Azad India Foundation (AIF) is an organisation that works for the empowerment of grassroot communities with the active participation of rural women. They implement integrated community development initiatives in the areas of literacy and education, vocational training for income generation, community health and nutrition, awareness programmes on various issues; promotion of Self-Help Groups, local culture and tradition; and preservation of local environment.
Main activities in FY15 were:
Project Talim: This project was supported by the JRD Tata Trust, and it provided additional broad-based education to children studying in madrasas. During the year, coverage was expanded to 50 madrasas and 38 government schools. They reached 3,188 students studying in madrasas, including those studying in government schools. 500 students enrolled in the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) completed their exams and joined formal schools.
Project Badte Kadam: AIF operates 25 learning centres to provide primary education to children (aged 6-14 years) living in the Thakurganj block. During the year, 477 boys and 400 girls benefitted.
Project Pahla Kadam: This project has been supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) to increase literacy among women. This year, this project was been implemented in 28 villages of Kochadaman block. AIF had also set up 58 literacy centres with capacity for 1,500 women.
Project Alima: AIF in partnership with IIMPACT, runs girl child learning centres in 35 villages, to provide primary education and eventually help them enrol in formal schools. About 1,099 girls benefitted. The project team members regularly interacted with their parents by involving them in the learning process through sharing of assessments, reports, activities, etc.
Adolescent Girl Literacy & Health programme: IAF started this programme in 12 villages in association with Aga Khan Foundation to empower girls through knowledge of life skills, reproductive health, and education.
Other programmes include project Rehenuma to help minorities avail benefits of government schemes; providing computer training to around 183 girls and tailoring classes to around 54 girls; awareness programme on TB through their project Axshya; and awareness programme on anti-trafficking.
Income Rs2 cr
Expense Rs2 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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