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Association For India's Development - Projects Database

Payvihir Eco Village Wins UNDP Biodiversity Award, 2014

 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

Education For All


Society for Education of the Crippled (SEC) provides a nurturing residential school in Kanhe Phata, for differently-abled children from villages. Most parents are daily wage earners. Teachers, physiotherapists and social-workers work with the children and their families for physical rehabilitation, academic education, encouraging creativity and helping them lead independentlives.

Forest Restoration and Paivihir ECO Village, Maharashtra

Partner: KHOJ

Duration: 2011 to present 

Forest regeneration

Childrenís Library at Surodi

Chapter: Boise 

Amount: Rs. 392950

This project aims to build a library for the primary school children of Surodi village with 65 students and of neighboring drought-prone poor villages in Maharashtra, to promote the desire for education and learning.


Amhi Amchya Arogyasaathi

Women maintain Emergency Health Funds Healthy mother healthy child in Nagpur

 Health check up in mobile clinic








“Swasthya Jananni Sudrudh Balak” is a project run by Amhi Amchya Arogyasaathi in 9 slums of Nagpur in which women's groups work to improve maternal and neonatal health

Society for the education of the crippled

DancingkidsSupporting Chapter: Dallas

Amount: Rs. 225000

Society For The Education Of The Crippled reaches out to more than 700 physically challenged students and adults every year in Kanhe Phate, Pune District.



Mann Deshi-1000 Deshi Entrepreneurs

man deshiSupporting Chapter: Portland

Amount: Rs.175000

Mann Deshi project targets 196 villages in the district of Satara, Hubli and Dharwad in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Their work reaches to around 1000 individuals (deshi women entrepreneurs) in more than 100 households per village.


Surodi Watershed Work, Maharastra


Help Construct Science Centre in Surodi Village!

 Surodi School







VMT Watershed Program

villagersNGO : VMT (Venu Madhuri Trust)
Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Budget: $ 5850

AID recommended a training program for the villagers. So, villagers were sent to AFARM, a watershed training center & villagers completed training in watershed work in May 2005 and they are carrying on the watershed work for Ramanwadi from 2006.


gobargasNGO: VMT (Venu Madhuri Trust)
Location: Kolhapur,Maharashtra  
Chapter: Dallas

This project will help installation of 75 Gobargas units and 150 fuel efficient wood stoves for families in the village, that will be manufactured locally after a scientific training to a local person.

Education for Hearing Impaired Children

hearing impairedNGO: GLSM
Location: Karjat, Maharashtra
Chapter: Boston

Duration:2012-2014 ($4000)

Gramin Lok Seva Mandal (GLSM) is a Gandhian organization based in Karjat, Maharashtra. They run a home for hearing impaired (also speech impaired) and mentally challenged children from surrounding adivasi villages.

Water of Life: Rejuvenation in a Drought Prone Village

Chapter: Pittsburgh
Location: Maharashtra

Of the 42 bunds in Surodi, 21 were constructed by the villagers over four years while the remaining were built by the government earlier and in need of repair or reconstruction; 27 are earthen and 15 are concrete/stone. The total spent on the construction of 18 new bunds, and the repair of 5 out of the total 22 pre-existing ones, was Rs. 2.65 lakhs or just over $6,000 this is equivalent to the average spent by the government to build just one bund. The Pittsburgh chapter of the Association for India's Development (A.I.D.) provided the majority of the funding for Surodi's watershed development program.

Local Health Worker Training Project Chiplun (Maharashtra)


Location :  Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Chapters :   Duke/RTP, NC
Budget:   $8752 (1 Year)

Geographic and climatic factors hamper access to medical facilities in several villages of the Chiplun taluk (Ratnagiri district, Maharshtra). To address this problem, the project aims to select a total of 20 women from 10 of these villages to serve as arogyasakhis (health workers) in their own villages. The primary function of arogyasakhis is to provide basic medical assistance for common ailments like cold, fever, diarrhea and RTA. They also provide referral services, spread awareness of preventive and promotive health, and address key issues like the right to health.

Jansahyog Rehabilitation Effort

floodMany adivasi families whose agricultural lands have been submerged by the Sardar Sarovar dam, are facing starvation. Their children are malnourished. Their schools have gone under water.  The Jansahyog project aims to provide immediate relief to these affected families.