AID volunteers from the US who quit their jobs (or after studies) to devote their lives to work for AID and social causes are Jeevansaathis.  Since 1998 the Jeevansaathis have played a leadership role in connecting AID with some of the most grassroots movements in India, and have helped  conceive and implement projects, programs and campaigns that have made a big impact.  Their work, together with that of the volunteers has helped sustain and scale AID.


Ravi Kuchimanchi

While a graduate student at University of Maryland, Ravi Kuchimanchi founded the Association for India’s Development (AID) in 1991 with the vision “problems are interconnected,...
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Balaji Sampath

Dr. Balaji Sampath, is a central figure in AID. He has made several vital contributions in planning and executing large-scale campaigns in health, literacy and...
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Kamayani Swami

More Jeevansaathis | Take Action Kamayani has been delving into issues of social change and justice for the last two decades. She started her journey...
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Ravishankar Arunachalam

After many years, AID is proud to announce a new Jeevansaathi! Ravishankar Arunachalam has been elected by AID Austin, AID Pittsburgh and AID Maryland to...
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Rachna Dhingra

Rachna Dhingra is known for her work in Bhopal with survivors from the world’s worst industrial disaster – the gas leak from Union Carbide’s plant...
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Vasundhara Rangaswamy

Vasundhara Rangaswamy is a family medicine physician in training and a rural health fellow in India. She has a background as a clinical laboratory scientist,...
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Past Jeevansaathis

Aravinda Pillalamarri

Aravinda Pillalamarri is devoted to the cause of social justice. Raising awareness on fair trade and sustainable livelihoods, she works with tailors designing and marketing...
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Kiran Vissa

Kiran Vissa was a key AID figure since its formative years and has worn many hats of leadership and organizational roles.  After several years of...
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Jayaram played a very active role in AID US coordinating several multi-chapter projects and has been actively involved in a number of AID INDIA projects...
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