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AIF Fellows help nonprofits in various initiatives

Jul 02, 2018

The 27 AIF Fellows volunteered with NGOs in India for bringing about small changes for the downtrodden.

New Delhi: The American India Foundation (AIF) felicitated twenty-seven young leaders from the US and India on the completion of their ten month long service under AIF’s William J Clinton Fellowship for Service in India.

These young Fellows contributed their skills and resources to NGOs in the field of livelihoods, education, and public health across 15 states in India. The event brought together philanthropists, CSR practitioners, leading businessmen, NGO founders and Fellows- who shared testimonials and glimpses into their journeys of service in India along with an art exhibition portraying the impact of their work on the ground.

The William J Clinton Fellowship for Service in India helps shape the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient and effective. The Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.

27 young leaders from the US and India successfully completed their service and projects under AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India in the field of livelihoods, education, and public health Placed in NGOs across 15 states in India, over the last ten months, these 19 Fellows from the US and 8 Fellows from India have contributed their skills and resources to create solutions that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.

Mathew Joseph, Country Director-AIF said “Through values like teamwork, perseverance, and humility they address the challenges they face in their service and ultimately succeed in making positive and lasting impacts in their host organizations. This makes the AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India one of the best service-based leadership programs in the world.”

Since the first batch of Fellows who assisted in the post-earthquake rehabilitation of Gujarat in 2001, the AIF Clinton Fellowship Program has successfully paired 452 Fellows in service with 202 NGOs and social enterprises across 23 States, thus representing a collective force and organized network dedicated to social change in India.

Crystal Williams, one of the fellows, helped in working on the sustainable development goal number ten and sixteen i.e. reducing inequalities and ensuring peace and justice with Video Volunteers in Goa. This project helps in assisting people belonging to that area to take part in decision making process of government by expressing their views through making videos that contain information about their expectations from the government.

Maitreyi Nandhakumar another volunteer worked with an NGO named Shaishav in Damnagar, Gujarat. This nonprofit works for ensuring development of children by providing them with education. She helped the organization by inclulcating life skills and English in school course manuals.

Minahil Khan volunteered with Aga Khan Foundation to maintain gender equality by working towards empowering women to work fearlessly in their domains by ensuring proper working environment in Nizamudin area of Delhi.

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