie bags and 3-pocket tote bags. Weigh your veggies directly in the bag and store them at home without resorting to those rolls of plastic bags in the produce aisle.  


SNTPbag3 Beans and peas in their own bags. Jivika 3pocket Diaper_bag1

Chalo Baby: Jivika's line of products for little ones and the people who love them.


Baby on the go can see the sights, enjoy the world, take a break and more! The sling allows baby to go places with elders whose hands are free to do things, making life a little more lively for all.


Mihika comfy in sling sling1 Naga Sling Lahari Divya Sling


Karthik Dishaa sling Janice and Zahan sling2b  vijay with sling


The nursing kurta is an attractive, zipper-free top that helps make it convenient to nurse anytime, anywhere. 

vimla nursing Nursing at the Grand Canyon parth nursing kurta1  


Chalo Baby Khadi and Handloom diapers and prefolds are soft, absorbent and washable. Designed for optimal infant hygiene, Chalo Baby cloth diapers are compatible with elimination communication.   

khadi diapers assorted  Kinu diaper  Chalo Handloom DIaper3 


Clean, green and comfortable menstrual pads! 100% cotton handloom, flannel or combination cotton and fleece varieties.


Jivika flannel pads2 Jivika Pads2  Jivika Handloom Pad Jivika Pads4


Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan in Raichur District in Karnataka presents terra cotta jewellery, handmade with expert care.


terra cotta jewellery1  terra cotta jewellery2 terra cotta jewellery3


Hand-Embroidered Scarves and Fine Grass Jewelry made by Mohammed Bazar Backward Classes Development Society in Birbhum, West Bengal. 


DSC_0368_scarves3  DSC_0320 DSC_0317 MBBCDS grass earring 


Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (GBGB) Upcycled Handbags, Purses and Pouches

Made in Ambujwadi (Mumbai) Maharashtra

Did you ever think about all the cloth left over after factories cut patterns for dresses and home furnishings?   Observe the creative designs using bits of remnant cloth that make up these stylish handbags:

UpCycle Handbag Black White Taupe Stripes UpCycle Handbag Burgundy Taupe Stripe UpCycle Handbag Black White Curves2 

and more!

To volunteer for AID at the Green Festival, sign up here.   

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