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Improving Maternal and Child health in the Agariya community

LivelyhoodLocation: Little Rann of Kutch(LRK), Gujarat

The NGO: Janpath

Supporting AID Chapters & Amount funded:

AID Los Angeles- Orange County: $7600

AID Philadelphia: $3800 

Agariyas, i.e. the traditional salt makers, have access to abysmal services when migrating for 8 months to desert region of LRK, Gujarat, to make salt in harshest condition. Studies show 82 % Agariya community fall within “deprivation limit” when measured in indicators like nutrition, education, child and maternal healthcare. We support Janpath, our grassroot NGO partners, to advocate for sustainable maternal and child health and nutrition services for Agariyas.

RTI on Wheels

 RTI on Wheels in J&K RTI on Wheels Students Gathered around RTI on Wheels






 "Information is the currency of democracy.” The origin and the exact meaning of this quote may be debatable, but the fact that an informed public is essential to true democracy is beyond dispute. The Right to Information Act (RTI), passed in 2005, is a powerful tool the public can wield to stay informed, and to demand answers.

Trust for Reaching the Unreached


AID's partner Trust for Reaching the Unreached has been working on the issues of education and health, for decades in the tribal region of Panchmahal in Gujarat. The high school in Shivrajpur is not easily accessible to tribal communities because of the difficult terrain. 

Listen to AID volunteers Asti Bhatt and Pavan Vaidyanathan, who in July 2014 visited the Trust for Reaching the Unreached (TRU), in the Panch Mahals district of rural Gujarat.  

Read more about Abhinav Kanya Shiksha Karyakram, a project of Trust for Reaching the Unreached. 

Kailashben and Bhikiben

 Bhikhi & Kailash from Agariya CommunityKailashben and Bhikiben are two friends from the Agariya community, the traditional saltmakers of India. After their 12th grade, Rs 2500 per semester stood between them and their desire to continue their education. Organizers from Janpath talked to the Principal to get 50% sponsorship while AID supported the rest.

Three years later both Kailashben and Bhikiben called and said now they want to pursue an MA and BEd.

Read more about how AID partners with the Agariya community in the Little Rann of Kutch

Abhinav Kanya Shiksha Karyakram

EduprojectYear: 2013-2014
Place:  Gujarat

Amount: $ 9,000

AID's partner Trust for Reaching the Unreached has been working on the issues of education and health, for decades in the tribal region of Panchmahal in Gujarat. The high school in Shivrajpur is not easily accessible to tribal communities because of the difficult terrain. Girls are further deprived because they are discriminated against and made to do household work instead. To address this, TRU started a hostel facility for girls right next to the high school with the intention of providing supplementary education in a supportive environment. The Girls Education Project (GEP), run by TRU assists girls from tribal areas to attend high school. Located in Shivrajpur, Panchmahal district, Gujarat.

Kadam Education Initiative

A visit to Center for Development / Kadam Education Initiative projects

Girls at KEI's Juhapura office spending time on computers. Most of these children are orphans or have only a single parent...Umang Kumar, an AID volunteer in Boston, writes about his visit to the Kadam Educational Initiative projects in Ahmedabad.


In a city like Ahmedabad, a longtime commercial hub of India and currently the focus of a lot of “development” work, one might miss those areas like Citizen Nagar, Ganeshnagar-Piplaj and Khodiyanagar tucked away from our eyes. Yet, Jyoti, Jagruti and Sonal live there and dream big; Sajedaben, Savitaben and Rajni struggle for the resident's rights and Ashiyana, Rehnuma and Muskan explore the world of computers and dream of becoming doctors and engineers some day... 

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Sahiyar began as an initiative of a group of students from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1984, with a vision to create a society in which women have equal rights. 


  • Campaigns against sex selective abortion, awareness of Pre-conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act
  • Counseling, legal and practical help to women in crisis – implementation of Domestic Violence Act 2005
  • Vocational training for livelihood generation
  • Basic education and counseling to girls regarding their changing bodies
  • Youth workshops on communal harmony and gender justice
  • Training grassroots women leaders to file police complaints


Volunteers Visit Agariyas in Little Rann of Kutch

AID Volunteers visited the Salt Pan workers of the Little Rann of Kutch. Listen to their interview (Gujarati) and see the Rann through their eyes.


For generations, the Agariya's have been making salt in the extreme desert conditions of the Rann during the dry season (8 months per year) when the water drains away and the salt marsh turns in to a desert.

Kisan Swaraj Yatra, 2010

Kisan yatra



uthanAmount Supported: $16000 (Rs. 404400 in 2011)

Chapters: Austin, Houston, San Diego

Utthan envisions a society that imbibes and ensures the values of gender justice, equality, peace and happiness in practice. Utthan’s mission is to initiate gender sensitive processes of empowerment amongst the most vulnerable communities, through a process of building conscientiousness and organizing around their major issues.




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